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Ribble R872 Matt Silver

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. With the short wheel base this keeps 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, targeting key sportives, or taking part in triathlons then this bike is ideally suited to your needs. Looking good and racing well - the R872 is the bike for you.

“Excellent. Featuring full Ultegra and lightweight Mavic Ksyrium hoops – 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

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

At the heart of the R872 is a thoroughly modern, cutting edge, full carbon T1000/T800 frameset featuring internal cable routing, a tapered head tube, a stiffened up bottom bracket area and deep chain stays for improved power transfer. It’s also Di2/electronic ready.

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 and the frame boasts new carbon drop outs.

The only aspect that we were unable to improve upon in some way, however small, was the race-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.

Take a read of some of these ‘stiffness statistics’ when compared with the previous model which means that the R872 stays 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” Cyclist Magazine

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


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 Silver

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 Silver
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?
A: 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?
A: The frame has a three year warranty against manufacturing defects. All other parts have the manufacturer’s standard warranty.

Ribble R872 Matt Silver Customer Reviews

This is the 3rd Ribble bike I have had and as usual it's perfect, very easy process to order, good communication, you cant go wrong with Ribble.
Upon upgrading my bike 2 year ago I decided to go with the Ribble R872, matt Black,105 groupset package offered on bike builder by Ribble. 2 year on & im looking for a summer bike & to use my R872 as an all round bike now. I looked across many sites looking at reviews & specs etc. I kept coming back to Ribble & there new revamped R872 in matt silver. I wanted to spec up the bike t his time so upgraded all components & went for ultegra groupset with mavic ksyriums elites upon advice off Jeff from Ribble. The bike landed after being hand built to my spec. I haven’t done the miles I usually do a week for the last 2 month so would say bike fitness isn’t we’re it should be, I cycled 2 30 mile rides on the new bike this week & it was a dream. Effortless!
Although I had no faults with the old R872 the new 1 is like a totally different bike! I have rode bikes from some top brands that equate in price to twice the price of what I paid & I give no difference in them. It climbs really well, just rolls on the flat & the comfort of the ride was excellent. I can’t rate this bike highly enough and am looking forward to getting fitness back & doing some of the routes & climbs I’ve done to compare times as I knocked time off other sections on my 1st 2 rides without the fitness I had earleir in year. The price was great value & the service provided was excellent & quick as always with Ribble. A massive pat on the back to all at Ribble in making a good bike even better.

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Ribble R872 Matt Silver 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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