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Best Bang For Buck Bike of 2019 | Ribble Endurance SL Ultegra


At £2709 the Endurance SL excels at its intended purpose: a bike you can ride all day, covering ground at a decent pace, without getting a kicking. It’s up there with Synapse, Defy, Roubaix et al and should go some way to establishing Ribble as a brand to aspire to, rather than the brand you buy because it’s the best equipped for the cash.

The new chassis design has been more than two years in the making, and it’s the first step towards revitalising the Ribble brand as a cost-conscious premium provider of bikes built for British conditions.

The frame is constructed with T800 and T1000 Toray carbon fibres, the same brand used by Pinarello, and the new design shares elements of the Italian firm’s bikes.

The new fork has fully integrated hydraulic cable routing and the flat-mount disc is neat enough but the bow-legged and stepped forward shaping of the fork crown wouldn’t look out of place on a Team Sky Dogma.

The frame itself has something of the BMC vibe about it, the angular yet aero-shaped tubing is reminiscent of the Swiss brand’s designs, and the slender D-shaped carbon seatpost comes straight from Giant’s (and BMC’s) book of tricks, as does the super low-slung and horizontally jointed seatstays.

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