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  • Wily_Quixote

    I really think that the ‘bike builder’ feature adds immense value to online bikes.

    assuming an identically priced frame, I don’t know if I could get this under $4K at my LBS if I wanted my own choice of saddle, cranks, seatpost and pedals.

    Normally it is a case of, for example, paying the exact RRP of a new saddle – so it’s not ‘swapping one – for – one’ of equivalent value but purchasing a whole new part. Some LBS even like to keep the OEM one and resell it.

  • Scott Davies

    Or you can just buy the frame, customise it and put what ever groupo, finishing kit and wheels on you like there by getting a lightweight, quick, hill climbing all day bike :)

    • Stephen Connor

      Scott, i went down the same route as you. Built from frameset. Now has Ultegra 6800 and a 1600g set of wheels on it. Great bike in every respect except for the stupid internal routing for the front derailleur.
      Be careful with the seat tube /seat post collar area, if your get creaking sound or slipping from the saddle. Mine need professional repairs

      • Scott Davies

        I have been stealthily buying Campy Chorus EPS ready for a new year upgrade :)

  • cthenn

    Where is the frame made?

  • takethattakethat

    “A little too stiff for all-day riding”

    yet you are reviewing a race bike.

    Oh and the weight, put a new wheelset on, problem solved.

    The real question is which open mold chinese frame is this?

    • ol

      Pretty sure it’s a company called XNA if i recall correctly

  • Stan Cox

    One thing really bothers me about this review and that is the BB. It is mentioned at the start of the article that the frame did not have the Bottom Bracket specified on the website. Was this a review bike or a customer one ordered off the web. Either way what did Ribble say to explain the difference?

    • The bike sent for review was dispatched as per a typical customer order, so I presume it’s representative of what it is available at the moment. It’s not clear if the move to a BSA threaded bottom bracket is a permanent one, but given the hassles that BB30 conversion bottom brackets can create (creaking) for fitting Shimano’s cranks, I welcome the switch.

      • Stan Cox

        Thanks for the reply. I understand that BB30 conversions can be annoying & noisy. My worry would be that what I had received was not as advertised in this particular and to worry about what else might be different. I have checked the site and they are still stating it comes with BB30.

  • Eric Hancock

    Focusing on weight is a bit amateurish. Just because it is quantifiable doesn’t make it terribly important.

    If the reviewer was having trouble getting up hills, I doubt that 2 kg is the problem.

    Looks like a solid bike for the price.

    • It is a solid bike for the price. The rest of the details, like the impact of the weight on the agility of the bike, are all a matter of nuance.

      But the question always arises, what’s the different between a bike like the R872 and something that costs a lot more? In broad strokes, nothing. Every road bike has a transmission that allows the rider to select a suitable gear ratio, they all steer in the same manner, and bottom line, their top speed is directly proportional to the rider’s output.

      When viewed from pragmatic perspective, details on the steering response, the handling of the bike, and yes, its weight aren’t terribly important at all, and indeed, the whole notion of a bike review can seem pretty ridiculous. All a buyer really needs to know is price, size, colour and perhaps availability.

      However, I refuse to distill a bike so ruthlessly. My passion for the art and science of the road bike is too strong and for those that love the sport and enjoy the equipment, nuance makes all the difference.

  • Colin Martin

    I bought an R872 in July this year.The builder facility was a key attraction as it allowed me to be very specific about what I wanted whilst still taking advantage of the significantly lower costs offered through ordering online (I recon I saved about £1k on similar bikes if bought from UK high street retailers). I had bike fit measurements for my previous carbon road bike and this along with assistance through the “online chat” service helped me order a bike which fitted me extremely well on arrival. I had a few quality issues with the Di2 gearing initially but based on my research this seems uncommon with Ribble so I was probably just unlucky and in fairness they were very responsive in resolving matters. I upgraded the basic bike with Ultegra Di2, Mavic Cosmic Pro Aero wheels, Fizik seat post, Selle Italia Flyte saddle and Dada stem/bars. I rode the bike locally in the UK for a few weeks weeks on often rough road surfaces covering about 40-60 Km each ride. In August I headed off to the French Alps and did 3 days riding (DHuez, Galibier, Glandon) before heading to Ventoux and completing Club Des Cingles (all 3 ascents/descents in the same day). In total I covered 350km and 10,260 metres of climbing on the bike which included over 8 hours ride time on the Ventoux. In summary the bike got a good testing over that period. I would definitely give the bike the thumbs up from a value for money perspective. You could save .5 to 1 kg on other more expensive bikes but its still light by general road bike terms and unless you are a very high performing club rider or above you probably wont notice that difference. There is a trade off in comfort that comes with stiffness compared to a sportive bike but I still found the R872 to be comfortable (once I got used to the new saddle I stupidly put on it) and I wouldn’t hesitate to take it on another big ride like Ventoux (137 Km and 4,260 m). Mechanically it never missed a beat the whole time. The big difference for me over my former sportive bike is the handling which is absolutely precise and responsive. The long steep Alpine descents were an absolute joy on the R872 and I felt safe and comfortable at speed. I also find the bike very fast and the stiffness really shows when you put some power down as there is little flex in it. Having put the bike through its paces myself I would agree with the comments that Matt has made in his review and he will be far better qualified and experienced that me as an average middle aged club rider. In summary the bike handles fabulously, has a quality look and feel to it, is excellent value for money and although firm should still provide a sufficient level of comfort for 100k+ rides (with a decent saddle and bike fit).

  • Stephen Connor

    Matt Wikstrom I’ve owned an R872 for a couple of years, I bought it just when Ribble changed the name from Stealth to R872. Firstly I agree with the vast majority of what you say in the review, with regards to the bike’s performance. Its a great bike, and still is after owning it for 4yrs. A decent set of wheels in the 1600g weight range helps performance a great deal. Anyone of over 1.85m (6’1″), may find the largest size available a cramped, I’m 1.88m and have to run a long stem length to get a comfortable position.
    Unfortunately, I had an structural issue with my frame which required a carbon fibre repair. The frame was just about out of warranty at the time of the repair so I paid for it myself. The only issue I had around this was the lack of customer support from Ribble, they simply didn’t want to know about the problem. I spoke to them by phone and they where disinterested. I’ve had other problems with customer service before as well. You can read my review here:


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