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Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike retains the sharp lines, straight top tube, and carbon construction of its non-disc sibling to pair race-worthy speed with the power of disc brakes for those of us not restricted by international sporting governance and equipment guidelines. Best categorized as an endurance race steed and finished with Shimano's well-respected Ultegra 6800 drivetrain, the Fenix C Disc strikes the perfect balance of stiff responsiveness, long mile comfort, and low weight, making it an appropriate choice for gran fondo double centuries, local road races, and even the occasional criterium should you be so inclined. Instead of the Fenix SL's blend of 30 and 24t carbon, the standard Fenix features a layup of 100% 24t unidirectional carbon. Since the material used isn't as stiff, the 24t-only frame requires more material to hit target responsiveness for a claimed weight gain of around 170g in size medium. Potholes, cobblestones, and other road hazards are all still as smooth as crosswalk paint on the Fenix Disc, and the oversized bottom bracket and burly chainstays mean comfort doesn't come at the cost of efficiency. If you do ever get tired of wantonly plowing over obstacles, the stiff, tapered head tube nets sharp handling to dodge through debris with ease. If recent trends are any indication, disc brakes are the future of road cycling. This prognosis is based on their ability to accurately modulate braking force over five times the power range of standard rim brakes, so instead of going from light feathering to locking up, they allow precise control over the pressure applied. They also catch virtually immediately, even in wet or dirty conditions that would force rim brakes to complete an entire debris-clearing revolution before grabbing the brake track--exactly the kind of reliability you'll want whether racing the Belgian classics or hammering through spring intervals on your own local loops. Though the integrated brake/shift...
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Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
While some of us enjoy the variety of a stable full of bicycles tailored to specific rides, others of us prefer a stable of one do-it-all road bike such as the 2017 Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike. The Fenix SL may not be a dedicated climbing or crit bike, but it harnesses qualities of each--combined with a touch of endurance comfort--to truly embody a race-worthy jack of all trades. Finished with Shimano's affordable workhorse 105 componentry, this bike will shepherd you through everything from epic gran fondos to short, punchy Tuesday night criteriums with snappy responsiveness and comfort. The Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates to this venerable frame, and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its pre-2016 predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy comfort. It's a rare mix of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a package that doesn't entail an undue weight penalty on the climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide increase in vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural North American chip seal to the stones of Belgium. The top tube and down tube feature a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible for the claimed increases i...
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Ridley Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017
The peloton is notoriously adverse to change, so when disc brakes start to voluntarily appear in the top tiers of European racing, you know that the technology isn't just a marketing gimmick. As such, Ridley's 2017 Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike brings all the Flanders-worthy elements we loved in the rim brake version and ups the braking modulation ante with Shimano's Ultegra hydraulic braking system. Add in our own custom colorway, the legendarily trustworthy Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, and stiff, responsive thru axles, and you have a race-ready ride that's as functional as it is prepared for the bike industry's future. While this Fenix is more than capable in Flandrian sprint finishes and animated road race tactics, its combination of powerful disc brakes and artful layup of vibration devouring unidirectional carbon fibers expand its capabilities beyond buttery smooth pavement into roads (and paths) less traveled. In comparison to the super-stiff featherweight frames in Ridley's line that use up to 60-ton moduli, the Fenix SL utilizes a blend of 30-ton and 24-ton carbon to strike a balance between road-smoothing compliance, rigid efficiency, and race-worthy weight. Poorly graded gravel, cobbles, and other road hazards that would otherwise feel like jarring punches on a 60-ton carbon take on all the disagreeability of crosswalk paint--though the stiff, tapered head tube does provide responsive steering to dodge the unrideable obstacles. Compared to the original Fenix, the Fenix Disc also has a slightly bigger wheelbase, measuring 2mm longer for a size medium. While this difference is more pronounced in the smallest sizes, even the bigger frames benefit from a more stable footprint for loose gravel and packed dirt roads. The adventure-minded cyclist will also appreciate the Disc model's increased tire clearance, allowing bigger tires for maximum plushness and reliability on everything from summer chipseal and sun-soaked logging roads to loose limestone g...
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Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017
As much as we would all love to have a different bike for every type of riding occasion, most of us can't afford to house a lightweight climbing rig, endurance mile grinder, and super stiff criterium racer without some serious financial repercussions. The 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset is for cyclists who want a frameset that's competent in competition but doesn't sacrifice ride quality in pursuit of weight loss or stiffness and aerodynamics. Put through its paces on the grueling cobbles of the spring classics, the Fenix SL is a proven jack of all trades that will revel in any road environment without punishing you for riding anything less forgiving than a velodrome. The 2017 Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy confidence. It's a rare mix of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a lightweight package that won't hold you back on climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide increase in vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural chip seal to the stones of Belgium. The top tube and down tube utilize a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible...
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Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
In an industry of niches and ever narrower specialization, it's refreshing to see a bike that can handle it all. All at once channeling a lightweight climber, long endurance mile workhorse, and a super stiff racer, the 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike is a one-bike quiver to cover all your road-riding needs. While it's not the bike's defining feature (that would be the Flanders-tested geometry and carbon construction), the Ultegra 6800 drivetrain is certainly no detriment. Ultegra is a favorite around the Competitive office because, except for a few grams of added weight, it's functionally equal to pretty much any drivetrain we've ridden. And we've ridden a few. Ridley doesn't skimp on the build kit, either, finishing it with an Ultegra crankset where most manufacturers opt for a cheaper third party option. The Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates to this venerable frame, and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its pre-2016 predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy comfort. It's a rare mix of a more upright, stable geometry for long-mile comfort, a high-modulus carbon lay-up for sprint-worthy stiffness, and an overall lightweight package that can soar--or at least not hold you back--on the climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost to disp...
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Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016
The 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike lives up to its lightweight namesake's feathery demeanor as a sprightly and blazing fast climbing whip that's just as capable railing corners on the flats and bombing descents. Kitted out with SRAM Force 22 componentry and Mavic Aksium One Wheels, the Helium is ready to toe the line right out of the box. Unless you've got them side-by-side on scales, it's not likely you'll be able to notice the slight difference in weight that the Helium's non-SL (the ubiquitous industry initialism for Super Light) carbon layup generates. Requiring more material to achieve the same stiffness as the Helium SL frame, the heavier carbon layup used to construct the Helium gives the frame only a slight weight penalty and a significant decrease in cost. Don't mistake the Helium as a frame that will be punishingly stiff all the time, though; Ridley intelligently blends round tubing with squared-off tubes to give the frame a mix of vibration-dampening comfort and reliable power transfer, so the frame responds with rigidity when you grudgingly stretch out of the saddle to finish a climb, and compliance when you're logging long endurance days on the flats.
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Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset - 2016 Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset - 2016
The 2016 Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset is a featherweight among giants, ready to fly up the mountains like a stage-hunting falcon. While some may express concerns about an ultralight frameset's ability to transfer power and handle descents, rest assured that this frame boasts a near-unicorn mix of minimal weight, stiff power transfer, and the ability to rail corners and bomb descents with the best. This rightly well-loved frameset is back for 2016 with classically inspired colorways to light up any ride. Aesthetics aside, though, the Helium's main job is dropping grams. A medium SL clocks in at a claimed featherweight of 1,110g for the frame and fork, which is a staggering 800g lighter than a similarly-sized Noah FAST aerodynamic machine. This was achieved with smaller, less aerodynamic tube shaping and a strategic arrangement of 60, 40, and 30 ton high-modulus carbon fiber to create a frame that efficiently transfers power. Ridley also incorporates an ultra-strong nano-resin into the frame's lay-up, which allows the Belgian manufacturer to use less carbon, decreasing overall weight while boosting durability and stiffness. To further reduce weight, Ridley constructs the front triangle of the SL with a monocoque design. This means that the entire front triangle (head tube, down tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket lug) is made in one piece, saving weight by eliminating the extra material needed to reinforce frame junctions in multi-part triangles. The SL features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without...
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Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016 Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016
The Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike continues the pedigree of low-weight, high-comfort, and an unyielding pedaling platform that made the original Helium one of the Belgian brand's most popular, versatile bikes. As the SL initialism implies, it's just a bit lighter than its predecessor. Shimano's latest Ultegra 6800 drivetrain enjoys a similar drop in weight over 6700, so pairing the two together makes for a bike that's equal to multi-peak epics, endurance centuries, and coffee shop loops alike. Of course, weight savings are the key here, and a medium SL clocks in at a claimed featherweight of 1,110g for the frame and fork--a staggering 800g lighter than a similarly-sized Noah FAST aerodynamic machine. This was achieved with smaller, less aerodynamic tube shaping and a strategic arrangement of 60, 40, and 30 ton high-modulus carbon fiber to create a frame that efficiently transfers power. Ridley also incorporates an ultra-strong nano-resin into the frame's lay-up, which allows the Belgian manufacturer to use less carbon, decreasing overall weight while boosting durability and stiffness. To further reduce weight, Ridley constructs the front triangle of the SL with a monocoque design. This means that the entire front triangle (head tube, down tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket lug) is made in one piece, saving weight by eliminating the extra material needed to reinforce frame junctions in multi-part triangles. The SL features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity. Although...
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Ridley Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset - 2017
For 2017, the Belgian cobble tested and gram-counter approved Helium SL gets some slight tweaks and a new name to usher in the year. The new Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset takes its predecessor's nearly unicorn-like mix of minimal weight, stiff power transfer, and knife-like handling to the proverbial extreme with a few grams of weight savings and claims of even stiffer, snappier control.The SLX brings back the super light blend of 60, 40, and 30-ton high modulus carbon fiber to create a World Tour worthy frame that efficiently transfers power and a 30 gram weight savings over the SL (for a size medium frame). The front end sees a slightly different curvature at the tube junctions, a small change that Ridley claims boost stiffness by 15% and translates into even snappier, more responsive handling when diving into switchbacks and sprinting towards the finish line.As with the SL, the SLX features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.
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Ridley Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Few bikes manage the low-weight/efficient-stiffness balance better than Ridley's Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike. As the Belgian brand's superlative climbing bike, it's got plenty of lightweight pedigree; however, it's also still a Belgian bike, so it's built to handle the abuse of cobbled muurs. When mated with an Ultegra drivetrain and Campagnolo-built (shh!) Fulcrum 5 wheels, the frameset becomes a classroom for putting on a climbing clinic. The SLX's climb happy personality starts with a blend of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. The result is a World Tour worthy frame that efficiently transfers power while shaving about 30g of claimed weight compared to the SL. The front end sees a slightly different curvature at the tube junctions, a small change that Ridley claims boost stiffness by 15% and translates into even snappier, more responsive handling when diving into switchbacks or pushing out of the final corner. As with the SL, the SLX features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle blends the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.
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Ridley Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
The frameset at the heart of Ridley's Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike is typically pigeonholed as a "climber's bike." We take issue with that assessment, and we challenge you to put the bike through its paces on long miles of flat, chip-seal country roads, the start-and-stop traffic of the urban roads you have to take to get there, and--of course--the canyon climbs that mark the end of out in the out-and-back loop. The Helium X breaks the mold of what we expect a climber's bike to be. The frame is eager to please regardless of the road surface or gradient. It owes its sprightly demeanor to a layup blending 30 and 24t carbon fiber, which is slightly heavier than the Helium SLX but every bit as stiff. When you lay into the pedals, the frame lays into the road. Despite the different lay-up, the Helium X does have the same geometry as the Helium SLX, so it's every bit the aggressive racer that guys like Lotto-Soudal's Gallopin relies on during long Alpine climbs and nervous, winding descents.
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Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike marks a bold step for Ridley as it launches a full line of women-specific bicycles, and we're happy to report that the company's done a lot of things right. Kicking back against the common myth that there's a consistent difference in leg to torso proportions between genders, Ridley opts for mirrored geometry to its Noah SL while adjusting the touchpoints to better suit riders with narrower shoulders and wider hip structure. Across the size range, this manifests as narrower handlebars, shorter stems and cranks, and wider saddles compared to similarly sized Noah SL builds. This particular Jane SL also gets outfitted with Shimano's exceptional Ultegra 6800 drivetrain with semi-compact gearing and an 11-28 cassette to offer a wide range of gear options for riders of all abilities. In a world of shrink, pink, and downgrade, it's fantastic to see Ridley give the Jane SL the same top-tier carbon blend as the Noah SL, ensuring a snappy, high-end, race-ready ride that doesn't make any compromises in stiffness or weight. This Jane's oversized tubes earn the SL suffix--which we generally assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high modulus carbon fiber. The inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same stiffness, which lowers weight without sacrificing efficiency. As with the original Noah and Noah SL models, the Jane SL's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon--an inclusion that demonstrates the Jane SL's pedigree as a race bike for the top sprinters in the world. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF3..
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Ridley Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The long-standing approach to trendy "women's-specific" frame design has centered around the myth that there's a consistent difference in torso to leg proportions across genders, leaving many women with average proportions wondering why they can't find a bike that fits. Ridley's taking a different approach with its 2017 Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike, giving it mirror geometry to its renowned Fenix SL and adjusting the touch points to better accommodate riders who have wider hip structure and narrower shoulder. Across the size range, this results in shorter stems and cranks, narrower handlebars, and wider saddles compared to similarly sized Fenix SL builds. Inheriting the Fenix SL's jack-of-all-trades ability and kitted out with Shimano's precise and reliable Ultegra drivetrain, this Liz SL is prepared to usher you through all manner of cobbles, chipseal, and buttery smooth tarmac the road ahead presents.The Liz SL is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as the Fenix SL, a move that we can't applaud enough in an industry rife with examples of shrink, pink, and downgrade when it comes to women-specific fare. It's a mix that delivers a rare combinations of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a lightweight package that soars when the road turns skyward.Ridley maintains the plush ride in a light, stiff as a result of a few design choices. These include narrow, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a vertically compliant 27. 2mm seatpost, and the flat, curved top tube serves as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural chip seal to the jarring stones of Belgium.The top tube and down tube utilize a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible for the ...
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Ridley Noah Fast Road Frameset - 2015 Ridley Noah Fast Road Frameset - 2015
Shopping for a new frameset has become a daunting task. In days gone by, there was no doubt about what you wanted: Reynolds 531, lugged, with a tight wheel base. Sold. But now, it's become almost impossible to sort through the claims and stated benefits of different frames and technologies. Integrated seatposts, weight, aerodynamics -- it often sounds like so much superstition and marketing hype. With its new Noah Fast Road Frameset, Ridley throws you a lifeline to rise above the swelling tide of too-good-to-be-true bike technologies by providing the test numbers behind the acronyms, giving you proof positive that the frame is actually doing what the marketing materials claim. The key to the Noah Fast's appeal is alluded to in a non-subtle way by the frame's name: Future Aero Speed Technology, which is the expansion of the acronym FAST. Ridley estimates that the frame's combination of strategically arranged 50, 40, and 30 ton carbon moduli and FAST elements result in up to 2. 8 extra km/h (1. 74 mph) while hammering out of the saddle and 20 fewer watts to maintain a rouleur speed of 40 km/h (24. 86 mph). The high modulus carbon fiber speaks for itself, and the different moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and the ability to absorb road noise. If you're looking for a top-end, full carbon frameset, then this is no doubt an old hat by now, so let's jump into the Noah Fast's real meat, the F-Brake, F-Splitfork, and F-Surface technologies. The Noah F-Brake brings a delicious irony to the frame: it's a brake that makes you faster. Brakes like this have been in evidence on time trial and triathlon frames for a couple of years now, but Ridley is claiming to be the first manufacturer to make it work on a road race frame. The F-Brakes' calipers are attached to the frame (rear) and fork (front), and the cable just runs through them at the top. This reduces the obtrusive, drag-creating face area of re...
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Ridley Noah Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Noah Road Bike Frameset - 2017
In a world where saving watts matters and expensive technology buys "free" speed, self-sponsored riders can breathe a sigh of relief with the release of Ridley's 2017 Noah Road Bike Frameset. Boasting the aerodynamic tube shapes of its costlier counterpart, the Noah SL, the Noah features a slightly different carbon makeup that adds just a touch of extra weight while cutting the price tag drastically to give those of us with limited bank accounts a chance to keep up with the more opulent competition.This Noah's oversized tubes are constructed from a mix of 30-ton and 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber, in contrast to the SL's mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton fibers. The inclusion of lower-ton fibers means that the Noah requires a bit more material to obtain similar levels of stiffness and strength, and accounts for a claimed 150 gram difference between a size small Noah and Noah SL. Howver, that small weight gain comes with a drastic reduction in cost. As with all the Noah models, the Noah's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise dampening.The Noah also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, as well as a PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility. The Noah's carbon fiber fork looks decidedly different than other forks on the market, with an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This split fork design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incoming air away from the spokes to reduce turbulence and drag, which keeps the airstream around the wheel smooth and fast. This means more speed with less effort, all thanks to a little bit of surface air routing.Please note that Ridley recommends a maximum rider weight of 209. 5 lbs (95kg) for the Noah.
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Ridley Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Disc brakes have been creeping into the mainstream road scene for a while now, seen first among the more endurance- and gravel-oriented machines and now finally transitioning to race-ready, aerodynamic speed demons. Ridley's 2017 Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike pairs the speed-focused design qualities that earned its rim-brake counterpart accolades across the industry with Shimano's powerful hydraulic disc brake capabilities. Capped off with Shimano's legendary Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, this bike says goodbye to sacrificing overheated rims and sub-par braking in a trade for wind-cheating speed, effectively saying hello to the best of both worlds. Although this Noah has been slightly tweaked and reinforced to handle the force dynamics of disc brakes, its oversized tubes still earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the rim brake model, the SL's different carbon moduli are placed in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and future-proof electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later...
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Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017
Pairing low weight and a highly aerodynamic design, the 2017 Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset stands out as a nearly compromise-free frameset among a sea of discipline-specific options. Designed to privilege pure speed across long, grueling one-day races and hectic sprint finishes, the Noah SL features oversized tubing, aerodynamic FAST technology, and a relatively low weight that combine to provide efficient power transfer when power is all that matters. This Noah's oversized tubes still earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the original Noah model, the SL's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later and more cleanly, reducing the frame's wake and overall wind drag. The Noah SL's high-modulus carbon fiber fork looks distinctly different than other forks on the market, with an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This FAST F-Split Fork channel design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incom...
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Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
A well-rounded road season will include everything from long, mountainous stages to punchy circuit races and frenetically fast crits, and the 2017 Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike is designed to handle all of it. It may not climb as well as the Helium or handle centuries as comfortably as the Fenix, but it's low weight, FAST technology, and oversized tubing combine for efficient power transfer and aerodynamics that put a premium on speed across the widest variety of conditions. This Noah's oversized tubes earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the original Noah model, the SL's various carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later and more cleanly, reducing the frame's wake and overall wind drag. The Noah SL's distinctive, high-modulus carbon fiber fork featrues an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This FAST F-Split Fork channel design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incoming air away from t...
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Ridley X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike - 2018
More and more cyclists are finding rides that venture off the beaten path and away from cars. Gravel grinding or all-road riding has taken off in recent years enough so that manufacturers took note and began building bikes specific to the task at hand. Unique geometry and other features separate these bikes from traditional 'cross and road machines, and riders looking to maximize enjoyment rather than staying within a certain percentage of FTP are lining up. Given the above, the bike many of us are most excited about from Ridley's X-Trail lineup is the X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike. It combines the bomber durability and World Cup DNA of the Belgian brand's expertise in cyclocross and road racing in a road plus platform that's eager to knock out that epic bikepacking trip you've been eyeing for months. The Ridley X-Trail Adventure is constructed from a triple butted 6061-T6 alloy frame that is plenty stiff and lightweight and supremely durable. Ridley dropped the bottom bracket height relative to its cyclocross and road bikes for improved stability over rough roads, and the lower center of gravity improves handling especially while loaded for touring. A tapered headtube guides the front end with extra rigidity, and the PF86 bottom bracket ensures all pedaling efforts go directly into forward propulsion. A 12 x 142mm rear thru axle rear improves stiffness, aligns the rotor/caliper each time the wheel is installed, and keeps the axle anchored in the frame over rough terrain. The Oryx carbon fork utilizes a 12mm thru-axle to fight flex and ensure the front end doesn't deflect on high-speed descents over washboards. Flat mounts on the frame and fork allow the TRP Spyre disc calipers to cleanly mount and stay out of the way preventing damage. The mechanical actuation increases reliability and allows for an easy fix when in the bush. This particular build sees a road plus wheel and tire setup so you'll have extra traction and comfort from the wider rubb...
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Ridley X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike - 2018
We have noticed a slight resurgence in aluminum bikes and it's fitting that it still has a place in the cycling world. For one, its super durable so if you are looking for a bike that can handle the day in and day out abuse that make up your adventures, it's a solid choice. The strength to weight ratio is also pretty darn good. Remember, this used to be the material de jure for race bikes not too long ago and plenty of folks still race on this material. Aluminum packs a ton of value versus carbon and that money saved can fund some pretty fun escapades. Ridley's X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike is ready to tackle any of your all-road adventures and keep coming back for more. The frame's triple-butted 6061-T6 aluminum is heat-treated to further improve its fatigue resistance, so it's much better suited for backpacking journeys and travel than the nanotube, high-modulus flavor-of-the-month material. Don't get us wrong, we love our carbon road bikes for racing and all-out performance on the tarmac, in fact, we wouldn't trade it for that. But when it comes to mixed road adventures on unfamiliar terrain, give us the X-Trail Alloy and try to wipe the grin off of our face.While the frame is aluminum, Ridley wisely equips the X-Trail Alloy with a carbon fork. The carbon legs add a bit of chatter absorption to help dampen braking bumps and potholes, while at the same time stiffening the front end so your efforts don't go to waste on steep out of the saddle climbs. The steerer tube is aluminum further contributing to the durability, and the left leg is slightly asymmetrical to offset the torsional forces applied when getting on the brakes. A 15mm thru-axle finds its way on the front to further reinforcing the overall structure against braking forces and helps the fork to track through whatever terrain it's asked to endure. Fender and rack mount attachments are found on the frame and fork so you can put the weight on the bike for multi-day excursions. The X-Trail's geometry...
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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike - 2018
Ridley defines an all-road bike as one that can do everything including road, gravel, and even dabbling into a little CX if you fancy. The X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike is equally adept at handling the Tuesday night club ride, long gravel rides and races, and toeing the line at a 'cross race. No need to find a specialty bike that is pigeonholed into one discipline, this bike does it all. By simply swapping the tires, the X-Trail can transform to excel on pavement and beyond. The X-Trail borrows heavily from the X-Night, the no-holds-barred CX race machine used to snatch up wins on some of the most iconic 'cross races in Europe. The bombproof durability and race-proven pedigree contained in the X-Night's DNA is built into this high modulus carbon fiber frameset so stiffness, lightweight, and durability is covered. The tapered head tube adds to the frame's stiffness and the fork's crown melds perfectly with it, offering a beautiful aesthetic. It's slightly taller too, enhancing comfort and is a perfect addition given the bike's intentions. Super thin seat stays allow a good bit of vertical compliance over the pave and gravel so you can ride longer and faster with less fatigue. Compared to its 'cross and road line the X-Trail has a lower bottom bracket which, combined with its longer wheelbase, offers more stability. This is immediately welcome when bombing down a fast descent riddled with braking bumps. Thru-axles front and rear improves stiffness on out of the saddle climbs and under braking. The X-Trail's disc brakes work well no matter the weather conditions and allow the frame and fork to easily clear a 36mm tire so you can be tackle any adventure. The Oryx Disc fork is constructed completely of carbon fiber and securely anchors the hubs in place with its 15mm thru axle. This significantly stiffens up the front end and ensures that the caliper and rotor are aligned perfectly even after removing and reinstalling the front wheel. Also of note, the fork ha...
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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018
Aggregate assaulting has morphed from a once niche discipline into a mainstream activity that has spawned quite a few gravel specific bikes. Folks wanting to ride in "road-like" conditions and avoid cars are finding the allure of riding bikes designed to excel on dirt roads. Ridley has long been a staple in the European cyclocross circuit and the pro peloton so they know a thing or two about riding and racing dropbar bikes on and offroad. A few tweaks to their road and cross racing bikes, which we will delve in below, turns out building a fine gravel frame and the Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset is ready to join you off pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even some single track.Despite its gravel intentions, it isn't a slow handling slouch and Ridley shapes the X-Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from bikepacking weekend trips to off-road full gravel races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg allowing it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout.As implied by the above, the X-Trail is a smorgasbord of frame geometries. The result resembles more of a road bike than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of an aero is everything, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing the rider into a more upright position to accommodate longer training and touring rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 36mm wide on more...
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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Carbon Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018
Ridley creates the X-Trail Carbon Ultegra Complete Bike as a do it all drop bar bike that can handle cyclocross racing, long gran fondos, or gravel grinding with ease. Normally on bikes designed to crossover into various disciplines, compromises are made. This isn't true with the X-Trail as Ridley took its time designing the geometry and selecting the right materials to ensure the frame can handle whatever you can throw at it in stride. Shimano's Ultegra drivetrain and brakes simply continue to impress us with how close the performance is to Dura-Ace and how precise the shifting feels and how powerful, yet controllable the braking is.Key to the X-Trail's durability and spirited ride quality is the high modulus carbon fiber used in the frameset that is both stiff and lightweight and can handle its fair share of abuse. The tapered head tube and fork boost stiffness while the thin seat stays add much welcome compliance on braking bump riddle fire roads. The X-Trail's geometry features an increased bottom bracket drop compared to the brand's dedicated cyclocross and road bikes, which lowers the center of gravity to improve stability over rough terrain. The slightly taller head tube improves comfort on longer rides where aerodynamics is not an important feature. A thru-axle on the rear enhance stiffness and we can't fathom running open dropouts with disc brakes. The X-Trail easily clears the 36mm tires and you could probably size up if you need more cushion or take advantage of the extra clearance if your ride encounters mud. The Oryx Disc full carbon fork also employs a thru axle helping to stiffen the front end and ensures that the rotor and caliper are always in alignment. Flat mounts look clean and provide a better interface for mounting the calipers. A bonus for commuters or anyone that isn't deterred by bad weather, the fork features hidden fender mounts keeping water and grit off of you and your bike. The Shimano Ultegra group and Rotor 3D30 double crank prov...
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