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Unboxed: Ribble R872

Ribble's updated version of their hugely popular R872 carbon road bike

The R872 is Ribble's best-selling carbon road bike according to the brand themselves, and the new 2017 version has a stiffer head tube and bottom bracket area to make it a well-balanced option for training and racing. 

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The geometry of the bike remains unchanged due to popular demand, with a short wheelbase and small headtube to complete its racey appearance. The seatstays have an unusual bulge at the back to help with handling and add some stability, and the chainstays are oversized for greater power transfer. The bike comes with full internal cable routing, and clearance for wider tyres to keep up with current trends for increased width.  

The R872 comes Di2-ready no matter which build you opt for, and our test bike comes specced with a full Ultegra Di2 groupset. A carbon seatpost has a budget Selle Italia Flow X1 saddle atop of it, and the Fulcrum Racing Sport clincher wheels are reliable everyday alloy hoops with sealed cartridge bearings for durability. 

As with all bikes from Ribble you can customise pretty much every component on the bike. The recommended build comes in at £1,666, and our version with the Di2 upgrade comes in at £1,966. Electronic shifting and a full carbon frame for under £2k is extremely competitive, and we'll be testing soon to see if the value for money offered by the R872 is backed up by its performance - stay tuned for a full review soon. 

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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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