Ribble Gravel SL long term review: a solid all-around bike for a good price

Is there more to this bike than just a good price?

Ribble Gravel SL
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Gravel SL is, like many race-focused gravel bikes, an excellent all-around choice. There are some unfortunate limitations to the build options but the biggest problem for Ribble is the competition. Both Canyon and Ventum now have comparable bikes that are either the same price with more choice or less expensive.

Pros

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    Some customisation when ordering

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    Mudguard/Fender mounts

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    Compatibility with 650b and 700c wheels

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    Room for 700x45mm tyres

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    Gorgeous paint

Cons

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    Stiff frame sucks fun out of off-road handling

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    Only 42cm bars available

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    No 2x build options

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Tech Specs: Ribble Gravel SL

Price: $3,337.10 / £2,665.83 / €3,109.13 standard and $4501.28 / £3595.83 / €4193.77 as tested

Frame: Gravel SL Frameset

Size: Medium 

Weight: 9.44kg (ready to ride with 45mm tyres and tubes)

Groupset: SRAM Rival XPLR

Wheels: Zipp 303 S

Brakes: SRAM Rival eTap AXS Direct Mount Hydraulic

Bar/stem: Level 5 Carbon Integrated Flared Gravel Bar & Stem

Seatpost: Ribble Gravel SL

Saddle: Fizik Taiga

In recent years in the UK, Ribble has emerged as a direct-to-consumer option with a reputation for being innovative. There is a range of products on offer covering everything from hyper-lightweight electric bikes, and ultra-aerodynamic road bikes to capable gravel bikes and more.

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsFor colour you only get a single choice without paying more. I’m a big fan, you might not be but that is similar to Trek so it’s hard to complain. As far as the actual shape it’s an aero look and I’m a fan. 8/10
BuildYou can customise things a lot but there are also weird limitations. At a bare minimum there needs to be more options for handlebar width. Pricing for what you get is favourable though and even upgrade pricing is better than buying separately. 7/10
Performance, handling and geometryA solid B at doing a lot of things. No standout details but also no major detractors.8/10
WeightOnce again, a solid B. It’s not a standout but it matches the weight of the competition. 8/10
ValueAlthough this is a budget bike, there are now less expensive bikes that are at least as capable. Price is still good but it’s been undercut.9/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 76%

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