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Ribble R872 Matt Schwarz





Ein klassiches, preisgekröntes, perfekt ausgewogenes, aus Rennen geborenes Rennrad

Das Ribble R872 ist ein preisgekröntes Leichtgewicht und aus Rennen geborenes Rennrad. Es ist unser charakteristisches Carbon-Straßenrennrad, das verfeinert und aktualisiert wurde, um den Fahrern eine optimale Leistungsmaschine zu bieten.

Das Herzstück des R872 ist ein fortschrittliches, hochmodulares Carbon-Rahmenset mit integrierten aerodynamischen Eigenschaften. Es ist ein schnelles Fahrrad, egal für welche Komponenten Sie sich entscheiden.

Wenn Sie eine rennorientierte Geometrie in einem Carbon-Rennrad wünschen, das R872 ist perfekt für Renn- und Straßenfahrten ausgelegt. Das R872 ist fest als beliebter Ribble-Klassiker etabliert und erfüllt alle Voraussetzungen für schnelles Fahren auf der Straße. Er bietet ein perfekt ausbalanciertes Fahrverhalten und eine äußerst wettbewerbsfähige Leistung.

Das R872 ist jetzt erhältlich in dezentem Matt Schwarz oder einer neuen hellen silbermatten Farbkombination, und ist in unserem KundenFarbe-Programm verfügbar, mit dem Sie Ihre exklusive handlackierte Oberfläche auswählen können. Um diese Option zu erkunden, können Sie in unserem BikeBuilder aus einer Vielzahl von Farben wählen.

“Die bewährte Geometrie des R872 bietet das schnelle und präzise Handling, das Sie von einem Rennrad erwarten. Wirf das R872 in eine enge Kurve und es wird konstant folgen, unterstützt von der exzellenten Steifigkeit des Steuerrohrs am vorderen Ende.” “ Egal, für welche Konstruktion du dich entscheidest, der R872-Rahmen bleibt im Herzen des Bikes und ist ein Knaller” - RCUK 

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...Und Viel Mehr!
BAU DEIN EIGENES

VERFEINERT UM VORN ZU BLEIBEN

Das Ribble-Designteam hat das R872 weiterentwickelt, um sicherzustellen, dass es das perfekte Gleichgewicht zwischen Steifigkeit, Gewicht und Komfort erreicht. Im Mittelpunkt ihrer Aufmerksamkeit stehen die wichtigsten Konstruktionsziele für ein klassisches Carbon-Rennrad: geringes Gewicht, Steifigkeit und Festigkeit in optimalen Bereichen, aerodynamische Eigenschaften und eine schnelle Fahrqualität.

Dieses innovative Vollcarbon-Rahmenset verfügt über eine interne Kabelführung, ein konisches Steuerrohr, einen versteiften Tretlagerbereich und tiefe Kettenstreben für eine verbesserte Kraftübertragung. Es ist auch Di2 / Elektronik bereit.

"Steifigkeit bei einem Rennrad ist essentiell, aber es muss auch ausgeglichen sein mit Komfort, Gewicht und Kosten." - Cyclist Magazin.

Der R872 wurde technisch so konstruiert, dass es die beste Seitensteifigkeit bietet und so die Übertragung der Trittkraft des Fahrers auf die Straße optimiert. Das bedeutet, dass durch den Rahmenflex minimale Energie verloren geht. Eine sorgfältig recherchierte und getestete Kombination aus dem erstklassigen Toray T1000 / T800 Carbon wird von erfahrenen Carbonrahmenbauern in Handarbeit hergestellt.

Die preisgekrönten Eigenschaften des R872 sind das Ergebnis sorgfältiger Forschung, um die besten Rohrformen und -dimensionen zu finden, die richtige Wahl der Carbon Grade und des Layup-Designs. Das Hinzufügen von mehr Carbon-Laminat zu einem Bereich eines Rahmens wirkt sich auf das gesamte Fahrrad aus, so dass das R872 das Ergebnis eines gründlichen Testprozesses ist.

Das R872 ist weiterhin eines unserer meist ausgezeichneten und meistverkauften Bikes, das Preise für die Fahreigenschaften, die Leistung und das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis der Radsport-Medien sammelt.

PRÄZISE HANDHABUNG UND AERODYNAMIK

Das R872 ist ausgewogen, genau wie ein Rennrad sein sollte, mit einem kurzen Radstand, der das Bike agil und die Handhabung schnell und präzise hält.

Das R872-Design beinhaltet aerodynamische Eigenschaften - die Integration zwischen der Gabel und dem Unterrohr verbessert die aerodynamische Effizienz des Fahrrades. Das R872-Steuerrohr ist konisch und so geformt, dass es leicht durch die Luft schneidet, sowie auch überdimensioniert für Steifigkeit am vorderen Ende.

Mit einem Freiraum für 25mm-Reifen und einer 27,2mm Sattelstütze bietet das R872 Komfort beim Fahren und Rennen auf längeren Strecken. Der Rahmen verfügt auch über gewichtssparende Carbon Drop-Outs.

Um sicherzustellen, dass wir fortwährend die fortschrittlichsten Carbonrahmen entwickeln und liefern, verfolgen unser Designteam und unsere Partner einen wissenschaftlichen Ansatz für das Rahmendesign. Durch eine Reihe von strengen Flex-Tests sind wir in der Lage, Steifigkeitswerte zu ermitteln.

Steifigkeitsvergleiche zwischen diesem R872 (mk III) und dem Design, das es ersetzt:
Inline-Steifigkeit der Gabel (vorne / hinten) - 16,4% erhöht.
Seitensteifigkeit der Gabel - 26,5% erhöht.
Steifigkeit des Steuerrohrs - 8% erhöht.
Rahmen-Tretlager-Steifigkeit - 15,4% erhöht.
Rahmen-Kettenstrebe-Steifigkeit - 14% erhöht.

BEREIT ZUM FAHREN. BEREIT ZUM RENNEN.

Das R872 ist ein ausgewogenes Rennrad, das an den richtigen Stellen schnell und steif ist. Es ist bereit für alles, einschließlich Straßen- und Rundstreckenrennen, die großen Berge oder Ihre lokalen Hügel. Worauf warten Sie?

Was die Presse über das R872 sagte -

“Das R872 bietet alltäglichen Komfort mit Schwung und Elan.” BikesEtc

“Ernsthaft gute Ware fürs Geld.” Cyclist Magazine

Das R872 ist wirklich ein sehr beeindruckendes Fahrrad...die Geometrie sitzt haargenau. Es gibt überhaupt keinen Zweifel daran, dass Ribble super Leistung für wenig Geld bietet. Ein hoch modularer Carbon Rahmen gepaart mit einer kompletten 105 Gruppe für £1000 ist außergewöhnlich - 10 von 10

- Cycling Weekly - Best on Test August 2017  

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SCHLÜSSELMERKMALE

1. Super steifer Rahmen und Gabeln
Ein wahrer Rennen Stammbaum in einer schön aussehenden Verpackung
2. Rahmen bis Gabel integriertes Design
Reduziert Drag und erhöht Aerodynamik
3. Carbon Ausfallende
Hilft, Gewicht zu sparen
4. 27,2mm Sattelstütze
Schlanke Sattelstütze erhöht den Komfort
5. Di2 und EPS bereit
Kann mit allen mechanischen und elektronischen Gruppen bestückt werden
6. Übergroßes Tretlager
Um bei Kraftübertragung und Tret-Effizienz zu helfen
7. Konisches Steuerrohr
Erhöht Steifigkeit vorne & positive Steuerung
8. Übergroße Kettenstreben
Weitere Erhöhung der Kraftübertragung zu den Rädern
 

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Ribble R872 Matt Schwarz

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Größe & Geometrie

Ribble R872 Matt Schwarz
  XS S M L XL
Körperhöhe

154 - 165cm

5'1" - 5'5"

167 - 170cm

5'6" - 5'7"

172 - 177cm

5'8" - 5'10"

180 - 182cm

5'11" - 6'0"

185 - 190cm

6'1" - 6'3"

A - Sitzrohr (mm) 470 490 510 530.5 550.5
B - Oberrohr (mm) 515 531.5 548.4 565.5 583
C - Reach (mm) 375 382 389 396 403
D - Steuerrohr (mm) 102.3 122.6 145 165.3 182.7
E- Stack (mm) 505 525 545 565 585
F - Gabelwinkel 72º 72.2º 72.4º 72.6º 73.3º
G - Radstand (mm) 960.9 972.6 985.2 996.6 999.7
H - Kettenstrebe (mm) 406 406 406 406 406
I - Sitzrohrwinkel 74.5º 74.1º 73.7º 73.3º 72.9º

UNSERE ERHÄLTLICHEN RAHMENGRÖSSEN

NICHT MEHR LIEFERBAR: Medium und Large. Alle Größen beim R872 Silber noch erhältlich

47 5' 1" - 5' 5"

Auf Lager

49 5' 5" - 5' 8"

Auf Lager

55.5 6' 1" - 6' 3"

Auf Lager

Häufig gestellte Fragen

F: Was sind die neuen Merkmale des R872?
A: Das neue R872 wurde komplett überarbeitet, um ein verbessertes Paket zu bieten, jedes Rohr wurde optimiert. Wir haben die Steifigkeit bei gleichem Gewicht erhöht und eine neue integrierte Gabel und Steuersatz verbessern die Aerodynamik.
F: Warum ist Rahmensteifigkeit wichtig?
A: Erhöhte Rahmensteifigkeit an strategischen Stellen reduziert die Rahmenbiegung und verbessert die Kraftübertragung und Beschleunigung.
F: Könnte ich mit diesem Fahrrad an Rennen oder Sportives mitmachen?
A: Das R872 ist ein großartiges Fahrrad für Leute, die schnelle Sportives fahren wollen. Das Rahmen-Design bedeutet, dass Sie eine komfortable Fahrt bekommen, aber eine steife Tretplattform. Der leichte Rahmen eignet sich besonders für hügelige Veranstaltungen.
F: Für welche Art von Fahrt ist es am besten geeignet?
A: Das R872 ist designt mit einer renn-orientierten Geometrie, geeignet für schnelles Fahren, Rennen, KOM Jagd und Sportives. Das Gewicht des Rahmens macht es auch zu einer großartigen Maschine für Bergauffahrten.
F: Kann ich clip-on Aerolenker mit diesem Fahrrad verwenden?
A: Ja, wenn Sie Lenker mit rundem Profil wählen, wird es möglich sein, die meisten clip-on Aerolenker anzubringen, so wird das Fahrrad passender für den gelegentlichen Triathlon oder Bahnrennen.
F: Aus was ist der Rahmen gemacht und wie viel wiegt er?
A: Der Rahmen wiegt 1070 Gramm (Größe Small) und ist aus hochmodularem, marktführendem Toray Carbon.
F: Welche maximale Reifenbreite kann angebracht werden?
A: 25mm.
F: Sind an dem Fahrrad Pedale?
A: Nein, Pedale sind eine ganz persönliche Wahl. Wir bieten aber eine große Auswahl anPedalen an.
F: Welche Gewährleistung ist auf dem Rahmen und was ist beinhaltet?
A: Der Rahmen hat drei Jahre Gewährleistung auf Herstellungsfehler. Alle anderen Teile haben die Standard Hersteller Garantie.
F: Gibt es das R872 auch in anderen Farben?
A: Das R872 ist erhältlich in Matt Schwarz und Matt Silber. Es ist auch in unserem KundenFarbe Programm, das Ihnen eine breite Palette an exklusiven handlackierten Finishs ermöglicht. Diese Option finden Sie im Reiter Style in unserem BikeBuilder. Unser KundenFarbe-Programm kostet £299 und die Rahmen werden von Hand in UK lackiert.

Ribble R872 Matt Schwarz Kundenbewertungen

Light, strong & stealthy all at a crazy price! What’s not to like?
Dr Cog
On first ride it was like the equivalent of going from my Mitsubishi Space Star to an Audi A4. The former was a reliable stead the latter is a highly engineered beast of a bike. Thanks Ribble
Dylan

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Ribble R872 Matt Schwarz Presse Bewertungen

RIBBLE R872 

Ribble ist ein britischer Versandhändler – und das R872 der Rennrad-Bestseller. Jedes Fahrrad wird von Hand in England montiert. Der erste Blickfang: die Laufräder. Die verbauten Zipp 302 sprechen für Aerodynamik und Qualität, und sind in dieser Preisklasse sehr ungewöhnlich. Der Verkaufspreis des 45 Millimeter hohen und rund 1640 Gramm schweren Aero-Laufradsatzes liegt bei 1299 Euro. Der Rahmen des R872 wurde bereits zweimal überarbeitet, die neueste Version aus hochwertigen T800- und T1000-Carbonfasern soll am Tretlager um 15, am Steuerrohr um acht Prozent steifer sein als das Vorgängermodell. Ribble bietet drei Jahre Gewährleistung auf den Rahmen. Dessen Gewicht, in Größe S: 1070 Gramm. Die Kabelführung verläuft intern, das Steuerrohr ist konisch, die Kettenstreben setzen tief an. Die Ausstattung: sehr hochwertig. Verbaut ist die Ultegra-R8000-Gruppe. Vorbau, Lenker und Sattelstütze kommen ebenfalls von Zipp, das sehr griffig-bequeme Lenkerband von Lizard Skins, der sportlich-komfortable Sattel, der SLR, von Selle Italia. Die sehr griffigen und recht pannensicheren GP4000S-Reifen von Continental. Man sitzt leicht aufrecht und sehr kompakt auf dem Ribble, da Steuer- und Oberrohr eher kurz ausfallen. Letzteres ist gesloped, so dass dennoch eine Sattel-Lenkerüberhöhung möglich ist. Sehr gut: Das Handling und die hohe Agilität. Auch die Rahmensteifigkeit ist auf hohem Niveau. Wobei die Vibrationsdämpfung beziehungsweise der Fahrkomfort eher nicht zu den Stärken des R872 zählen. Es ist direkt und sportlich. Das Sprint-, Uphill- und Abfahrtsverhalten ist demnach sehr gut.

FAZIT

Ribble bietet hier ein ehrliches, steifes Race-Rennrad mit einer außergewöhnlich hochwertigen Ausstattung an. Vor allem das agile Fahrverhalten überzeugte. Das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ist gut.

Gewicht: 7,63 kg
Rahmen: Carbon
Größe:XS, S, M, L, XL
Gabel: Vollcarbon
Bremsen: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Schaltgruppe: Shimano Ultegra, 11-fach
Übersetzung: Vorne: 50-34 / Hinten: 11-28
Laufräder: Zipp 302 Carbon Clincher
Reifen: Continental GP 4000 SII; 25 mm
Lenker: Zipp Service Course SL 80, 31,8
Vorbau: Zipp Service Course SL, 31,8
Stütze: Zipp Service Course, 27,2 mm
Sattel: Selle Italia SLR Stütze Ribble Carbon

www.ribble.de

 

RennRad

RIBBLE R872 

Der britische Versandanbieter macht mit einer eigenen Radmarke auf sich aufmerksam, die durchaus überzeugen kann. Das R872 kommt mit eigenständiger Rahmenform; auffällig sind der voluminöse Lenkkopf mit eng eingepasster Gabel sowie die kantigen, seitlich geschwungenen Hinterstreben. Mit Pressfit-Innenlager und innen liegenden Zügen ist der Rahmen auf aktuellem Stand; die Sitzhaltung ist eher gestreckt mit satter Überhöhung, denkt man sich die Spacer am Testrad weg. Im Ribble-Konfigurator bestückt, ist das silbergraue R872 mit kompletter Ultegra 6800 und hochwertigen Mavic-Laufrädern ausgestattet, die fahrfertig wenig mehr als 2,5 Kilo auf die Waage bringen. Sie drücken das Gesamtgewicht der Rennmaschine auf schlanke 7,63 Kilo – Testsieg! Auf der Straße zeigt sich das R872 als Musterbeispiel an Ausgewogenheit. Es lenkt sich neutral und ist laufruhig; Komfort und Steifigkeit liegen (gefühlt) im normalen Bereich. Die gute Ausstattung und das angenehme Fahrverhalten lassen sich die Briten nicht teuer bezahlen – eine interessante Alternative zu den bekannten Marken ist dieses Rad auf jeden Fall.

FAZIT

Angesichts seiner positiven Eigenschaften überrascht es, dass das britische Versender- Rad deutlich weniger als 2.500 Euro kostet. Ein relativ leichtes Bike ohne Schwächen.

Rahmen Ribble R 872 Carbon
Gabel Ribble R 872 Carbon
Komponenten Shimano Ultegra 
Laufräder Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Bereifung Yksion Pro GripLink/ PowerLink
Sattel Selle Italia SLR Stütze Ribble Carbon
Lenker Deda Zero 100
Vorbau Deda Zero 100 Gewicht* 7,63 kg
Gewicht VR/HR* 1.090/1.560 g
Preis 2.225,02 € (zzgl. ca. 68 € Versand)

* Ohne Pedale; Vorderrad/Hinterrad inkl. Bereifung, Kassette und Schnellspanner/Steckachsen

www.ribble.de

 

ProCycling

Ribble’s carbon fibre R872 ticked all the boxes as a value-packed, rim brake race bike, becoming one of the Lancashire-based brand’s best-selling bikes in the process. Now, having been updated for 2017, Ribble have built on that success even further.

To say Ribble Cycles have been busy over the past 18 months would be an understatement; their road bike range has been totally overhauled and grown exponentially this year, and all this while the previously online-only brand’s first pop-up stores have been cropping up across the UK.

New disc-equipped models have hit the road, while the super-light Ultimate SL went straight in at the top of the range as the Ribble’s lightest frame yet – and then there’s the R872. It’s always something of a gamble whenever a brand takes a popular model and revamps it, but it’s a move which has paid off here.

If you’re not familiar with the bike, the original R872 was first launched in 2012 with stiffness as its calling card, and proved immediately popular thanks also to the competitively light frame. The latest version of the bike retains the same race-ready geometry of its predecessor, but a number of changes beneath the surface have beefed up the stiffness-to-weight ratio, while Ribble have also sought to improve comfort.

The 2017 frame is made from a combination of T1000 and T800 high-modulus carbon fibre, where previously it was just T800, and that has increased stiffness across the board, without adding any weight. When we took the R872 to Majorca, we found it to be remarkably stiff – a super-efficient ride which responded instantly to inputs on the pedals. Attack when the road rises and the R872 leaps forward, leaving the rider to catch up.

The R872 isn’t an aero bike by any means but Ribble have borrowed the subtly integrated fork/headtube/downtube junction from their Aero 883 to smooth airflow a little through this area. It’s a marginal gain but worth noting.

The new model is also sleeker and less angular around the seattube and toptube junction, while the downtube tapers as it meets the bottom bracket – which itself houses a chunkier PressFit shell, contributing to that stiffness we talked about.

Elsewhere, Ribble have switched to a 27.2mm seatpost, with the common thinking being that a slimmer post allows for more flex, helped by the fact that the R872 now has a sloping toptube, thus leaving more post exposed. The R872 isn’t a plush endurance bike by any means, but it takes the edge of rough roads and ensures the frame is comfortable enough for long rides, while retaining a direct and engaging ride quality.

On that note, the R872’s proven geometry provides the fast, accurate handling you’d expect from a race bike. Throw the R872 into a tight bend and it will track consistently, helped by the excellent headtube stiffness at the front end.

Ribble offer a near unparalleled level of customisation through their online bike builder, which allows you to spec the R872 as you wish. Builds start from £999 with Shimano Tiagra, which is astonishing value considering the carbon frame, but we think the chassis is deserving of more and so specced our R872 for the RCUK 100 with Shimano Ultegra and lightweight Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels for a shade over £2,000.

Whatever build you go for, the R872 frame remains at the bike’s heart and it’s a cracker. With the explosion of disc brake bikes on the market, along with the rise of increasingly specialised and niche machines, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how fun it can be to ride a fast, lively machine with rim brakes. The R872 is just that – a race thoroughbred.

Read more over at RCUK

RCUK

With a history that can be traced all the way back to 1897, Ribble Cycles has been in the bike business for a long time. The company owes its name to a nearby river, and despite the business changing hands a number of times, it has remained in and around Preston in Lancashire, England.

The business has just changed hands again with the retirement of Terry Dove after more than 35 years at the helm. Dove embraced mail order during the late-‘80s to help his business grow and then the Internet in 2001 for even more growth after that.

By 2009, Ribble Cycles was ready to abandon its original shop space in favour of a large warehouse to cope with the dramatic rise in web sales. The company was pleased to report a profit of over £2million for 2011 as the number of customers rose to 75,000 a year, making it a very attractive acquisition. And while True Capital owns the business now, Terry Dove’s son James will continue the family’s involvement with the business, working as the Managing Director after joining the business in the early-‘90s.

Ribble attributes a large part of its success to the demand for its own brand of bikes. The company’s experience in manufacturing pre-dates Terry Dove’s tenure, which was making use of a nearby factory and paint shop to create Ribble-branded bikes. That strategy has evolved in recent years as Ribble switched to Asian manufacturing to stock its online catalogue with a wide range of bikes.

At face value, Ribble’s sales strategy is far from unique but they go one step further by recognising the individual needs of its customers. Thus, customers can select a new bike from a range of stock options, or, they can use the BikeBuilder to create their own bike from Ribble’s inventory.

 

At present, Ribble’s BikeBuilder comprises 28 models, the majority of which are road bikes. Prices start at AUD$1,149 (~US$882) for a complete road bike with a range of options for the groupset, wheels, cockpit, seating and tyres. In many instances, buyers are also able to specify gearing, crank length, stem length, handlebar width, along with the colour of the tyres, saddle and bar tape (options vary according to the products selected).

For this review, I spent a few weeks riding Ribble’s R872, a full carbon race-oriented bike built with Shimano’s Ultegra 11-speed mechanical groupset that retails for AUD$2,250 (~US$1,720).

BEFORE THE RIDE

The R872 frameset is constructed from Toray’s T800 high modulus carbon fibre with a tapered head tube (1.125-inch upper bearing; 1.5-inch lower bearing). According to Ribble’s specifications, the R872 has a BB30 bottom bracket however the bike sent for review had a BSA threaded bottom bracket instead. The R872 keeps pace with modern trends by providing internally routing for rear brake and gear cables with the option to accommodate electronic groupsets.

According to Ribble, the R872 has been designed with stiffness as a priority. I’ve already mentioned the tapered head tube — which is well known for increasing the stiffness of the front end — and the bottom bracket is fortified with extra material and mated with large chainstays for extra stiffness as well. Nevertheless, Ribble claims that the R872 “is still perfectly suited for longer day rides.”

There are five frame sizes on offer for the R872, as shown in the table below. The bike has sloping geometry and the size refers to the length of the seat tube (measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top).

The geometry of the R872 is race-oriented with relatively small head tube lengths at each size. Bottom bracket drop ranges 69-71mm (decreasing with the frame size) while the fork rake is 43mm for every frame size except the largest, which has 40mm of rake instead. See Ribble Cycles for a detailed geometry chart.

The R872 frameset is supplied with a minimum of decoration and the stealthy finish will appeal to any rider that likes a black bike. Whether by accident or design, it is difficult to identify Ribble’s branding for the bike, leaving most observers to guess at its identity. Interestingly, a few online forums have noted close similarities between the R872 and De Rosa’s R838 in the past, where the geometry is identical for the two frames (as well as De Rosa’s newest entry-level carbon road bike called Nick).

The profile of the R872 juxtaposes angles with curves for a curious (and perhaps disquieting) effect. The down tube is consistent with an aerodynamic design, yet the seat tube is quite large and perfectly round. The seatstays are slim, like an endurance-oriented bike, while the fork legs and chainstays have sharp kinks that reminded me of a wheel-truing jig. All told, there’s no mistaking this bike for anything other than a modern composite design.

The R872 is available in just one colour, but as mentioned above, buyers are able to customise the build with a selection of groupsets from Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM. Other choices extend to the wheels (Shimano, Mavic, Fulcrum and Campagnolo), cockpit (Deda, ITM), and seating (Selle Italia, Charge, Fabric, Fizik, Ritchey). Ribble’s Bike Builder dutifully displays the effect the each option will have on the final price of the bike, which can be as low as AUD$1,850 (~US$1,416) and as high as AUD$8,851 (~US$6,775).

Customising the build will require that buyers have some understanding of their bike fit. Ribble provides a chart that recommends frame sizes according to the buyer’s height, however no guidance is provided for crank length, stem length, and handlebar width. In the absence of a reasonably detailed bike fit, these are the sort of details that can only be guessed at until the buyer spends some time on the bike.

The R872 sent for review was built with Shimano’s 11-speed Ultegra mechanical groupset (with compact cranks and 11-28 cassette) and RS21 wheelset, Deda alloy bars and stem, CSN saddle, and Continental Ultra Sport tyres (25mm). Total weight for the size 50cm bike was 8.26kg without pedals or bidon cages.

The current asking price for this build (dubbed R872 Special Edition Shimano Ultegra 6800) is AUD$2,250 (~US$1,720). I’m told that this price includes delivery for buyers in Australia, however GST and duty is not, which will add ~15% to the final price (in this instance, an extra ~AUD$400 will be payable, bringing the final cost of the R872 Special Edition Shimano Ultegra 6800 to ~AUD$2,650).

According to Ribble, a lead-time of 5-10 days is required to prepare a custom-built bike for dispatch. All bikes are delivered in a semi-assembled state, requiring only installation of the bars, seatpost and front wheel, with after sales service in the form of email and chat. In time, Ribble expects to have a network of mobile mechanics in Australia along with one or two showrooms.

I had little trouble assembling the R872 sent for this review. In fact, I spent more time cutting away zip ties and removing packing materials than was needed to get the bike ready for the road. In the end, a few minor adjustments to the brakes and gears were all that were needed once the bike was assembled.

All Ribble-branded frames and forks are supplied with a six-year warranty however the30-day test ride that is offered to UK-residents does not extend to international customers. For more information, visit Ribble Cycles.

AFTER THE RIDE

From the outset, I did not have big expectations for the R872. After all, as a bargain-priced carbon fibre bike, it seemed unfair to expect the bike that could offer the same kind of performance as some of the more expensive brands that I’ve been riding this year, such as Scott, Festka and Parlee. And while the R872 never truly rivalled any of those bikes, I found that it was more than a bargain-priced bike.

The first thing that really stood out for me was the aggressive poise of the bike. All of the extra material and engineering designed to increase the stiffness of the chassis provided a sturdy platform for giving the bike a decent kick in the guts. The result is all business as the bike picks up speed quickly and barrels along with the aggressive intent of some of the best race bikes I’ve ever ridden.

With a total weight of around 8.5kg with the pedals installed, the R872 couldn’t offer the same kind of nimble responsiveness as a lighter bike (or build). I suspect bigger, stronger riders won’t notice the lag, but it was always there for me when kicking off from a standstill or trying to give the bike a solid kick. That’s not to say that the bike was an immovable oaf, just that there is a gap between it and the pricier competition (that is typically lighter).

That lag had some effect on the climbing abilities of the R872 as well, tempering the bike a little. A lighter bike will always feel more agile and responsive when trying to accelerate up a slope, especially steeper inclines (where the gradient is 10% or more) yet the R872 was still quite capable. Buyers hoping for a bike that shines in the hills probably won’t find much satisfaction with the R872, unless they are upgrading from a heavier alloy entry-level bike.

There is more to a great race bike than just stiffness and poise because it must handle well. And this is where the R872 trumps its similarly priced rivals. In short, the steering and handling of the bike is exceptional. Precise, certain, and confidence inspiring, the R872 moves through corners with ease and grace. I never felt like I had to wrestle with the bike regardless of whether I was trying to chop the apex of a bend or maintain my composure at very high speeds.

When combined with the rest of the bike’s attributes, the steering and handling does a lot to translate the rider’s efforts in an immediate and decisive fashion. The bike is ready to go where it is pointed, which means the rider can get on with concentrating on their effort, even when the bike gathers speed.

I found the R872 was easy to rocket around on for a couple of hours, but when the rides stretched to four or five hours, I started to suffer some discomfort. I found I ended up feeling saddle sore by the fourth hour along with some discomfort in the neck and shoulders that I never experience on my own bike. Thus, as an all-day bike, the R872 really doesn’t shine, so it’s better to think of it as a race bike.

Shimano’s 11-speed Ultegra mechanical groupset continues to perform at a very high level, offering precise shifting and braking with a light touch. It adds value to a bike at this price, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of durability. Ultegra is robust enough to withstand daily riding as well as the demands of racing.

The RS21 wheelset is a modest product, yet Shimano pays attention to the small details to lift overall impressions. For example, the quality of the brake track is outstanding, making for smooth and predictable braking. These wheels are heavy for a low-profile clincher though, so buyers pondering where they can spend a little more to lift the performance of the bike should have a look at lighter wheels.

I didn’t suffer any of the kinds of problems that can plague a new bike during the review period. The seatpost never slipped in the frame and the headset wasn’t prone to coming loose. The internal gear cables made a little noise in the frame on rough roads; otherwise, the bike was quiet.

SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS

Ribble has been putting together bargain-priced bikes for a long time, so it really shouldn’t be surprising that the R872 comes together in a way that defies its pricing. That buyers have the option to customise the build only adds to the value of the bike, so they are less likely to end up feeling like they were forced to make a compromise to get the bike they wanted at a price that they were happy to pay.

I expect the R872 will appeal to riders on a tight budget, however the fact that tax and duty are not included in the sale price will shock unsuspecting buyers in Australia. Regardless, the R872 remains competitively priced when compared to other online retailers, and more significantly, local bike shops. Of course, buyers must be prepared to forego a test ride and decide on a frame size according to Ribble’s general guidelines.

Nevertheless, I see the R872 as a canny choice for junior racers looking for an affordable and robust race bike. Likewise, experienced riders looking for a bargain-priced training bike. Yes, the R872 is subject to some of the limitations associated with its pricing, so the bike carries a weight penalty, but the quality of steering and handling really means this is one of those rare bikes that delivers gold for the price of silver (or bronze).

WRAP-UP

MORE THAN JUST GREAT VALUE
Ribble’s R872 is one of those rare bikes that defies its pricing to deliver a well honed ride that pricier brands would be glad to call their own. Better yet, buyers can customise the build to suit their needs, tastes and budget with a generous range of options from Ribble’s inventory. The R872 is a race bike with plenty of stiffness, and while it’s a little heavy to truly rival more expensive brands, the quality of the steering and handling is superb. Weight, size 50cm, 8.26kg sans pedals and bidon cages. RRP, AUD$2,250 (~US$1,720) (~AUD$2,650 including duty and GST).
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Metro Newspaper

'Ribble have smashed it out of the park with this road racer equipped with Shimano Ultegra mechanics. The lightweight set-up uses T800 Toray carbon fibre for the ultimate in stiffness and weight reduction, while the design and internal cable routing mean it positively slices through the air.'

Metro

Ribble R872

A real roadie’s bike, combining comfort and tenacity

About the bike

The R872 replaces the Stealth in the Ribble line-up, keeping the same black-on-black aesthetic but with a few tweaks that prioritise stiffness and move the R872 into the path of the speed-hungry racers. The entry level model comes in at £829.95 (at time of writing) – not bad for a carbon road bike – but Ribble sent us a higher specced iteration, which provides serious bang for your buck. However, while Ribble does offer a collection service, it is an online-only brand, which means buying a bike could be hazardous. Is it worth taking a punt? Let’s find out…

The ride

First impressions

Straight out of the blocks, it felt immediately apparent that the R872 is a real road rider’s bike, with it’s snappy accelerating capabilities and general will to be ridden quickly. The compact, sloped top tube geometry is an easy way of making lots of body shapes compatible with the bike, but we don’t think it can do the bike’s racy, punchy feel any harm either, with the small triangles doing their bit to enhance stiffness.

On the road

At the back end, that small triangle provides a solid base when making harder pedal efforts, but doesn’t feel too harsh over rough ground either, which is actually a little surprising given how chunky the seatstays and chainstays are, but perhaps this is in part thanks to the wheel and tyre choice on this particular test machine. We were happy to let the bike get up to some fairly eye-watering speeds on some of our test rides in the hills, which is a testament to the confidence that the bike was able to inspire, even only after a fairly brief acquaintance.

Handling

The front end feels reassuringly stable, and as confident gliding through sweeping downhill corners as it does nipping in and out of traffic through town. In the race environment that the bike was designed for, we reckon it would have no trouble navigating the delicate ebb and flow of a fast moving bunch. The R872 is, in short, a fantastically enjoyable thing to ride; it behaves like the raceable road bike you buy it for, but retains more than enough comfort to make it worthy of long days in the saddle and sportives, too.

 

The Spec

The frame

Ribble has employed the T800 fibres of widely used carbon fibre heavyweight Toray in the R872 layup, but it’s the design of the frame that matters, and here it’s been made with stiffness as top priority. To do this, extra layers of carbon have been applied to flex-prone areas like the bottom bracket, which uses the BB30 standard and the head tube, which is tapered.

Being wider at the bottom than at the top gives the headtube more robustness and strength, while allowing for a standard-sized stem. The BB30 bottom bracket, meanwhile, optimises weight bearing through the spindle and shell diameter, rather than placement of the bearings, which means a narrow and yet stiff system. The downside is that to use a regular crankset such as the Shimano Ultegra that comes with the R872, you need adaptors, and these metal-on-metal marriages are known to creak.

The streamlined fork certainly helps from an aero perspective at the front end, while internal cable routing keeps the bike looking tidy, and at the rear we see super deep chainstays, which should help reduce energy loss throughout the pedal-to-drive motion.

Groupset

Ribble has really made a bike out of the R872 with the standard of the groupset fitted to our test model. Everything from the chainset and STI shifters to the brake calipers and cassette are Shimano Ultegra, which is very much the same as 105 on a technology level, but lighter and with a slightly more solid feel behind the shifts, thanks to differences in materials. It’s an impressive addition at this price point.

Finishing kit

The complete Deda finishing kit is a complement of well chosen parts – nothing to get overly excited about, but then again there’s nothing here that will cause any harm or distrust in the bike. The Selle Italia Flite saddle is fairly unpadded, and has a lot of give when you exert force on it, so if it’s not for you then you’ll know about it, but Ribble offers the buyer he chance to swap out anything that won’t suit in its bike builder app. But still, it’s nice to see Ribble employing established expertise of brands like Deda and Selle Italia, which again is an impressive feat considering the total price.

Wheels

The R872 we were testing came kitted out with Shimano’s RS21 wheelset, which as far as entry-to-mid-level wheelsets go, you’d do well to find comparable options. The hoops use straight-pull spokes front and rear – a growing trend to address the ‘weak-point’ of elbowed spokes – with a radial pattern on the front wheel, which limits the amount of spokes, and therefore reduces the weight.

The foldable Schwalbe One tyres are a nice finishing touch, and provides a supple, confident contact point with the ground below. We were unlucky enough to ride the R872 a few times in soaking wet conditions, but the Ones held their ground well throughout.

Overall

8.6/10

A fantastically enjoyable bike that begs to be ridden quickly while also very comfortable.

 

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Thanks to an incredible spec including a carbon frame and Shimano Di2, the Ribble R872 offers a powerful ride at a bargain price.

Frame & equipment: Truly impressive at this price

The new R872 frame from Ribble replaces the highly respected and high-scoring Stealth. The new frame looks outwardly similar, especially with its stealth black-on-black graphics.

Under the skin it’s a different story, though. The R872 is constructed with Toray T800 carbon fibre and features a tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket shell (though in this spec it’s running an adaptor for the Shimano chainset) with full internal cable routing.

Ribble tell us the frame was designed with out-and-out stiffness in mind and that, along with the geometry, the standard gearing choice of 53/39, 12-25T firmly marks the R872 out as race material.

As with any bike from Ribble, it’s the spec that truly impresses, and the R872 doesn’t disappoint. Using a combination of Ultegra Di2 with a 105 chainset and brakes has meant that, along with a lightweight carbon frame and great wheels, you can get consistent shifting for an impressively low price. It’s a demonstration in clever speccing from the guys at Ribble, and one we’d encourage from a few more manufacturers.

The wheel package comes courtesy of Mavic, with the combination of Aksium wheels and Aksion tyres providing decent quality with performance that backs up the classy looks.

Ribble’s choice of a Deda cockpit matches a fair few other Cycling Plus Bike of The Year contenders. The combination of Zero 2 stem and RHM02 bar is a great choice of good quality mid-range kit that won’t let you down.

What we’re most impressed with, though, is the seatpost and saddle combo. Ribble have chosen to use Selle Italia’s SLS saddle but in the unique-to-Selle Italia monolink configuration.

The perch uses a single composite rail anchored further forward and back of the saddle’s hull, making for a seat with plenty of flex plus masses of fore and aft adjustability. This design allows it to be much slimmer through the nose, and the super slim shape means no friction at all between you and the sides – the free-feeling movement is a revelation.

Ride & handling: Solid and powerful

Out on the road the Ribble is an absolute blast. The frame is rock solid under powerful pedal strokes and the back end copes well over broken surfaces; there’s an almost spring-like buoyancy to it over bigger bumps and it actively kicks back against you as it crests an impact.

Up front, things are slightly less composed; the deep but thin-bladed and kinked fork tracks well and doesn’t have any unwanted side-to-side flex, but it does catch crosswinds, making it prone to becoming a little unstable. It can also get quite chattery over coarse, gravelled road surfaces.

The combination of 105 and Ultegra Di2 works faultlessly, though the tall 53/39, 12-25T gearing won’t suit everyone. The overall light weight goes some way to compensate for the gears and we didn’t have any major issues with it being under geared, but if you intend to use the bike in Europe or on any serious UK climbs, you’d be best using Ribble’s bike-builder to specify a compact chainset or wider cassette.

This bike was tested as part of Cycling Plus magazine’s 2013 Bike Of The Year feature – read the full results in issue 273, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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