Ribble Cycles creates a one-off titanium gravel bike to maximise the benefits of SRAM’s eTap AXS wireless shifting and RockShox Rudy XPLR suspension fork.
The handcrafted titanium frame is created for wireless shifting, which, combined with Ribble’s latest integrated carbon Level 5 Gravel bar with fully internal brake hose routing, it offers the cleanest possible look.
Ribble’s long and low gravel geometry has also been optimised for the RockShox Rudy XPLR fork, to further enhance the sublime handling and ride quality that titanium is best known for.
To top off the package the frame has been given a striking Ribble Custom Colour paint finish with a dynamic design that sweeps across the frame and RockShox Rudy Ultimate fork, yet still encapsulates the timeless nature of raw titanium.
“Our R&D team has worked in conjunction with SRAM to create this unique gravel frame. We’re always developing and looking at ways to further enhance the performance of our bikes through R&D embracing the latest technology – the AXS wireless system allowed us to go beyond existing bike frame design constraints, creating a prototype for our ‘cleanest’ gravel optimised Titanium frame to date. This prototype is a beautiful combination of refined design, wireless gearing and suspension technology to create a fantastic off-road machine capable of extreme gravel adventures and racing.” Says Jamie Burrow, Head of Product, Ribble Cycles
“I think it’s exciting to see a frame designer and manufacturer fully embrace and optimise around our SRAM eTap AXS wireless shifting and RockShox Gravel-specific technology. Personally having unused holes and/or cable entry ports in frames that are blanked off with plastic covers or bungs has always been a slight bugbear of mine, so creating a high-performance frame devoid of these is great, and delivers a super-clean look.” Adds Stu Bowers, SRAM Partnership Marketing Specialist, Northern Europe
The unique Gravel Titanium frame will be on display for the first time on the SRAM booth at Grinduro, Wales, from Friday 22nd July.
SRAM eTap AXS X Ribble Gravel Ti
SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD shift-brake system
SRAM RED XPLR eTap AXS rear derailleur
SRAM RED 1 crankset with Direct mount 40T chainring
SRAM Dub Bottom Bracket (BSA)
SRAM XPLR XG-1271 10-44t cassette
SRAM RED Chain
Zipp 101 XPLR wheelset
Zipp G40 XPLR Tubeless Tyres
SRAM Paceline rotors 160mm
RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR suspension fork (30mm travel)
RockShox Reverb AXS XPLR seat post
Ribble Gravel Ti (3Al/2.5V Titanium) – designed specifically for SRAM AXS wireless groupsets with no cable entry/exit ports
LEVEL 5 Integrated carbon gravel bar and stem
Saddle: Fizik Aliante