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Ribble's updated version of their hugely popular R872 carbon road bike

The R872 is Ribble's best-selling carbon road bike according to the brand themselves, and the new 2017 version has a stiffer head tube and bottom bracket area to make it a well-balanced option for training and racing. 

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The geometry of the bike remains unchanged due to popular demand, with a short wheelbase and small headtube to complete its racey appearance. The seatstays have an unusual bulge at the back to help with handling and add some stability, and the chainstays are oversized for greater power transfer. The bike comes with full internal cable routing, and clearance for wider tyres to keep up with current trends for increased width.  

The R872 comes Di2-ready no matter which build you opt for, and our test bike comes specced with a full Ultegra Di2 groupset. A carbon seatpost has a budget Selle Italia Flow X1 saddle atop of it, and the Fulcrum Racing Sport clincher wheels are reliable everyday alloy hoops with sealed cartridge bearings for durability. 

As with all bikes from Ribble you can customise pretty much every component on the bike. The recommended build comes in at £1,666, and our version with the Di2 upgrade comes in at £1,966. Electronic shifting and a full carbon frame for under £2k is extremely competitive, and we'll be testing soon to see if the value for money offered by the R872 is backed up by its performance - stay tuned for a full review soon. 

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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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skwarczek [18 posts] 6 months ago
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Looking forward to the review of this. My choice for first ever drop bar road bike is down to this and the Canyon AL 6.0. Granted the Ribble will be the 105 groupset, so not exactly the same as this.

 

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Morgoth985 [99 posts] 6 months ago
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Good luck with your search and a big welcome to the world of drop bar road bikes.  You won't regret it!  Sorry for adding complexity to your options, but I would check out Dolan Bikes also. Quality bikes, good deals and better customer service than Ribble in my experience.  Don't know about Canyon but I've heard mixed views.

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StraelGuy [1094 posts] 6 months ago
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Dolans must be pretty good. I'm only a few miles from where they're based and I see a LOT of them when I'm out on my bike.

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vonhelmet [847 posts] 6 months ago
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Terry Dolan used to work for Ribble until he went off to do his own thing.

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Jack Osbourne snr [680 posts] 6 months ago
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Its my understanding that Terry Dolan was making Ribble frames after he sold off the Cougar brand in the mid 90's. He was doing the signature bikes that eventually became Dolan bikes as it's now known.

I have "ahem" a couple of Cougars... They're great

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skwarczek [18 posts] 6 months ago
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Any chance you could venture to the South Wales Valleys to do the road test of this? Plenty of fast flat roads and hills galore to test it on........maybe i could have a cheeky ride, see if its worth me spending my own hard earned on it.....Don't ask don't getyes