Advanced and super lightweight for optimum climbing performance
The new SL takes pride of place at the very top of our lightweight, carbon road bike range. It’s the lightest frame that we have designed and built to date and it comes in at only 840g on the weighing scale (medium frame). This bike is for riders looking for every advantage on our lightest machine for road and circuit racing or epic challenge rides in the hills and big mountains. Wherever you want to ride fast the SL is designed to give you the edge and keep you right at the sharp end of your race.
“Right on the money for a super-light chassis” RoadCyclingUK
With the new SL we have developed and produced a cutting-edge, highly advanced frameset that is incredibly light with new, carbon tube profiles designed to cut through the air. The high-end carbon frameset is very responsive to your accelerations, very little power transfer is lost and the overall ride feel is firm without being harsh.
Designed for optimum performance
Designed with racing geometry and a short wheelbase, the SL puts you in a low, efficient and aggressive racing position. The overall design is aimed at optimum performance, saving you watts and following the Ribble pedigree of being the fastest bike out there.
The SL’s distinctively thin seat stays help build in some comfort into the rear triangle of the bike and a 27.2mm seat post also assists in taking some sting out of any rough road surfaces.
An oversized bottom bracket shell and tapered head tube boost the bike’s stiffness and efficiency making it stiff enough to sprint for victory as well as light enough to climb into the clouds.
"This was a bike born to go uphill, and it’s supremely lightweight, weighing a featherweight 6.60kg. On prolonged climbs you really feel the benefit of every gram that isn’t there, and on both abrupt, steep climbs and the more drawn out roads of mountainous Scotland it never felt out of its depth when climbing." - Cycling Weekly
Leave a lasting impression
Over its matt carbon finish the SL boasts only subtle and understated graphics for a simple reason – paint adds weight to a frame so our designers have gone minimalist with the colour scheme. But if you're keen to leaving a last impression you can choose your own CustomColour hand painted finish in our BikeBuilder.
What the press said about the SL
"An incredibly lightweight climbing bike that makes heading uphill a cinch. The ride can be harsh for big rides, but if you choose the spec carefully then you can unlock the potential of a frame that's built to fly." – Cycling Weekly
- 1. Superlight frame
- Weighing just 840g (medium frame)
- 2. Racing geometry and responsive race handling
- Designed for speed and responsiveness
- 3. Oversize Press Fit bottom bracket
- Helps reduce frame flex and improves power transfer
- 4. Tapered head tube
- Increases front end rigidity and improves steering
- 5. 27.2mm Seat post
- Slender seat post increases comfort
- 6. Lightweight seat stays
- Adds some comfort and stability at the rear
Sizing & Geometry
(maximum rider weight: 90kg)
Ribble SL Customer Reviews
Ribble SL Press Reviews
The Ribble SL is the lightest frame the company has ever built, and it well and truly shows when heading up hill
Aero bikes, racing bikes, sportive bikes – Ribble has released the lot. But now, the British brand has set its sights on the skies, releasing its lightest ever frame and its first dedicated climbing bike, the Ribble SL.
The frame weighs a claimed 840g, while the full build – on our scales at least – weighs in at an astonishing 6.60kg. A lightweight, deadly competitive bike, we took the Ribble SL to the highlands of Scotland to test it out.
With its sleek carbon tubes narrowing towards their respective junctions, and those almost preposterously thin seat stays – this is a bike that screams weight saving. In fact, it’s so slinky that you can almost see where the excess material has been forgone.
Of course, Ribble says the SL has the whole lot: it’s light enough for the hills, stiff for efficiency and comfortable for the distance. It’d be natural to be sceptical; it’s a rare bike that can do it all, and compromise is a key part of almost any bike design.
With its oversized headtube and built up bottom bracket, the Ribble SL ticks all the boxes of a modern, stiff carbon bike, and there’s definitely no denying that this bike is light. Tap the tubes and you can hear that resonant hollow thud of carbon. The Ribble’s carbon can feel disconcertingly thin, but that’s probably not a surprise when the weight is as low as this.
There’s also those classic skinny seat stays which not only give a bit of spring to the performance frame, but also help keep the rear end clipped to a boxy 405mm. Elsewhere, a reach of 38.8cm and a slammed stack of 57.1cm puts you in an aggressive racing position.
With the Ribble BikeBuilder, the spec list is your own to decide, but our Ribble SL came sporting new Dura-Ace 9100, personally a first ride on Shimano’s new groupset. For the period of the test, the bike’s shifting was flawless, with resonant thunks when shifting down and a light feeling to the shifter on the upstroke. The standout feature, though, has got to be the brakes, which delivered good stopping power time and again, even in the rain.
The Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheels were also a welcome addition to the bike, and performed admirably throughout the test, and felt bombproof. For reasons we’ll come to though, we’d actually spend a bit more and add the Mavic Cosmic deep wheels.
Deda’s finishing kit made up the front end of the bike with its 100 series bar and stem. The bars were a tad narrow for my comfort and there was a level of flex in the drops that was noticeable on hard efforts. Again, we’d consider opting up for the stiffer Deda SuperZero bar and stem.
Similarly, the Selle Italia saddle also had a degree of flex to it, but this helped iron out some of the harshness from the frame. The relief channel was comfortable, though, and the flat profile helps you make the most out of the bike’s aggro racing geometry.
On calm, smooth roads, the Ribble SL trucks along with the very best. The frame is direct, and the Mavic wheels keep it going along through undulations. But the zing was really added to the ride after I tried some deep sections wheels with the frame, and the injection of pace and the way they held their speed convinced me that if you’re feeling flush, I’d spec a pair of Mavic Cosmic Elites in the BikeBuilder.
It’s when the road surface turns sour that the ride quality becomes less convincing, and things become a little bit uncomfortable.
It definitely didn’t feel like there was much forgiveness in the frame, and on prolonged, jarring rides the discomfort rose.
It wasn’t until two 100km+ rides in the north-west of Scotland that I truly noticed the harshness, and the repeated little bumps of the freeze-thaw roads numbed my hands. The 23mm Mavic Yksion tyres certainly weren’t unable to iron out the ride. In fact, for the longer stuff I’d be tempted to take the weight penalty and add some larger volume tyres to iron it out a little.
But this was a bike born to go uphill, and it’s supremely lightweight, weighing a featherweight 6.60kg. On prolonged climbs you really feel the benefit of every gram that isn’t there, and on both abrupt, steep climbs and the more drawn out roads of mountainous Scotland it never felt out of its depth when climbing.
An incredibly lightweight climbing bike that makes heading uphill a cinch. The ride can be harsh for big rides, but if you choose the spec carefully then you can unlock the potential of a frame that's built to fly.