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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ribble HT 725. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- The Ribble HT 725 has a 38mm offset in the RockShox fork that increases its steering stability.
- The WTB saddle is comfortable, according to testers.
- Wide 2.6" tires allow riders to run lower tire pressures to increase traction and better absorb small bumps on the trail.
- The Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR tire combination provides riders with an excellent grip on loose tracks.
- The SRAM brakes are reliable and engage on demand.
- The bike is priced competitively in comparison to other hardtail steel mountain bikes.
- The HT 725 is available in four sizes that work for men and women from 5'5" to 6'3".
- The threaded bottom bracket is easy to maintain.
- Testers agree, the bike handles with precision and goes where you want it to. It is not twitchy or unpredictable.
- The bike's seat tube has room for a long dropper post. This allows riders to get low on descents.
- The steel frame is durable and visually appealing.
- The SRAM groupsets used in each build of the HT 725 shift seamlessly.
- The high bottom bracket minimizes pedal strikes.
- The cables are internally routed and give the bike a tidy appearance.
- The reach is long and gives riders room to move their body around to best maintain balance.
- A 35mm stem paired with wide Level XL handlebars gives riders leverage and control over trail obstacles, including jumps.
3 reasons not to buy
- The Level dropper post is prone to issues.
- One expert expressed that the RockShox Recon RL fork used on the Sport build does not have enough midstroke support. They suggest upgrading the fork.
- There is not a 29" version of the HT 725.
Expert Reviews74/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Ribble HT 725 Sport Build Review
The Ribble HT 725 Sport is a great 150mm steel hardtail for those on a budget. It’s progressive, good looking and built for gravity-fed riding – it ticks most boxes for hardtail lovers, though it’s a shame there’s no 29er version alongside these 650b frames.
Time To Head For the Hills: Ribble HT 725 Review
The HT 725 has converted me to the joys of proper off-road riding. I’ve done a lot of road riding around here, and a little bit of “gravel” on my cyclocross bike, but a hardtail really opens up the potential to explore well beyond the trails.