I must admit that I don’t know much about Ribble’s (UK based bike OEM) lineup for road, gravel, or trail. So this slipped under the radar a couple days ago when they launched. If you’re in the market for a aluminum (or aluminium) trail bike, the HT Trail AL 29 and HT AL present very good value-for-money especially considering Ribble’s unique customization options.
Ribble Launches HT Trail AL 29 and HT AL models
Ribble Cycles adds 2 new hardtail models into the range – the HT Trail AL 29 and the HT AL.
Both machines have been designed and developed in the UK by the in-house R&D team specifically for off-road tough trail riding. The HT Trail AL 29 is a versatile aluminium trail hardtail that is designed for nailing singletrack and trails and the HT AL is the definitive hardcore hardtail that deserves to be ridden flat out and adrenaline fuelled when the terrain pushes you to your limits.
The HT Trail AL 29, with its ultra-modern, lightweight, tough and responsive 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium frame with premium smooth welds, 130mm of tune-able suspension and 29” wheels is a do-it-all hardtail designed to cover rough terrain at speed. A modern trail geometry optimised for 130mm travel forks with an oversized 44mm headtube, slack 64° head angle and long wheelbase inspires confidence on fast technical descents offering controlled handling. Designed around 29” wheels with 148mm Boost spacing and shortened chainstays, fully internal cable routing with the ability to fit an internally routed dropper post. The 29” wheels make light work of the rough stuff and carry speed over technical trails with the frame giving ample clearance for 29”x2.5” tyres keeps options open for fast-rolling with maximum grip. The design has been finished in matt anthracite with brushed chrome mirror graphics
The HT AL is built around a tough yet lightweight 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium frame with premium smooth welds and strengthening gussets to provide superior strength and torsional stiffness. A long and low geometry with oversized headtube, slack 64º head angle and long wheelbase means the HT AL can be railed around corners and remains planted at speed – the 150mm suspension adds extra confidence on the most technical of descents. Designed around 27.5” wheels with 148mm Boost spacing and shortened stays results in a highly versatile, responsive and super-fun frame that is incredibly fast, agile and controlled. The clean lines are enhanced by fully internal cable routing with the option to fit an internally routed dropper post. Ample frame clearance for a 27.5”x2.6” tyre provides exceptional grip and control across all types of terrain.
They have both been designed for specific styles of off-road riding with extensive customisation and personalisation. Both machines are available in 3 suggested builds or can be customised to your own specification via BikeBuilder and finished in your own colourway with Custom Colour.
HT Trail AL 29 – Sport, From £1,399
HT Trail AL 29 – Enthusiast, From £1,699
HT Trail AL 29 – Pro, From £1,999
HT Trail AL Frameset, From £599
HT AL – Sport, From £1,399
HT AL – Enthusiast, From £1,699
HT AL – Pro, From £1,999
HT AL – Frameset, From £599