Ribble bikes: which model is right for you?

We walk you through the road bikes available from Preston based bike brand, Ribble Cycles

Ribble Cycles is a Preston based brand founded in 1897. Bikes from Ribble are masterminded at their UK headquarters, produced in the far east and then built up back in the UK in Preston and Birmingham.

One of the greatest attractions of buying a bike from Ribble is that customers can select their own spec via the online bike builder.

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Ribble bikes are purchased direct via the company website and the lack of retailers involved cuts down costs for the buyer, too.

It is possible to visit Ribble’s showroom in Preston, Lancashire for advice and bike fitting services or the company’s newer store in Birmingham.

As well as bikes, Ribble stocks a range of components, clothing and accessories including kit from its own cycling kit brand – Nuovo.

Ribble is one of the UK’s largest bike manufacturers, and it also has branches in Australia and Germany.

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Ribble bikes: the range

In our guide, we’ve listed ‘from’ prices, these are the RRPs for the cheapest build option. In all cases, you can alter the components for a higher end creation.

Ribble Endurance: endurance, endurance race, steel and electric

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Ribble Endurance AL disc

The Ribble Endurance family is extensive, covering super light race bikes to entry level aluminum options as well as steel and e-bikes.

It’s worth noting that whilst all models sport a ‘relaxed’ geometry, the numbers do change with frame material and family, so the ride will vary depending upon the option you choose.

The Ribble Endurance SL R is the one for racers who want to be comfortable. It’s available with rotor stoppers as the ‘Endurance SL R Disc’, and though this is a more relaxed frame than the full race aero creations, the front end is a few mm lower than the aluminium Endurance builds.

The key talking point with the SL R is weight – this is Ribble’s lightest ever production bike. The chassis uses top quality T800/T1000 carbon, and specced out with the very top end full carbon Lightweight wheels, THM carbon chainset and Cane Creek EE brakes it comes down to a jaw dropping 5.4kg.

Prices begin at £2,499 with Shimano Ultegra and rim brakes.

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Ribble Endurance SL R

One notch down is the Endurance SL family. The difference between the ‘SL’ and ‘SL R’ models is that whilst both models use a blend of Toray T800 and T1000 carbon, the SL R uses more of the latter, whilst also using carbon at the headtube and for bottom bracket inserts. Low weight paint and decal finish also reduce grams, saving about 300g in total vs the SL.

The SL is still fast and responsive – our Shimano 105 disc build came in at 8.6kg in a size large on test, impressing the reviewer enough to gain a 9/10 score.

As per the SL R, rim and disc models are available. Recommended builds begin as low as £1,599 with Shimano 105.

The Ribble Endurance SL-e is a pretty incredible creation. Ribble calls this the ‘world’s lightest e-bike range’ and at a built weight that can go as low as 11kg (11.6kg for a Shimano 105 option), it’s certainly an impressive feat. The rear hub motor system weighs just 3.5kg.

The power is delivered across three modes, and riders access up to 250watts. The assistance will cut out at 15mph – the UK limit, but you can go faster if your legs will let you. A Shimano Tiagra model costs £2499.

The aluminium options are split into Endurance AL (from £799) and Endurance AL Disc (from £899).

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Ribble Endurnace AL

The basic AL uses double butted 6061 tubing and comes with a tapered fork steerer and oversized head tube along with a beefed up bottom bracket for control and power transfer. There’s some aero additions – in the carbon aero fork and truncated aerofoil down tube. Cable routing is internal and max tyre width is 28mm.

The disc model (pictured above) shares the same frame material, but comes with bolt through disc brakes and can support 30mm tyres.

There’s also a steel build, which uses Reynolds 725 metal. The geometry here is a little more relaxed, with a slightly higher front end than the aluminium choices. The Endurance 725 rim starts at £899 and the disc at £999.

All models come with kinked seat stays to add compliance and reduce vibration, plus bolt through axles for discs and 28mm/30mm tyre clearance. They can all be built up with an integrated carbon cockpit.

Ribble R872: endurance

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Ribble R872 disc

Listed as an endurance bike, the Ribble R872 features a short reach and taller top tube when compared with the Endurance line up, making it more a thoroughbred comfort bike as opposed to a comfortable race bike.

The R872 is a long term favourite at Cycling Weekly with the latest version being selected for our 2018 Editor’s Choice awards.

Our reviewer commented: “With all the trimmings you’d expect from a modern carbon frame, the Ribble R872 undercuts the competition in terms of ride quality and value for money.”

The frame features plenty of compliance adding trinkets, such as the dropped seat stays and and lengthened chainstays for stability, but there’s also the likes of an aero profile fork and oversized profile to ensure stiffness.

Tyre clearance is 28mm across both disc and rim models (25mm with mudguards) and cable routing is internal and Di2 compatible.

Most notable, you can get a rim model for £999 with Shimano Tiagra, or go disc from £1099.

Ribble CGR: ‘cross and gravel

‘CGR’ stands for cross, gravel and road.

Ribble offers the frame in aluminium, carbon, steel and titanium. There’s also an electric version of the aluminium frame. All models come with a thru axle ready carbon fork to dull out buzz and drop weight whilst maintaining stiffness.

The chassis has clearance for up to 47mm tyres, plus mudguard and rack mounts – with aluminium, steel and titanium versions having a carrying capacity of 20kg. They’ve all got internal cable routing which keeps shifting clean and crisp.

The geometry is relaxed, to suit the all-day nature of gravel rides and the control requirements of off-road riding.

As you’d expect, the aluminium (CGR AL) option is the entry level choice, from £999, if you opt for a Shimano Tiagra build.

The CGR Ti (titanium) model uses triple butted tubing and carries a five year warranty. Ribble has chosen to use Shimano’s new gravel specific GRX groupset, with models starting at £2199.

The steel model uses Reynolds 725 tubes (hence the name ‘CGR 725’) and a Tiagra build will set you back £1199.

The ‘CGR SL’ is the carbon model, and offers some exciting frame features thanks to the capabilities of carbon, and it’s a model that would be well at home at endurance road events with a tyre swap.

The seat stay profile is dropped and kinked, which Ribble says offers vertical compliance and absorbs vibration, whilst  there are some aero nods in the use of a truncated aerofoil downtube and seat tube, aero fork and there’s even the option of adding a carbon integrated cockpit. Prices start from £1499 with Shimano Tiagra.

The newly added Ribble CGR AL-e uses much the same technology as the Endurance SL e, with the motor system located in the rear hub and adding around 3.5kg. Models begin at an affordable £1899 with a Shimano Tiagra group.

Aero 883: aero race

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Ribble Aero 883

As the title would suggest, this is Ribble’s aero road bike – it was developed alongside Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) in Sheffield, a company have worked elsewhere on Formula 1 and MotoGP mobiles.

The chassis sports its Kamm Tail seat tube and down tube – designed to reduce turbulence – with an integrated seat clamp. There’s a rim and disc version on offer, the former accommodating aero Direct Fit brake calipers and the latter sporting 12mm thru-axles.

A shorter top tube is included so that you can mount clip on aero bars and gain a good position. The top end T1000 and T800 carbon is manipulated to keep weight low and stiffness high.

Prices start from £1599 (rim) and £1699 (disc) with Shimano 105 and Mavic Aksium wheels.

Ribble TT & Aero TT bike

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Ribble Ultra TT

The carbon framed Ultra has been optimised using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and real world testing with fine tuning by National Time Trial Champion and WattShop founder Dan Bigham.

The tubing features Kammtail airfoil profiles, and the brakes are covered. The cockpit is designed to be highly adjustable and seatpost allows for multiple positions, creating seat post angles from 76 to 49 degrees.

Other nods to speed include a tear drop down tube which hugs the rear wheel to reduce drag, and a ‘shark fin’ fork designed to cut through the air. The seat tubes are curved, which reduces the wheelbase for a more quick footed ride that will suit sporting courses. The seatpost clamp is integrated, and the post itself is shaped to cut drag too.

Ribble says it saves around 23 seconds over a flat 25-mile time trial, when riding at 29mph, and it’s UCI legal. The ‘Tri’ version comes with additional feed boxes.

Models start at £1599 with Shimano 105 and Mavic Aksium wheels.

Ribble CXL & CX cyclocross bikes

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Ribble CX

Whilst the CGR is for cross and gravel, the CX and CX SL models are cyclocross racers.

Both models feature a carbon fork and 12mm thru axle, flat mount disc brakes. There’s space for tyres up to 35mm and cable routing is internal, which keeps muck out and ensures tangle free shouldering.

The distinguishing feature is frame material. The CX (from £899) is aluminium and the CX SL (from £1599) is carbon. All models use disc brakes.