Is there an MTB equivalent of Ribble?

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  • Is there an MTB equivalent of Ribble?
  • swoosh
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    Just wondering if there is one?

    Ribble seem to do some really good bikes that are respected of in the road world that are off the shelf bikes from the East and badged as Ribble (including their carbon bikes as far as I know) but is there an equivalent in the MTB world?

    Junkyard
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    ON – one are surely the closest to this model

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    On-One +1, although not catalog frames like Ribble they’re similar prices.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Ribble assemble sell MTBs as well you know, look at he bike builder…

    Nuke Proof were probably close to that not long ago, but have moved beyond catalog – Vitus and a few other brands form CRC followed a similar path when establishign themselves.

    swoosh
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    Ribble assemble sell MTBs as well you know, look at he bike builder…

    I know, but they only do 26″ bikes, only Deore level gearing, quote racey geometry. So not really for me, hence asking about others.

    Apart from On-One, any others?

    Another one that springs to mind is Merlin (The UK one not the American one).

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    On-One or look at Decathlon, Boardman@Halfords, Go Outdoors, Canyon, Vitus@CRC, Rose etc for cheapness. Bird for direct sales value with more progressive geometry.

    Merlin’s homegrown MTB offering is a bit confused now, to my eyes.

    Nuke Proof were probably close to that not long ago, but have moved beyond catalog

    Nukeproof have always had their own design frames since the brand relaunch five or six years ago, no?

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Depends what you’re after. If it’s just cheap bikes and don’t mind mail order:

    Canyon
    Rose
    Vitus/Nukeproof/Ragley/anything else CRC have bought out.
    Bird (can be collected and test ridden if you’re local to Swinley)
    Anything from Pauls cycles (cannondale, trek, giant, specialized)
    YT

    Premier Icon aracer
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    tony dot wilson16 at btopenworld dot com wrote:

    Another one that springs to mind is Merlin (The UK one not the American one).

    Back in the day they were – I nearly bought a Malt once – but I’ve just checked and they don’t seem to have own brand bikes any more. Which leaves On-One as the only major player I think.

    swoosh
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    Canyon are supposed to be great bikes for the money aren’t they? They do look good (IMHO of course) and are lightweight and relatively cheap for the spec.

    I have a Boardman FS Pro (2010 model) and I think it’s a cracking bike. Changed the wheels for Hope Hoops as I had them anyway but everything else I’ve changed has only been wear and tear.
    New Boardman ones don’t look quite as good VFM as the Canyons though

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    I’ve just checked and they don’t seem to have own brand bikes any more.

    Wow – when did that happen? I had a Malt BITD as a frame transplant for an old steel thing. It was fabulous until some numpty cross threaded the BB and it wasn’t worth repairing.

    They still have own brand road bikes though.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    Weirdly Merlin now do their own cross and road bikes

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Not that weird considering the popularity of road bikes and bridleslayers.

    Would be nice to see them doing MTBs again though, maybe with some fun hardtails. They used to be about the best for VFM.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    OK maybe not weirdly

    But inline with current trends

    or ironically

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Be good if they could come back with a 853 hardtail with a Reba and full XT for £1k again.

    shermer75
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    That Merlin ROC road bike looks like crazy good value. Has anyone tried one?

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