Ribble Endurance 725 'Base' model review: a stylish year-round training bike

Made from Reynolds 725 steel, the Ribble Endurance delivers a comfortable, if not slightly heavy, ride

Ribble's Endurance 725 road bike with 10-speed Shimano Tiagra groupset
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A year-round training bike, the Ribble Endurance Base will keep you riding through the darkest depths of winter to the sunniest of summer days. It’s certainly not the sort of bike you’ll win races on, but it will allow for consistent training that will translate to winning form when race day arrives. Careful, however, not to succumb to disillusionment should those on lighter steeds leave you behind when the road starts to rise.

Reasons to buy
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    Offers year-round practicality

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    Elegant and stylish frameset

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    Reliable and high-performing components

Reasons to avoid
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    Narrower tire clearance by today’s standards

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    Feels weighty when climbing

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    Tire choice could be better

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Take a first glance at Ribble's Endurance 725 'Base' model, and straight away something looks different. Eventually, it becomes obvious – this is a rim brake bike, no discs. That's not to say this isn't a good looking machine though – it certainly is, sharing plenty of attributes with its disc-brake equivalent, which made our list of the best steel bikes.

It's part of a four-bike Endurance 725 range, all featuring Reynolds steel tubing and yes, all featuring rim brakes. With a 10-speed Tiagra, the Base is the lowest rung bike, with the top-specced machine, the Pro, featuring Ultegra Di2 and carbon wheels.

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Steve has been writing (mainly fitness features) for Cycling Weekly for 11 years. His current riding inclination is to go long on gravel bikes... which melds nicely with a love of carbs