Ribble Winter Audax bike- any good?

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  • damitamit
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    If you’re talking about the alu one, just based on how many people own them they must be good! At least 5 in the small road club I belong too.

    colande
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    haven’t got one but “up to 23mm tyres” is a bit tight from ribble for a winter bike.
    as an another cheap alternative look at the dolan prefissio’s bit.

    codybrennan
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    Good point damitamit, they are plentiful…

    Colande: all the selectable tyre options on the Ribble site are 23mm; cool will check out Dolan- thanks for the tip.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    23mm tyres, short head tube, harsh ride.
    Just like a hardcore road bike, but with mudguards.

    Which is why I didn’t buy one, as I’ve already got a stiff roadbike that resembles a medeival torture device.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    You can just squeeze 25mm tyres in with guards, but it is tight. No idea why they haven’t stepped it up to 25mm. They used to make a sloping toptube audax frame (mine was black) with better clearance

    Other than that, great value frames – used to come up a little larger than many people expected on sizing.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    There were some lovely Giant Defy road bikes in my LBS today on sale for about £500.
    They take guards and look silly vfm.

    Have a look at Surosa cycles in Oldham too – they do a similar bike to the Ribble.
    Linky to Surosa.

    codybrennan
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    Thanks MCTD, RS- interesting viewpoints.

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    Spotty dog IMHO..
    £90 frame and forks, full guards, 105/ Tiagra, you can’t go wrong.

    Crappy iPhone pic:

    will
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    You really cam’t go wrong for the price, I loved mine and only sold because I wanted to run a SS as a winter bike.

    However… It’s not light, it’s not pretty, and it’s certainly not that comfortable! But it’s cheap!

    redddraggon
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    I used one for light touring type stuff for about 3 or 4 years, yes the clearances are tight, but I never had any issues with comfort.

    It’s a real shame it didn’t take anything bigger than 23mm (I tried) but the only reason I got rid of it was because of a crash which bent the rear triangle.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    teeto – is that the sloping top tube frame like I had? Was better than the blue one, wider tyres improved comfort no end.

    Sold it to a bloke in Cambridge who had it nicked just after 🙁

    And have a look at the Giant Defy think they have special guards designed to squeeze in the frame

    codybrennan
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    Yeah, there is a special Giant guard MCTD.

    codybrennan
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    As per the title really…thinking about getting one of these as a winter hack/commuter. Looks good for the money, though I’d like the option to up the tyre size from 23’s.

    Anyone bought one?

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    teeto – is that the sloping top tube frame like I had? Was better than the blue one, wider tyres improved comfort no end.

    Yes, yes it is..

    To be fair, I’ve not ridden it enough since getting my Vaya..

    big_n_daft
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    Tifosi do one that can take 28mm Conti 4seasons and mudguards

    or go posh with Sabbath September

    codybrennan
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    Thanks all.

    I also spotted this last night:

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/b/q/CBSABLAROCTIA/sab_la_rocca_shimano_tiagra_road_bike

    Can spec’ it with 25mm tyres.

    I’ll mail PX and see what its like with guards.

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