Ridley’s new Noah and Dean upgraded for 2016

Entry level aero road and TT/Tri bikes redesigned and improved

Bike Press Camp News Road Bike

Belgium based bike brand Ridley was at the recent Winter Bike Press Camp events showing the 2016 Noah (aero road) that gets trickle down features from the Noah SL and the Dean (TT/tri) that gets some key upgrades as well. They are also making a concerted effort to bring their bikes to more buyers by appealing to the entry level rider/racer with lower prices this year.

The 2016 Noah is the base aero road model that receives several updates while maintaining a more affordable price point.

The 2016 Noah is the base aero road model that receives several updates while maintaining a more affordable price point.

Ridley Noah 60 – entry level model gets trickle down tech

The Noah is Ridley’s entry level aero road bike that gets uses the same frame as the Noah SL but uses a different fork and component group to make their high performance model more affordable. The fork on the base Noah is not the split fork of the SL which saves on cost and also on weight. The Noah Aero fork is full carbon and besides being lighter it is also more compliant for a more comfortable ride. The frame is Ridley’s 30T-24T high modulus unidirectional carbon.

The 2016 base model Noah also gets the same in-molded F-Surface Plus technology that works like the dimples of a golf ball. These ridges on the forward facing edges of the down tube and the seat tube set off a boundary layer of turbulence to channel the air around the critical areas to create a smoother, more aerodynamic profile. Ridley claims that this requires 7% less energy to move through the air than traditional frame styles.

Both the front edge of the seat tube and the down tube get Ridley's F-Surface Plus dimples for controlling air flow.

Both the front edge of the seat tube and the down tube get Ridley’s F-Surface Plus dimples for controlling air flow.

One way that Ridley is helping to keep the price down on both the Noah and the Dean, is by spec’ing lower cost “training wheels” with the expectation that serious riders and racers will already have their favorite set of hoops on hand.

There are four spec models of the new Noah that include:

  • Noah 50 – Shimano Dura Ace mechanical – $4,620
  • Noah 55 – Shimano Ultegra Di2 – $4,620 (shown here)
  • Noah 60 – Shimano Ultegra – $3,750
  • Noah 70 – Shimano Ultegra/105 mix – $3,000

The Noah 50 and the rest of the new Noah line are currently available from your local Ridley dealer.

From the Manufacturer

“We’ve put all the successful ingredients of the Noah SL into the ‘ordinary’ Noah, making it a top class, yet affordable bike. The rigid 24-ton carbon transfers every pedal stroke right onto the asphalt. If you need a companion to set foot on racing grounds, then take the Noah with you.”

The Dean is the base model TT/Tri bike from Ridley. Yes, that is an aero Bento box included on the top tube (removable).

The Dean is the base model TT/Tri bike from Ridley. Yes, that is an aero Bento box included on the top tube (removable).

Ridley Dean 15 – trickle down tech from the popular Dean FAST model

For 2016, Ridley is offering an entry level version of the Dean FAST, a high performance TT/Tri bike with some serious Belgian technology. The Dean and Dean FAST share much of the same technology but some of the differences are that the Dean Fast has the fast fork and F brake, the Dean does not. However, that also means that the base model Dean is much more cost effective and easier to put together.

Like the Noah, the Dean frame is Ridley’s 24T high modulus unidirectional carbon that provides a light and stiff platform for your racing needs. It has an aero integrated headtube and fork with the flared headtube providing better air flow than conventional designs. The dropped seatstays provide a solid mix of lateral rigidity and vertical compliance. The 0 offset seat post gives a wide range of adjustability. Also like the Noah, the Dean features the inmolded F Surface Plus technology for directing better air flow around the bike. It also has adjustable drop outs for easy wheel size changes (for 25mm or 23mm tires) to tuck them in.

This close-up shows the dropped stays and the very edgey and aero shaping of the Dean's frame.

This close-up shows the dropped stays and the very edgey and aero shaping of the Dean’s frame.

There are three spec models of the new Dean that include:

  • Dean 10 – Shimano Ultegra Di2, Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels – $5,500
  • Dean 15 – Shimano Ultegra, Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels – $3,750 (shown here)
  • Dean 20 – Shimano 105, 4ZA RC31 wheels – $3,000

The Dean 15, Dean 20 and Dean 10 are available to order as a frameset and complete bikes should be available from your local Ridley dealer by the end of March.

From the Manufacturer

“When there is nowhere to hide and no-one to follow, it’s time to get a Dean. Every Dean Model frame utilizes our FAST technologies to optimize the hyper aero tucked position used in TT and Triathlons. The F-Surface treatment combined with tear drop tubing shapes minimizes air drag over the frame ensuring the fastest times with a minimum of effort. You can’t perform at your peak efficiency if the bike doesn’t fit properly. That’s why we also offer a multitude of seat post – seat clamp fitting options to ensure the optimum fitting as well aerodynamic position on the bike.”

For more information visit ridley-bikes.com.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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