Get Cycling

Cycling. It’s a healthy activity, it’s an efficient way to get around and it provides a unique freedom that other modes of transport just can’t offer. At Ridgeback we continue to look at everything cycling to make sure each new range meets the varied needs of today’s cyclists.

The big news for this year is that Rapide has become a brand in its own right. Recognising the significant demand for quality road bikes, Rapide enjoys a heritage dating back to the nineties when the name was originally used by Ridgeback for its road bike series. Rapide today offers an exciting range of carbon & aluminium models as well as 24” and 26” wheel junior bikes.

Previously named Rapide, our best-selling commuter bike line up is now called Metro. For 2015, there are subtle changes to frame geometry and we’ve added hydraulic disc brakes on higher models.

The lightweight children’s Dimension seriesis expanded to six options and now includes a 20” wheel bike for 5-8 years olds. Dimension is perfect for going to school and everyday cycling.

If you’re looking for a upright women’s bike, checkout Tradition. It’s a light aluminium version of the classic sit up and beg bikes of yesteryear.

Lastly, we’ve merged the Terrain mountain bikes with Dual Track to create one clearly defined off-road series. With go anywhere ability, they’re tremendous fun for light off-road trail riding.

Whatever your riding style, we’re sure you’ll find a Ridgeback that’s right for you and once you’vefound the one that meets your needs, check out your nearest stockist at ridgeback.co.uk, 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.