Forme Ripley 1 (2015) Hardtail MTB £519.94 delivered @ StartFitness (RRP £1200)
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Forme Ripley 1 (2015) Hardtail MTB £519.94 delivered @ StartFitness (RRP £1200)

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Found 28th JanMade hot 30th Jan
All sizes available. 0% finance available (which is what swayed me).
Very capable entry-level trail focused mountain bike IMO and excellent value if you want to get into the sport on a reasonable budget.
Modern trial geometry with slack and low head tube. Top tube is also fashionably long. Internal cable routing adds a bit more premium feel.
RockShox Recon Gold RL 120mm fork is a solid, rather light and easy to service.
2x10 Deore drivetrain with XT clutch rear mech should work reliably and gear ratios are perfect for MTB beginners.
Brakes are not Deore as stated on the webpage, but one rung lower non-groupset M506 kit. Not as good, but with large discs performance will be adequate.
Wheels are very basic as can be expected in the entry level price bracket. Rims are tubeless ready laced around Deore hubs.
Contrary to what it says on the webpage, pedals are included.
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The Ripley 1 is a very capable out of the box trail hunter. Slack head angle (66.6°) with wide handlebars gives you real confidence with descents and a nice tidy short chainstay allows you to have real feel for the terrain below.

Frame: Forme 6061 27.5"" Tapered Headtube, alloy with internal routed cables and smooth welds
Fork: Rock Shox Recon Gold 120mm with Tapered Alloy steerer and 15mm Thru axle
Shifters: 20 Speed Shimano Deore
Derailleur (Front): Shimano Deore
Derailleur (Rear): Shimano XT Shadow + (Clutch)
Brakes: Shimano Deore
Crankset: Shimano Deore 2x with external BB
Cassette: 10 Speed Deore Shimano
Chain: 10 Speed
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Deore External
Hub Front: Shimano Deore 32 hole
Hub Rear: Shimano Deore 32 hole
Rims: One23 TR
Tyres: Kenda Nevegal X 27.5 x 2.35
Handlebar: Crank Brothers Cobolt 2 780mm +5mm rise
Stem: Crank Brothers Cobolt 1 Alloy 31.8 80mm
Headset: FSA No 57e-1
Saddle: Forme All Mountain
Seatpost: Crank Brothers Cobolt 1 400mm 30.10
Pedal: None incl.
Wheel Size: 27.5inch
Number of Gears: 20

75 Comments

Me like. Hot.

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/77955_1_Supersize.jpg

Not personally a fan of the colour but you've got my vote. Great deal for those wanting to get into mountain biking.

Good solid spec for the price not sure I'd ever pay over £1k for it but it's a bargain at £519

Nice spec just not sure about the colour. Heat though.

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checkcanopy

Good solid spec for the price not sure I'd ever pay over £1k for it but … Good solid spec for the price not sure I'd ever pay over £1k for it but it's a bargain at £519


The RRP is insane. Even StartFitness don't quote the original RRP, which I have taken from other etailers. I suspect Forme have lowered the RRP. I can't see it selling well for the same price as Whyte 901, which this bike is clearly aspiring to compete with.

fit finlay

Heat, I got the Forme Winscar from this … Heat, I got the Forme Winscar from this dealhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/2013-forme-winscar-29-xt-was-1399-now-699-99-start-fitness-2602950


Has it arrived?

callum84

Has it arrived?


Yea Mate, was out on it for the 1st time today, love it but the chain isn't staying on the larger front derailleur. I'll take it to a local bike shop tomorrow as I take it its just needing adjusted unless you've any other ideas?

Great price, good spec, the fork alone is usually £275 plus (although wiggle got a deal at £216 surprisingly) and a crank brothers finishing kit that is rare for a £520 bike.
Ignore rrps, unless its whyte as they can sell out well before the sales start

fit finlay

Yea Mate, was out on it for the 1st time today, love it but the chain … Yea Mate, was out on it for the 1st time today, love it but the chain isn't staying on the larger front derailleur. I'll take it to a local bike shop tomorrow as I take it its just needing adjusted unless you've any other ideas?


Yeah probably just needs adjusted mate.
Plenty of videos on you tube if you fancy doing it yourself or bike shop will do it for few quid.

What you think of frame? absolute cracker aint it.

Edited by: "callum84" 28th Jan

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fit finlay

Heat, I got the Forme Winscar from this … Heat, I got the Forme Winscar from this dealhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/2013-forme-winscar-29-xt-was-1399-now-699-99-start-fitness-2602950


Saw that one. That's a very good deal. Different beast though. I don't get on well with 29ers personally. But hope you enjoy yours.
Most likely your front mech's range needs adjusting. It is very easy to do yourself. All you need is a screwdriver. Just google a video on yt.

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craigaherring

Not personally a fan of the colour but you've got my vote. Great deal for … Not personally a fan of the colour but you've got my vote. Great deal for those wanting to get into mountain biking.


Agreed, the colour is a dividing factor. Looks great in the flesh though. I like solid colour frames, and the fact that the fork is just a standard black. Subtle decals is another nice touch.

callum84

Yeah probably just needs adjusted mate. Plenty of videos on you tube if … Yeah probably just needs adjusted mate. Plenty of videos on you tube if you fancy doing it yourself or bike shop will do it for few quid. What you think of frame? absolute cracker aint it.


yip, its a belter mate, so glad I never went for the bizango (no offence to that bike though)

fit finlay

yip, its a belter mate, so glad I never went for the bizango (no offence … yip, its a belter mate, so glad I never went for the bizango (no offence to that bike though)


Out of curiousity is the Reba fork a dual or solo air?
Dual has an air valve on bottom of fork leg as well as one under cap on top.
Solo only has one valve.

Dont worry both are excellent tunable forks either way.

Oh and did it come with a remote lockout for fork, fits on bars.

Edited by: "callum84" 28th Jan

callum84

Out of curiousity is the Reba fork a dual or solo air? Dual has an air … Out of curiousity is the Reba fork a dual or solo air? Dual has an air valve on bottom of fork leg as well as one under cap on top. Solo only has one valve.Dont worry both are excellent tunable forks either way.Oh and did it come with a remote lockout for fork, fits on bars.


not clued up on this , i'll look into it & get back to you though

Is this the best MTB for around the £500-£600 mark? Not many reviews and everything I've read suggests the Bizango is unbeatable at this price range. BTW I'm 6ft 2 and 18 st so need something that can cope with my size! What do you reckon?

Kingaz

Is this the best MTB for around the £500-£600 mark? Not many reviews and e … Is this the best MTB for around the £500-£600 mark? Not many reviews and everything I've read suggests the Bizango is unbeatable at this price range. BTW I'm 6ft 2 and 18 st so need something that can cope with my size! What do you reckon?


It's definitely a good spec on the bike for the price, the fork has a 15mm thru axle that cheaper bikes rarely have (usually have a 9mm QR quickrelease) the wheels tyres are also wide 2.35 which is becoming the fashion so again they can take far more offroad than a skinnier tyre such as a 2.1".
The bizango is a 29er and likely to be weaker than a smaller wheel of the 27.5.
All in my humble opinion
Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 29th Jan

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Kingaz

Is this the best MTB for around the £500-£600 mark? Not many reviews and e … Is this the best MTB for around the £500-£600 mark? Not many reviews and everything I've read suggests the Bizango is unbeatable at this price range. BTW I'm 6ft 2 and 18 st so need something that can cope with my size! What do you reckon?


If you want a bike-park focused hardtail MTB rather than a more traditional XC hardtail, this is the best deal I could find at the moment.
Bizango is well reviewed at its RRP of £599 or thereabouts. The spec on the Forme is a couple of notches above what Bizango offers. They are two rather different bikes. Bizango is a 29-er and this is 650b. And as a result the geometry is very different, so they will feel and handle differently. Out of the two my money would be (and is) on the Forme. But if you want a universal do-it-all bike for gravel, towpaths etc rather than a MTB, go for Bizango.
20" should be a good fit for you.

Just paid for a Saracen Mantra 2nd hand as a present for my sons birthday. Had I seen this a week ago I would have been tempted..Heat added, good deal.

http://media.startfitness.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/6/image/800x600/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/f/o/forme-ripley-1-8.jpg

OMG not even mudguards nor lights???!!
Tell me please which part exactly is worth £1000 in this bicycle?

missmisiowa

OMG not even mudguards nor lights???!!Tell me please which part exactly … OMG not even mudguards nor lights???!!Tell me please which part exactly is worth £1000 in this bicycle?



Since when do bikes come with lights

Are there any reviews out there for this? Bought a bike a while ago and I'm still into the sport, though it's time to treat myself....oh and just my opinion, I like the colour....easier to find me in a crumpled mess down a gully

Great spec!


*Some time later!

It's in the best mtb under £1500 - if the only thing I have to do is put on a slightly shorter stem, I think I'm in!

youtube.com/wat…Yj0

Edited by: "darksleuth" 30th Jan

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darksleuth

Are there any reviews out there for this? Bought a bike a while ago and … Are there any reviews out there for this? Bought a bike a while ago and I'm still into the sport, though it's time to treat myself....oh and just my opinion, I like the colour....easier to find me in a crumpled mess down a gully :)Great spec!*Some time later!It's in the best mtb under £1500 - if the only thing I have to do is put on a slightly shorter stem, I think I'm in!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeiBVOptYj0


Stem is certainly on the long side of the spectrum for an all-mountain hardtail.
You could copy the length Whyte have fitted to the 901 (40/50mm depending on size) as the geometry is almost identical.

I'm seriously considering either the Ripley or the Winscar, both excellent value! My Stumpjumper was stolen from the shed on Saturday (absolutely gutted as I loved that thing...) so in need of a replacement. I'm leaning towards the Winscar.

I've had my finger on the trigger for days since seeing the Winscar deal, but not gone for it yet. Have any fellow 5' 7" midgets bought the Winscar? What's the sizing like, lads? I'm thinking the 17" on a 29er should be okay if I used to ride an 18"/19" 26er back in the day. My road bike is a size M (Specialized) so not sure how that translates to 29er frames...

missmisiowa

OMG not even mudguards nor lights???!!Tell me please which part exactly … OMG not even mudguards nor lights???!!Tell me please which part exactly is worth £1000 in this bicycle?



Glad you didn't mention the pedals, like most idiots do on bike threads.

fleabittenvarmint

I've had my finger on the trigger for days since seeing the Winscar deal, … I've had my finger on the trigger for days since seeing the Winscar deal, but not gone for it yet. Have any fellow 5' 7" midgets bought the Winscar? What's the sizing like, lads? I'm thinking the 17" on a 29er should be okay if I used to ride an 18"/19" 26er back in the day. My road bike is a size M (Specialized) so not sure how that translates to 29er frames...


17" should be about right.
If you have around a 31" inside leg it should be alright for standover clearance but next size up you may struggle.
Smaller frames are easy to throw around and you can always add more cockpit space with a longer stem.
Its much harder to fix a bike thats too large.

When I bought the 26" winscar I emailed forme about geometry and sizing, they were really helpfull.
Edited by: "callum84" 30th Jan

good deal if you stripped the bike sold parts you would get more than 500.forks are a notch below reba but not much different about 200 gram heavier performance be nearly as good both motion control reba has better rebound damping drive train is decent.cheap shimano brakes work great just bit heavier.brilliant value for 500 good trail bike

callum84

17" should be about right. If you have around a 31" inside leg it should … 17" should be about right. If you have around a 31" inside leg it should be alright for standover clearance but next size up you may struggle.Smaller frames are easy to throw around and you can always add more cockpit space with a longer stem.Its much harder to fix a bike thats too large.When I bought the 26" winscar I emailed forme about geometry and sizing, they were really helpfull.



Thanks; that's most helpful. And it just so happens to be pay day today....;)

On this bike would the size 18 be right for a 5' 8" guy with 31" inside leg?

I was checking on the Forme website but there is no standover height mentioned on the current model.... could be blind though.

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darksleuth

On this bike would the size 18 be right for a 5' 8" guy with 31" inside … On this bike would the size 18 be right for a 5' 8" guy with 31" inside leg?I was checking on the Forme website but there is no standover height mentioned on the current model.... could be blind though.


I expect 18" should be fine. It may feel on the tall side, but it's really down to what you're used to.
Forme are quite cagey about the geometry. Measurements for the 16" size are not available at all. StartFitness were quite helpful and measured the bike for me. So you could try them.
In the case of 16" at least the geometry for Whyte 805 is almost identical (a little longer top tube and chainstay). I expect standover will be within half an inch.

Really tempted by one of these for use as a winter muckabout bike so that my full sus doesn't get all hacked up.

There's some geometry available on the Forme website which suggests that the 20" size would be a good fit for me at 6ft, although I'd like to here what other people who bought one went for.

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Discostu333

Really tempted by one of these for use as a winter muckabout bike so that … Really tempted by one of these for use as a winter muckabout bike so that my full sus doesn't get all hacked up.There's some geometry available on the Forme website which suggests that the 20" size would be a good fit for me at 6ft, although I'd like to here what other people who bought one went for.


I don't think that many people on this thread have actually bought one.
I bought a 16" so that's not going to help you. But 20" sounds right for you. Why not go by the size of the bike you already own?

basergorkobal I'm thinking of buying 16". I am 5'7" tall inside leg 29". Do you think that will be too small?

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Silver5urfer

basergorkobal I'm thinking of buying 16". I am 5'7" tall inside leg 29". … basergorkobal I'm thinking of buying 16". I am 5'7" tall inside leg 29". Do you think that will be too small?


16" should be spot on for you.
I'm a tad shorter with 28" inseam. Standover is on the tall side for me. But the frame size feels spacious and well balanced. I doubt it'll feel small. It's a very long frame.

Hi basergorkobal,

The guys at Start Fitness measured the standover height at 80 cm for the 18" frame. What height is the 16", like how too tall is it?

I'm coming from a low end GT 29er and I'm sitting on the bar when I dismount, I was looking for a little more room.

Managed to find some geometry info for the 16" here;

https://web.archive.org/web/20160502130304/http://formebikes.co.uk/mountain-bikes/ripley-001

(page is slow to load so give it time)
Edited by: "Discostu333" 1st Feb

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darksleuth

Hi basergorkobal,The guys at Start Fitness measured the standover height … Hi basergorkobal,The guys at Start Fitness measured the standover height at 80 cm for the 18" frame. What height is the 16", like how too tall is it?I'm coming from a low end GT 29er and I'm sitting on the bar when I dismount, I was looking for a little more room.


Do you know how they measured it Darksleuth? What I did is drop a measure tape vertically from the middle point of the top tube.
The measurement is: 68cm.

No idea Basergorkobal, sorry. The person I emailed had one of the guys very kindly measure it in the store.
Edited by: "darksleuth" 1st Feb
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