Ridgeback Radium vs Ribble Audax

by Littlesox   October 26, 2012  

Came back to cycling this year (after a gap of more years than I care to mention).

Dusted down a 20 year old Peugeot, and after new tyres/tubes/brake blocks and some wheel truing at the local bike emporium, have managed some commuting and rides up to 45 miles around Shropshire.

I used to tackle 10TT at club level, and intend to get back in, but need to build up some miles between now and next year.

I am looking at Ribble's Audax and Ridgeback's Radium as ideal commuting/training/general bikes to build up the miles.

Any views either way ?

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Why not get something a little more 'racy'?

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posted by Raleigh [1693 posts]
26th October 2012 - 17:39

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You can use Ribble's bike builder to customise the bejesus out of the spec.

Had my blue bike for two years and the only thing I found better was the Stealth I bought to upgrade it with

They also now do a steel framed Winter bike and a full carbon frame (the 365)

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posted by andylul [394 posts]
26th October 2012 - 17:41

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Why not get something a little more 'racy'?

I will next year, but for now it's about building up miles. A Winter Trainer?

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
26th October 2012 - 17:56

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Just to confuse you further, if you're looking at Winter Trainers and Audax, have you considered the new Genesis Equilibrium? They've just released the new 2013 models and I think I want one... Smile

posted by mrstugriff [1 posts]
30th October 2012 - 16:23

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Oooh, know what you mean. I like the whole Genesis thing too. Tryimg hard to stick to budget. Local bike shop have Ridgeback on offer at the moment. Like to stay local if I can. Staying on budget means being able to afford something faster for TT and racing nexy year. It's hard to decide !

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
30th October 2012 - 17:46

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Had a blue ribble audax for a few years, great for the price but not that exciting. I'm planning on getting the new steel Ribble 525 audax. Looks lovely, steel with carbon forks, full mudguards & a lot less than the Equilibrium if you're trying to be sensible...

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posted by Coodsta [93 posts]
30th October 2012 - 22:31

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good price on the ridgeback here
tinyurl.com/chxmqs4
hope you didnt get one already !
i have the equilibrium and its great, steel ride with 25mm tyres is great for getting the miles in

posted by jengy [62 posts]
2nd November 2012 - 15:06

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Made the decision. Went to the local shop tu buy a Ridgeback Mercury. Came out with a Giant Defy 2. How does that work then ?

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
10th November 2012 - 17:33

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