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Canyon or Ribble?

clayboyclayboy Posts: 31
edited May 2012 in Road buying advice

Getting back into cycling and looking for a new bike.

I have been looking for weeks now and had decided on a Ribble new sportive racing, but, then found the Canyon range of bikes.

Any advice on choosing between the Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0 and a similar speced Ribble new sportive racing would be most welcome.

The Canyon would appear to be better value, but sometimes best value does not alwways mean best.

Cheer's, Nick.


  • BigDonnBigDonn Posts: 27
    I've never ridden either but the Canyon bikes are amazing spec for the money and get good reviews. Only problem is you sometimes have to wait a long time to get one - I nearly bought one last month after my bike was stolen only to be put off by an 8 week wait time in the size/model I wanted. Have it in mind for my n+1 though!
  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,954
    i would not compare these two brands as in my veiw the Canyon is much better. I think comparing the CF 9.0 to an equivilent specd Ribble is not a like for like comparison (unless i am missing something). If you are just starting out the Ribble with 105/veloce/apex is a really good starter CF bike whereas for me a £2000+ Canyon is in a different league. FWIW both bikes at this time of year may have a lead in time in terms of delivery and i would get a Stealth any day if buying Ribble (see threads about the frame being the same as De Rosa).

    Basically if i had £1200 i would buy a Ribble but if i had £2000 i would not.
  • wiltywilty Posts: 24
    I ordered a Ribble Stealth, 2 weeks after I had a re-think and canceled this order.

    Went for a canyon Ultimate CF 9 instead. Have had the bike for a week and its amazing, the attention to detail on the frame is immense, very stiff/light and a great spec for the price.

    Canyon speak quality, Ribble don't.
  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    Canyon has a higher cool factor, but both brands are sound.
  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,734
    wilty wrote:
    Canyon speak quality, Ribble don't.

    Harsh, most of Ribbles frames come from Dedacciai and they are quality!
  • cal_stewartcal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    I'd be tempeted to go with the canyon ult al with di2
    eating parmos since 1981

    Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Aero 09
    Cervelo P5 EPS
  • furragfurrag Posts: 481
    Canyon innovate. Ribble duplicate.

    Not even worth arguing over.
  • oviovi Posts: 396
    edited May 2012
    I'm torn between this Rose XEON CRS- 3000: or the Canyon Ultimate c.f. 9.0 .
    but the Rose RS-3000 (aluminium) is very tempting too.
    This is about £1900
  • wiltywilty Posts: 24
    I will say it again, the Canyon CF Ulti is an amazing bike, buy it.
  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,954
    Out of the Rose and Canyon it would be Canyon every time for me but this may sway me... ... aid:529168

    The DT Swiss wheels are pretty good so dont let that put you off.
  • calmx5calmx5 Posts: 230
    Yeah, tried a Rose at last years cycle show at the NEC, felt great even though it was only a 10 minute blast round the car park, great handling! And yes, +1 on the canyon, although I love my Ribble, I feel that they are a bit common to see on the road, and the frame is better - But check out the Felt AR5, great for £2000
  • oviovi Posts: 396
    just done a quick build up for a ribble new sportive racing with ultegra and mavic kysrium elites and that was £1900.
    The Canyon ultimate carbon looks a bit dated compared to the ally version with its internal cable routing so if it is updated the existing cf 9.0 might be discounted.
  • centimanicentimani Posts: 467
    I'd have to see the Canyon frame close up...its all in the detail.
    Use XE's currency converter, the canyon comes out at circa £1700.
    Use Ribble bike builder with the same/or guestimate similar components, the New Sportive will come out at £1850

    I have the Ribble New Sportive...very happy indeed with it, with very slight minor reservations re quality.
    Downtube bosses are riveted, one's not aligned correcty. Its not going to affect anything other than cosmetics, even then you have to look carefully to see it. Perhaps thats unusual, perhaps i got an odd misaligned one.
    Paint finish...sadly the paint stops 1 mm below the seatpost clamp. Again, you dont see it unless you look, just very slight detail stuff like that.

    If (thats a capital IF) the Canyon is definatively a better frame, (and i would want to see proper reviews and comparisons, not just unbased opinions)...if the canyon is a better frame, the canyon is better value.

    Looks wise, (and this is a personal thing, nothing more), i prefer the Ribble, i dont like those chunky tapering downtubes and the graphics on the Canyon. If it sounds petty, its not meant to be, at the end of the day, you want a bike you love looking at...

    No doubt the Ribble name still has that slight stigma with some people...but it just doesnt hold water any more IMO.
    Is it perfect, no. Is it the best, no. But it is bloomin good value, well regarded by those that have them, well regarded by the reviewers etc etc.
    The Canyon will doubtless be as good, perhaps better. But i still wouldnt have one, simply based on its looks. But thats just me. You must make a similar decision.
  • js14js14 Posts: 198
    I've got a Canyon Ultimate CF and I think it is good value for money. The other plus point for me was that it comes in 62 cm and 64 cm sizes and is solid enough for the taller and heavier rider. The downside is that the Germans seem to have privileged functionality over looks so it is not the most beautiful bike. The other more important disadvantage is that crank length, stem length and handlebar width are all determined by the choice of frame size so the fit may not be perfect. (I read somewhere that they will swap the stem for a different size after you have received the bike, but verify this with Canyon.) Lastly, I found the after sales service to be very efficient when I needed to replace a fork, so no worries there.
  • clayboyclayboy Posts: 31
    Thank you for all of the reply's/info.

    Looks like a canyon will be arriving at the front door soon.

    Cheer's, Nick.
  • markwb79markwb79 Posts: 937
    Furrag wrote:
    Canyon innovate. Ribble duplicate.

    Not even worth arguing over.

    Surely it depends who they copy?

    But, having never looked into it myself. I am completely shocked that you can get a canyon at ribble prices!
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