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It’s a healthy activity cycling. An efficient and accessible way to get around, it offers a unique freedom that other means of transport just can’t match. At Ridgeback we continue to focus on all things cycling, offering and wide and varied range of bikes. Whether it’s an early morning solo commute to work, or a casual weekend ride with family and friends, Ridgeback has it covered.

2016 is a year of evolution for Ridgeback. We have made a few subtle changes to some existing models to improve them further, but also added a few new models to sit at key price points.

The biggest news for this year is the addition of our debut E-Bike series, Electron. Comprising of two models based around the same frame design, Electron utilises Shimano’s state of the art STePS system. Combining a short charge time and a long battery life, STePS is a highly reliable system and a perfect match for Ridgeback. Offering smooth pedal assistance up to a speed of 25km/h, Electron is perfect for a wide range of cycling and an even wider range of users. This really is the future of cycling.

Dual Track, our off-road series, has also seen a few changes for the new season. The brighter colour ways are and obvious change, but there is also a new frame platform for MX3 and MX4. Keeping on trend, these two models now feature a 27.5” wheel on sizes 17” and upward, whilst keeping a 26” wheel on the smaller sizes and making it an easy transition for younger riders moving up from a kid’s bike.

The lightweight children’s Dimension series was a big hit for 2015. It sees new options added in 16” and 26” wheel, but also two runner bikes in 12” and 14” wheel. Dimension is perfect for younger cyclists that ride more frequently.

Lastly, Rapide returns for its second year. Expanding upon a great debut range, we’ve introduced two new models in the shape of the RL Disc and RC Disc. Based around the standard rim brake versions, these new models offer improved braking in adverse weather conditions, bigger tyre clearance and also mudguard compatibility.

Whatever your riding style, we’re sure you’ll find a Ridgeback or Rapide that is right for you. Once you’ve found the bike that matches your needs, find your nearest stockist at then go along and test it for yourself.

Making history

Since 1983 Ridgeback has been building bikes for UK riders and has an unmatched reputation for innovation and quality. From high performance flat bar and touring bikes to comfortable commuters and children's bikes, Ridgeback leads the way.

Something that hasn’t changed is Ridgeback’s aim to make shopping for a new bike as easy as possible. So whatever your riding style, we’re sure you’ll find a Ridgeback that’s right for you in this year’s brochure and here online. Toby Howes looks back at some of Ridgeback’s landmark bikes.

The first Ridgeback (1983)
The first Ridgeback 1983

In the beginning

Ridgeback launched the UK’s first mountain bike.

Everyday cycling

1990 saw the arrival of the Ridgeback Roxy, an early forerunner of today’s Metro series - the benchmark by which all other commuter bikes are measured.

Genesis Day 03 (2002)
Genesis Day 03 2002

Something totally new

In 2001 we created the flat bar road bike. Originally named Genesis, this new breed of fast commuter sports bike is seen as one of the last significant developments in cycle genres.

Despite having undergone significant evolution, Ridgeback’s award winning design continues today in the Flight series.

Switch Storm (2003)
Switch Storm 2003

Mountain or street bike?

Ridgeback’s Urban series was another trend setter. In 1998 these slick tyred, street mountain bikes were not only lots of fun to ride but provided a serious alternative to the more traditional commuting bike. Becoming the Switch series in 2003, they ran right up until 2012.

Dual Track Advance (2006)
Dual Track Advance 2006

Big wheels keep on rolling

Other milestones include, Dual Track, a robust all rounder with 29” wheels aimed at riders looking for a more comfortable off-road experience. Originally designed as a mountain bike, today’s Dual track is more off-road hybrid than mtb.

Using 700c road rims instead of traditional 26 inch wheels, the Dual Track’s larger tyres give the bike a longer contact patch for improved traction whilst rolling over lumps and bumps more smoothly.

Flight R25 (2008)
Flight R25 2008

25th Anniversary

In 2008, to mark our 25th anniversary, the R25 was launched. This was a limited edition of one hundred very special flat bar road bikes. Based on a prototype bike I was riding at the time, the R25 was Ridgeback’s most advanced flat bar bike to date.

Five years on and it’s now clear that the R25 was a precursor of the future of braking on performance flat bar bikes, as it was equipped with Shimano Deore XT hydraulic discs, capable of awesome stopping power. Today, all Flight series bikes are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes.

Supernova XT (2014)
Supernova XT 2014

30th Anniversary

It’s been 24 years since the launch of the Roxy. Our first ‘hybrid’ bike, the Roxy was a forerunner of the Metro series, one of the most successful commuter bike ranges in the UK.

To celebrate Ridgeback’s 30th anniversary, last year’s Metro series includes a limited edition Supernova equipped with Shimano’s premium level Deore XT componentry.

The 2014 Supernova XT offered fifty lucky riders the opportunity to own a practical and comfortable commuting bike of the highest quality. No two bikes were alike as each one was uniquely numbered 1 to 50.