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Ribble R872 Matt Black

The R872 - a perfectly balanced, race-bred road bike

"The R872 is a very impressive bike indeed...the geometry is spot on. There's absolutely no doubt that the Ribble offers super value for money. A high-modulus carbon frame paired with a complete 105 groupset for £1000 is exceptional - 10 out of 10"
Cycling Weekly - Best on Test August 2017 -

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The R872 is our signature carbon road race bike. Now in its third generation, the frame has been made stiffer in key areas with updated tube profiles and advanced Toray carbon lay ups. With clearance for 25mm tyres and a 27.2mm seatpost the frame is also comfortable to ride for longer distances.

The Ribble R872 is a performance, race-bred, road bike. It has been technically engineered to optimise power transfer, meaning less energy is lost through frame flex. It has a short wheel base which helps to keep the ride handling precise and agile. 

The R872 is now available in stealthy Matt Black and a new Matt Silver colourway.

If you are looking for a fast, efficient and competitive bike for racing, sportives, or taking part in triathlons, the R872 is the bike for you.

“Excellent....a great foil for the racy geometry. Reprofiled tubes and chainstays with a claimed ten per cent improvement in stiffness.” RoadCyclingUK

“A super-efficient ride which responded instantly. Attack when the road rises and the R872 leaps forward.” RCUK


Make the choice of selecting your ideal bike easier by choosing from one of our pre-selected builds, commonly asked for by our customers at special pricing

Ribble R872 Award Winning Edition
From £34.21 per month
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"The R872 is a very impressive bike indeed...the geometry is spot on. There's absolutely no doubt that the Ribble offers super value for money. A high-modulus carbon frame paired with a complete 105 exceptional - 10 out of 10!" Cycling Weekly
  • Groupset
    Shimano 105 5800 Black - 11 Speed
  • Wheelset
    Mavic Aksium with Continental Ultra Sport 2 Rigid Tyres
  • Finishing Kit
    Deda Zero 1 Bars and Stem
Ribble R872 Zipp Edition
From £35.87 per month
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The Zipp Edition R872 Black frame combines the Ultegra R8000 groupset with the Zipp Service Course finishing kit, the stunning Zipp 302 wheelset finishes the excellent specification and enhances the already stunning looks of this frame.
  • Groupset
    Shimano Ultegra R8000 - 11 Speed
  • Wheelset
    Zipp 302 Wheelset with Continental GP4000s Tyres
  • Finishing Kit
    Zipp Service Course Bar and Stem
Ribble R872 Dura Ace Edition
From £116.12 per month
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Fitted with Shimano's top end Dura Ace groupset, this Edition offers unrivaled shifting and braking performance. With Mavic's Cosmic Pro Carbon Wheels and the Deda Supperleggera finishing kit, this bike not only offers great performance but is also visually stunning.
  • Groupset
    Shimano Dura Ace 9100 - 11 Speed
  • Wheelset
    Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Wheel and Tyre System 25mm
  • Finishing Kit
    Deda Superleggera Bar and Stem

Our challenge was to improve our best-selling carbon road bike. How do you actually improve an already perfectly balanced award-winning bike? The R872 has been so popular with road racers, triathletes and the Cycling Press that we listened to their needs for an even stiffer and faster ride.

At the heart of the R872 is a cutting edge, full carbon T1000/T800 frameset featuring internal cable routing, a tapered head tube, a stiffened up bottom bracket shell and deep chain stays for improved power transfer. Itis of course compatible with electronic groupsets too.

The R872 tubing profile and carbon layup has been significantly re-designed. There is new, integrated designing between the fork and down tube to improve the bikes aerodynamic efficiency. Not only is the new R872 head tube tapered, but it’s also shaped to cut through the air with ease. The frame also features new carbon drop outs helping to keep the weight down.

The only aspect that we were unable to improve upon in some way, however small, was the proven geometry which remains unchanged. The new R872 retains its small head tube and short, racy top tube which has made it such a favourite on the amateur race scene.

When compared with the previous model the ‘stiffness statistics’ show why we think the R872 will help you stay competitive in races with even better power transfer features.

Fork in-line (front/back) stiffness - Increased 16.4%
Fork lateral stiffness - Increased 26.5%
Frame head tube stiffness - Increased 8%
Frame BB stiffness - Increased 15.4%
Frame chain stay stiffness - Increased 14%

The R872 remains a stiff and well balanced race bike. It’s ready to take on big mountains or your local climbs and its stealthy features make it equally fast on the flat. What are you waiting for?

What the press said about the R872 -

“The R872 offers all-day comfort with excitement and verve.” BikesEtc

“Serious bang for your buck.” Cyclist Magazine

“Delivers gold for the price of silver (or bronze).” Cycling Tips

The R872 is a very impressive bike indeed...the geometry is spot on. There's absolutely no doubt that the Ribble offers super value for money. A high-modulus carbon frame paired with a complete 105 groupset for £1000 is exceptional - 10 out of 10Cycling Weekly - Best on Test August 2017 - purchase this exact bike here


1. Super stiff frame and forks
True racing pedigree in a smart looking package
2. Frame to fork integrated design
Reduces drag and increases aerodynamics
3. Carbon dropouts
Helps to reduce weight
4. 27.2mm seat pin
Slender seatpost increases comfort
5. Di2 and EPS ready
Can be fitted with all mechanical and electronic groupsets
6. Oversize bottom bracket
To aid power transfer and pedalling efficiency
7. Tapered headtube
Increases front end stiffness & steering positivity
8. Oversize chainstays
Further enhances the power transfer to the wheels

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Ribble R872 Matt Black

We also offer unmatched customisation of your Ribble with our Advanced BikeBuilder. The Advanced BikeBuilder is where you can make more of your own decisions - choose your ideal groupset and wheels, personalise it with your own preferred finishing kit - the choices are all yours.

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Sizing & Geometry

Ribble R872 Matt Black
Size A B C D E F G H I
XS 470 515 375 102.3 505 72 960.9 406 74.5
S 490 531.5 382 122.6 525 72.2 972.6 406 74.1
M 510 548.4 389 145 545 72.4 985.2 406 73.7
L 530.5 565.5 396 165.3 565 72.6 996.6 406 73.3
XL 550.5 583 403 182.7 585 73.3 999.7 406 72.9

Our available frame sizes

XS 5' 1" - 5' 5"

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S 5' 6" - 5' 7"

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M 5' 8" - 5' 10"

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L 5' 11" - 6' 0"

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XL 6' 1" - 6' 3"

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the key new features of the R872?
A: The new R872 has been completely redesigned to offer a much improved package, every tube has been optimised. We have increased stiffness while keeping the same light weight, and a new integrated fork and headset improve aerodynamics.
Q: Why is frame stiffness important?
A: The stiffness of a bike influences how responsive the bike feels – a stiff bike will feel faster, more responsive and it is more efficient.
Q: Could I race or ride sportives on this bike?
A: The R872 is a great bike for people looking to ride fast sportives, the frame design means you get a comfortable ride, but a stiff pedaling platform. The lightweight frame makes it especially great for hilly events.
Q: What type of riding is it best suited for?
A: The R872 is designed with race-orientated geometry, so it’s perfect for fast road riding, racing, KOM hunting and smashing sportives. The weight of the frame means it’s a great machine for climbing too.
Q: Can I use clip-on aero bars with this bike?
A: Yes, if you select handlebars with a round profile it will be possible to fit most clip-on aero bars and make the bike more suitable for occasional triathlons or time trials.
Q: What is the frame made of and what does it weigh?
A: The frame weighs 1070 grams (size small) and is and is constructed with high quality, industry leading, Toray carbon.
Q: What is the widest tyre that can be fitted?
A: 25mm.
Q: Does the bike come with pedals?
Q: No, pedals are a personal choice. We offer a wide range here.
Q: What is the warranty of the frame and what does it cover?
Q: The frame has a three year warranty against manufacturing defects. All other parts have the manufacturer’s standard warranty.

Ribble R872 Matt Black Customer Reviews

great ride would recommend it to any one . also the ribble team were great helping me when i wanted to purchase the bike. many thanks glen
First carbon bike, so not sure how it comperes with the mainstream mass produced, and fitted with the Mavic Kyserium Elite wheelset, (now tubless) i am unable to fault, picked up from Birmingham and the lads will fit you as well. The bike building aspect is genious, you cant moan if you tell them what to put on, great service as well, answered all my questions immediately, and all done within a week, great service love Ribble, seems to hit the button with all standards of cyclists. Great products,
Jon 'the cheese'

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Ribble R872 Matt Black Press Reviews

Thanks to an incredible spec including a carbon frame and Shimano Di2, the Ribble R872 offers a powerful ride at a bargain price.

Frame & equipment: Truly impressive at this price

The new R872 frame from Ribble replaces the highly respected and high-scoring Stealth. The new frame looks outwardly similar, especially with its stealth black-on-black graphics.

Under the skin it’s a different story, though. The R872 is constructed with Toray T800 carbon fibre and features a tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket shell (though in this spec it’s running an adaptor for the Shimano chainset) with full internal cable routing.

Ribble tell us the frame was designed with out-and-out stiffness in mind and that, along with the geometry, the standard gearing choice of 53/39, 12-25T firmly marks the R872 out as race material.

As with any bike from Ribble, it’s the spec that truly impresses, and the R872 doesn’t disappoint. Using a combination of Ultegra Di2 with a 105 chainset and brakes has meant that, along with a lightweight carbon frame and great wheels, you can get consistent shifting for an impressively low price. It’s a demonstration in clever speccing from the guys at Ribble, and one we’d encourage from a few more manufacturers.

The wheel package comes courtesy of Mavic, with the combination of Aksium wheels and Aksion tyres providing decent quality with performance that backs up the classy looks.

Ribble’s choice of a Deda cockpit matches a fair few other Cycling Plus Bike of The Year contenders. The combination of Zero 2 stem and RHM02 bar is a great choice of good quality mid-range kit that won’t let you down.

What we’re most impressed with, though, is the seatpost and saddle combo. Ribble have chosen to use Selle Italia’s SLS saddle but in the unique-to-Selle Italia monolink configuration.

The perch uses a single composite rail anchored further forward and back of the saddle’s hull, making for a seat with plenty of flex plus masses of fore and aft adjustability. This design allows it to be much slimmer through the nose, and the super slim shape means no friction at all between you and the sides – the free-feeling movement is a revelation.

Ride & handling: Solid and powerful

Out on the road the Ribble is an absolute blast. The frame is rock solid under powerful pedal strokes and the back end copes well over broken surfaces; there’s an almost spring-like buoyancy to it over bigger bumps and it actively kicks back against you as it crests an impact.

Up front, things are slightly less composed; the deep but thin-bladed and kinked fork tracks well and doesn’t have any unwanted side-to-side flex, but it does catch crosswinds, making it prone to becoming a little unstable. It can also get quite chattery over coarse, gravelled road surfaces.

The combination of 105 and Ultegra Di2 works faultlessly, though the tall 53/39, 12-25T gearing won’t suit everyone. The overall light weight goes some way to compensate for the gears and we didn’t have any major issues with it being under geared, but if you intend to use the bike in Europe or on any serious UK climbs, you’d be best using Ribble’s bike-builder to specify a compact chainset or wider cassette.

This bike was tested as part of Cycling Plus magazine’s 2013 Bike Of The Year feature – read the full results in issue 273, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.


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