2013 Ridley Road Bikes – 780g Helium SL, New Fenix, Noah FAST Complete Builds & Liz Women’s Model
The 2013 Ridley Helium SL is their new flagship road bike. Ridley’s had the Helium in the line for years, but the name hadn’t quite matched up with the 950-ish gram frame weight. After feedback from their pro racers, they decided to lighten it up.
Frame is 50T carbon blend that comes in at 780g for a medium. Changes include internal cable routing that’s both mechanical and electronic compatible, PFBB30 versus regular threaded bottom brackets, Ultraslim Stays and a 27.2 seatpost.
The original Helium came with either an ISP, so the thinner post gives a bit more shock absorption and lets them make a lighter frame. It also comes with a new Helium Ultralight fork that tips in at 310g.
They’re anticipating it to be in the Tour de France this year under Lotto-Belisol riders. Available in January as a frameset ($3,695) and complete bike ($6,895 w/ SRAM Red).
Top tube starts off rectangular at the front and rounds out at the seat tube.
The downtube takes full advantage of the BB width, as do the rather large chainstays. It’s likely they just couldn’t get a set of the new SRAM Red in PFBB30 form in time for the show, hence the adapters.
Small rubber plugs replace the cable stops when using electronic drivetrains. Scroll to the bottom for complete bike weights.
The Fenix is a new road bike that’ll be offered with either regular or Di2 Ultegra. In contrast to the proliferation of more and more specialized road bikes (aero, comfort, etc), the Fenix is their all-rounder. It’s an overall solid performance bike that should be comfortable to ride and do everything well.
Tapered headtube, PFBB30 and mech/electronic compatible frame. Comes with a carbon straight blade fork and will retail from $3,095 to $4,495.
The Liz is a new women’s bike with fresh geometry that has a much taller headtube. It’ll come in three sizes: XXS (~41), XS and S. Pricing is $3,095 with Ultegra 6700 and $2,496 with Shimano 105.
All bikes here are available as framesets, too.
The Noah FAST aero road bikes with integrated brake was previously offered as a frameset only. This year, they’ll offer it in two builds: Campagnolo Super Record EPS or Shimano’s new Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed. The bike above has a plastic Dura-Ace mockup group, so we couldn’t play with it (and didn’t weigh this bike), but it looks sweeeeeet. We’re working on getting one of these bikes in for a review.
The Campy model…with group and frame paint matching!
If you recall, the Noah FAST features some interesting aerodynamic features. Full tech post is here and video here, but the highlights are the rough strips on the seat tube, headtube and other leading edges to “grab” the air and keep it flowing around the frame smoothly…
…and fully integrated brakes. There’s also a standard Noah with normal road calipers.
Noah FAST Campy (15lb 15oz) / Liz (18lb 1oz) / Helium SL SRAM Red (14lb 2oz) / Fenix Ultegra Di2 (18lb 0oz)
All frame sizes are in the medium range, except the Liz.