Ribble Sportive 365 review

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£1300

Ribble Sportive 365

BikeRadar verdict

80.0 out of 5 stars

"Unpretentious, straightforward and ready for any weather. What’s not to like?"

Thursday, February 13, 2014 8.00am By

Long rides, at a reasonable pace, at any time of year? Enter the Ribble Sportive 365. Despite the benefits of a lightweight, non-corroding frame for winter riding, there are very few carbon fibre frames that will accept full mudguards – even fewer that come with deep-drop calliper brakes giving clearance for 25mm tyres and mudguards at the same time. The Sportive 365 is one of a very small breed.

  • HIGHS: Great value, enormously practical and versatile, mudguards are cool
  • LOWS: Frame not as sophisticated as the big-name competition
  • BUY IF…  You want a lightweight performance bike for year-round use

There’s no getting away from the fact that Ribble, a bike shop in Preston, doesn’t have the R&D budget of a brand like Giant or Specialized. The 365’s frame lacks such features as a tapered head tube. It’s a straightforward, honest frame – practical rather than showy.

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Ribble’s online bike builder lets you fiddle around with the specification to fit your needs, wants and budget. The Sora build comes in at under £900, but our test bike had a bunch of upgrades. Most notably, a Shimano 105 transmission is within the scope of a £1,300 budget.

Impressively, the test bike came in at a hair under 9kg – with full mudguards. The Ribble felt at home in the rather wet test conditions. There’s a whole generation of riders who’ve never experienced mudguards; they’ve missed out. Being able to go for a ride on wet roads without drenching yourself is simply a more pleasant experience.

Mudguards and 25mm tyres: you’ll stay dry and comfortable: mudguards and 25mm tyres: you’ll stay dry and comfortable

But don’t think that the Sportive 365 is just a posh winter trainer. Ribble has used carbon’s ability to accommodate all sorts of tube shapes by designing in room for mudguards without having to extend the chainstays or fork length, so the Ribble’s geometry is actually quite racy.

Many bikes pitched at sportives are notably tall at the front, but while the Ribble’s not as slammed as a full-bore race bike, it still has a relatively low-slung front end.

The low weight gives the Ribble a definite spring in its step – unbolt the mudguards and there’s no reason not to race it. The frame’s not as stiff as the more highly developed competition, but if you’ve only got room or budget for one bike you can’t argue with the Sportive 365’s versatility.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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Specification

Name:
Sportive 365 (14)
Brand:
Ribble
Price:
£1300

Available Sizes:
S M L XL
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 105 external cups
Brakes:
Shimano BR -R451 long reach
Cassette:
Shimano 105 11-25
Chain:
Shimano CN5701
Cranks:
Shimano 105 50/34
Fork:
Carbon, aluminium steerer, mudguard mounts
Frame Material:
Ribble Optimal Power Transfer carbon
Front Derailleur:
Shimano 105
Front Tyre:
Continental Gator Skins 700x25
Front Wheel Weight:
1260
Handlebar:
Deda RH M 02 compact 42cm
Headset Type:
11/8in integrated
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano 105
Rear Tyre:
Continental Gator Skins 700x25
Rear Wheel Weight:
1710
Saddle:
Sella Italia SLS
Seatpost:
Carbon 31.6mm
Shifters:
Shimano 105 10-speed
Stem:
Deda Zero 2 11cm
Weight (kg):
8.96
Wheelset:
Fulcrum Racing 5
Weight (lb):
19.75
Spoke Type:
Front: 18 radial spokes; rear: 20 radial/two-cross
Frame size tested:
L

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