The Ribble Pro Cycling Aero 883 Team Bike

A Story About a Bike…

In The Beginning

Like all stories, we need a beginning, in this case, the Ribble Pro Cycling story began with a meeting at Ribble HQ to discuss the creation a professional cycling team for the 2018 Road season.

It was an easy discussion, we’re all cyclists here, so after some excited conversation, everyone was in agreement – For the first time in a number of years; Ribble Cycles was to have it’s very own professional team competing at the highest level once again.

Our Team Needs the Best Bike

Cutting away some of the detail, and just a short time later, we had a team. We had secured some of the UK’s best riders, all Ribble Pro Cycling needed now was the UK’s best race bike.

We wanted the team to ride the best possible race frame and we all agreed that the Toray 800/1000 carbon fibre and the aerodynamic tube profiles of the Ribble Aero 883 would be the ideal choice to ensure the team’s success.

Occasionally, race bikes can be a bit boring. It’s one thing to take a frame and throw some top spec components at it…

But that wasn’t good enough for a project like Ribble Pro Cycling, we wanted to create something new, something exciting, something that was really different.

We got our design team on the case and were really excited with the results, the best of which took the Ribble Valley Pattern and the Ribble colours to create exactly what we had hoped for.

The first design of the pro bike from the design team
This was the first design. We loved it!

We partnered with a respected UK-based specialist cycle spray shop to turn our exciting design into a finished frameset.

When the first frame sample landed back at Ribble, everyone was

interested; the warehouse team, the bike mechanics, the buying team, the digital team, in fact, everyone was excited to see the frame and offer feedback on the design.

The First Custom Frame Sample
When it landed we loved the concept

Take Two

We knew the concept was right but the design needed some fine tuning so the design team took into consideration all the feedback and produced a slightly revised and improved design.

The Final Design
The Final Custom Paint for the Bike

This time the design had a larger ‘Ribble’ logo in white and the Ribble Valley Pattern was also scaled up to make it less intricate. Again we sent another frame away for the highly skilled custom paint treatment and when the sample came back and looked great.

Our Custom Paint Shop

We don’t shy away from ensuring quality for our customer frames so why would we with our pro team? To make sure the paint shop would be able to fulfil our specific requirements we sent someone on a recon mission to capture the process.

The visit was as interesting as it was reassuring…

How the Paint is Applied
The many stages of a custom paint process.

The Custom Painting Process

The process to paint a Ribble Pro Cycling Aero 883 frameset requires incredible skill and patience and happens as follows;

  • The frame is coated with a single coat of white paint.
  • The newly coated frame is then transferred to the oven where the paint is ‘cooked’ to harden and fix the paint on the frame.
  • The frame then has Ribble logos masked with laser cut vinyl stickers.
  • The second coat of paint is applied, this time it’s dark blue.
  • The frame is dried in the oven again.
  • The intricate valley pattern mask is applied.
  • The frame is given a third coat of paint, this time, light blue.
  • The frame is dried in the oven again.
  • All the masking is peeled off, revealing the patterns and logos.
  • The frame is ‘rubbed back’ to remove any drips of blemishes and touched up by hand.
  • A clear coat of varnish is applied.
  • The frame is dried once more.
  • The frame is ‘rubbed back’ again to remove any drips of blemishes and touched up.
  • A second clear coat is applied.
  • The frame is dried for the final time.
  • Finally, the frame is rubbed back to its high gloss finish and the result is perfect!
The Finished Frame
The Finished Custom Paint Looked so Good

Hand-built Ribble Pro Cycling Bikes

You might not know this, but every Ribble bike is built in our workshop in Preston, England. We’re very proud of our UK hand assembly process and it means that customers can customise their bike in our unique BikeBuilder.

Your bike is built by hand with the same attention to detail that our mechanics give to the Aero 883 bikes of the Ribble Pro Cycling race team.

And the Finished Bike?

The finished bike is an incredible mix of design and technology that will deliver the team to the finish line in style.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the bike, the design, the components or even the team. We would love to hear from you.

The Finished Bike Out on the Road
The Finished Aero 883 Pro Team Edition Out on the Road.

Watch the bike get hand-built…

See how Jack Rees from Ribble Pro Cycling stays focused during the winter months.

  1. Fantastic Looking Bike And Paint Work
    Will This Paint Work Be Available On Other Frame’s Like The Ribble R872 Which I Have At The Moment

  2. Hi John
    Thanks for letting us know you like it!
    We don’t have any plans for that at the moment…
    Team Ribble

  3. Is the grade of carbon fibre used in the team bike the same as the other bikes throughout the range?

  4. Lovely looking bike and looking forward to seeing the team in action. Will you also race with disc brakes?

  5. Amazing, we are in bike and helmet painting business, do check us out and lest us know if we can be helpful in any matter.

  6. Lovely bike! Unfortunately, I live in Canada and although I could import the bike… I wouldn’t be able to pay the import duties. I’m looking forward to the day when we have a trade agreement so bikes from the UK are affordable here. Also, I thought the original paint design was fantastic! The logo is much clearer on the new design though. When the world returns to normal (whenever that is) I look forward to watching how the team does. I personally follow the Novo Nordisk Team. I’m a td1 diabetic and they’re an inspiration for all diabetics. I love looking at your bikes!!

  7. I forgot to add that my son works for British Cycling as a performance analysis for the track team. For Christmas, he bought me some kit. I will be one of the few riding in Ottawa with team colours this summer! Stay safe everyone!

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