Ridley set out to build a bike with the versatility to climb, sprint and provide ample comfort for your longest days in the saddle, and the SL doesn't disappoint. The full carbon, high modulous frame has a touch of aero, with a shaped hour glass head tube is stiff and aerodynamic, while the fork integrates smoothly into the frame to better channel air flow around the bike and eliminate drag. The diamond-shaped down tube is big and beefy for maximum rigidity, while maintaining the tough tube shapes the original Fenix was known for. The flat top tube starts out massive at the head tube junction, then arches and tapers to the seat tube, which Ridley claims helps the frame flex just a little bit more for added compliance. The pencil thin seat stays that help soak up plenty of road vibration, and chunky asymmetric chain stays for added power transfer. Official word is the Fenix clears a 28mm tire--but we can personally attest that with the right tire/rim combo, you can go quite a bit wider.
The Fenix SL is built with Shimano's popular and highly regarded Ultegra 11-speed groupset, which includes a compact crankset and, of course, the Grand Tour-winning technology of Dura-Ace at a competition-level price point. With excellent ergonomics and a masterful front derailleur that makes shifting to the big ring even under power, easy and efficient, Ultegra continues to set a high standard for mechanical shifting.
Rounding things out is an alloy stem, handlebar, seatpost and saddle. Doublewall alloy wheels offer a premium ride quality, with a semi-deep section rim for some aerodynamic gains that won't weigh you down. Wrapping up the wheels is a set of Continental Ultra Sport tires.