Ribble R872 Matt Black
The new R872 - a perfectly balanced, race-bred road bike
The R872 is our signature carbon road race bike. Now in its 3rd generation, the frame has been made stiffer in key areas with updated tube profiles and advanced Toray carbon lay ups. With clearance for 25mm tyres and a 27.2mm seatpost the frame is also comfortable to ride for longer distances.
The Ribble R872 is a performance, race-bred, road bike. It has been technically engineered to optimise power transfer, meaning less energy is lost through frame flex. It has a short wheel base which helps to keep the ride handling precise and agile.
The R872 is now available in stealthy Matt Black and a new Matt Silver colourway.
If you are looking for a fast, efficient and competitive bike for racing, sportives, or taking part in triathlons, the R872 is the bike for you.
“Excellent....a great foil for the racy geometry. Reprofiled tubes and chainstays with a claimed ten per cent improvement in stiffness.” RoadCyclingUK
“A super-efficient ride which responded instantly. Attack when the road rises and the R872 leaps forward.” RCUK
Our Recommended Build
Recommended Build: $2,266
Our challenge was to improve our best-selling carbon road bike. How do you actually improve an already perfectly balanced award-winning bike? The R872 has been so popular with road racers, triathletes and the Cycling Press that we listened to their needs for an even stiffer and faster ride.
At the heart of the R872 is a cutting edge, full carbon frameset featuring internal cable routing, a tapered head tube, a stiffened up bottom bracket shell and deep chain stays for improved power transfer. Itis of course compatible with electronic groupsets too.
The R872 tubing profile and carbon layup has been significantly re-designed for 2017. There is new, integrated designing between the fork and down tube to improve the bikes aerodynamic efficiency. Not only is the new R872 head tube tapered, but it’s also shaped to cut through the air with ease. The frame also features new carbon drop outs helping to keep the weight down.
The only aspect that we were unable to improve upon in some way, however small, was the proven geometry which remains unchanged. The new R872 retains its small head tube and short, racy top tube which has made it such a favourite on the amateur race scene.
When compared with the previous model the ‘stiffness statistics’ show why we think the R872 will help you stay competitive in races with even better power transfer features.
Fork in-line (front/back) stiffness - Increased 16.4%
Fork lateral stiffness - Increased 26.5%
Frame head tube stiffness - Increased 8%
Frame BB stiffness - Increased 15.4%
Frame chain stay stiffness - Increased 14%
The R872 remains a stiff and well balanced race bike. It’s ready to take on big mountains or your local climbs and its stealthy features make it equally fast on the flat. What are you waiting for?
What the press said about the original R872 -
“The R872 offers all-day comfort with excitement and verve.” BikesEtc
“Serious bang for your buck.” Cyclist Magazine
“Delivers gold for the price of silver (or bronze).” Cycling Tips
“The R872 is a very impressive bike indeed...the geometry is spot on. There's absolutely no doubt that the Ribble offers super value for money. A high-modulus carbon frame paired with a complete 105 groupset for £1000 is exceptional - 10 out of 10” Cycling Weekly - Best on Test August 2017 - purchase this exact bike here
- 1. Super stiff frame and forks
- True racing pedigree in a smart looking package
- 2. Frame to fork integrated design
- Reduces drag and increases aerodynamics
- 3. Carbon dropouts
- Helps to reduce weight
- 4. 27.2mm seat pin
- Slender seatpost increases comfort
- 5. Di2 and EPS ready
- Can be fitted with all mechanical and electronic groupsets
- 6. Oversize bottom bracket
- To aid power transfer and pedalling efficiency
- 7. Tapered headtube
- Increases front end stiffness & steering positivity
- 8. Oversize chainstays
- Further enhances the power transfer to the wheels
Advanced Bikebuilder For Further Options
We also offer unmatched customisation of your Ribble with our Advanced BikeBuilder. The Advanced BikeBuilder is where you can make more of your own decisions - choose your ideal groupset and wheels, personalise it with your own preferred finishing kit - the choices are all yours.
Sizing & Geometry
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Ribble R872 Matt Black Customer Reviews
My first ride, of over 100k, was a real chance to get to know the bike. All went well and it remained comfortable long after my previous bike would have had me wriggling about trying to stretch my legs etc.
My only criticisms are that the crank has a slight creak when under strain on the smaller front cog. And rather frustratingly something is loose inside the right hand brake lever housing. It rattles on uneven surfaces.
Other than that it’s a great bike and looks spot on too.
Ribble R872 Matt Black Press Reviews
Thanks to an incredible spec including a carbon frame and Shimano Di2, the Ribble R872 offers a powerful ride at a bargain price.
Frame & equipment: Truly impressive at this price
The new R872 frame from Ribble replaces the highly respected and high-scoring Stealth. The new frame looks outwardly similar, especially with its stealth black-on-black graphics.
Under the skin it’s a different story, though. The R872 is constructed with Toray T800 carbon fibre and features a tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket shell (though in this spec it’s running an adaptor for the Shimano chainset) with full internal cable routing.
Ribble tell us the frame was designed with out-and-out stiffness in mind and that, along with the geometry, the standard gearing choice of 53/39, 12-25T firmly marks the R872 out as race material.
As with any bike from Ribble, it’s the spec that truly impresses, and the R872 doesn’t disappoint. Using a combination of Ultegra Di2 with a 105 chainset and brakes has meant that, along with a lightweight carbon frame and great wheels, you can get consistent shifting for an impressively low price. It’s a demonstration in clever speccing from the guys at Ribble, and one we’d encourage from a few more manufacturers.
The wheel package comes courtesy of Mavic, with the combination of Aksium wheels and Aksion tyres providing decent quality with performance that backs up the classy looks.
Ribble’s choice of a Deda cockpit matches a fair few other Cycling Plus Bike of The Year contenders. The combination of Zero 2 stem and RHM02 bar is a great choice of good quality mid-range kit that won’t let you down.
What we’re most impressed with, though, is the seatpost and saddle combo. Ribble have chosen to use Selle Italia’s SLS saddle but in the unique-to-Selle Italia monolink configuration.
The perch uses a single composite rail anchored further forward and back of the saddle’s hull, making for a seat with plenty of flex plus masses of fore and aft adjustability. This design allows it to be much slimmer through the nose, and the super slim shape means no friction at all between you and the sides – the free-feeling movement is a revelation.
Ride & handling: Solid and powerful
Out on the road the Ribble is an absolute blast. The frame is rock solid under powerful pedal strokes and the back end copes well over broken surfaces; there’s an almost spring-like buoyancy to it over bigger bumps and it actively kicks back against you as it crests an impact.
Up front, things are slightly less composed; the deep but thin-bladed and kinked fork tracks well and doesn’t have any unwanted side-to-side flex, but it does catch crosswinds, making it prone to becoming a little unstable. It can also get quite chattery over coarse, gravelled road surfaces.
The combination of 105 and Ultegra Di2 works faultlessly, though the tall 53/39, 12-25T gearing won’t suit everyone. The overall light weight goes some way to compensate for the gears and we didn’t have any major issues with it being under geared, but if you intend to use the bike in Europe or on any serious UK climbs, you’d be best using Ribble’s bike-builder to specify a compact chainset or wider cassette.
This bike was tested as part of Cycling Plus magazine’s 2013 Bike Of The Year feature – read the full results in issue 273, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.