Ribble Cycles is launching a disc brake version of its existing Aero 883 road bike.
As the name suggests, the Aero 883 has been designed to reduce drag, with a Kamm tail profiled down tube and seat tube. That seat tube is cutaway around the leading edge of the rear wheel to manage the airflow in that area – a typical aero bike feature – and the seat clamp is integrated into the frame.
The head tube is shaped for aerodynamics too, and it’s short to help you get into a low and aggressive ride position. The medium sized frame, for example, has a 502mm seat tube, a 547.4mm effective top tube, and a 140.3mm head tube. The top tube is fairly short for a bike of this kind, the intention being that you can fit aero bars for a flat-backed time trial/ triathlon position.
Like the rim braked version, the Aero 883 Disc is made from T1000 and T800 unidirectional carbon and features a press fit bottom bracket. It takes 12mm thru axles front and rear and uses flat mount disc brakes, as do the vast majority of other disc brake road bikes these days.
Ribble says that the Aero 883 was developed in association with Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) of Sheffield, a company whose core skills have been developed in Formula 1 and MotoGP.
“Hours of advanced computer simulations have resulted in a frameset of varying aerodynamic profiles; each optimised according to location to reduce turbulence across a wide range of wind directions (yaw angles),” says Ribble.
The Aero 883 Disc is available as a complete bike at prices from £1,599, although Ribble’s recommended build – featuring a Shimano Ultegra hydraulic groupset, Mavic Pro Carbon Disc wheelset and Deda Zero 100 finishing kit – is £2,899. As usual, you can use Ribble’s Bike Builder facility on its website to adjust the spec according to your preferences and budget.
All Ribble bikes come with a six year warranty and a 30-day no-questions-asked returns policy.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.