With there now being more choice than ever before when it comes to Ribble Titanium bikes you can be forgiven for wondering just what the differences are. Well, help is at hand for we have put together this guide to highlight the differences between the models. So here it is – The Ribble Titanium range explained.
For a number of decades now Titanium has been held in the highest esteem in cycling. Hard-bitten, veteran cyclists would glance with envious eyes as a Titanium steed was ridden past or when shopping online or in the comic (Cycling Weekly Magazine) for the almost inevitable N+1. But why, what is it about Titanium that makes cyclists stare with undisguised envy at any titanium machine?
Titanium has long been regarded as the ‘dream’ material, and for good reason. It’s stronger, stiffer and more durable than a steel frame, yet offers an almost identically compliant ride quality. It’s also naturally resistant to corrosion so doesn’t fatigue over its lifetime. Simply put, a Titanium frame is practically indestructible and can potentially last a lifetime.
Ribble Titanium Bikes
Each of the bikes listed below is crafted from identical Grade 9 3Al/2.5V Titanium which is triple-butted for unmatched strength, durability and longevity. In keeping with the premium quality, each weld is filled and polished so that each weld is seamless and free of any unsightly welds. They also share the same timeless looks, with sleek, highly polished, round tube profiles and brushed detail finish.
Another feature that they all have in common is the dropped seat stays which is a feature of our entire range of bikes. Dropping the stays down the seat tube creates a smaller rear triangle which offers a number of benefits. Vertical compliance is increased so that less of the vibration that is generated when riding over rough surfaces is transmitted through the frame. Fewer vibrations result in the rider feeling less fatigue which allows you to stay fresher for longer. A smaller rear triangle also enables more of the power generated through the pedals to be transferred to the road more efficiently with less wasted effort.
Endurance Ti Disc
The Endurance Ti is a Titanium road bike and forms part of our endurance range of road-focused bikes. It’s a bike that is optimised for fast-paced endurance and sportive riding. With this in mind, the Endurance Ti features a road-focused endurance geometry which offers a comfortable and efficient riding position for leisure riding while offering enough adjustability to suit the more performance-oriented rider. There is ample clearance for tyres up to 32mm in width to be fitted for increased comfort and grip or 28mm with mudguards fitted. (Please note that Continental tyres sit taller than most other manufacturer’s so only a 28mm max-width is possible).
Upfront a 44mm headtube, tapered fork steerer and carbon fork blades combine to produce a lightweight and super-stiff front-end for improved steering control. All cables are routed internally and include compatibility with Shimano Di2 electronic gearing systems while preserving the clean lines of the bike. A traditional BSA threaded bottom bracket adds more security and is easier to maintain than a press fit. Additional all-weather versatility is provided by the addition of discreet mudguards mounts for the fitting of full-coverage mudguards.
You may have seen the word versatile used to describe many bikes but none are quite as versatile as the CGR Ti. In fact, the name alone gives you some indication as to its intended purpose. CGR is an acronym of Cross, Gravel, Road and it ticks all of these boxes. A true one bike to do it all and it does everything asked of it exceedingly well.
In terms of geometry, the CGR is slightly taller than the Endurance Ti at the front end to provide a more head-up riding position with the improved stability, comfort and control this position offers when riding off-road.
The CGR Ti is also compatible with multiple wheel sizes, 700c, 650b or 29″ and this allows the set up of the bike to be tailored to a preferred riding style or a mixture of terrains. A 700c set up is optimised for road riding and can cope with some off-road work, whereas a 650b wheelset is a little more off-road specific, allowing big volume tyres to be fitted with the improved traction and comfort that this combination offers.
The keyword yet again is versatility and the inclusion into the frames design of discreet rack and mudguards mounts certainly provides this. Fit a rear pannier rack with mudguards and the bike becomes a highly capable, all-season luxury commuter or light tourer.
The Adventure Ti is the ultimate all-terrain bike trekker/touring bike. With the inherent strength of the frame and whopping tyre clearance of 3″, it’s a bike that is able to traverse almost any terrain. From the highest mountain passes to forest trails or canal towpaths, this bike provides you with the ultimate freedom to explore.
Designed with all-day riding in mind the Adventure Ti utilises a geometry that is optimised for long days in the saddle over the toughest of terrains. With this in mind, there is also a plethora of mounting points for an assortment of bike luggage. As well as mounting points for a rear pannier rack there are also ‘carryall’ mounts on the front fork. These allow items that are essential for your self sustained epic adventure to be carried, items such as ground mats, sleeping bags or anything else that can be rolled up can be carried.
Additionally, there is also a mounting point situated along the top tube for a bolt-on top tube bag to be affixed. This enables you to keep those essential tools accessible and close at hand in case of a puncture or mechanical or fill it with sweets and snacks for fuelling on the move.
Head to head features
|Features||CGR Ti||Endurance Ti Adventure Ti|
|Endurance Geometry||✘||✔ ✘|
|Gravel Optimised Geometry||✔||✘ ✔|
|Dropped Seatstays||✔||✔ ✔|
|44mm Head Tube||✔||✔ ✘|
|Fully Internal Cable Routing||✔||✔ ✘|
|Di2 Compatible||✔||✔ ✘|
|Threaded BSA Bottom Bracket||✔||✔ ✘|
|73mm Press-Fit Bottom Bracket||✘||✘ ✔|
|Flat Mount Disc Brakes||✔||✔ ✘|
|27.2mm Seatpost||✔||✔ ✔|
|Multi-Wheel Size Compatible||✔||✘ ✔|
|40mm Plus Tyre Clearance||✔||✘ ✔|
|Rear Pannier Rack Mounts||✔||✘ ✔|
|Front Fork Mounts||✘||✘ ✔|
|Mudguard Mounts||✔||✘ ✔|
|Bolt-On Top Tube Bag||✘||✘ ✔|
Eoghan McHugh decided to take on an epic challenge – to complete the inaugural Atlas Mountains Race on his Adventure Ti. Read about how his experiences here.