Ribble Endurance SLe - colour choice?

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by youngoldbloke, 21 Feb 2019.

  1. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Just noticed a red Ribble Endurance SLe outside a local café. Hadn't realised there was a colour choice. Not impressed by the white and pale blue of the ones shown on the website, but this was something else. Very chunky carbon frame with 105. Temptation …...
     
  2. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Not So Special One

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    E47AE60D-E3EF-4C8B-AA7F-27CBD9BD64FE.jpeg I’m pretty sure the SLe is only available in white?
    It could have been the Endurance SL (non electric)?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    I’m pretty sure the SLe is only available in white?
    That's what I thought but it was definitely the SLe - IWOC button on top tube, hub motor. Vision wheels.
     
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  4. OP
    OP
    youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Red bikes are faster for sure :laugh:
     
  6. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It look's like you're right. Ribble do let you customise frame colour but not on this one. So how it ended up red is the question who knows it maybe an early model used for testing. Or they just contact them and ask them nicely if they can have a red one.
    If you fancy one in red you can always ask them you never know. :whistle:
    What ever the answer is it look's great. :becool:

    Update
    Just checked an email about the new Ribble HQ store the pic looks to have a red SLe on display.
     
    Last edited: 21 Feb 2019
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  7. Scaleyback

    Scaleyback Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    I test rode the Ribble SLe (ultegra build) yesterday. The Ribble guy told me the white/blue was the only colour available. Beautiful bike, sadly not for me.
     
  8. Zanelad

    Zanelad Über Member

    Location:
    Aylesbury
    Could i ask why. I'm quite tempted by one of these. I'd be interested to hear your views on the bike.

    Thanks.

    Z.
     
  9. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I have found out a new lovely blue colour is coming shorty but not yet to SL range as they don’t have enough frames in stock. But they are working on it.
    So the one colour only maybe changing in time.
     
  10. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    I rode one a few weeks back, did 20 odd miles on it, Great on the hills, really comfatable nice smooth ride, felt a bit strange to start with, around 15 mph the motor cuts out, but after a few miles was hardly noticable, i did struggle staying with the guys when they put the power down, it's a lot heavier than what i am used to. But it is a nice tool. As said in another thread, When my legs stop getting me up the hills, i will probably get one,
     
  11. Scaleyback

    Scaleyback Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Hi Zaneland,

    Well, I drove 220 miles round trip to see the Ribble SLe so I was potentially a serious buyer.
    As I have said elsewhere I could only ride it on Ribble's carpark, one of those concrete sectional surfaces with joins.
    20 or even 10 years ago this bike might have suited me but not now. Very 'taut' and lively bike with 'race like' handling I thought
    as opposed to the more 'forgiving' handling of endurance/sportive bikes. I have a carbon framed endurance road bike which even in my
    limited testing of the SLe I thought my bike was a more 'comfortable' ride. I felt every imperfection in the car park surface,
    that might have been the carbon frame (not all carbon frames are equal) it might have been the 28mm tyres. I confess here I have a everyday bike
    that runs on Schwalbe G-One 40mm tyres and they are bloody brilliant at smoothing out poor road surfaces.
    So the SLe had a hard act to follow as regards ride comfort. The SLe max size tyres are 28mm
    So not the bike for me although it was a beautiful looking bike with a classy finish.

    I have today purchased a Orbea Gain D30 (105 build) including full mudguards and my preferred Schwalbe G-One 40-622 tyres.
    Despite what your thinking I am not a Schwalbe rep ^_^
    I did not want the fastest bike possible for my money, I wanted a bike for all weather road riding, the occasional gravel path or canal towpath.
    The Orbea will (I hope) do all this in relative comfort especially on the Schwalbe tyres.
    Incidentally, Orbea bike was £2,500 inclusive. Ribble SLe (105 build) was £2,999.00 payable in full on ordering.

    Regards
     
    Last edited: 26 Feb 2019
  12. robgul

    robgul Guru

    Having see the Ribble electric machines I really wouldn't be surprised if they were just re-badged Orbea machines at a higher price . . .

    Rob
     
  13. OP
    OP
    youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Did you see my photograph above? I'm pretty certain that bike is RED.
     
  14. Scaleyback

    Scaleyback Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Ok, The Ribble guy was probably wrong. ^_^
     
  15. Scaleyback

    Scaleyback Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Certainly not Rob, the Ribble carbon frame is very different to both the Gain carbon frame and of course to the Gain alloy.
     
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