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Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike riding
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The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team (RWPC) announced they would be racing on Ribble’s amazingly aerodynamic Ultra SL R Team Edition across the 2022 season. The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team is a UCI Continental squad and will race a complete domestic program and other UCI race opportunities. The team welcomes eight new faces for the 2022 season, including the Tanfield brothers, who look to achieve success under the Ribble Weldtite flag.

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The Ribble Ultra SL R stands out from the pack in a few ways, especially with its unique one-piece bar/stem combo.

The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team has it covered as far as equipment. The team has the entire Ribble catalog, spanning aero bikes, endurance, and time trial machines. The equipment team at Ribble Weldtite has narrowed down the selection to the best that Ribble has to offer and leaning into its newest aero offering, the Ribble Ultra SL R.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike stem detail

The Ribble Ultra SL R is an aerodynamically optimized and fully UCI-approved machine, launched last August with big aerodynamic claims and wind tunnel data to back it up. The new team bikes will feature a custom paint scheme featuring a Midnight Ink, Fresh Mandarin, and Alpine White palette with a metallic finish.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike bars front

You’re in luck if you’re looking to snag a team edition colorway frameset or bike. The team at Ribble is releasing a select number of bikes in the RWPC paint scheme, including Ultra SL, Ultra SLR, Ultra Tri, Endurance SL, Endurance SL Disc, Endurance SL R, Endurance SL R Disc, Endurance SL e, and Ultra TT frameset.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike upgraded rear mech
The Ribble Weldtite Team will ride Nova Ride OSPW oversize jockey wheels in search of even faster riding

“As a British team, we are really excited by the return to a full domestic program. The Tour Series is a major objective for the team, as defending champions. The British National Championships remain a key goal, especially following the team’s success there in 2021. September sees the team return to the Tour of Britain which will be the pinnacle event of our season. Throughout the year we will continue to compliment the domestic program with key races across Europe” — Tom Timothy Ribble Weldtite manager.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike bars top
The Ultra SL R bar/stem may look different but it’s very efficient in the wind and crafted for comfort.

Before flying out to Calpe for pre-season training, the team was presented with their new race machines at Ribble’s flagship showroom in Clitheroe. RWPC will be racing on Ribble’s Ultra SL R, Endurance SL R, and Ultra TT models throughout the 2022 season, starting with the UCI Europe Tour at Dorpenomloop Rucphen (UCI 1.2) in the Netherlands on the 13th of March.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike front disc

Andy Smallwood, Ribble Cycles CEO, says: “The team had me on the edge of my seat in 2021 with some amazing performances in the UK and abroad – and 2022 is set to be an even more exciting year. The combination of Ribble’s R&D and a stronger than ever rider lineup sees our Ultra SL R being raced by the leading British-based team on the world stage. Our involvement with RWPC allows us to gain essential product feedback and insights into real-world racing conditions and will inform our R&D as we continue to develop and innovate in the creation of world-class racing machines. The distinctive aerodynamically optimized lines and new colorway will help the team really stand out from the pro peloton”.

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team bike back

Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team Edition bike spec.

  • Frameset: Ribble Ultra SL R
  • Bar/stem: Ribble Ultra handlebars
  • Components: Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset
  • Wheels: Mavic SL R 65 / SL R 45 wheels
  • Tires: Continental GP5000 tubeless
  • Upgrades: Nova Ride OSPW oversize jockey wheel
  • Weight: 7.8kg (17lbs.)

For more information about Ribble’s bike line, check out Ribblecycles.co.uk

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luddite
luddite
10 months ago

Someone spent an awfully long time making these renders, but then just gave up before making the bars hollow or putting bar tape on?

keville
10 months ago
Reply to  luddite

Those bars come with some kind of grippy paint on the drops and are not meant to be taped. It’s 0.00001% more aero.

edge
edge
10 months ago
Reply to  luddite

The bars are meant to be run tapeless.

Gordo
Gordo
10 months ago

“Insanely aero…”

I can’t stop laughing at that nonsensical phrase.

Peter
Peter
10 months ago

Those are not renderings but photos. It becomes harder to tell them apart, but some dust, random grease traces, the natural sag of the chain and a incorrectly installed chain quicklink suggest that we are dealing with photos here 😉

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter

One of the team’s riders is responsible for the paint work. He did a vid on youtube explaining the paint job and the tape-less handlebar setup.

Jhon
Jhon
8 months ago

Hi, does anyone knows how large the seatpost is? I am 174cm tall, so according to Ribble my size would be a medium, but I want an small size. So I want to be sure that the small one fits me.

Keith Mabbott
Keith Mabbott
7 months ago
Reply to  Jhon

Ribble stores do the sizing for you if you can get to one. I am the same height and they easily achieved my set-up on a small frame.

Tobi
Tobi
1 month ago
Reply to  Jhon

I am 1.86 and I asked them and they told me that I need extra large

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