The older I get, the faster I used to be ...
Interesting ... seeing the Red Ribble SLe had started thinking me about my next bike - I deserve another one for my 75th, don't I? - and the Ribble looked like a likely contender. Disappointing to hear about it's harsh ride - you'll have to tell us how you find your Gain when you've been riding it more. I'm running 28mm Conti GP 4000S on mine, and they are more certainly forgiving than 23mm I'm used to on my 'conventional' bikes (in fact the 28mm Continentals measure a real 32mm). Be interested to know how much clearance you get with guards and 40mm tyres. Did you get the bike from Epic?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 40mm 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.