Ridley has a lot going on for 2017 including several new bikes, updates to existing models, and a new program designed to expand the popularity and accessibility of cycling for women.
Ridley Fenix SL Disc
The Fenix is from Ridley’s Endurance line of performance road bikes and they have upped the ante this year, introducing a new SL carbon version with disc brakes. The front triangle is the same as the previous model, but the rear triangle is new. The Fenix SL Disc features lowered seatstays for a more compliant ride. In addition, this bike has thru-axles front and rear with 142×12 spacing in back. This provides a stiffer platform for the additional torque a disc brake exerts on a frame. The rear caliper has a flat mount attachment.
Up front, the Fenix SL Disc has an asymmetric fork, the left blade is larger than the right for internally routed cables to provide a clean look. Like the rear, the front caliper is also flat mounted. The addition of the disc brakes takes an already versatile platform and expands the performance factor. As shown here with Shimano Ultegra, DT Swiss R24 Spline DB wheels, the Ridley Fenix SL Disc sells for $3800.
Ridley Liz SL Disc
This year, Ridley is producing women’s specific models of their most popular performance bikes. The frame of the Liz is the same as the Fenix, but the stock bars are narrower, the seatpost has zero offset, and the drivetrain has compact gearing (as opposed to mid compact).
Ridley’s internal research showed that women wanted the same performance as the men without sacrificing things like frame stiffness. This is especially true for Ridley’s sponsored pro riders such as Isabelle Beckers of the Lotto-Soudal team who was on hand at the recent Bike PressCamp event to help promote the new line.
Ridley is excited about their new women’s-specific line and they expect it to be a “core seller” for them. In their other road lines, the aero road line’s Noah is available as a women’s model called the Jane and the lightweight Helium is available as the women’s Aura. Ridley will have future women’s specific versions of their other bikes (including cyclocross) coming soon.
Ridley has redesigned its alloy X-Ride cyclocross cross bike. It now has the same geometry as their carbon pro level ’cross bikes, meaning a shorter headtube and steeper angles. Ridley also pulled 70-100 grams out of the frame by using lighter weight tubing that the previous model. It is the same lightweight tubing used in their road bike models. The frame is 6061 aluminum and features disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles front and rear, and internal cable routing.
The X-Ride alloy is targeted at the cyclocross racer on a budget. “The X-Ride is a great opportunity for somebody that wants to really get into racing cross but doesn’t have $6,000 to buy two bikes,” explained Ridley VP of International Operations, Richard Wittenberg. As shown here, the X-Ride with Shimano Ultegra, FSA cranks, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and DT Swiss R24 wheels sells for $2310.
Ridley Helium SLX
Not new, but freshened up for this year is the Helium SL-X and the Helium X, which is the more affordable version from Ridley’s lightweight line of performance road bikes. The Helium SL-X and X get revised cable routing, so the rear brake cable now goes through the top tube as opposed to the previous version which was alongside the top tube. The fork has been completely redesigned and 10-15 grams have been taken out of the entire bike so this carbon bike comes in right around 14 pounds.
Ridley X-Trail Adventure
Originally launched in a carbon version 18 months ago, the X-Trail Adventure is now available in a more affordable alloy version. Ridley changed the rear yoke to increase tire clearance so you can actually fit your choice of either 650B tire with a max width of 55mm or a 700x42c road tire. The X-Trail Adventure is a versatile platform with plenty of rack and fender mounting options. This disc brake-equipped version has 12mm thru-axles with 142×12 spacing in the rear.
La Ridley program helping get more women on bikes
At the Bike PressCamp media event, Lotto-Soudal pro rider Isabelle Beckers was on hand to promote Ridley’s new women’s program. “La Ridley includes social media promotions and our main goal is to promote Ridley and also how to provide information for women riders,” said Beckers. “These vary from the basic (how to replace a tire) to maintenance issues (how to wash a bike properly) and more. We designed the information for the beginner women riders and also for those who have already taken the first step but are ready to go to the next level.”
“We need more women in our sport. We need to not intimidate them,” added Wittenberg. “We work closely with several clubs and we have had successes like with one of our clubs in San Diego, getting more women out for group rides and activities like that. We want to give women riders a bridge from where they are (casual rider, beginner, intermediate) to where they want to go (first time racer, fondo rider, advanced racer) in a non-intimidating and supportive way.”