Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

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grunters14
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Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

Postby grunters14 » 14 Aug 2014, 3:05pm

Spinners wrote:Ribble have a new one out.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road- ... =HTMLEmail


Have anyone had any experience with Ribble or could recommend them? There seems to be no information or reviews online about this new Ribble 7005 CX bike and I'm wondering if they will build it before it's sent. I actually like the look of the Ribble a lot but just don't know if I can buy without trying or seeing it.

Mark1978
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Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

Postby Mark1978 » 14 Aug 2014, 3:08pm

Ribble have a good reputation as a bike builder and their products are well regarded. Their customer service however, is not. By the looks of it the CX offering is pretty new, I've searched for reviews too and come up blank.

Bonefishblues
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Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

Postby Bonefishblues » 14 Aug 2014, 3:24pm

Get the Evans bike - process of elimination: Halfords will try to dead you, and Ribble will never be seen again once they've got your cash :wink:

grunters14
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Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

Postby grunters14 » 14 Aug 2014, 3:53pm

Bonefishblues wrote:Get the Evans bike - process of elimination: Halfords will try to dead you, and Ribble will never be seen again once they've got your cash :wink:


I think you have nailed it on the head!! Bite the bullet and buy the Norco!

Cheers guys, you've been a lot of help.

Milfred Cubicle
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Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 15 Aug 2014, 9:50pm

To be fair to Halfords, not all of the stores are bad. I bought a Boardman road bike with carbon forks. Never had any reason to remove the forks until after 3 years, to replace the headset. On removal I found a scary gouge in the carbon steerer, presumably from production. My local store could easily have turned it away as out of warranty. No, they ordered me a £140 fork and fitted it all free of charge. I think it pays to snoop around a couple of stores, and see which of the bike department staff are actually cyclists, and deal with them. I've had equally rubbish bike builds from Evans too, so maybe all of the big shops are prone to oversights?