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Ribble Urban 725s

BBURBEX1000
From: $990.55
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SIMPLICITY
& STEEL

The Urban 725s is the perfect blend of our bike know-how and Fixie/Singlespeed simplicity. Built around a modern Reynolds 725 steel frame, we’ve selected only the essential components to get you where you need to be without compromise. Built to last, all of the specification options are designed to keep maintenance to an absolute minimum while maintaining the dependable performance that you need to cope with anything that the city can throw at you.

Personalise how you wish to ride with a flip-flop wheelset that allows you to switch between single speed or fixed gear, simply by reversing the rear wheel. To this end, the Urban 725s is supplied with both fixed and single speed sprockets fitted. So you can decide which to use based on personal preference or how you feel. Ample clearance for multi-terrain tyres means that you can comfortably tackle a wide variety of terrains. Get where you need to go, fast and with less fuss.

Size
Guide

To assist you in selecting the correct size simply find you height below. The graphic below illustrates our recommendations so you can be confident that the size you order will be correct.

Small
5' 6" - 5' 9"
168cm - 175cm
Medium
5' 8" - 6' 0"
173cm - 183cm
Large
6' 0" - 6' 3"
183cm - 191cm
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Sizing &
Geometry
Ribble Urban 725s
Size S M L
Rider Height 5'6" - 5'9"
168 - 175cm
5'8" - 5'11"
173 - 180cm
6" - 6'3"
183 - 191cm
A - Seat Angle 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
B - Top Tube (mm) 575 595 625
C - Head Angle 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
D - Offset 40 40 40
E - Head Tube (mm) 100 120 150
F - BB Drop (mm) 49 49 49
RC - Chainstay Length (mm) 415 415 415
FC - Front Centre (mm) 605 619 650
WB - Wheelbase (mm) 1015 1029 1060
G - Seat Tube (mm) 470 500 530
Full
Specification
Groupset
Brakes - Tektro R559 Long Drop 55-73mm, Black
Chainset - Stronglight JIS Track 165 48t
Bottom Bracket - Stronglight JP400 BS68-113
Sprocket - LEVEL Fixed 16T
Sprocket - LEVEL Single Speed 16T.
Chain - Sram PC1 1/8 Silver 114 links
Wheelset
Wheels - LEVEL Urban Alloy, Flip/Flop, Fixed/Free.
Tyres - Schwalbe G-One Allround Raceguard Folding 700x40c, Tan Wall
Frameset
Frame - Reynolds 725 Steel Triple-Butted , F&R Brake Mounts
Forks - Cro-moly straight, Cro-moly Steerer
Finishing Kit
Bars - LEVEL Urban Alloy Bar 31.8mm, 640mm Black
Stem - LEVEL Urban Alloy 31.8mm, 50mm, Black
Bar Tape - LEVEL Lock-On, Black
Seatpost - LEVEL 1 Alloy 27.2mm, 350mm,Black
Saddle - Ribble Classic Black
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Customer
Reviews
Leo
This is my second single speed. The first was a converted Carlton Criterium, and I loved riding it. It got nicked out of our back garden, so I was hankering after a replacement singlespeed runaround for years, and finally took the plunge on this beauty with the cycle to work scheme. I was attracted by the heritage of the manufacturer and the look of the bike.

On looks, I was not disappointed - it's smooth and slick, no lumps or bumps (not even for attachments!), brake cables run internally, beautiful glossy minimal grey paint job. I opted for it to ship with gatorskins, so even the tyres were slick and smooth. The tyres didn't last long by the way - they managed about 1000 miles before they were shot.

In terms of performance, I'm chucking 25 miles or so a day at the bike on my cross-town commute. This includes a stretch of north London canal (possibly the reason for the early death of the gatorskins). It's mostly flat, but there are a few hills, which is a test for the singlespeed (which is how I ride - although you can just 'flip' the back wheel to a fixed gear). So the first real thing to point out about the performance is that the gear is HUGE - 3:1, 48:16. This makes cruising on flat supremely pleasurable. My top speed is fast! Like, *really* fast. This is aided by the light nature of the frame. There is obviously a downside to this massive gear ratio: hills and starts. You've got to attack the hills on this bike. Hit them hard at the bottom and build up some momentum, because the massive gear will stop you dead if you slow too much. And if you are forced to stop on a hill because of traffic or something, you might as well get off the bike and walk. It's almost impossible to get the bike going from a stand-still on a steep gradient, It's also not the fastest at the lights. I stand on the pedals and crank hard, and I can get a decent take-off, but I can see how it's not for everybody.

Whilst we're on the downsides, the handlebars are too wide for my liking, and I would prefer drops, but the long top-tube might make this tricky. I am riding a small frame though, so I might get away with upgrading to drops at some point. As I said before, I had to replace the gatorskins and have moved to marathons which give me a bit more protection on the canal (less danger of a sharp bit of gravel piercing through the kevlar).

All in all, I love this bike. It really shifts. Because I like cranking hard and smashing the flat at high cruising speeds, because I travel light and can fit what I need in a backpack, because I don't mind getting a wet backside in terrible conditions. If any of those bizarre and marginally masochistic tendencies don't apply to you, choose something with a lower gear and sensible mounting options.
Marius
If you are looking for a fixed gear/single speed this is a great bike. The frame is beautiful and light (my old bike feels like a tank now). The gearing is on the higher side and this bike can be fast. you can always swap the rear cog to something easier if you live in a hilly area. Tried it on London roads and through some forest paths and it handles well. Not a fan of the grips but thats an easy fix.
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Frequently Asked
Questions
How much does the Urban 725s weigh?

The Reynolds 725 triple butted bike weighs approximately 9.5kgs.

What is the warranty on the frame?

The frame carries a 3 year warranty. All other parts have the standard manufacturer's warranty.

CanI fit a rear brake?

Yes, the bike is supplied with front and rear brake calipers as standard.

What is the tyre clearance?

There is clearance for tyre widths up to 38mm.

How many bottle cage mounts are there?

The Urban 725s does not have mounts for bottle cages.

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What is the maximum rider weight?

We recommend a maximum rider weight of 120kgs (264lbs).

Does it take mudguards?

No, there are no mounts for mudguards.

What type of bottom bracket does the frame require?

The BB shell is a traditional 68mm thread.

What size seatpost does the Urban 725 require?

The seatpost diamater is 27.2mm.

Can I fit a rack?

No, the frame does not have rack mounts.

What brakes fit this frame?

The frame takes standard rim brake calipers.

What type of drop out does the frame have?

They are horizontal rear facing drop outs with track nut axle fitting.

Is the bike supplied with pedals?

Due to the many different systems people use we do not supply pedals with bikes but you can find a great array of pedals here.

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Press
Reviews

The Urban 725s looks ready-made for London hipsters, with a minimalist frame, a riser bar and tan wall tyres

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