RIbble Cycles first set up shop in Preston, Lancashire, in 1897 and, as they approach their 120th year in the business, have become a popular manufacturer of affordable bikes among UK cyclists.
Ribble’s online ‘bike builder’ facility allows customer to spec their bike with groupsets from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, and down to the details, from cassette ratio to handlebar width.
The latest range has 16 frames on which to base the build and covers all seasons – from winter-ready bikes to summer steeds – and all frame materials – carbon, aluminium, titanium and steel – and the 2016 range includes five new frames. Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer from Ribble.
The new Endurance is the Ribble’s entry into the carbon fibre, disc-equipped road bike market.
Ribble say the asymmetric rear triangle has been reinforced on both sides to counteract the forces generated by both the disc brake and drivetrain, while the carbon fibre fork has also been beefed up to cope with the front disc brake.
Ribble pitch this as an endurance machine, and while the geometry is a little more relaxed than an all-out race bike, it’s a bit more aggressive than those bikes built around Ribble’s sportive geometry, with a large frame combining a 555mm toptube with a 160mm headtube.
Dressed in Shimano’s 105 5800 11-speed groupset, the basic build will cost you £1,179.99 (prices are subject to change), while the build featured here, with Shimano Ultegra, Deda bars, stem and seatpost and Shimano RX31 wheels, takes the price closer to the £1,500 mark.