Ribble Cycles Introduces 2 New Aluminum Hardtails - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 14, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

British direct-sales company Ribble Cycles has introduced two new hardtails, the HT Trail AL 29 and the HT AL, both of which were designed and developed in-house in the UK.

The HT Trail AL 29 is an all-around trail hardtail with 29” wheels and a 65-degree head tube angle with a 130mm fork. The 6061-T6 aluminum bike has a long wheelbase, short chainstays, and internal dropper post routing.



Its rowdier sibling, the HT AL, is designed around 27.5” wheels and a 150mm fork. It keeps much of the same geometry but has a slacker 64-degree head tube angle and some shorter tubes to accommodate the smaller wheels. The HT AL adds a relatively affordable option to Ribble's hardcore hardtail lineup alongside the steel and titanium versions of the same bike, which have been available since 2019.



HT Trail AL 29 Geometry


HT AL Geometry

Both bikes are available with three suggested build kits or are completely customizable – both parts and colors – using the online BikeBuilder tool.

Pricing is the same for both the HT Trail AL 29 and the HT AL at $825 USD / £599 GBP for a frameset and starting at $1,928 USD / £1,399 GBP for a complete bike, though they seem to be discounted right now for pre-orders.

More information is available at ribblecycles.co.uk.

Pond Beaver 2021





76 Comments

  • 45 2
 Is it just me or is the geo chart incomplete? Where's the reach number? The same chart is on the website.
  • 17 0
 Also both bikes have the same BB drop? that is either wrong or very wrong.
  • 6 0
 to add to that, there's no way its 455mm chainstay, that's insanely long for a hardtail. that could be on purpose, but thats 20-30mm longer than most hardtails built around 27.5 wheels
  • 1 0
 @ltharris: 455 on the 29er
  • 6 0
 @ltharris: I think the charts are titled incorrectly. The 29er is the 27.5 bike & vice versa.
  • 2 0
 @ltharris: Even my XC 29er HT has 425mm chainstays, and I like them very much.
  • 1 0
 @zephxiii: harsh or compliant
  • 1 0
 @threeofswords: Carbon, compliant and I like the way it handles. I also have a alu HT with 438mm, it's way stiffer but the Ergon saddle, carbon post and bars make it compliant so it rides well to the point where sometimes I prefer it.
  • 1 6
flag DizzyNinja (Apr 15, 2021 at 6:10) (Below Threshold)
 Nobody cares about each...
  • 1 2
 Oh stupid iPhone.. reach
  • 1 0
 The 27.5 version has longer chainstays than the 29er?
Something is wrong with those charts.
  • 17 1
 Calfee schmalfee. This is what modern hardtails should be. Affordable, progressive geometry. A great starter bike or addition to the quiver.
  • 4 1
 The calfee do be pretty cool though.
  • 17 1
 Actually after looking at the calfee again I rescind my prior statement. Cool concept, rubbish execution. Like if communism was a bike.
  • 10 0
 Nice looking bikes, but since when was a 455mm chain stay considered short? Am I missing something?
  • 6 0
 your right, thats very long for hardtails, my nukeproof scout is 435, and the average AM hardtail is 425-435
  • 2 0
 @ltharris: scout squad!
  • 2 0
 @Zophosphoros: ayo! i wanna hear about yours, 275 or 290, what build, and how do you like it? #scoutsquad
  • 9 0
 —scrolls frantically for price—
ahh...
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
  • 4 0
 Quite expensive for an 6061 alloy frame. You can almost get a steel frame for that price tag.
  • 5 0
 @danstonQ: I remember 2 years ago when you could buy a brand new nuke proof scout frame for half the price. Those were the days... lol!
  • 2 0
 @7hhuman: I got a Nukeproof Scout 2 years ago for 2.5k Canadian which is about the same price as the complete Ribbles now.
  • 8 0
 Does it having sliding dropouts?! Singlespeeders demand to know!
  • 5 0
 I like the idea of a good slack alloy hardtail. Odd that they:
1) don't mention reach measurement.
2) have such long chain stays
  • 2 0
 Ribble - my first proper MTB - they used to sell a catalogue double diamond aluminium bike, was it 69 head and 73 seat the classic numbers. Ordered it with full DX I think. Great to see them carrying on the tradition of entry level bikes.
  • 2 0
 Wow how have I not heard of this company? I'm in the market for an agressive hardtail ATM as I'm just not using my full Susser and it kills me doing longer xc type rides. Just checked their website and they sell a titanium framed complete for £2299! Insane! Fair enough it's NX drivetrain and guide r brakes but hey those can be upgraded if they break!
  • 1 0
 the road and gravel options are great. Titanium bikes are a legacy you leave behind!
  • 2 0
 Since you Pinkers love your puns, I'll just give my opinion that the full builds are teRibble value compared to other options here in the UK. And publishing a geo chart without reach is not going to win them many fans among internet MTB comment section geeks.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking about a dRibble pun but yours makes more sense
  • 1 0
 Aside from the confusing geo charts.
455mm chainstays on an aggressive hardtail *could* make sense.
When the rear wheel impacts an obstacle, the HT acts like a 2nd class lever, with the fulcrum being the front axle, the load being the rider weight through the bb, and the force being the obstacle lifting the rear wheel.
If so, for a given obstacle, longer CSs should yield less BB lift, which *should* mean a smoother ride.
Or it's just me that needs another coffee
  • 1 0
 455 would be great foe a 29er more compliant
  • 1 0
 I would guess 455 makes it a lot more difficult to lift the front wheel based on how 432 feels compared to 417.
  • 1 0
 $800 for an alloy frame that isn't even well thought out?? WTF? The bike-components.de Podsol is a far better design and execution and WAY cheaper. Maybe if this ends up selling at 65% discount like some stuff on Ribble it starts to make sense.
  • 4 0
 Are you sure that isn’t carbon? lol
  • 7 0
 Those are some smooth welds!
  • 3 0
 Are the geo charts flipped? The head angles and chainstay lengths seem to be anyway.
  • 3 0
 Same with the wheel base. No reach and identical BB drops. None of it makes sense.
  • 1 0
 They're flipped compared to Ribble's site, which has the 27" w/ the shorter chainstays and slacker HT. No wonder they have experts standing by. I built a 725 with GX, Fox 34 and Transfer K--'completely customizable' is an extreme exaggeration--about $4500 shipped to USA with end of July delivery promised....
  • 4 1
 64 degrees!??.....for a hard tail. Wow, I really need a more aggressive bike
  • 7 1
 Well, hardtails need a slacker HT angle to achieve the same sagged angle as a FS
  • 4 0
 Now that’s good lookin!!
  • 4 0
 Available late 2024
  • 1 0
 So which is correct as to the geo, the description or the geo chart? The description states the 29er has a 65 and the 27.5 a 64.
  • 3 0
 PIPEDREAM MOXIE 2021. watch and learn people.
  • 2 0
 Prety nice welds management, hope it's not just for the marketing samples !
  • 1 4
 Even if - it’s still good. Several brands showcased cuts through their carbon frames and you could see voids, wrinkles and places with too much resin.
  • 2 0
 Real nice specs for a hardtail! I would love to own that bike Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Gorgeous!
  • 1 0
 Pretty bikes! Not quite slack and long enough for my personal taste though :-P
  • 1 0
 They look nice but I paid $300 for my 2020 Ragley Marley frame late last year. So, $825 for a frame here? No thanks.
  • 2 0
 This, right here. $825 can't be correct. I believe a chromag stylus can be had for a hundred bucks less.
  • 1 1
 Just look at this! A beautifully engineered metel bike. Just look at the finish on it. A pleasure to see over the constant barrage of plastic bikes.
  • 1 0
 Pricey for an Alu frame! especially when ChroMo is the same price...........
  • 1 0
 Yeah they were using Reynolds 5** steel in previous HT frames, assume the bottom line has something to do with this.
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: These in steel look to be 752, so unless it's some super alloy blend/manufacturer at the same price I'd definitely pick the Reynolds!
  • 2 0
 Us vertically challenged riders have been left out once again
  • 2 0
 would you really want it anyway?
  • 1 0
 huge chainstays, no reach or stack numbers on the charts and an alu frame for £599 they are taking the piss.
  • 2 0
 " smaller wheels" ARE YOU GUYS AFRAID TO SAY TWENTY SEVEN POINT FIVE!!!
  • 2 0
 I paid £550 for my Santa Cruz Chameleon frame, just saying...
  • 2 0
 These are really nice
  • 1 0
 But did they bring a plate?
  • 2 0
 This. More of this.
  • 1 0
 Why did they skip size S? Also, 455mm chainstays?
  • 1 0
 Nice lines. Still give me one of their steelys any day though.
  • 1 0
 Pace RC627/529 same money....
  • 1 0
 And I thought only furloughed bankers rode ribbles...
  • 1 0
 All Ribble bikes should be green.
  • 7 7
 Aluminum HT? Steel is real
  • 3 1
 Not all steel is created equal. There are some steel bikes out there that don't offer the ride that made steel's good name. In order to make frames ready for anything,some brands delivered heavy frames that ride as harsh as a stiff aluminum bike.
  • 7 1
 Aluminum is real too! I've touched it, and unless I'm riding a chimera, it makes a great bicycle frame. Aluminum is the most abundant metallic element in Earth's crust. It's real!
  • 1 0
 Steel an Titanium HT are also available from ribble
  • 1 0
 Good looking frames
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