The following step in Ed Hood’s enterprise into the world of gravel is to have a chat with ex-top street rider turned head of product with Ribble Cycles, Jamie Burrow. Jamie was a high novice and turned professional with the US Postal workforce, then was very profitable on the Gran Fondo scene. Ed spoke to Jamie about gravel and the Ribble vary and their new titanium eTap mannequin.
We get plenty of press releases at PEZ however one which notably caught our eye got here from the good of us at Ribble, purveyors of a variety of cool however reasonably priced machines, regarding their new SRAM eTap AXS x Ribble Gravel Ti machine. I’ve been relatively passionate about the ‘gravel bug’ of late – see our current interviews with ‘Gravel Grinders’ Laurens Ten Dam and Pete Stetina – and was intrigued by this beast.
Jamie Burrow, Ribble’s Head of Product
Titanium for a gravel bike?
It’s tough stuff to work with, very arduous and requires loads of talent on the a part of the welder, it’s not practically as easy to work with as metal or aluminium. However devotees enthuse concerning the ‘zingy’ experience traits and it’s gentle and powerful. This one additionally has one rattling cool paint job; I wanted to know extra. Sasha Castling, Ribble’s Head of Public Relations put us in contact with Jamie Burrow, Ribble’s Head of Product.
Jamie was a US Postal rider
Jamie has featured in our pages previously, he was UCi primary rated u23 rider on this planet in 1999 and was signed by the US Postal Service skilled workforce. As an novice he set the file for the French climb of Plateau de Beille in the course of the Ronde de L’isard stage race, beating Marco Pantani’s file for the climb set the earlier yr within the Tour de France. He’s a person that is aware of a little bit about bicycles then. . .
Jamie Burrow – Winner
We kicked off by asking Jamie if Gravel is only a fad or one thing that’s going to go the way in which it has within the USA the place it’s the quickest rising side of the game attributable to the truth that motor automobiles don’t get in on the act in any respect and the ‘guidelines about guidelines’ brigade haven’t bought their hooks into it – but. . .
PEZ: Gravel is right here to remain then, Jamie?
Jamie Burrow: Gravel is a really thrilling and dynamic self-discipline and it’ll come as no shock that it’ll get even greater because it evolves as a race class and will get the highlight as a sport. With extra races, extra riders, extra uptake, extra technological bike design developments, extra monetary help and extra international protection – as a style it’s actually capturing the creativeness and can proceed to develop and develop quickly as a self-discipline.
PEZ: Why titanium, you have already got an aluminium gravel bike?
As an idea bike and collaboration, Ti not solely suits nicely with gravel attributable to its power and reliability however can be simpler to customize. As a fabric it exquisitely showcases this premium product with high-end elements and ideas.
PEZ: The color scheme is cool – who got here up with that look?
We wished to create a really distinctive and uniquely beautiful product.
The half painted Ti with excessive gloss paint enhances the brushed titanium qualities.
It embodies our collaboration and cleverly color matches the fork and handlebar with a dramatic design that sweeps throughout the body and RockShox Final fork, but nonetheless encapsulates the timeless nature of uncooked titanium.
PEZ: What are the variations between street and gravel bike geometry?
Gravel is far more relaxed and our gravel platform utilises a gravel optimised geometry which provides an extended and decrease body for a extra ‘planted’ really feel over technical terrain.
PEZ: Who did the take a look at driving – and the place?
The present model comes underneath the Ribble in-house R&D & Take a look at workforce who collaborated on and introduced the idea collectively. We’ve bought some nice gravel driving right here within the Ribble Valley and surrounding areas.
PEZ: Do you ever envisage a Ribble professional rider(s) ‘doing a Lachlan Morton or Alex Howes’ and driving an ‘different’ gravel/enduro programme?
A few of our Ribble Weldtite Professional Biking riders have an interest on this style and have already participated in some occasions together with the Soiled Reiver. Jake Tipper, who you’ll recall was a really profitable workforce pursuit rider and has received levels in UCi worldwide stage races like Qinghai Lakes and the Tour du Maroc has already been competing on gravel – he received the 130 kilometre ‘Soiled Reiver’ occasion in Northumberland this yr. Final yr, when not at full health he was tenth within the 200 kilometre model of the occasion which includes 3,700 metres of climbing. Because it opens up as a race class I hope we will probably be a Ribble Professional Gravel workforce. It’s a horny and thrilling path for street riders too because it provides an alternate setting with totally different and new thrilling challenges.
PEZ: Entrance shock absorbers – can they be ‘dialled out’ for easy pavement – and what concerning the weight penalty?
Briefly, ‘sure’ and on the subject of the load the total bike is available in at a powerful 10kg.
PEZ: Why 1x transmission – don’t you want a wider unfold of ratios?
With 1x you do get a wider vary of ratios, and as utilized in MTB so it’s good for gravel.
PEZ: Are you content wi-fi shifting is as much as the pains of gravel?
Undoubtedly! Much less cables is best all spherical!
PEZ: Why a ‘dropper’ seat publish ?
As a collaboration with SRAM we would have liked to include all the AXS XPLR parts and showcase the wi-fi know-how to its full capability.
PEZ: The machine has loads of attachment factors – extremely distance and enduro are inside it’s scope too then?
PEZ: Has the bike been raced but – and the way was the suggestions?
Not but; however watch this area…
# Regardless of Jamie’s coyness on that final query now we have a sense that aforementioned Jake Tipper could also be placing a SRAM eTap AXS x Ribble Gravel Ti by means of it’s paces in anger earlier than too lengthy. #