Ribble Alloy frames - anyone got one?

jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
edited March 2013 in Road buying advice
Looking at building up a second bike. I have most of the parts and components, just need a frame. I'm scanning the classifieds for something suitable but have just had a look at the Ribble Alloy Frames, particularly the 7005SL and 7005 Ultralite. I like the look of the Ultralite more and the geometry seems pretty much spot on for me.

I'm guessing the frame finish/quality will be similar to the 7005 Winter bike they sell, which seems to get some good reviews. Would be nice to hear from someone who has one of these models.

I'm not fussed on the ability to take mudguards, 28mm tyres, etc, e.g; it's not going to be a Winter bike. I want to build up a decent, inexpensive bike for racing and crits.

Thanks in advance
“Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”


  • kirkee
    kirkee Posts: 369
    Ive owned a Ribble 7005 SL with carbon fork, a few years ago. Good value, fit and reasonable quality. It was however very harsh and I didnt like the ride so I sold it on. I ride a Bottecchia hydroformed alloy frame now and its a magic ride. I guess the hydroforming and more modern design has brought alloy frames a long way. My 7005 SL was a basic alloy design, ovalised down tube. I dont know if they have modernised the design now?
    Caveat - I buy and ride cheap, however, I reserve the right to advise on expensive kit that I have never actually used and possibly never will
  • ThatBikeGuy
    ThatBikeGuy Posts: 394

    There's mine. Decent bike though i only use it in foul/winter weather and have an allez setup for crits. The ride is good though you do tend to feel all the road bumps which we seem to have a lot of round here!
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  • jordan_217
    jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    Thanks for the responses. I've managed to get my hands on a CAAD 10 so looking forward to picking it up and getting it set up.
    “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”