Ridley touts the Noah FB as being the 'fastest bike in the world.' It's a lofty, if not subjective claim, and one that is obviously powered by its respective rider. But Ridley is not without merit or confidence, as the FB eschews the industry's stiffer/lighter arms race in favor of something a little more quantifiable. The original Ridley Noah was one of the industry's first road bikes largely designed around aerodynamics. This new Noah FB is a culmination of three tireless years on the drawing board and in the in wind tunnel -- research that will go towards giving gutsy solo breakaway pilots every possible advantage they need to win. And one huge quantifiable advantage of the Noah FB is the power savings -- a full 20 fewer watts are required to average a 40km/h (just under 25 mph) breakaway. If those are 20 extra watts that your competitors are expending, guess who gets to the finish line first? The Ridley Noah FB shares the same carbon fiber blends (50, 40, and 30-ton carbon fibers), geometries and proven aero features as its Lotto-Belisol team-issue iteration, including that of an aero downtube, internal cable routing, an aero seat tube that extends into an integrated seat mast, plus a deep rear wheel cut-out. But what drastically sets the Noah FB apart from the standard Noah, as well as many other aero bikes, is its use of Ridley's radical new front and rear integrated Fast Brake (hence, 'FB') system, making it faster than the standard Noah, and faster than the competitors. The FB brakes are not unlike the linear-pull brakes seen on TT bikes, but with significantly greater power modulation. Both FB calipers hide completely out of the wind behind the slotted 4ZA F-Splitfork and rear seat stays, respectively. In addition to the aerodynamic benefits of these hidden brakes, the lack of a brake caliper actually helps further reduce the frame weight and adjustment complications, thanks to a simple cable-actuated lever near the handlebars.True to the Noah line, the FB also utilizes Ridley's slotted front fork, which focuses on one specific issue of bicycle aerodynamics: according to Ridley, your wheels produce 8 times more drag where they pass through your fork and seat stays due to the turbulence of the colliding air masses there. The Noah is built to minimize this drag thanks to its use of long, slotted airfoils built into both the fork legs and the seat stays. These airfoils redirect oncoming air away from the turbulent areas near the wheels.The story of the Noah doesn't stop at fork innovations to improve aerodynamics. Ridley used oil mapping in the wind tunnel to isolate spots of turbulent airflow. And where structural limitations kept them from re-sculpting the frame, they applied a textured surface treatment for boundary layer control. Ridley calls it 'F-Surface,' also affectionately referred to as
searched google and all reviewers (3 of them) say it's very fast, very aero, very stiff. All raves, not much criticism.
However, I want to hear it from the real folks, not reviewers who generally rave about anything.
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I'm a big fan of the new aero bikes and love what Ridley has done with the next edition of the Noah. I love the integrated brakes and can see more integration like this taking place in the future.
If only the bike fit and I had a large sum of money to purchase one with :mad2:
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They keep on improving da beast, now apparently whole new surface and INTEGRATED recessed brakes, almost like the Trek TT bike's. It look pretty cool with new paint schemesl. I wonder if the whole Ridley line up is getting a revamp as well.
NEW Ridley FB Noah 2012
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