Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

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Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby mikeabanks » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:22 am

Has anyone got any reason why I should not buy a Ribble Gran Fondo other than any questionable customer support issues?

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby on-yer-bike » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:36 am

The name?
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby mikeabanks » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:45 am

I was thinking of getting a stick on "W" to replace the "R" :-)

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby gixer5 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:53 am

I bought a Ribble Stealth last year and it has been great. It has been ridden daily in all weathers and the only issue I have had has been with the bearings in the back wheel, which needed re-greasing as they are cup and cone. I contacted Ribble and they advised that they would pay up to £20 for me to take the wheel to my LBS if I wasn't happy to do the work myself :-) I would definitely recommend Ribble.

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby bernithebiker » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:55 am

I think they look good and are excellent value for money, but from what I can see they all seem to have quite tall headtubes, so seem to be aimed more for the 'sportive' rider than the racer.
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby zx6man » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:56 am

mikeabanks wrote:Has anyone got any reason why I should not buy a Ribble Gran Fondo other than any questionable customer support issues?


Yes, coz I want one and I would be jealous.

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby MajorMantra » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:19 am

Resale value isn't as good as some other brands but they're such good value to begin with that I wouldn't worry about that.

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby mikeabanks » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:22 am

I am certainly not after a racer, just something for weekend club runs of 50/60 miles (and maybe do a few sportives) to replace my Trek Pilot 2.1 which will become my winter bike ;-)

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby g00se » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:43 am

I'm considering getting a Ribble R872 (what was the Stealth) - good value and good bikes. If you were to pick faults, then it'll be that they don't allow you to try the bike first; that customer service and delivery can be slow - and the brand name doesn't have the cache of others.

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby zx6man » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:50 am

a friend of mine has just bought that one, fulll ultegra and decent wheels, was 2400 I think :shock:

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby passout » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:03 pm

They are good value and I have never had an issue with their customer service - its been good. Bought a Deda Nero Corsa from them years back, it was fine. The only thing was the headset was a bit cheap / nasty - everything else was great.
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby GOLDGPR » Wed Jan 23, 2013 14:26 pm

Ok sometimes there a bit slow on the delivery side of things but go to there showroom or call up and are very helpfull, just had a problem with my gran fondo and was sorted within 2 weeks and christmas was inbetween too. Love my gran fondo, do them sort of miles every weekend in summer, yes there more of a sportive bike but recon you could drop the bars and still use for racing.
The new frames they have just brought out look fantastic like the R872 mentioned above and the HF83
http://road.cc/content/image/67810-ribb ... -race-bike

Need to go collect mine but aint been able to get over due to weather as soon as i get it will take some pics.

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Jan 23, 2013 14:41 pm

bernithebiker wrote:I think they look good and are excellent value for money, but from what I can see they all seem to have quite tall headtubes, so seem to be aimed more for the 'sportive' rider than the racer.


Not at all. They have different geometries for different bodies. Besides, people themselves have different geometries. I have a Gran Fondo (about the shortest, tallest frame they do) and it gives me a racy fit. We don't all have standard leg:torso ratios. You can't assume that a tall headtube = a sportive fit :wink:

Not that head tube height would have the slightest performance impact on 99.999% of us however much we'd like to think it would.....

on-yer-bike wrote:The name?


The name of one of the loveliest valleys in England - yep; a good reason to buy one!

Customer service is actually good where it matters. My Gran Fondo was of the batch that had the cosmetic dropout paint crack issue. They replaced the frame without a Quibble, did Ribble.
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby philwint » Wed Jan 23, 2013 15:13 pm

I hope not - just ordered one today. I'll let you know how they get on with delivery timescales!

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby Coach H » Wed Jan 23, 2013 15:32 pm

IMHO depending on your chosen spec, the only reason not to get a Ribble is this
http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3084
or this (dependent on your preference)
http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3083
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby WilliamAC » Wed Jan 23, 2013 17:11 pm

You wont be able to blame Wiggle :D

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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Jan 23, 2013 17:46 pm

Coach H wrote:IMHO depending on your chosen spec, the only reason not to get a Ribble is this
http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3084
or this (dependent on your preference)
http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3083


Though ironically, one of the only reasons not to get a Canyon is the shocking after sales service!
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby smidsy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 19:16 pm

Depends who you ask.

Bustacapp will give you about 7 pages of reasons why you should not buy one. :-)

For the vast majority of folk there is no real reason to avoid their products if you accept that they are a small concern and sometimes make mistakes or take a while to deliver.

The end products are actually very good and their prices never outrageous.
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Jan 23, 2013 20:26 pm

smidsy wrote:Bustacapp will give you about 7 pages of reasons why you should not buy one. :-)


Careful - he'll get very upset if you undersell his post count at a mere 7 pages :lol:
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Re: Any reasons not to buy a Ribble?

Postby blackpoolkev » Wed Jan 23, 2013 22:25 pm

If you're capable of servicing the bike yourself,you should be fine.Though I suppose that's in common with any mail order buy.
I bought a Ribble a couple of years ago.I picked it up within 3 weeks(they said initially that it would be 5 weeks).They offer good value for money up to a point. I feel top end groupsets and components are misplaced when on a Ribble.


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