First (Real) Look – Ridley Noah FB Aero Road Bike
We posted the videos earlier, but the real deal just arrived and all the Journos jumped from the lunch table to photograph it. I’ve got tons more photos and details coming online later, but here are the basics: $5,395 frame/fork only, coming around the U.S. in April-ish 2012 and there are only 500 being made in this year’s production run, with about 25 allotted for the states.
What makes it special? Jump past the break and see, it’s pretty cool…
The 2012 Ridley Noah FB (Fast Brake) is the first bike with both front and rear brakes completely integrated as part of the frame as fork. Above, the rear brakes are part of the
chainstay seatstay with tension adjust springs to fine tune spacing and alignment.
The front brakes are part of the fork, which has a heavily reinforced crown. The design allows them to bring the slits further up the legs, though, which they claim reduces turbulence by pulling rough air created by the spokes at the top of the wheel running against the wind out of the fork and around the legs to the tubes, where their ‘F’ surface smooths the air more and keeps it flowing closer to the frame and avoiding your legs.