Ribble SL review

The Ribble SL is the lightest frame the company has ever built, and it well and truly shows when heading up hill

Ribble SL road bike
Cycling Weekly Verdict

An incredibly lightweight climbing bike that makes heading uphill a cinch. The ride can be harsh for big rides, but if you choose the spec carefully then you can unlock the potential of a frame that's built to fly.

Reasons to buy
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    Incredibly light

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    New Dura-Ace is great

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    Ribble BikeBuilder makes it competitively priced

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    Ribble BikeBuilder makes it easier to swap out components

Reasons to avoid
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    Harsh ride

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    Skinny 23mm tyres

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    Flexi Deda bars

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Aero bikes, racing bikes, sportive bikes – Ribble has released the lot. But now, the British brand has set its sights on the skies, releasing its lightest ever frame and its first dedicated climbing bike, the Ribble SL.

The frame weighs a claimed 840g, while the full build - on our scales at least - weighs in at an astonishing 6.60kg. A lightweight, deadly competitive bike, we took the Ribble SL to the highlands of Scotland to test it out.

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