Ridley Phaeton R Road Bike

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $1150.00


Product Description

The Ridley Phaeton Road Frame is the ultimate 2nd bike for any one who has a "uber bike" and is looking for a all rounder to add to their stable. It's also a fantastic bike if you plan on racing and need one bike for training, racing and time trials.

The Ridley Phaeton R turns out to be one of the most versatile bikes on the market. The Belgian bike manufacturer has used the technology of the well established Noah and trickled it down to a very practical alloy frame at a reasonable price.

- R-Flow jet foils reduce drag by 5.5% by drawing turbulent air away from spokes.
- R-Surface paint technology reduces drag by 3% by increasing laminar flow.
- Hydroformed aerodynamic seat and down tubes.

Frame: Triple butted 7005 aluminum

Fork: 4ZA Sphinx

Headset: 4Za Sealed bearing 1 1/8th

Frame Weight: 1565 grams


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CliveDS a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff and very versatile

Weaknesses:    Rather heavy

Bottom Line:   
The Ridley Phaeton R is the ultimate second bike for any one who has a "uber bike" and is looking to add an all rounder to their stable. It's also a fantastic bike if you plan on racing and need one bike for training, racing and time trials.

The Ridley Phaeton R turns out to be one of the most versatile bikes I have tested. The Belgian bike manufacturer has used the technology of the well established Ridley Noah and trickled it down to a very practical alloy frame at a reasonable price.

It's a excellent second or "rain bike" the alloy frame rides a straight line and has a fantastically predictable nature to it, I felt I could keep going on the Phaeton and do some long miles without it tiring me out. The 73 degree seat tube angle and 73.5 degree head tube angle on the medium size I tested was just enough to be responsive and comfortable for an all alloy frame.

It's a unique road bike that can be used as a TT bike because of it's aerodynamic features. The Phaeton R has the Oval Concepts patent R-Flow fork that draws turbulence away from the spokes, something you only find on high end TT bikes. It Also has a special treatment to the paint Ridley calls R-surface, this is some sandpaper like strips placed in strategic areas to "increase laminar flow" All cables on the Phaeton R are internal to lessen exposure to wind and the seat post of the Phaeton is a teardrop shape with the rear wheel cut out and the post extended for aerodynamics. Simply swapping the drop bars for flat aero bars with extensions and putting your race wheels on this baby and you have converted your off season trainer into a TT killer.

The Phaeton R also distinguishes itself as a crit bike, the beefy alloy bottom bracket and chain stays ensure all the energy applied to the pedals propels the bike forward. The traditional Belgium race geometry is not sharp and skittish like many of the newer crit bikes it's more inclined toward control and predictability. Rest assured you can hit the last corner in a tight pack and blast for the line with complete confidence.

The bike I tested was built with SRAM Rival and a pair of 3 cross hand built wheels. This was a prefect set up for this bike. The 3 cross wheels were comfy and although they are not light they took some of the edge off the alloy frame and added to the road feel of the bike. Obviously this makes for a pretty heavy bike 18lbs (frame weight is published at 1565grams)

Ridley has a way with graphics and finish, the founder of Ridley is a former Eddy Merckx employee and at Merckx he was the finish man. The Phaeton R has an excellent finish, the colors of the paint are deep and the paint is thick. It seems like it would not easily chip or fade.

This is a fantastic road, time trial and crit bike. Put it on your must-ride list and you might have to take one home. You could always justify it by saying it was a three for the price of one deal.

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Favorite Ride:   Ridley Phaeton R

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   www.glorycycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Ridley Noah, Ridley Dean

Bike Setup:   Built with SRAM Rival



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