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Ribble launch flagship Ultimate SL – their lightest ever frame

840g frame now available, with recommended Ultegra Di2 spec coming in at £2,999

Ribble’s new range-topping race bike, the Ultimate SL, is now available – and the 840g frame is the lightest the Lancashire-based brand has produced to date.

Ribble say the Ultimate SL, first teased at the Cycle Show back in September, is ‘ideal for riders looking for a super-light machine for the road’.

While low weight is the Ultimate SL’s calling card, Ribble say the tube profiles have also been designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind.

Ribble offer the Ultimate SL with Shimano Ultegra Di2 for £2,999

Stiffness is important, too, and the Ultimate SL has an oversized bottom bracket, while the thin seatstays and 27.2mm seatpost look to boost comfort.

The Ultimate SL is described as having a ‘racing geometry’, though, with a 561 toptube and  the 180mm headtube for a large frame, it’s not as obviously aggressive as some race bikes. However, the short wheelbase (990mm) and chainstays (405mm), should ensure a responsive ride.

The Ultimate SL is available through Ribble’s online bike builder from £1,599, while Ribble also offer a recommended spec with Shimano Ultegra Di2, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and Deda Zero finishing kit for £2,999.

James Dove, Ribble product and brand director, said: “The Ultimate SL is our most ambitious bike yet. We’ve entered super-light territory with this frame and are really proud of what we’ve achieved.

At a claimed 840g, the Ultimate SL is Ribble’s lightest frame to date

“Our customers can now spec an incredibly light and quality build for immense value.  Through over a year of designing, refining and testing, the Ultimate SL now sits proudly at the top of our range.”

As with the rest of Ribble’s bikes, the Ultimate SL comes with a six-year warranty and 30-day returns policy.

Website: Ribble

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