Endurance and CGR – Which should you choose?

If you are in the market for a bike to ride on the road, it’s important to know the differences between the various categories offered. Take our award-winning Endurance and CGR range of bikes for instance, which is the right range for you?


Endurance bikes are optimised to be ridden on paved surfaces for competition, fitness, and fun. You will likely have seen these high-performance bikes on tv in races like the Tour De France. Today’s road bikes are lighter, stiffer, and faster than ever before, as well as offering long-distance performance and comfort.


CGR stands for Commute, Gravel, Road, which tells you all that you need to know about this versatile family of ‘all-road’ bikes. Designed to be highly capable over multiple terrains, they can take you anywhere, from the freedom of the open road to your most imaginative daily commute.

Let’s talk geometries

With a focus on endurance riding and racing, endurance bikes offer the perfect balance of speed, handling, and agility. Still racy, they power along with effortless efficiency, with a slightly higher headtube offering greater stability and comfort throughout the duration of the ride.

The difference between the Endurance and CGR geometry

With mixed-terrain riding in mind, the CGR family of bikes provide the rider with a more upright riding position. As can be seen, highlighted in the frame overlay image above. The taller headtube offers greater stability and control, particularly when you decide to head off the beaten path. However, it doesn’t compromise on-road performance, and a CGR is very capable of keeping pace on club runs.

Wheel/Tyre compatibility

The road-focused endurance bike is compatible with 700c road wheels and slick tyres up to 28/32mm for fast, confident riding on paved surfaces.

The all-road capability of the CGR range requires some additional versatility when it comes to the wheel and tyre set up. It is, therefore, possible to customise any build to suit the terrain, conditions, or an individual’s cycling needs. With 700c wheels, there’s clearance for 25-45mm tyres and on 650b wheels, there’s clearance for large air volume 47mm tyres.


To maximise on-road performance the endurance bike comes equipped with a purely road-focused gearing. A double chainring at the front ensures that the steps between gears remain closer together and a smoother pedalling action. The ability to customise gear ratios enables the rider to choose how hard or easy it is to pedal.

Developed for the gravel scene, the 1x system offers gear ratios and ergonomics which are best suited to off-road riding. They include features that are specifically designed to enhance their off-road credentials. These include a rear clutch to prevent chain slap and the absence of a front derailleur to eliminate the possibility of chain suck/jam.

Frame mounts

Each bike in the endurance range features discreet mounts for the fitting of full coverage mudguards so you can ride comfortably all year round.

With mounting points for mudguards plus a rear-mounted pannier rack, the CGR’s versatility extends to all-season commutes, casual day trips or light road touring.

If you feel that a bike that makes you fast on the flats and up the climbs is the one for you, why not check out our range of fast and fun endurance bikes.

Should you prefer an all-rounder that can take your adventures on and off-road, check out the CGR range here.

Help & Advice

Still unsure which is the right bike for you? Talk to one of our Ribble Live In-Store Experts today.

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  1. Really enjoying these comparison articles! Know what I’d really like to see? I’ll tell you anyway… how about a tool which allows you to overlay any two Ribble frames to see the differences?

  2. Hi Joe,
    Thanks for getting in touch and for the feedback. It is something we have considered previously and we even got as far as having a prototype design in place. We are, however, due to make some exciting new improvements to the website in the next few months and will look to incorporate this feature as part of this. Watch this space!
    Best Regards
    Team Ribble

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