Ribble Endurance SL R disc review

British bike brand Ribble continues to go from strength to strength, but how does its Endurance SL R model stack up against its competitors?

Ribble Endurance SL R disc review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Ribble Endurance SL R is a stylish bike with an excellent turn of pace, a mouth-watering spec for an impressive price. Whilst not carrying the promised aero uplift and detailed R&D behind the new Ultra, the SL R is rapid without being unconventional. Low weight hasn’t been prioritised, and as such, the Endurance SL R can suffer on some of the steepest climbs. Despite that, this bike represents phenomenal value for an outstanding race bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Sleek looking

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    Fast when up to speed

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    Fantastic spec for the price

Reasons to avoid
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    On the heavier side

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Ribble’s naming conventions can cause some confusion. Whilst ‘endurance’ is often a marker of a more relaxed fit, in the case of the Preston based brand, the Endurance bikes are race-ready road bikes. The Endurance SL R is the lighter of the siblings, the other half of the pair being the Endurance SL. For those after the ultimate in speed, the ‘Ultra’ is, according to Ribble, the ‘most aerodynamically advanced bike in the world’, a bold claim and one we’ve yet to verify (without a wind tunnel, it will be a tough job).  

The Endurance SL R certainly impressed us, and in part due to the excellent value for money. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.