WIN­NER Rib­ble R872 › Our slight bud­get-bust­ing was well worth it

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

Can­non­dale’s big­tyred, disc-braked Sy­napse is com­fort­able, ver­sa­tile and has a range of gears that would chal­lenge Spi­der-Man for wall-climbinga­bil­ity. The skinny 25.4mm seat­post helps it max out on com­fort and its wide-rang­ing gears are wel­come for the non-com­pet­i­tive rider. With knob­blier but not too wide gravel tyres you could ven­ture off the tar­mac too.

At just £700 with Shi­mano 105 levers and de­railleurs, Evans should be con­grat­u­lated on the Pin­na­cle La­terite 3. Yes, costs have been trimmed with lower-spec wheels, chain­set and brakes, but it’s a high­qual­ity, ver­sa­tile ride with a re­as­sur­ingly neu­tral rid­ing po­si­tion.

Spe­cial­ized’s re­work­ing of its Allez Elite has been a suc­cess, im­prov­ing com­fort, notch­ing up its ev­ery­day rid­ing cre­den­tials and show­ing just why 105 is the groupset to as­pire to. The new frame adds com­fort and qual­ity wheels to the mix, and to the great joy of our tester it has lost the ca­ble that hung be­neath the top­tube for an aes­thetic gain.

While Trek’s new-for-2018 Do­mane ALR3 can’t match Spe­cial­ized for kit or weight, the IsoSpeed-equipped frame sets new com­fort stan­dards for alu­minium. If and when IsoSpeed be­comes more af­ford­able, this could be a real win­ner as it sig­nif­i­cantly smooths out poor sur­faces.

Board­man’s Team Car­bon rep­re­sents a great en­try to the world of qual­ity car­bon frames and is suit­able for com­mut­ing, long days and, with ’guards, a win­ter trainer.

Rib­ble’s R872 is the raci­est bike here, has Shi­mano 105 in its en­tirety and has a com­posed and com­fort­able ride. You can also choose the kit, go­ing well un­der a grand with Tiagra or up­ping the ante for a Di2 build – the third gen­er­a­tion R872 frame is good enough to de­serve it.

Rib­ble’s R872 has a com­posed and com­fort­able ride

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