Ribble R872 Tiagra review

A versatile machine for those looking to take their first steps into carbon road bikes

Ribble R872 Tiagra   
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A versatile bike that we'd recommend as a first carbon road bike for anyone taking their first steps into the performance market. Where previously Ribble was head and shoulders ahead of the competition on value, it's now a little more in-line - but the frame impressed us and it's a chassis with enough performance characteristics to keep a rider entertained as skill and enthusiasm progress, especially via a few component upgrades.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable ride

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    Good handling

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    Lightweight

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    A frame worthy of future upgrades

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    Value

Reasons to avoid
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    Poor braking

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The Ribble R872 Tiagra was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

The Ribble R872 is no stranger to the Cycling Weekly tech team. Its last appearance in the office was in 2018, when a Shimano 105 equipped model (costing £1,199) walked away with a 10/10 score, scooping up an Editor's Choice award along the way.

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