Ribble Aero 883
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The Ribble Aero 883 ‘blew our minds’ at BikesEtc magazine - it won their Aero Bike Challenge group test and won the Gold Award.
On top of that it was half a kilo lighter than the other bikes tested. Its short top tube and head tube mean that the Aero 883 is perfect for both road racing and triathlon and offers a lower aerodynamic front position. The Aero 883 is our most aerodynamic road frame.
“It's got a light, aerodynamic frame, designed to help you cut through the air like a bullet out of a gun, with a cutout at the rear to tuck the wheel right in, cables hidden within its boxy carbon tubes.” T3
“...a solid package that's well priced and capable in the right hands.” BikeRadar
“Punchy, low, stiff, fast. Very fast. The Aero 883 straddles the line between a full-on mountain goat stage race bike and an aero road weapon.” Cyclist Magazine
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Every inch of this bike has been optimised to reduce drag, with a Kamm Tail shaped seat tube and down tube and an integrated seat clamp built into the frame. This not only looks beautiful, but also reduces wind resistance. The frame can also accommodate the latest Direct Fit brake calipers offering excellent stopping power.
Up front, the specially shaped aero head tube features integrated shrouds to direct air flow around its base and the shorter top tube means you can easily fit a pair of tri-bars to give you that lower tri position for aerodynamics.
The rigorously tested aerodynamic tube profiles of the Aero 883 are shaped to minimise drag and the rear wheel is tucked up behind the partially curved seat tube creating a shorter wheelbase.
A special blend of high-end T1000 and T800 unidirectional carbon composites ensures that the frame is both light yet stiff and has precise handling characteristics. The Aero 883’s impressed BikesEtc “the tubing is an object lesson in oversizing, especially at the keys areas for reducing flex and aiding power transfer – namely the chain stays, head tube and frankly massive bottom bracket area.”
We are excited to work with a cutting edge design partner with this ground breaking bike. The Aero 883 was developed in association with Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) in Sheffield, a company whose core skills have been developed in the Formula 1 and MotoGP motorsport environments. Performance improvements at elite level are, according to PES, about understanding the ‘sum of all parts’.
“That includes understanding that designs should deliver small repeatable gains in many different areas to deliver an overall winning solution. Performance at this level of sport is measured in 100ths of a second and microns. The team also has to work closely with and understand the athletes and support them so as to deliver the optimum performance package,” say our experts in aerodynamic carbon composite design and testing.
Hours of advanced computer simulations have resulted in a frameset of varying aerodynamic profiles - each optimised according to location to reduce turbulence across a wide range of wind directions (yaw angles).
To bring this fast bike to a halt, you can choose between direct mount disc or direct fit rim brakes as the Ribble Aero 883 Disc has been added to the range. The Aero 883 and Aero 883 Disc are truly cutting edge bikes.
- 1. Di2 and EPS ready frame
- Cutting edge and future-proof frame.
- 2. Large Kamm-Tail seat tube
- Minimises drag and air turbulence.
- 3. Hidden Seat clamp
- Aerodynamic down to the fine details.
- 4. Press Fit bottom bracket
- Increases stiffness and improves power transfer.
- 5. Aero tubing and internal cables
- Class leading aerodynamics.
- 6. Direct mount brake calipers
- Excellent stopping power and aero efficient.
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Ribble Aero 883 Customer Reviews
Bike looks and rides amazingly and you can feel the difference the second you start out
Ribble Aero 883 Press Reviews
First impression Punchy, low, stiff and fast. Very fast. The Aero 883 straddles the line between a full-on mountain-goat stage race bike and an aero road weapon. There are two good reasons for this. Considering the number of bikes we’ve tested, it does take a lot to impress us from the off, but that’s exactly what the Ribble does, and then some.
On the road So, back to those two good reasons. Number one is the low weight – it’s broadly half a kilo lighter than the other bikes on test. Combine this already lightweight package with a compact chainset working on an 11-28 cassette, and you’ve a bike that positively devours hills and barely suffers on rolling roads. A false flat becomes simply flat. The low, long(ish) riding position makes every corner exit an excuse for a sprint, and forced us into an almost TT-like position to make the most of the frame’s aero benefits when presented with a long, flat section of deserted tarmac. The 50/34 chainset doesn’t adversely affect acceleration or the ability to hold on to speed – you just find yourself staying closer to the 11-tooth sprocket a lot of the time. And the sensation of connectivity between pedal, rear wheel and road is something experienced more usually on a bike costing twice the price. Yet there’s more than enough comfort on offer from the unassuming carbon seatpost and effective seatstays, while the Selle Italia saddle soaks up the rest.
Handling The shortest wheelbase of our four bikes combines with an almost endurance bike-spec, 72.1° head angle to give steering that remains settled yet direct enough to excite. There’s nothing highly-strung about this bike. Oh yes, reason number two – there’s a very good reason the Aero 883 excels in its handling and that’s the wheelset it’s rolling on. For a 52mm deep-section carbon wheelset to be the lightest on test, and on a £2,200 bike is pretty much the holy grail of hoops. The speed with which the Mavic Cosmic Pros pick up speed, and the ease with which they hold on to it, is a real joy. They enjoy crosswinds as much as any deep-section wheel, but if you can put up with that, they offer consistently high performance, and their alloy braking surface is more than adequately gripped by those direct-mount Shimano Ultegra brakes. The French firm’s Yksion Pro Griplink rubber is a clear winner here, too – although a 25c tyre would offer slightly better comfort, the Mavics supply grip, speed and confidence.
Frameset The Aero 883’s tubing is an object lesson in oversizing, especially at the key areas for reducing flex and aiding power transfer – namely the chainstays, head tube and frankly massive bottom bracket area. The seat tube uses a sizeable cutaway to bring the wheels as close together as possible while narrow seatstays project from the seat tube low to create as compact a rear triangle as possible. A fairly stout headtube is the most rock-solid on test, and features shrouds at its junction with the down tube to direct airflow around its base. A traditionally bladed carbon fork completes the picture at the front end. Everything about this set-up (with the exception of those naturally vibe-damping seatstays) screams solidity. And that just about sums up the way it rides, too.
Groupset Here’s where the Aero 883 gets even more impressive. It’s equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra groupset – lighter than 105, though similar in its behaviour and operation. Our test bike came with a 50/34, compact chainset, but the beauty of Ribble is that you can spec the bike as you wish. The Ultegra brakes are direct-mount, reckoned to increase strength and be slightly more aero, as they’re closer to the frame. An 11-28 cassette combines with the 50/34 chainset to make this a perfectly tuned climbing bike as well as a pukka aero racer.
Finishing kit Again, this can be altered to your own specification but our test bike was fitted with excellent Deda compact drop bars and a 130mm Deda Zero 2 alloy stem. Selle Italia’s moderately flexy, downward-nosed saddle sits atop an unbranded carbon seatpost.
Wheels The crowning glory of this bike’s build is its 52mm deep-section Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon clinchers. We couldn’t tell you the last time we saw a £760 wheelset on a £2,200 bike. Despite their deep profile, they’re also the lightest wheelset of the four we tested, at 1.22kg for the front, 1.54kg for the rear. An alloy braking surface offers predictable stopping power and Mavic’s Yksion Pro Griplink tyres in 23c are sticky enough for racing.
Punchy, stiff and very fast, the Aero 883 is also exceptionally good value.
Every so often, a bike blows our minds, and on this occasion it’s the Ribble Aero 883. As an exceptionally high-spec package for the price, not to mention out-performing the other three bikes in its willingness to destroy any road, it’s not only our test winner but also the winner of the BikesEtc Gold award. If you want to race, already race, or just want one of the quickest, best-value bikes on the market, this is a great choice. Even better, while our test ride worked out at £2,186.90, Ribble tell us a bike built to the same spec will be available from July for £1,999.95.
Lancashire price crusaders Ribble have a long established reputation for delivering a range of top value bikes from training machines to triathlon rigs. The 833 Aero is a searingly fast, innovation loaded, aero road weapon complete with electric shifting and big brand aero wheels for a price that’s as aggressive as its’ ride character.
If the all black ‘murdered out’ aesthetics don’t immediately communicate the combative nature of the 883 then closer inspection of the frame will leave no doubt. The short head tube lends itself to an aggressively low and aerodynamic ride position. The angular frame tubes are the only ones on test to use the latest ‘Kammtail’ chopped teardrop style aerodynamic concept, which is designed to produce lower overall drag in variable wind situations. The 883 is also the only bike here to use lighter, more powerful direct mount Shimano brakes with the rear calliper hidden under the chain stays to reduce aerodynamic drag further. The internal down tube cable routing can be configured for either conventional cable routing or the Shimano Di2 electric shifting set up here, which cunningly hides the battery cell up inside the seat post out of the way of weather and wind. Despite the extra cost of the digitally triggered transmission, Ribble still rolls out this special edition bike on £850’s worth of stiff Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLS wheels with matching Mavic Yksion Griplink and Prolink tyres. You also get a top quality carbon detailed Selle Italia saddle and even the aerodynamically profiled Deda RHM 02 bar and Zero 2 stem are slightly lighter and more expensive than the 01 spec models on the Sensa and Dolan.
How it rides
High value spec isn’t worth much without ride quality to back it up, but that’s no problem with the Ribble. Immediately you clip in and press the pedals, you can feel the purposeful power delivery of the oversized rear stays and Toray T1000/800 carbon fibre mix surging through to the road and firing you forward. While the added motors and battery of Di2 mean it’s slightly heavier than the other bikes here, it attacks climbs with aggressive ‘stand up’ rather than ‘gear down’ tenacity. Thanks to the aero features the speed carries on building with impressive ease as you whirr up through the gears on the flat. It stays there without too much topping up too and there’s enough accuracy and authority in the quick steering handling to keep the Mavic wheels that have sometimes seemed gusty on other bikes behaving fine on the Ribble. The second generation Mavic Yksion tyres with softer compound ‘Griplink’ front are reassuringly surefooted when you’re exploring the 883’s natural urge to charge into corners hard and hug the tightest line too. They also let you make the most of the outstandingly positive and feedback rich power of the direct mount brakes. While firm wheel and frame feel means you have to be a bit more wary of potholes or pock marked surfaces than a smoothie like the Sensa, the Aero 883 always stayed on the acceptably purposeful rather than punishing side of the comfort coin. It’s certainly forgiving enough to take day rides or even multi day charity epics in it’s stride without leaving you walking like John Wayne and given the top value price you’ll have change spare to sponsor yourself too.
Ribble’s Aero 883 is naturally rapid and aggressive when it comes to accelerating, climbing and cornering without being uncomfortable on multi-day missions. It’s outstanding value for a Di2 equipped bike too.