Road bike Ridley R6 EL - Tiagra 10sp/Carbon fork/4ZA Stratos - £529.98 delivered + Quidco @ Merlin Cycles - HotUKDeals
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Quality bike from Merlin. The cheapest with full Shimano Tiagra . All other components by 4ZA ( by Ridley)
Quidco 2%

Code: RIDLEY-R6
Frame Specification:

7000 series triple butted aluminium frame
Ridley Forza carbon forks
Traditional geometry
Bike Specification:

Shimano Tiagra 4600 3 x 10 speed gearing, Tiagra front and rear derailleurs & STI
10 Speed 12-28 cassette
Tiagra triple chainset
Shimano long drop calipers
Forza Wheels
Continental Ultra Sport Tyres
Forza Bars, stem & seatpost
Forza saddle
Limited Edition special offer 2013 model from Ridley
Please note: The bikes are built to order, build time up to 10 days
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#1
Looks like an under 10kg bargain.
1 Like #2
Almost worth it for the tiagra alone!
#3
Really good spec for the price!
#4
That is amazing for the money. Ridley makes quality bikes.
#5
I'm sure this bikes bn £499 for quite a while. Was considering this as my first Road bike. Gd reviews.
#6
bobby84dazzler
I'm sure this bikes bn £499 for quite a while. Was considering this as my first Road bike. Gd reviews.


it's £499 but Merlin charges for delivery
#7
Good price considering tiagra spec
Heat added
#8
7777777
bobby84dazzler
I'm sure this bikes bn £499 for quite a while. Was considering this as my first Road bike. Gd reviews.


it's £499 but Merlin charges for delivery


I know that. Just mentioning the fact it's been that price for months.
#9
bobby84dazzler
7777777
bobby84dazzler
I'm sure this bikes bn £499 for quite a while. Was considering this as my first Road bike. Gd reviews.


it's £499 but Merlin charges for delivery

I know that. Just mentioning the fact it's been that price for months.

does not change the fact this is a good price for what you are getting...well looks like you have had a lot of opportunities to post it
1 Like #10
It is a good price. I'm on merlin website a lot ordering bits and pieces and see loads of deals. Not going to post every deal they have.

Anyway glad you posted it as it's a great bike for the money.
#11
Excellent bike for the money! Much better buy than that cheap Argos carbon one!
#12
Great spec for a bargain price!
#13
12-28 on a triple is a bit weird, unless you live in the Pyranese.

I'd recommend that anyone buying it drop another cassette, 12-25 (or 11) would be more useful.

Don't forget 2% Quidco also.
#14
As above. Don't see the benefit of the triple Chainset if you lose the close ratios with a 12-28 cassette. Either buy a new cassette or compact Chainset.
#15
30 gears ? blimey ! There are cheaper decathlon bikes with similar specs
1 Like #16
AukJon
As above. Don't see the benefit of the triple Chainset if you lose the close ratios with a 12-28 cassette. Either buy a new cassette or compact Chainset.

compact chainset would be a bit pricey as you would need to replace the left shifter and maybe switch the rear mech for short or medium cage as it is probably long for a triple.

If i was buying this i'd just stick with the 12-28 and replace it once it needed it.

Edited By: chrisbass on Jul 29, 2014 11:12
#17
AukJon
As above. Don't see the benefit of the triple Chainset if you lose the close ratios with a 12-28 cassette. Either buy a new cassette or compact Chainset.

It looks like the chainrings on the 4603 triple chainset are 50-39-30 teeth respectively. This critically misses out on the useful larger 52 chain ring, but still gives the benefit of a good spinning gear to easily cope with 8-10% climbs.

However looking at the following with “show values as” speed (for a constant cadence) shows that you may as well look at a 50-34 compact double chainset and 12-30 on the rear. I was originally going to disagree with you, but you are indeed correct!

http://www.gear-calculator.com/#KB=30,39,50&RZ=12,28&GR=DERS&TF=85&UF=2099&SL=2

http://www.gear-calculator.com/#KB=34,50&RZ=12,30&GR=DERS&TF=85&UF=2099&SL=2
#18
kramer2088
30 gears ? blimey ! There are cheaper decathlon bikes with similar specs

That's simply not true. Can't see any triple-butted alu Ridley's frame + Tiagra + 4ZA (Ridley again) , especially ~£500 . Decathlon's bikes are good value bikes, the reputation is nowhere near the Ridley, though I am afraid.


Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 29, 2014 13:35: a
2 Likes #19
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.
#20
Is this a better buy than the felt f95?
In the process of getting my first road bike for work and club at weekends.
1 Like #21
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

Some people need/prefer a triple chainset you know...
#22
doe
Is this a better buy than the felt f95?
In the process of getting my first road bike for work and club at weekends.


Tiagra > Sora
Tiagra > FSA Tempo (nothing bad but think BB)
Ridley has long drop callipers and enough clearance to install mudguards ( commuting to work or winter bike ?)

I do not know much about Felt components but the Ridley's 4ZA stuff is more than decent.

Overall, Ridley is a better bike but I am sure you would be happy with the Felt too. Buy any and start riding, then you will soon learn what you really need.




SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

Why ?
I have the triple and even though I do not use the smallest chain-ring often, I am glad I have this option.




Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 29, 2014 13:43: a
#23
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

Edited By: vant09 on Jul 29, 2014 14:11
#24
Boopop
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

Some people need/prefer a triple chainset you know...

Exactly! Gives a much higher range of gears for a bit more weight. I have a triple on one of mine and although I don't often use the small chainring it allows me to run an 11-23 cassette and still have plenty in reserve for any hills. This means there is much less of a step between each gear change.
#25
Bought this about 3 weeks ago from merlin at this price. Bargain of a bike in that price range. Nearly bought the felt95 for the same price but chose this due to the tiagra and being on the larger side I feel the triple chain set was needed for me on some of the larger hills. Felt was on sale recently posted on here at 360 I think. Would have picked it up at that price but very happy with my Ridley.
#26
vant09
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

It's not a childish comment, triple chainsets belong on hybrids and mountain bikes (and even there they are becoming less fashionable). Extra weight and complexity for a tiny increase in gear ratio just isn't worth it. Compact chainsets will suit 95% of riders and everyone I know who bought one ended up regretting it.
#27
I got several question here,

1st is can student get discount code from cycle scheme?

2nd is where can I buy all the parts that I need to build a folding bike.

thanks in advance :)
#28
7777777
doe
Is this a better buy than the felt f95?
In the process of getting my first road bike for work and club at weekends.


Tiagra > Sora
Tiagra > FSA Tempo (nothing bad but think BB)
Ridley has long drop callipers and enough clearance to install mudguards ( commuting to work or winter bike ?)

I do not know much about Felt components but the Ridley's 4ZA stuff is more than decent.

Overall, Ridley is a better bike but I am sure you would be happy with the Felt too. Buy any and start riding, then you will soon learn what you really need.




SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

Why ?
I have the triple and even though I do not use the smallest chain-ring often, I am glad I have this option.





Thanks will go for the Ridley then.
2 Likes #29
SpamJavelin
vant09
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

It's not a childish comment, triple chainsets belong on hybrids and mountain bikes (and even there they are becoming less fashionable). Extra weight and complexity for a tiny increase in gear ratio just isn't worth it. Compact chainsets will suit 95% of riders and everyone I know who bought one ended up regretting it.

Why triple chainsets for hybrid and mountain only ? Fashionable ? Well , I don't give a damn about style or trend when going cycling . I go on the bike to improve my overall fitness, spend my free time actively, commute to work and enjoy the good weather.
Weight ? What's the problem, I am still going to weight 10 x more than the bike, 100g won't make any difference. I will loose far more during one decent ride . Complexity ? What the hell are you talking about ? What's so complex about dérailleurs. If nothing is damaged or bent and mech and front dérailleur properly adjusted, system maintained, the triple Tiagra works just flawlessly.

Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 29, 2014 21:53
#30
That granny gear will be gaffer taped up at the coffee stop of your first long ride out. :)
#31
n707301
That granny gear will be gaffer taped up at the coffee stop of your first long ride out. :)

I have done about 2-2.5k (km) with hardly any derailleur adjustments on the Tiagra triple, so far everything works great. I was tired of my old Peugeot and that was a long awaited upgrade. My trips are usually between 40-60km long, sometimes split on 2 if cycling to work and tbh that's long enough for me - I don't expect the trips to get any longer, especially that cycling is not the only sport activity I am commited to and my family needs me home. I don't wish to participate in any races as fighting my own weaknesses is my best motivator to hard work. I also don't feel that I need carbon seat post, 1300g wheels or Campy record groupset. If it works perfectly, I did my research and i am happy with my choice , please tell me why should I worry or be embarrassed about what I bought. You can call it 'granny gear', I will still have it and use it if I need it. Just let me and the others alike enjoy cycling :)
#32
Nice bike. These don't come with a Tiagra crank btw.
#33
7777777
SpamJavelin
vant09
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

It's not a childish comment, triple chainsets belong on hybrids and mountain bikes (and even there they are becoming less fashionable). Extra weight and complexity for a tiny increase in gear ratio just isn't worth it. Compact chainsets will suit 95% of riders and everyone I know who bought one ended up regretting it.

Why triple chainsets for hybrid and mountain only ? Fashionable ? Well , I don't give a damn about style or trend when going cycling . I go on the bike to improve my overall fitness, spend my free time actively, commute to work and enjoy the good weather.
Weight ? What's the problem, I am still going to weight 10 x more than the bike, 100g won't make any difference. I will loose far more during one decent ride . Complexity ? What the hell are you talking about ? What's so complex about dérailleurs. If nothing is damaged or bent and mech and front dérailleur properly adjusted, system maintained, the triple Tiagra works just flawlessly.

Wow, you really are getting defensive about your deal. You should take a chill pill, it's only the internet.

Road bikes should not have triple chainsets, it's a fact. If in doubt, consult the rules Rule #47

I expect a full apology any minute ;-)
#34
SpamJavelin
7777777
SpamJavelin
vant09
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

It's not a childish comment, triple chainsets belong on hybrids and mountain bikes (and even there they are becoming less fashionable). Extra weight and complexity for a tiny increase in gear ratio just isn't worth it. Compact chainsets will suit 95% of riders and everyone I know who bought one ended up regretting it.

Why triple chainsets for hybrid and mountain only ? Fashionable ? Well , I don't give a damn about style or trend when going cycling . I go on the bike to improve my overall fitness, spend my free time actively, commute to work and enjoy the good weather.
Weight ? What's the problem, I am still going to weight 10 x more than the bike, 100g won't make any difference. I will loose far more during one decent ride . Complexity ? What the hell are you talking about ? What's so complex about dérailleurs. If nothing is damaged or bent and mech and front dérailleur properly adjusted, system maintained, the triple Tiagra works just flawlessly.

Wow, you really are getting defensive about your deal. You should take a chill pill, it's only the internet.

Road bikes should not have triple chainsets, it's a fact. If in doubt, consult the rules Rule #47

I expect a full apology any minute ;-)

Hmm, if someone wants to use a triple, let them use one. Nothing you say changes anything, or those stupid "rules".
#35
rev6
SpamJavelin
7777777
SpamJavelin
vant09
SpamJavelin
Triple chainset - move on, nothing to see here.

save childish comments for childish things...

On another note.

I bought a Sensa Trentino Triple (now out of stock) http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
for the same money, Full Tiagra 4650 . but I hope its a 52, 39, 30 crank set

It's not a childish comment, triple chainsets belong on hybrids and mountain bikes (and even there they are becoming less fashionable). Extra weight and complexity for a tiny increase in gear ratio just isn't worth it. Compact chainsets will suit 95% of riders and everyone I know who bought one ended up regretting it.

Why triple chainsets for hybrid and mountain only ? Fashionable ? Well , I don't give a damn about style or trend when going cycling . I go on the bike to improve my overall fitness, spend my free time actively, commute to work and enjoy the good weather.
Weight ? What's the problem, I am still going to weight 10 x more than the bike, 100g won't make any difference. I will loose far more during one decent ride . Complexity ? What the hell are you talking about ? What's so complex about dérailleurs. If nothing is damaged or bent and mech and front dérailleur properly adjusted, system maintained, the triple Tiagra works just flawlessly.

Wow, you really are getting defensive about your deal. You should take a chill pill, it's only the internet.

Road bikes should not have triple chainsets, it's a fact. If in doubt, consult the rules Rule #47

I expect a full apology any minute ;-)

Hmm, if someone wants to use a triple, let them use one. Nothing you say changes anything, or those stupid "rules".

Don't let spamjavelin get to you, he cannot resist a dig at the triple chainrings. However, he is also probably one of those riders slowly grinding away at 40rpm up Buttertubs Pass, as I happily spin at 80rpm edging past him.

It is horses for courses. If you live in the flatlands, then there is little point in a triple. Elsewhere a triple allows you a do it all bike for hills, flats and TTs etc



Edited By: jazid on Jul 30, 2014 13:28
#36
I ride with a compact and a 12-28 now, but up the steeper hills - and there's plenty of them - it becomes really hard work & unpleasant as I don't have the gears to spin. The promise I made is that my next bike will have a triple & this looks perfect, thanks.
#37
Damn it why the hell didn't have this app a year ago when I spunked £650 on a specialised secteur equipped with the same kind of drive train as an actual train! Then spend a fortune upgrading it to tiagra when I could have got something like this for a whole lot less.

I know the specialized name is more desirable but I spent close to £1k getting it to a similar standard as this bike (I'm not a bike/rocket scientist so don't go melting my brain with frame and geometry arguments).

Good bike for a great price good spot.
#38
Must resist ...
Looks like a perfect upgrade to my old Saracen Razor. I do 25-40mile rides 2-3 times a week. Lots of hills, 5-10%.
#39
Apologies for hijacking thread, but I have a general question about gears. I have a 21 gear hybrid bike and live in a hilly area, which means I often have to use the lowest gear for the climbs. However, I am looking for a new bike and a number come with fewer gears. Therefore, my question is will a bike with fewer gears have the same or very similar top and bottom ratios and is it just that there is less flexibility between top and bottom gears? Thanks for any replies.
1 Like #40
baggielad
Apologies for hijacking thread, but I have a general question about gears. I have a 21 gear hybrid bike and live in a hilly area, which means I often have to use the lowest gear for the climbs. However, I am looking for a new bike and a number come with fewer gears. Therefore, my question is will a bike with fewer gears have the same or very similar top and bottom ratios and is it just that there is less flexibility between top and bottom gears? Thanks for any replies.

its all about the gear ratios (number of teeth on large chainrings compared to the gears at the back) its likely yours is 28/38/48 (that's the number of teeth on each of the gears at the front).

I compact chainset is usually 34/50.

it is also likely that you will have quite a large gear at the back, maybe up to about 34 or something, you'll probably only get to about 28 or so on a road bike so you would lose some there too.

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