Ridley Noah SL Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: NOAH SL, 60T-40T-30T HM Unidirectional carbon, in-mould F-Surface technology

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[Sep 07, 2020]
DannyB01


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is a ridiculous weapon. From the first pedal stroke you know it's something special. The stiffness is pretty obscene, it's like it has some kind of telepathic connection with you--assuming your brain is also wanting to go fast. This bike doesn't really go slow! The fact this bike is comfortable just confirms how well Ridley know what they're doing, and can manufacture carbon fibre frames with the best of them. I have the rim brake version, which is 7.8kg fully build up with Ultegra Di2 8050 and 50mm carbon rims. Saddle and stem have 200g excess but I'm happy with the comfort and not keen to cut the post personally. Very solid weight considering it's an aero bike, means it climbs very well. My 'workhorse' bike is a disc brake titanium beauty, always considered this a gold standard for comfort. The Noah SL doesn't sacrifice much from this for comfort although you do know there's a difference on the long (50+ mile) rides on English country roads. Not a very fair test though, it's significantly more comfortable to an average carbon bike. There's some great deals on these now so I fully recommend getting this. Haven't tried the disc brake version but believe it's a fair bit heavier. Was of no interest to me as I have a disc brake bike for the wet days and long rides. Brake maintenance is a real selling point for this bike: everything is super accessible and easy to switch around. No integrated brakes to faff with, and the direct-mount Ultegra brakes are exceptional.

Weakness:

Seatpost is really long, could accommodate someone with a 40" inseam without an issue I'm sure. Less aggressive positions will require it to be cut but if you're looking at something like this at all you should be alright. You could save 50-100g cutting it if you have typical proportions.

Price Paid:
2400
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
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