Ridgeback aluminium hybrid bikes £199.99 (down from £329) delivered at UKbikesdepot
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Ridgeback aluminium hybrid bikes £199.99 (down from £329) delivered at UKbikesdepot

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Found 8th Aug 2014
Let me start by saying that these are VERY slight cosmetic seconds (see below).

Excellent bikes with aluminium frames and a high spec. Men's and ladies' models available in most sizes.

I found this retailer in a general search for similar bikes. Appears to be a 'proper' bike shop - most of their stuff is at the more expensive end and you can collect bikes fully built from the store in Halifax if that suits. Billed as 'ex-display' but that seemed odd when they have so many: very helpful chap on phone explained that's shorthand for slight seconds. Apparently they were wrapped and packed at the factory while the lacquer coat was slightly tacky and in some areas the corrugated paper may have made a slight mark. I bought one for the wife and it was so good I then ordered one for myself, which was even better (you wouldn't notice marks unless looking for them - small pieces of paper in a couple of areas just cleaned off with a wet sponge).

The guy at the shop did point out that, under distance selling regulations, you have the right to return them if you're unhappy with the condition on delivery. No issues with ours.

Take up to a week to arrive (free courier) then very simple assembly. They claim they are inspected and set up at the store and I have to say both of ours needed no further adjustment.

For the price of a very mediocre bike from Halfords, etc. you can get a decent, mid-market, quality bike from a well respected brand. £329 does appear to be the selling price elsewhere so it's a genuine reduction.

Sizing chart on the site so unless you're a very unusual shape there's no need for the usual sizing debate.

Best bikes I've ever owned. I've even argued the case for cheap supermarket bikes in the past but now I've seen the light!

PS Picture (thanks whoever added) is 'Speed' model with rack and guards (men's and ladies' available). If you forego those items you can go to an even higher component spec. on the 'Comet' model (men's only) at the same price. Both of ours are the 'Speed' as they are awaiting 'Comet' in my size. Only needed to add a stand (a suitable one is £4.50 at Tesco).

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A few dealers must have these seconds. Rutland were offering them for the same price as an alternative when the Saracen Urban Escape went out of stock.
I reckon its a good deal, especially coming with mudguards and a rack.

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Biker Jeff

A few dealers must have these seconds. Rutland were offering them for the … A few dealers must have these seconds. Rutland were offering them for the same price as an alternative when the Saracen Urban Escape went out of stock.I reckon its a good deal, especially coming with mudguards and a rack.



Yep, it does seem to be a genuine reduction as 'perfect' ones are still £329 elsewhere. The rack and guards must be worth £50 to those who want them, or the 'Comet' model ups the rest of the component spec. instead.

I keep noticing impressive little details for such a low priced bike: eg the entire gear train including cables and cranks is Shimano and the tyres are puncture resistant Continentals.

Have a ridgeback I bought earlier in the year and is been true haven't had to change anything except break pads on it , works like a gem

A bit on the heavy side for this style of bike?

davester2k

A bit on the heavy side for this style of bike?



The Comet is 12.3 kilos apparently...... which is not bad at all for this price.
Not sure about the Speed, but cant be much more than a kilo more considering it has mudguards, rack and slightly lower spec.

Solid bikes Ridgebacks, had 3 over the years....hot

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Besford

Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not … Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not Diamondback!


If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by it's very nature is something that is personal to an individual and therefore does not have to be in-line with yours.
You have presumed that cold votes are due to trolling; did you honestly expect every person who sees this to automatically vote hot?

I am now going to vote this cold, because I can.

Edited by: "Villa" 8th Aug 2014

Villa

If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by … If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by it's very nature is something that is personal to an individual and therefore does not have to be in-line with yours.You have presumed that cold votes are due to trolling; did you honestly expect every person who sees this to automatically vote hot?I am now going to vote this cold, because I can.



You missed out 'so there, ner, ner, ner ' at the end

Besford

Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not … Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not Diamondback!



You think everyone should agree with you then?

Voting cold, because I'd never spend so little money on a bike .........

No, seriously - great specification for £199. Anyone wanting a simple straight forward out and about bike is going to get everything they need in this for under £200. (adding, of course, the cost of a helmet if you don't already have one)

Definitely hot from me (and I can fully understand why some people see 10x that price as 'entry level' for the sort of bike they want to ride)

Besford

Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not … Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not Diamondback!



Villa

If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by … If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by it's very nature is something that is personal to an individual and therefore does not have to be in-line with yours.You have presumed that cold votes are due to trolling; did you honestly expect every person who sees this to automatically vote hot?I am now going to vote this cold, because I can.



This site has it's flaws just as humans have theirs

When you post a deal where the online price is £2.29 for 1 but a miss price for 2 @ £1.70 and you still get cold votes you know both the site and humans have flaws.

@Besford You also have the pro-cycling brigade who consider any bike less that £700 to be a BSO (Bike Shaped Object) - I've been heavily criticised by the pro-cycling brigade and am waiting for the time when I'm out cycling for their mob to come up behind be and try to ram me off the road

Yes it's a good find for some but for others there are still better bikes at lower prices B'TWIN Rockrider 300 Mountain Bike @ £119.99 with life time warranty on frame etc and the Rockrider 300 (formerly 5.0) has excellent reviews but is slightly heavier

I will neither vote hot or cold

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patg2005

Solid bikes Ridgebacks, had 3 over the years....hot



Can't be that good if you've had 3. Thanks, voted cold.

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Good deal, although I worry about adults who want to ride bikes

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WillieGallimore

Good deal, although I worry about adults who want to ride bikes



"WillieGallimore has no activity ." That fits then :D.

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Villa

If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by … If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by it's very nature is something that is personal to an individual and therefore does not have to be in-line with yours.You have presumed that cold votes are due to trolling; did you honestly expect every person who sees this to automatically vote hot?I am now going to vote this cold, because I can.



Odd when your most recent post is:

"Can anyone advise what would be the best Mountain Bike or Hybrid bike for no more than £200."

The 'trolls' were literally in the first seconds after posting (often happens) and, of course, left no comment to enlighten us all. You, presumably, know where you can get these bikes even cheaper (well, that's how HUKD works, isn't it)?
Edited by: "Besford" 8th Aug 2014

cold . coz no full carbonation.

Villa

If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by … If someone votes cold, they are expressing their opinion. An opinion by it's very nature is something that is personal to an individual and therefore does not have to be in-line with yours.You have presumed that cold votes are due to trolling; did you honestly expect every person who sees this to automatically vote hot?I am now going to vote this cold, because I can.Voted hot, because I can.

Ridgeback is an excellent make, and this is a brilliant price! Wish I'd have been able to buy mine for this price.

slinknet

Ridgeback is an excellent make, and this is a brilliant price! Wish I'd … Ridgeback is an excellent make, and this is a brilliant price! Wish I'd have been able to buy mine for this price.


Indeed, a very decent British based brand. They make great children's and commuter bikes, and their steel touring bikes are top notch.

I bought a Ridgeback Speed in 2010 for £300. For £200 this is a steal!

WillieGallimore

Good deal, although I worry about adults who want to ride bikes



Try not to go to the Netherlands on holiday - you'll be worrying an awful lot!
Edited by: "Boopop" 8th Aug 2014

The bikes look a decent deal to me. Ideal for your average joe who wants something above a basic supermarket bike but either does not want or cannot afford to spend a lot of money. As far as hot/cold voting goes, the democratic nature of HUKD allows the ignorant, the stupid or just plain vindictive the same vote as the rest of us. The comment threads are always a hoot and sometimes very informative, so I wouldn't want it any other way. If you want unbiased, analytical, consistent product analysis, then subscribe to which? magazine and prepare to be bored rigid. Hot deal BTW.

From Evans site:
Weight:

30.1 KG

I think they mean 30.1lbs !!

Thanks. Voted hot and took the plunge before they ran out of my size - as happened with the Saracen.

I don't really know much about bikes, will 23" do for me at 6 ft 2 and 85kg?

The Comet or the Saracen? Any hybrid bikes expert please.

Ziad81

The Comet or the Saracen? Any hybrid bikes expert please.



The Saracen is almost sold out in most frames, unless you're one of the lucky guys with the right size...

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oceanquartz

I don't really know much about bikes, will 23" do for me at 6 ft 2 and … I don't really know much about bikes, will 23" do for me at 6 ft 2 and 85kg?



The chart on the site says 21". No doubt you could manage on a 23" but it probably wouldn't be ideal unless your legs are disproportionately long. Bear in mind that with a 700c wheel the bike is a touch higher than it would be for a 26" wheel. If you are concerned I'd suggest phoning the store (I found them very friendly and helpful).

If you really don't know anything about bikes you might want to factor in £20 or so for a bike shop to put it together for you (or beg a favour from a knowledgeable friend).

Edited by: "Besford" 8th Aug 2014

scav

From Evans site:Weight: 30.1 KG I think they mean 30.1lbs !!


Yeah, on the ridgeback website it's lbs. ridgeback.co.uk/bik…eed

So 14KG - not the lightest.

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scav

From Evans site:Weight: 30.1 KG I think they mean 30.1lbs !!



Which is 13.68kg.

I weighed my 19" one (complete with guards, rack and added stand) with my luggage scales: 14.3kg real world weight. Box says 14kg.

So, if I ride a lot and lose a stone (I wish) that's like making it an 8kg bike then! oO

Silly calculation of course but it just shows how marginal a little bit of bike weight really is. Just go for a ride before your dinner!
Edited by: "Besford" 8th Aug 2014

oceanquartz

The Saracen is almost sold out in most frames, unless you're one of the … The Saracen is almost sold out in most frames, unless you're one of the lucky guys with the right size...



According to the Saracen sizing info the ideal size for me is 16'' which still in stock. So should I pull the trigger on the Saracen or the comet?

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Ziad81

According to the Saracen sizing info the ideal size for me is 16'' which … According to the Saracen sizing info the ideal size for me is 16'' which still in stock. So should I pull the trigger on the Saracen or the comet?



To my eye the Saracen is probably a bit more fashionable looking (or should I say 'on trend') and it's not a slight second but the Ridgeback has better components here and there (eg more of it is Shimano, Continental tyres, 8 speed on the Comet, etc).

Edited by: "Besford" 8th Aug 2014

Besford

Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not … Cold votes already (trolls on school holidays?). This is Ridgeback - not Diamondback!

I have a diamondback and have had for the last 5-6 years and its a lot better than this bike fyi...

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Wodja

I have a diamondback and have had for the last 5-6 years and its a lot … I have a diamondback and have had for the last 5-6 years and its a lot better than this bike fyi...



Maybe they were 5-6 years ago but it's my understanding that these days it's just a brand slapped on cheap bikes from Argos (information gleaned from HUKD). Apologies if I got that wrong. Have you got a Ridgeback to make that comparison?

BTW I wasn't trying to upset Diamondback owners, just clarify the confusion which seems to exist between these similar sounding brands.


Edited by: "Besford" 8th Aug 2014

Besford

To my eye the Saracen is probably a bit more fashionable looking (or … To my eye the Saracen is probably a bit more fashionable looking (or should I say 'on trend') and it's not a slight second but the Ridgeback has better components here and there (eg more of it is Shimano, Continental tyres, 8 speed on the Comet, etc).



Thanks mate, tbh looks doesn't bother me a bit. I'm after a touring bike not a commuting one, so robustness comes way before fashion. Comet it is.

Top Man Besford keep them coming . Whats up with some pepole on here ??? A Genuine member With Rare Genuine Offer ?, This gets a 100% hot vote from me simply because I know my brands with half decent spec Ridgeback have always Produced reasonable quality bikes which are oten confused with diamondback that do produce some poorer quality bso.s . sadly this has not done ridgeback any favour,s. so they are now simply a good value brand. (unlike the usual rubbish built to the same price point."sorry diamondback owners " )
I have of course disabled all notifications in anticipation of comments from trolls, " so fire away with negative comments if it makes you feel good " my opinion is based purely on experience not hate.

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Ziad81

Thanks mate, tbh looks doesn't bother me a bit. I'm after a touring bike … Thanks mate, tbh looks doesn't bother me a bit. I'm after a touring bike not a commuting one, so robustness comes way before fashion. Comet it is.



If it's for touring wouldn't the rack and guards on the 'Speed' be useful? Decent ones are going to cost you £50+ to add later.

Besford

If it's for touring wouldn't the rack and guards on the 'Speed' be … If it's for touring wouldn't the rack and guards on the 'Speed' be useful? Decent ones are going to cost you £50+ to add later.



True, but Comet got quick release skewers, better wheels, 8 x 3 speed combination and adjustable handlebar 'yes, I know it's ugly one tho' .. The plan is to ride through the trans pennine trail sometime next year so I've the time for prepare myself, my gear and my bike too.. Thanks mate

Ive currently got a 2009 model speed which I use as my daily ride. I purchased it at the time based upon it being cheapest bike with guards and a rack (£200 Winstanleys) I picked it over equivalent BSO’s which weren’t much cheaper as it had full shimano drivetrain as pointed out. Mine differed from spec slightly with Maxis Tyres (rubbish) and QR formula hubs, preferable in my opinion to nutted units.

I like it it’s a good bike, I did have to replace the drive chain this year - chain, freehub and crank but that was more down to lack of maintenance. However I replaced all of these parts with Shimano components off amazon and still got change from £25 – less than the price of an XT cassette.

Yes you can spend more money and get a better bike, I’ve got 2 of them and would probably classify myself as a bit of a bike snob, however for locking up outside the station or taking on shopping duties it does the job. The only negative points are the weight and with 42C tyres, it won’t have the most nimble handling, I would describe the progress as stately rather than rapid. Finally even though its got 700c wheels it came with schraeder tubes, though I changed these to presta with some rim adapters. I usually ride 2-3 miles each day commuting, but have taken it on 36 miles runs in the winter when I didn’t want to get my road bike to dirty at which point you really start to notice the weight and the drag after about 20 miles.

Its now four years old and I would buy another one if required, but it’s still going strong and I reckon it will last another 4. Did consider replacing it this year prior to swapping out the drivechain with one of the Halfords subway LE’s that you see on offer frequently for just below £200, but after factoring the cost of guards and a rack I ruled it out.

http://oi61.tinypic.com/scuow0.jpg

I think its the 21" Frame and for information im 6'2" it was the only size they had left.

BACONIZGUD4ME

Can't be that good if you've had 3. Thanks, voted cold.


Shouldn't you be outside playing in the sunshine....if your trying to be a troll you need more practice....can't wait for the end of the school holidays!

thanks - gone for this as perfectfor my needs

have got tired of trying to keep my current £100 steel frame argos bike going
- IIRC the ridgeback is actually a bit lighter so I can live with its weight

I only ride a few miles at time so weight isnt a priority - the pannier
rack & mudguards are though


Edited by: "bayhabourbutcher" 10th Aug 2014
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