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Old 09-28-20, 07:25 PM
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New model Ridley owners

One of my road biking neighbors got a brand new Ridley bike. It looks similar to the Ridley Noah but I am not sure yet which model for sure. It looks damn sleek. I have to corner him and ask one day. Ridley does not seem to have any US representation so I am wondering is there anyone else out there on these machines. Where did you buy from and why Ridley? You like?
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Old 09-28-20, 07:51 PM
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I've been eyeing Ridley for a few years now. Im wondering the same as you. I've only heard that they are do not have good ride - take that to mean whatever you like. So if someone can help us understand that would be great.
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Old 09-28-20, 07:57 PM
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I have a 2017 Ridley Fenix AL. Officially, it is their endurance geometry in an aluminum model. I love it - I bought it over a Fuji Roubaix. Mine has a 105 mix, though I just upgraded to Ultegra brakes (the stock brakes were crap - not even 105) and bought new wheels. While I keep looking at new bikes, this one is both very comfortable and plenty fast. I've put a little over 3000 miles on it this year; it did not get that many miles in 2018 or 2019. It is definitely heavy - much heavier than my 2007 Orbea Onyx that I handed down to my son.

Finding it was random. For some reason it was on clearance at a Performance bike shop in my town that is now closed; I picked it up for under $800 with a discount I had. I have not seen another one like mine in my area, and there are a lot of cyclists here on a variety of unique equipment (I ended up in a group a few Sundays ago where mine was definitely the cheapest bike - all but one of the other 10 or so had Di2, though a few were at least Ultegra). I can't say that I've even seen another Ridley of late. I've enjoyed it so much that I have definitely looked at other Ridleys. Competitive Cyclist had several earlier this summer, but it appears the selection is waning. They still have this one.

So I can't really help you, I guess. But I do love mine.
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Old 09-28-20, 07:59 PM
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I was riding a Ridley Fenix AL for a while a few years ago. It was my first "real" road bike, and I liked it a lot.
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Old 10-03-20, 04:59 PM
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Its tough to find riders of Ridley carbon bikes in US. This is the only thing that stops me from getting a frameset.
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Old 10-03-20, 05:28 PM
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I have a 2015 helium SL which I purchased from Competitive as a complete ultegra build. It was 50% off. I took it apart and reassembled it with Red22 mechanical as soon as it was delivered and put the Ultegra on one of my wife's bikes. The helium was my primary bike until I picked up a Madone frameset in '19 and built that with Red22. I still ride the helium, but typically only on windy or rainy days.

I had looked at the Noah several times and came close to purchasing but knew that I would want a different bar/stem combo than what comes with the size I ride. I ended up with the Madone as I could purchase the frame with the bar/stem in the size I needed.

My wife has a Ridley cross bike which we purchased from a dealer in Cleveland in 2012, maybe.
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Old 10-18-20, 09:02 AM
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I ride a 2015 cf Ridley Fenix with Force22 I bought from Competitive Cyclist, which happens to be an authorized dealer, and I like it a lot. At purchase I upgraded to Hed Ardennes wheels, and I've since upgraded to FSA carbon bars and seat post.

​​​​​​It's a better bike than I am a rider. When I'm out riding I get this comment from time to time " I used to have a a Ridley, they're really nice bikes".

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Old 10-18-20, 11:56 AM
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I've owned 3 Ridleys - but this was in the past, so none of the newer models. Really liked them, for what it is worth. My old carbon Ridley Damocles was one of the liveliest, quick-to-accelerate bikes I have ridden.
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Old 10-19-20, 06:46 PM
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I have a 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Disc. I bought it from Competitive Cyclist online. The first exposure to Ridley I had as a brand was watching the Tour. Lotto Soudal rides Ridleys. I did a little research and they seemed to be pretty well respected. Every review I read in any cycling mag (or online) gave the Fenix SL very high marks. The build from Competitive ticked all the right boxes for me. Carbon frame with an Ultegra build with hydraulic discs. I still love it and it's still more bike than I am rider.
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Old 10-20-20, 05:24 PM
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I have a 2013 Excalibur. Great all-around race bike. Plus it had a BSA bottom bracket, external cabling, and a standard round seat post, so it was easy to build up and maintain. I bought the frameset online from R&A Cycles. It's now my son's road bike and it's doing trainer/Zwift duty this winter.
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Old 10-21-20, 06:42 AM
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I had a Ridley Noah years ago (even had it custom painted) and to this day, I still feel it was the fastest bike I've ever owned. It was rigid but surprisingly a decent enough ride even when rolling on chip seal roads. Handling was on point too because I just felt faster and more confident taking corners and on descents. I can only imagine how much better the newer Ridleys are and if I were in the market for another carbon build, I wouldn't hesitate looking into another Noah.
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I too had a Ridley Excalibur purchased from Competitive Cyclist Bought as a frame set. I loved the ride characteristics of the bike. Very agile. Sadly I bought the wrong size and could not get it to fit me properly so sold the frame after only a few months with it.

still, while I cannot speak to the longevity, I can say it was well priced, seemed well made, and rode beautifully (for someone else anyway). Build pic below!


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I've got a 2017 Ridley Noah. Carbon Bike. I got it as a frame set from Competitive Cyclist and put my own components and wheels on it.

I love it. Smooth on rougher roads, feels fast, handles tight. Best bike I have ever owned, but I have only owned classic and vintage race bikes and an aluminum endurance geometry Felt, so not a lot of reference material.

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I lucked out with a Ridley Helium that I found on craigslist. The story of finding it and how it ended up with me is quite a story in itself.

Anyways I knew nothing about Ridley bikes when I bought it, didnt even realize that the company was named after Ridley Scott.

I'm usually on a 54cm frame and this Helium was a medium with no number to identify the frame size. I looked it up online and ithe geometry seemed a bit different then any of the other bikes I had looked at. Was maybe a throw back to more of a classic fit with a touch of 21st century worked into the numbers.

The top tube on paper showed 56 but it was closer to 55 when measured with a tape. The frame worked for me. At 6.9kg the bike was super light and had full Ultegra and a pair of Ardennes wheels. I struggle on climbs but this bike is just a joy to climb with.

I've been on it for just over 3 years now and liked it so much that I just bought a Noah SL Disc frame to build up. I'd love to get another newer helium but that will be a few years down the road after I wear in the Noah.

I will say that they are not for everyone, the frame geometries can be a bit off of the well defined path. Each model is different and well designed for its purpose. They are an interesting breed.



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^ Second picture is beautiful, whether or not with bike!
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Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
I've owned 3 Ridleys - but this was in the past, so none of the newer models. Really liked them, for what it is worth. My old carbon Ridley Damocles was one of the liveliest, quick-to-accelerate bikes I have ridden.
I used have a Damocles as my primary road bike. Loved it. Then I put together a Ritchey Road Logic 2.0 as around town, casual ride bike, but found I was using it more and more until the Damocles was staying home. I finally gave in to a riding buddy and sold him the Damocles. 1 of the few bikes I regret selling.
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
I too had a Ridley Excalibur purchased from Competitive Cyclist Bought as a frame set. I loved the ride characteristics of the bike. Very agile. Sadly I bought the wrong size and could not get it to fit me properly so sold the frame after only a few months with it.

still, while I cannot speak to the longevity, I can say it was well priced, seemed well made, and rode beautifully (for someone else anyway). Build pic below!


That looks just a touch big for you
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helium 2008

found on facebook,full Campy chorus11.bought it for the beauty & workmanship from a xpro racer and Ridley's customer service.

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