Ribble's Titanium & Steel Hardtails - NEC Cycle Show 2019

Sep 12, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Ribble HT 725

After launching their first-ever mountain bike back at the London Bike Show earlier this year, the road-based brand Ribble has added another bike to their lineup with a steel version of their titanium hardtail.

The Ribble HT 725 mostly follows the same outline of its titanium counterpart, except it does miss out on some features saved for the premium model. One example of this is the integrated seat clamp that's been replaced with a standard collar.

HT 725 seat clamp
HT Ti seat clamp

The bikes should offer plenty of fun, with a 64-degree head angle and 150mm of fork travel. Although being offered at a lower price and missing a few premium details, the steel bike still has a few quirks of its own, including embossed lettering. The bike will be offered both as a frame-only (prices to be announced at a later date) and as a range of completes starting with an SX/Rockshox 35 build at £1,299. The full range of options is set to mirror that of the titanium builds, and this includes NX/Rockshox Revelation RC, GX/ Rockshox Pike Select+ and XX1/ Fox 34 Factory build options.

You can also customise the look of the bike with a range of colored components and a bike builder allowing you to mix and match between the offered builds.

Their titanium hardtail, pictured below, was at the show, too. It starts at a relatively reasonable £2,799.


  • 62 0
 Damn those are sexy bikes. Something about a clean hardtail, especially ti
  • 11 2
 I second that, that ass swoop on the seatstay has me drooling.
  • 30 1
 I’m never going back to riding a hardtail again, then I look at these pics and remember to never say never.
  • 4 0
 Anyone else noticing 64 degree ha and 150 mm shock pairing, seems pretty trendzly (must have one)
  • 7 0
 But still a hard tail and most people couldn't handle one lol
  • 6 0
 I got a ragley mmmbop last June. It was a cheap frame I could build for fun. I had no idea how fun riding it would be. It eats up trails. 64 degree head angle with 150mm fox 34.
  • 5 0
 Yeah, like Chromag Rootdown/Primer and RSD Middlechild. I lust after these bikes.
  • 4 0
 I have a 65° HA/150mm FS 29. I picked up a 64°/150mm Ti HT. I was surprised at how capable the HT is. If I had to choose between the two I'd probably go with the HT. And I thought I'd never ride a HT again.
  • 5 0
 My Stanton Switchback sits at 65 degrees with a 150 fork. Feels superb.
  • 1 0
 @PtDiddy: I had one of those (2017 model) - it's a fantastic bike. Just replaced it last week actually with a Pipedream Moxie which is very similar in terms of geometry but steel and can fit 29 inch wheels.
  • 3 0
 Chromoly steel is pretty good because it has some flex and which can be a little more forgiving. Never rode a titanium frame.
  • 11 0
 Ti had lots of flex but is lighter than steel.
  • 9 2
 Ti is definitely the nicest metal to craft a bicycle from
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Just uber expensive.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: it don't rust and has better fatigue resistance = flex/responsive behaviour last longer
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: The better fatigue thing is true, but the welds tend to be the point of failure for Ti frames in most cases, steel frames usually last as long or longer.
  • 4 2
 How can a hardtail get away with no chain guide? my taro would spit the chain every ride before I installed a guide.
  • 8 0
 I have a kingdom vendetta and I don’t run one. Haven’t dropped the chain yet.
  • 16 0
 Hardtails are actually better a keeping the chain than suspension bikes.
  • 3 0
 I'm riding a Canfield Nimble 9 with Race Face cranks & a Wolf Tooth narrow wide Cring. Haven't chucked a chain yet! For 3 seasons now...
  • 4 1
 That has nothing to do with being a hardtail, and everything to do with not being narrow-wide.
  • 2 0
 I've got a Cove Ti Hummer. Spat the chain out a few times when I set the derailleur up wrong and it bounced off the cogs but otherwise it's been fine
  • 1 0
 @enki: I have too run a guide on my full suspension. It’ll throw a chain. And a narrow wide chain ring.
  • 5 0
 Not once has my chain come off on my stanton with no guide. Hardtails have no chain growth like full sussers - of which mine does have a chain guide!
  • 2 0
 I ride a Chromag Wideangle with SRAM 1x11, 160mm Fork pretty hard, sometimes even on DH tracks and I‘ve never lost a chain.
  • 1 0
 I had C###c b#e that spit the chain off consistently even WITH a full guide an clutch mech
  • 1 1
 Narrowide cures all.
  • 1 0
 @Pisgah4life: ha me too! 2017 Vendetta X2
  • 4 0
 Pure bike porn
  • 2 0
 Headbadge is dope. Looks like the R is lurking in a doorway, comic book-style.
  • 1 0
 I don't get the full reference but I like it and Totally agree about the good design
  • 2 0
 Photo says from £1299 website says from £1399, either way interest registered
  • 1 0
 I love HT,s but as i look at the pics and wondering if i could have one my old knees are screaming ' please have mercy'
  • 2 0
 I run 27.5 x 2.6 tires on my Stanton and it takes quite a bit of the edge off. It's only if I case something bad that I notice it's not a FS.
  • 1 0
 Knock .5 inch off the rear, 2 inches off the front, and 2 degrees off the HA and I'll take 2. Beautiful frames.
  • 1 0
 Stunning. Want one so bad. Either will do just fine, but Ti if I win the lottery.
  • 1 0
 Hmm. Wonder if they will do a frame only option for the steel...wonder how it runs with 26" wheels and a 140 fork...
  • 1 0
 These are pure beauties, but please, give them real tyres. Nobby Nic.. come on..
  • 1 0
 Y u no post more weld pics PB?
  • 5 4
 Enough with the gold xx1 shit already
  • 1 0
 who buys a $3k hardtail frame?
  • 1 0
 Will PB create a Steel Bikes tag under the "Posted in:" section, please?
  • 1 0
 Very pretty
  • 1 0
 Damn good looking.
  • 1 0
 Is it 27,5+ or 29"?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 They look Sick!
  • 1 2
 Waiting on pricing for aluminum frame only! Wicked looking bike.
  • 1 4
 aint carbon, ain't 4 me... fuck thats not true give me everything else but pricey composite junk
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