Complete builds of carbon race bikes on offer from a little over £1,500
Ribble has long held a reputation for making excellent bikes and impressively low prices, and its two new 2017 models, the Aero 883 Disc and the Ultimate SL, look to continue in exactly the same vein.
The Ribble Ultimate SL is a completely new frame for 2017, with the frame apparently weighing just 840g, putting it right up there with some of the lightest climbing bikes on the market. The bike also has an oversized bottom bracket and a tapered head tube that promises “responsive race handling” while the very thin seatstays bring to mind the Cannondale SuperSix Evo, and should hopefully make for a more comfortable ride too.
The bike starts from just £1,699, with a complete bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifting and Ribble’s own 1300g 35mm SL carbon wheels will set you back £2,699. For reference, a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (an excellent value bike in its own right) with the same groupset but alloy wheels costs £3,199, so if the Ribble Ultimate SL offers anything like a decent ride, it could be a winner.
The other new bike in the range is the Ribble Aero 883 Disc. As you can probably guess, this is a disc brake-equipped version of the company’s existing Aero 883, gaining flat-mount disc calipers as well as thru-axles front and rear.
Pricing on this model is just as keen as with the Ultimate SL, with complete bikes starting from £1,599, and £2,699 being enough to buy you a Aero 883 Disc with Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic disc brakes and Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels.
Both bikes will be available on the Ribble Cycles website from mid-October.