Ribble 7005 (horizontal) road frame
Where bought and price
Ribble Cycles. I think I paid a bit more, but today (May 2010) Ribble is selling it for <AU$140, to which you can add a fork and shipping. I got the frame, ITM fork, basic Deda stem and bunch of small bits out here in early '09 for GBP251.
How it is used
Daily riding and training â€“ crit racing is planned for next summer.
A basic 7005 series welded aluminium frame, with:
- 1-1/8â€ integrated headset
- 2 x water bottle mounts in the usual road bike spots
- Braze on downtube cable adjusters
- Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
- I think it came with the seat post clamp; I do not clearly remember
- No braze on mount for front derailleur, you'll need a clamp
- Takes a 27.2mm seat post
Mine is mated to an â€˜ITM basicâ€™ carbon road fork with aluminium steerer. Iâ€™ve seen this fork with stacks of different brands on it, so itâ€™s just a generic rebranded carbon fork, probably made in Taiwan. Ribble usually has a range of forks that can be matched to the frame, depending on your whim and budget.
+ Solidly made, neat welds
+ Comfortable ride
+ Not up with current carbon frames of course, but stiff enough around the bottom end for aluminium
+ Arrives prepared by Ribble - it came all faced and chased
+ Buy it with a fork and Ribble gives you a headset (or at least they did when I bought it)
- Limited colour choice. Sometimes they have black I think, but usually itâ€™s Ribble blue or Ribble blue
- Not the lightest aluminium frame by any means
- Close inspection shows fairly thin paint coverage. The paint scratches quite easily if you knock something against it, but seems fairly resistant to road chips
Thereâ€™s no use pretending this is a flash frame, because itâ€™s not. It is, however, an excellent racing orientated work horse. If you want a training bike, durable hack, want to muck about with your first custom build, need a stop gap frame, or are simply on a tight budget, the value for money of this frame is hard to beat. There is nothing here that will stir the soul, but this a good bike for putting in lots of miles. It is solidly made, tough and comfortable.
I bought mine as a stopgap when my old Cannnondale 2.8 frame died and like many stop gaps I suppose itâ€™s doing longer service than originally anticipated. But that service is sterling. Comfortable, stable and reasonably responsive I could do a lot worse and it has kept me on the road and enjoying my cycling. Until my stop gap can be replaced it is doing the job.
The frame is, fundamentally, a racing frame and while you will not have the lightest bike in the pack, you will not be embarrassed either.
Ribble do a range of variations on this basic frame and you can get versions with sloping top tubes, a winter/audax version that takes mudguards (which Toolonglegs uses and seems to be happy with), and somewhat tarted up/lightened versions with carbon stays and what have you. Who knows where they are all made. Ribble seems to have a frame relationship with Deda, but I would have doubts that this frame was made in Italy.
If you want a no frills durable road frame, this is excellent value for money and Iâ€™d recommend it. When I was looking for a frame I could not find anything comparable in Australia, which is something to bear in mind.
Quality Within reason given the price point.
Performance Itâ€™s no rapier, but what it does, it does well.
Value for money Hell yes