The new Ridley Fenix disc, coming to a bike shop near you in the fall.
More and more, disc equipped road bikes are like opinions, everybody has one. And if they don’t, they probably will soon.
Count Ridley among the most recent converts. After adding rotor braking to some of it popular cyclocross bikes a year ago, the Belgium bike maker has announced a full carbon disc-equipped version of the Fenix, its endurance oriented all-arounder frame platform.
The Ridley Fenix Disc will be available as frameset starting August 1, with complete bikes coming online in North America sometime in October. Fully built bikes will be spec’d with Shimano’s new R685 hydraulic brakes and either 105 mechanical ($2,750) or Ultegra 6800 ($3200). But the frames are electronic compatible and Ridley says it’s possible to special order Ultegra Di2 spec’d bikes. Batteries can be stowed inside or out.
The frame is set up to accept 140mm rotors, but you can squeeze on 160s using an adapter. The seat tube interfaces with a 31.6mm seatpost.
Ridley is quick to add that this is not simply a re-purposed ’cross rig. Indeed, chainstays were beefed up and lengthed. Relative to the standard Fenix, the disc version’s are 5mm longer, which helped make the bike a little more fat tire friendly — up to 28c they claim. The fork also gets a small makeover, with lay-up being altered to deal with the additional stresses brought about by the rotor.
No thru axles here. Tube shaping designed for all-day comfort.
Claimed frame weights are fairly modest, with a size Medium coming in at 1,310 grams. The bike will be offered in six sizes. The Carbon 4ZA Fenix carbon fork is claimed to tip the scale at 510 grams.
Interesting, Ridley is not making the jump to thru-axles, choosing to stick with QRs. This has become a clear dividing point, as more and more bike makers add disc road bikes to their model lines. We’ve seen 12mm and 15mm thru-axles on other bikes, especially ’cross and gravel, while others are maintaining the status quo for now. (Stay tuned for a post on Cannondale’s new disc-equipped Synapse which is also QR front and rear.)
Stock Fenix Disc bikes will be painted up as shown here. But if you want to show off your own design eye, Ridley has an on-line custom paint program. It’ll cost you an extra $500 to create your own dream machine.