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dbnm
01-02-2018, 10:59 AM
I've never heard of Ribble but they keep coming up in my search for new bike parts.

The feedback here seems to be pretty good too.

Any reason not to order from them?

grnrcr
01-02-2018, 11:02 AM
I've always had pretty good luck ordering from them. Use tracked delivery though.

fignon's barber
01-02-2018, 11:03 AM
Reliable delivery. If they have what you want, go for it. They've started to not ship many items to the US in order to help manufacturers set up artificially high prices though.

AngryScientist
01-02-2018, 11:15 AM
if you've never heard of ribble, you already missed the golden age of cheap campy parts. i've had great luck ordering from them in the past, but as mentioned, their inventory is pathetic these days, but if they have what you want - no worries ordering from them.

OtayBW
01-02-2018, 11:59 AM
Excellent prices and service....:banana:

wc1934
01-02-2018, 12:25 PM
A few transactions and excellent results. As mentioned they are restricting certain items being shipped to the US.
Wiggle and Chain Reaction are 2 other sites that I have had good luck with when comparative shopping.

nobuseri
01-02-2018, 12:58 PM
Used to be my go-to spot for VeloFlex tires. Went through some type of rebranding/new ownership? They are still decent, but not the top of my list anymore. Shipping has always been good with them when I’ve purchased things.

Solid site.

m4rk540
01-02-2018, 04:02 PM
They now charge for shipping. End of story.

PaMtbRider
01-02-2018, 04:04 PM
They use to be my go to site but I have had better luck lately with MerlinCycles.

jemoryl
01-02-2018, 07:32 PM
I used to like Ribble, but my recent attempts to buy things for a winter build have had me going elsewhere, either due to lack of stock (Campy) or things that cannot now be shipped to the US. Lately they seem to be more interested in flogging their own brand of bikes; too bad as they usually had good prices and things I wanted.

Llewellyn
01-02-2018, 08:00 PM
I haven't ordered from them (or even visited the site) in ages but I never had any problems over dozens of transactions. But as others have said I think the golden age for buying mail order has passed. Luckily I stocked up on enough gear to last a lifetime a long time ago.

oldguy00
01-03-2018, 04:51 AM
They still have some good prices and good service. Best price I've seen on these in a while, GP4000IIS for $27 US! I just ordered 4 of them.

https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/continental-gp4000s-ii-folding-tyre/#pid=7815

oldpotatoe
01-03-2018, 06:43 AM
Reliable delivery. If they have what you want, go for it. They've started to not ship many items to the US in order to help manufacturers set up artificially high prices though.

Not exactly..Ribble is a 'distributor'..in that they buy from the manufacturer and then direct to consumers. In the US, a 'few' manufacturer's sell direct to bike shops, or have wholly owned offices/warehouses that sell to bike shops(like Mavic). But generally it's thru a distributors system in the US. It's as if Quality Bike Parts, a YUGE distributor in the US would sell direct to consumers, instead of to bike shops.

Really cheap bike stuff via MO or interweb companies compared with bike shop pricing isn't some sort of conspiracy to screw the consumer.

There ARE interweb based distributors in the US that 'own' retail places.. They sell to consumers AND to bike shops. They get the same margin regardless. I suspect Velomine and Planet Cyclery are 2 of them.

dbnm
01-03-2018, 09:09 AM
I placed an order last night for Ritchey Super Logic parts. No one in the states would match or come close.

Hopefully they get here in a few weeks.

shinomaster
01-03-2018, 11:47 AM
Ribble is also a real bike company so like any bike company they can get crazy low OEM prices for components. I think Campy was trying to keep them from selling for below American wholesale and probably succeed. They no longer have any campy wheels on their website?

jemoryl
01-03-2018, 12:32 PM
Ribble is also a real bike company so like any bike company they can get crazy low OEM prices for components. I think Campy was trying to keep them from selling for below American wholesale and probably succeed. They no longer have any campy wheels on their website?

I never got a Campy component from Ribble that wasn't in the retail packaging. In fact, the only OEM looking product they ever sent was a KMC chain.

uno-speedo
01-03-2018, 05:48 PM
They all make no money - including Wiggle/CRC. A splendid race to the bottom. The smart companies are dressing their wounds. Or never got involved at all.

dbnm
01-03-2018, 09:26 PM
No tracking number or shipping confirmation yet.

54ny77
01-03-2018, 11:28 PM
Don't buy something you need quickly. Give it a few weeks or so as a buffer.

Otherwise, buy at lbs or some other domestic online.

Prices can be great!

fogrider
01-04-2018, 12:02 AM
it seems like Jensenusa also has some really good prices. as others have said, ribble takes a couple of weeks and no tracking no. while I've not had any problems with them and most of the time, I don't need it right away.
Not exactly..Ribble is a 'distributor'..in that they buy from the manufacturer and then direct to consumers. In the US, a 'few' manufacturer's sell direct to bike shops, or have wholly owned offices/warehouses that sell to bike shops(like Mavic). But generally it's thru a distributors system in the US. It's as if Quality Bike Parts, a YUGE distributor in the US would sell direct to consumers, instead of to bike shops.

Really cheap bike stuff via MO or interweb companies compared with bike shop pricing isn't some sort of conspiracy to screw the consumer.

There ARE interweb based distributors in the US that 'own' retail places.. They sell to consumers AND to bike shops. They get the same margin regardless. I suspect Velomine and Planet Cyclery are 2 of them.

dbnm
01-04-2018, 12:04 AM
yeah, I'm not in a rush for the bars and stem. No one in the States could get close to the pricing. I saved about $150 by ordering from them.

oldpotatoe
01-04-2018, 08:29 AM
it seems like Jensenusa also has some really good prices. as others have said, ribble takes a couple of weeks and no tracking no. while I've not had any problems with them and most of the time, I don't need it right away.

Some MO/interweb places based in the US are legit, not distributors selling on both sides of the street. BUT they are tied directly to the high volume/low margin model. Volume goes down and they are almost instantly in trouble(Circuit City, etc), as examples.

dbnm
01-04-2018, 08:57 AM
Just woke up to a shipping notification.

Davist
01-04-2018, 08:58 AM
They all make no money - including Wiggle/CRC. A splendid race to the bottom. The smart companies are dressing their wounds. Or never got involved at all.

any info to back that up? I've been using (well my 1x a year chain or cassette or tire buy) Chain reaction, who just bought someone (?Merlin maybe?).. Can't believe they're not making money.

shinomaster
01-04-2018, 11:35 AM
I've ordered a ton of stuff from Ribble over the years ( mostly DEDA and Campy) and never had a problem. I think I got my shamals for about $630 or something crazy. Some of the things were OEM but it's true, many came in proper boxes.

ls1togo
01-04-2018, 11:52 AM
They use to be my go to site but I have had better luck lately with MerlinCycles.

me too!..Ribble's pricing has gone up and their brand restrictions have made it almost impossible ...where they were once my number 1 go to site, I've replaced my bookmark with Merlin, in fact I'm currently awaiting an order, their shipping times are faster than Ribble's used to be and their tracking is better!

dbnm
01-15-2018, 11:46 AM
Still waiting.

Last tracking info was January 5 - "exported from the UK"

oldguy00
01-15-2018, 12:34 PM
Still waiting.

Last tracking info was January 5 - "exported from the UK"

I wouldn't worry about it yet.
I ordered something from Merlin in mid-december, didn't get it until about a week ago. Thats the longest I've ever waited for a pack from the UK. But, to their credit, I can see on the package that they did in fact ship it right after I placed the order. It was like yours, showed as exported, then after like 3 weeks it suddenly updated again as arriving in destination country.
Sometimes the mail is slow I guess!

belopsky
01-15-2018, 12:51 PM
As already discussed, these sites (Ribble, Merlin) are great, just have to wait.

My Merlin orders seem to ship from Spain (maybe a warehouse is there?) then they go to UK and soon enough they are in the states. Not as quick as ordering from Japan (sometimes I get parts in 3 days) but quick.

Jeff N.
01-15-2018, 01:14 PM
Eurobikeparts, out of Chicago, is now my go-to. For groups, they can pretty much match Ribble.

NYCfixie
01-15-2018, 01:24 PM
They can match current Ribble pricing or the better pricing Ribble used to offer?

Eurobikeparts, out of Chicago, is now my go-to. For groups, they can pretty much match Ribble.

shinomaster
01-15-2018, 02:06 PM
As already discussed, these sites (Ribble, Merlin) are great, just have to wait.

My Merlin orders seem to ship from Spain (maybe a warehouse is there?) then they go to UK and soon enough they are in the states. Not as quick as ordering from Japan (sometimes I get parts in 3 days) but quick.

Japan? Do tell..

shinomaster
01-15-2018, 02:07 PM
Also, I just got some insanely cheap campy wheels from Wiggle. Great tracking and the journey was slow, but who cares?

belopsky
01-15-2018, 02:15 PM
Eurobikeparts, out of Chicago, is now my go-to. For groups, they can pretty much match Ribble.

nice.

Jeff N.
01-15-2018, 03:02 PM
They can match current Ribble pricing or the better pricing Ribble used to offer?Right...USED to.

dbnm
01-21-2018, 10:40 PM
My parts just arrived in the US.

Happy birthday to me.

ultraman6970
01-21-2018, 11:05 PM
Send to japan is insanely quick, and stuff coming from there arrives quick aswell.

They are really efficient.

Japan? Do tell..

shinomaster
01-22-2018, 02:29 AM
I get pottery from Japan all the time and very, very quickly with EMS, but I have never shopped for bike parts there.

dbnm
01-23-2018, 08:40 PM
The package arrived last night. So it took 20 days from order to delivery.

Now that I know...

Black Dog
01-23-2018, 10:36 PM
They now charge for shipping. End of story.

Free over a certain price. And not expensive below.