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Endurance SL Disc - Ribble

solarflashsolarflash Posts: 95
edited October 2019 in Your road bikes
Here's my Endurance SL Disc. I used this forum a lot when trying to decide which bike to buy so I thought I'd stick up some images and also some impressions of the bike.






My road bike was getting long in tooth after 11 years of almost daily service, mostly commuting but also the odd race and event a few times a year. I was running 28's on wide rims with less than ideal clearance, the BB30 was chewing through bearings, as was the headset. Rim brakes were not for me - lots of all weather commuting - I went through rims almost as quickly as tyres. So high on the list of requirements were, better clearances, standard BSA threaded BB, mudguard fittings.
But I also wanted a reasonably fast frame, so some aero considerations wouldn't hurt. This bike is my only bike, it needs to do everything from duathlons, sportives and commutes.

I considered fairlight strael, mason definition, canyon endurace but ultimately settled on the ribble with some modifications.

I've been using tubeless tyres for years now on the road - won't ever use Schwalbe tyres again! Despite the glowing reviews, the schwalbe pro ones were utter censored , I've never had so many punctures. Lasted less than 1000km. I've since been through IRC's (x-guard 3500km) but settled on Hutchisons. The Sector 28's were excellent, lasted bloody ages - 8901k! Great grip in all conditions and while they did puncture in the last 1000k, slugs and sealant (orange seal regular)reliably fixed the punctures each time. Now I'm trying Fusion 5 All Season 28 on the rear, and Fusion 5 Performance 25 on the front. They've done over 2000km so far and show very little wear which is good. The rear punctured early with a deep cut from something sharp but the dynaplug sorted that and it hasn't been an issue since. Very little cuts on both tyres. Also switched to MilkIt Valves, great not having to worry about clogged valve cores.

The wheels are light bicycle WR56 rims laced to Hope pro 4 RS hubs with pillar aero spokes. Light bicycle built the wheels and honestly the whole process was excellent. Customer service was great, as was product and delivery times. This combo was chosen in the hope that I could get a reliable wheel set that would be good for many miles (love hope components) but also get a wee aero advantage. The 25 tyre on the front makes for a nice transition to the rim, less wide than the rim, on the back the 28 is about the same width. I was hoping for comfort and durability on the back. Wheels together weigh 1644g with tubeless tape installed. Not at all super light but the weight in mostly in the hubs, which I’m ok with.

Swapped the saddle for my Fabric Shallow which works well for me.
Really wanted Ultegra Di2, but couldn’t justify it at the moment. The integrated cockpit from Ribble was a bit of a risk but I used to ensure the new bike exactly matched my old fit on my previous bike. Sure enough when it arrived it fitted perfectly. The integrated bar cleaned up the front end nicely. I used a K-Edge spoon mount, and I like to use an exposure trace front mounted under my garmin. For some reason the mount threads didn’t go all the way through to the underside of the mount, but I was able to tap them so it worked just fine in the end.
Stuff that hasn’t worked out perfectly – Ribble customer service was really hit or miss. The order got delayed a lot in the beginning, apparently the integrated bars were holding up the build. Ribble were less than great with this and didn’t keep me updated on the delays. In fact, when they finally answered my emails and gave me a build date, it went past and silence resumed. After many phonecalls a staff member who was great at customer service explained the delay and informed me there would be another delay. Out of the blue I was informed the bike had shipped ahead of the lst estimation and it arrived shortly afterwards. I’m guessing it was maybe teething issues but the whole thing wasn’t ideal. After unpacking I noticed they hadn’t sent the mudguard bridge, more phone calls…more waiting…another phonecall after a couple of weeks and finally it turned up. Again not ideal. Also the frame had a few scratches in the clear coat after unpacking.
Rear tyre width:
Front tyre width 28.12:

I went with a 105 groupset and frankly, I’ve been underwhelmed. The front shifter rattles over bumps when on the tops or hoods. If I’m holding the brake lever it doesn’t rattle. Also after checking the chain and reviewing the shimano tech docs it seems Ribble had the chain significantly too long. The shifting had been slow and noisey despite my best efforts to fix it. Shortened the chain and all is perfect now. Brakes are super soft, the bleed from Ribble was woeful - the levers pull all the way to the bar with spongey feel. I’ve yet to fix this as the brakes do function ok, they just feel very underpowered. I’ve since picked up a bleed kit and it’s now on the to do list.
With that out of the way, the bike feels incredible to ride! Super solid under power, very stable, but still nimble compared to my old bike. I like to go for the odd segment and when sprinting it really comes to life, amazing acceleration and speed. The wheels potentially contribute here too but the frame just feels great. The bars are very comfortable, and I actually really like the default bar tape that came with the bike. The bar taping was also incredibly neat by the Ribble mechanic. Can’t imagine it was the same mechanic that fitted the chain and the brakes! The reviews have talked about how comfortable the bike is but honestly at 173cm tall, 70kg~ and not much exposed seatpost I don’t really notice a massive improvement from my old bike. For reference I am using about 50psi in the front and 55 in the back.
I recently used the bike in a duathlon, the course was rolling hills and the bike felt perfect. A couple of riders with aero helmets and TT bikes went past but I still managed to somehow cling on to a top 5 finish despite having a regular helmet and “normal” road bike. Who knows how much difference the bike and wheels actually made, but it felt pretty decent.
Despite the customer service issues I’d be hard pushed not to order the same bike again. The value for money seems great, the bike has been performing well so far, and it’s handling everything I’ve asked of it. I'll probably upgrade to Di2 at some point but right now its good enough.


  • KoenMKoenM Posts: 95
    U forgot to add Ribble in the title, kind of important.
    Awesome bike though, I have the Ribble GCR SL, they both look alike but I think yours is alot lighter!
  • sam_anonsam_anon Posts: 165
    Looks sweet! Enjoy it!
  • Nice review, good detail.
    And despite not being Italian, that looks a sweet bike...good work :D
  • MilkmaidMilkmaid Posts: 134
    I too have been a little underwhelmed with the 105 groups on my month-old CGR Ti.

    The front shifter rattles like crazy - I've softened it somewhat by applying a piece of leftover chain stay protector (approx 1.5mm thick, faux carbon effect) between the offending shifter arms at the top of the brake lever but it's still not perfect).

    Shifts were slow and noisy at first, but I adjusted the cables and re-aligned the front mech (not installed properly at Ribble HQ) and things have improved - not quick as slick as the older version of 105 on the bike the CGR has replaced though.

    As for brake lever reach - I've re-bled both brakes but the levers still come back way to far. Unfortunately it isn't possible to adjust the bite-point on 105. Should have forked out a bit more for Ultegra. Ho hum, maybe an upgrade sometime in the future.

    Apart from that, the bike is perfect - I'm running 37mm tyres and it eats rough roads and gravel tracks for breakfast. Raod grip is noticeably better with the wider tyres, although saying that, I did hit the deck on my commute this morning on a particularly greasy junction. Smashed helmet, shredded gloves, destroyed (favourite) base layer and various bruises, cuts and road rash. The bike fared slightly better with just some scuffs on the shifters - maybe that Ultegra upgrade will happen sooner than anticipated!
  • joey54321joey54321 Posts: 1,297
    Love these bikes, look great and awesome value and a BSA bottom bracket too! Ticks every box.
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,063
    That is a fine looking bike. Good work 8)
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  • Thanks for the comments! Following the recent weather I've picked up some PDW Mudguards in 37mm. I'm hoping they accommodate the current tyres and fit the frame. For anyone wondering about the hidden mudgaurd adapters for this frame the SKS Direct Fork adapter (£1.99 on amazon) fits the frame just fine. I couldn't get a response from Ribble when inquiring. Hopefully they work with the PDW's, I'll post up after I've tried.
    A couple of weeks ago I hit the mother of all potholes, unfortunately I didn't see it all, so totally caught me offguard (dark, lights were set to lowest setting). I hit the straight edge of the pothole so hard my bottle went flying the bell rang! - Shortly followed by hissing and sealant spray. Unbelievably the orange seal regular sealed the hole without a dynaplug, despite it being pretty big, and the rim was completely unscathed. I'm so impressed with the Light Bicycle rims. The tyres are also still doing great, that's only the second puncture and both have sealed successfully without fuss and there are hardly any cuts.
  • Mudguard Update! The PDWs finally went on a couple of weeks ago. These are the 37mm Full Metal Fenders which seem to fit over the 25mm&28mm Hutchinsons (~30mm measured) nicely. The SKS fittings did not work. I tried modifying them but it was a pretty horrible bodge. Instead I bought the Whiskey Mudguard Mounts from Triton cycles which were expensive at 10quid but work perfectly and seems very nicely made. The guards were a total pain in the censored to fit. This was mainly due to the seat stay mounting point. The guards and the frame played a part here. The frame uses a removable mount which to be honest isn't the best made thing ever. The mounting bolt ended up boring straight through the back side of the plastic which doesn't look right. But the PDW seatstay mount which wraps around the mudguard like a gorilla grip just didn't work. Everytime I thought it was perfect the guards would slide through the mount a rub again. So I got the drill out and fitted the L bracket. I should have done this in the first place. Basically worked first time, and the guards have been absolutely perfect since. The plastic Ribble mount is even working out fine. As you can see from the pics though I could have used a bit more adjustment or drilled further back to allow a wee bit more height, but in the end there is plenty of clearance and they are silent (except when salt is pinging off the underside). I think the also look neat and fit the frame well. I've ridden in ridiculous wind conditions recently and lots of rain and they are working so so well. Very happy indeed. The guards are also totally solid, they basically don't move unlike the plastic ones I've had in the past. On with the pics, bike is basically in winter commute mode here with lights and whatnot attached.

  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,954
    Very nice looking commuter !
  • I agree, lovely looking bike!
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,242
    I've often looked at PDW mudguards, they look nice, but it sounds like my SKS guards are way easier to use.
    But aren't they a bit of a heavy choice for a SL bike?
  • solarflashsolarflash Posts: 95
    Thanks! The SL is a bit of a misnomer, this isn't a super light bike, maybe would have been a few years back. Ribble do the SLR frame which is sub 1kg but I think this frame is around the 1kg mark. My commute and most of my riding is super flat, so weight isn't really a concern.

    In other news I got launched over the bars on the way home recently. Was not a good time. I've been out for a few weeks with an AC separation but the bike shrugged it off like nothing happened. Those PDWs are rock solid! Worth the setup hassles I had. Some new shifter hoods and bartape and she looks as good as new.. The front wheel is also still completely true and the tubeless tyres remained inflated.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,954
    Oof. How did that happen ?
  • solarflashsolarflash Posts: 95
    Sun had just gone down, invisible, negligent dog owner with earphones in, large dog was hiding in the bushes off-lead, despite ringing the bell and lighting up the path I had no idea there was a dog about. Burst out in front of me just as I was passing the owner. Poor dog seemed to be ok but was terrified. This was on a national cyclepath of course, and it was all my fault of course 🙄. I'd never walk my dog off-lead in that area, especially as the beach is literally 5 meters at the side of the path, but what can you do. Anyway, first proper incident on that path after about 9 years of commuting on it.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,954
    Bloody people. Glad you're not too badly hurt anyway.
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