We've been teasing you about the new Ribble HT Ti for a while now, we took a sneak peak at the bike back in March as Ribble announced its move into the mountain bike world. The titanium trail bike was then officially announced in July and we are now one of the first publications to get out hands on one to test.
Ribble have been the choice of direct sales brand for many a road and gravel rider for a while and now mountain bikers can also get their hands on high value bikes from the Lancashire based company. Ribble have just launched this titanium hardtail and when visiting us at off-road HQ it was clear they are not stopping at one bike. They have adopted the approach of 'premium first', beginning with the production of the high end Ti bike with steel and probably alloy versions to suit all budgets in the pipeline too.
So, what's this new bike like then? Well, it's a 150mm aggressive hardtail made from the magic material that gets riders drooling, clears bank accounts of cash and above all provides a compliant ride quality that is pretty desirable in both hardtail and gravel bikes.
Ribble's new HT Ti uses triple butted 3AL/2.5 titanium tubing for ultimate compliance and durability. Titanium aside the frame is rather good looking with a long straight line joining head tube to rear seat stays and a neat CNC bridge bearing the Ribble logo and echoing the head badge lodged between the seat stays.
There is a sleek integrated seat clamp although yours if you buy one, might not have the double bolt arrangement with designers opting for one. There is also full internal cable routing, the small insert you see above the bottom bracket shell allows room for the dropper post cable to be routed from the headtube, through the downtube and up the seat tube without making an appearance on the outside of the frame.
The bike is designed around 650B wheels which have enough room to fit 2.6" tyres, our bike (as do all the other builds) gets the new Hope Fortus wheels with Schwalbe Nobby Nics fitted but remember you can get this as a frame only too for £1,799 if you'd rather spec it yourself.
The bike boasts a slack 64 degree head angle, a 74 degree effective seat tube angle and short 430mm chainstays. We've got a medium on test and that has a seat tube length of 405mm, an effective top tube which sounds stretched out at 630mm, a reach of 455mm and a wheelbase of 1187mm.
This test bike is the middle of the range bike, coming in at £3,199. For that you get a Rockshox Pike Select + fork, that's one of the new breed of Pike forks with the Charger 2.1 damper giving you low speed compression adjustment in addition to rebound. There is SRAM GX Eagle to take charge of gear duties and SRAM Guide R brake to do the stopping duties.
The cock pit is all from Raceface and there is an own brand Level 150mm hydraulic dropper 30.9mm with cable actuation.
As we mentioned you can build your own one of these up by buying the frame only, or there's the £2,699 SRAM NX build with a Revelation RC fork or the pricier £4,999 build that gets Eagle XX1 and a Fox 34 Float Factory fork.
There are more details on the Ribble site, then make sure you check back here soon for a full review.
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