Ribble Cycles have added some steel to their gravel range with a new Reynolds 725 model.
Featuring a frame built of 725 tubing from the iconic British company, the Gravel 725 is designed for riders looking to enjoy off-road terrain with the added ride attributes, durability and timeless looks of Reynolds steel tubing.
"Every detail has been considered for versatile off-road adventure," say Ribble, "with triple butted Reynolds 725 heat treated steel tube profiles, full carbon monocoque fork with tapered steerer, flared gravel riser handlebars with progressive frame geometry tailored specifically for control and handling on rugged terrains."
The frame material be traditional but in other respects the Gravel 725 ticks the latest gravel trends: tyre clearance of up to 45mm for 700c or 47mm for 650b wheels, internal cable routing, multiple mounting points for maximum luggage carrying capacity, and a full carbon fork also studded with mount points.
Purists will be pleased to hear the frame takes a traditional 68mm BSA threaded bottom bracket. However, you're out of luck if you want to run a double ring chainset: officially at least, the frame is only compatible with 1x drivetrains.
The frame is finished in matte Air Force Blue with gloss blue details.
As with all Ribble's bikes you can customise the spec to your heart's content, but they also offer three stock models to get you started.
At the top of the range is the Gravel 725 Pro SRAM Rival XPLR AXS (£2,899). Ribble described this as "a high performance gravel bike weighing in at 10.8kg (medium) designed without limits for off-road exploration."
It comes equipped with the wireless shifting performance of SRAM's XPLR eTap AXS groupset, with Mavic Allroad wheels shod in Halo GXC gravel tyres to offer control across any technical terrain.
Next up is the Gravel 725 Enthusiast SRAM Rival (£2,399), which Ribble say "thrives when off the beaten track to provide a confident and comfortable ride across any ground with SRAM Rival 1x groupset, Mavic Allroad and LEVEL gravel optimised finishing kit."
The entry-level model is the Gravel 725 Sport SRAM Apex 1 (£2,099), "an accessible and versatile gravel offering whether it's for a short off-road blast or an epic bikepacking excursion."
"Gravel is an extremely exciting dynamic - embraced and enjoyed by the Ribble team from participating in the inaugural UCI World Championships to bike packing adventures, the Gravel genre continues to evolve and grow."
"The all-new 725 models complement and enhance our gravel platform where our design focuses on off-road optimised frames, long and low geometry, oversized headtubes and flared bars. The gravel 725 offers greater accessibility to the genre providing a more classic aesthetic and unique ride quality that comes with the Reynolds steel frame.
"Overall, this addition provides greater choice and diversification across the whole platform alongside an exhilarating enhanced riding proposition for whatever your chosen style of off-road riding."
As mentioned above, builds can be fine-tuned and personalised using the Ribble BikeBuilder and CustomColour tools - with one noteworthy option being Campagnolo's excellent Ekar 1x13 groupset.
If you'd prefer to build up your own boutique unicorn (or swap parts over from your current bike), you can pick up just the frameset for £1,299.
Find out more at www.ribblecycles.co.uk.