I bought this bike as a frameset (frame, fork and seatpost) and built it up with an existing shimano 105 groupset.
I'll start with the buying process, pre-sales support was good. Unfortunately when I made the purchase, the FSA bottom bracket (BB30) adapter was out of stock which slowed the build process by nearly a month. I would suggest anyone using the frameset with a shimano groupset to buy the adapter at time of purchase. The adaptor needs to be professionally installed using loctite thread lock. Once the BB adapter is installed the build was straight forward.The internal cable routing for the front mech is slightly awkward but that's the way with alot of internal cable routings.
Now for the important part of the review. The bike is an absolute blast to ride, its light and very responsive when climbing. Descending on the R872 is great, the bike goes where its told and holds the line well in bends. On the flat the bike accelerates well and is easy to maintain a speed. Although this bike is aimed more at the sportive end of the market, I've been told by a couple of freind's who race competitively at a high level that it would be suitable for racing. The headtube is slightly taller than a pure race frame but with the stem slammed on the headset top cap you can get a reasonably low position. This bike is a great bike at the price and for sportive style riding is more than sufficient for anyone that is involved in this type of cycling.
I'll finish by saying that I like this bike enough to have recently spent a substantial amount of money upgrading the groupset instead of just buying complete bike which would have only cost me a couple of hundred euros more.
Review Part 2
After writing the above review in January of 2015, an old issue I'd experienced with the R872 arose again. What I thoughtwas dirt/road spray getting in between the seat post and seat tube causing an annoying squeak/creaking noise turned out to be more serious. When the noise started first, I cleaned the seat post collar. seat post and seat tube and reapplied carbon paste. This solved the issue temporarily but only for a period of a couple of weeks. I repeated this process multiple times over a year or more. Eventually on inspection after disassembly, I discovered a split and some cracking in the seat tube where the seat collar sits. I immediately checked the torque setting and had a local bike do the same. Everything was tightened to spec. I use a ritchey torque key which is set to a max of 5nm. Ribble's own twin bolt collar states 7-9nm. I brought the bike to a local carbon repair specialist to get it repair. On inspection it was discovered that the seat tube internal dimensions where not as per manufacturing specification, the seat tube was actually 31.8mm instead of the specificed 31.6mm. I'm happy to say the carbon repair specialist who repaired the frame did a brilliant job. The bike is running well again.
When I contacted Ribble by phone regarding the issue with the frame, they did not seem overly interested in my problem. Although the frame was out of warranty the time, which I stated at the start of the call and had accepted that they did not have to offer a remedy, they still seemed utterly unconcerned and disinterred.
I would be very wary in future about placing any business with Ribble Cycles.
I bought this bike two years ago as a replacement for my ridley damocles and have been impressed every time I get aboard !! I road race and it is perfect for that ! great sporty/race position and with the value of the frame you get top components for a great package price ...mine was specced with ultegra throughout with a full carbon compact 3T cockpit and Fulcrum racing quattro wheels ..... all in all a fantastic purchase and I'd have no hesitation recommending Ribble and indeed would purchase from there again .... clearly you are not getting a big brand name but if you are after seriously good value for money then they are very very hard to beat