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Ridley Fenix SL 30 Road Bike - 2016 (Carbon/Red) (Xsmall)

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Early in 2015 a new Ridley was spotted being ridden by several riders of the Lotto-Soudal pro team. It looked like nothing else in Ridley's line up at the time, with a svelt shape that was lightweight yet tough, aerodynamic, but comfortable. And the pro riders all seemed to love it, especially star sprinter Andre Greipel. Only later did we learn that this bike was the all-new Ridley Fenix SL. The Ridley Fenix SL is one of the new breed of all around bikes that combine the best aspects of the many different types of specialized road bikes into one vehicle. They took the things that we all loved about the original Fenix, and incorporated changes based on feedback from pro riders, magazine reviewers, and everyday riders to make arguably one of the most versatile bikes we've ever seen.</p> <p> The Fenix SL is 15% lighter, 8% stiffer, and 5% more compliant than its predecessor, the Ridley Fenix Classic. The full carbon, high modulous frame has a touch of aero, with a front triangle that's been obviously influenced by the Noah SL. The shaped hour glass headtube is stiff and aerodynamic, while the fork integrates smoothly into the frame to help better channel air flow around the bike and eliminate drag. The diamond-shaped downtube 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 headtube junction, then arches and tapers to the seattube, which Ridley claims helps the frame flex just a little bit more for added compliance. Gone is the girthy 31.6mm seatpost of the old Fenix, instead replaced with a more comfortable and complaint 27.2mm model. The rear triangle looks like it's borrowed straight from the lightweight Helium SL, with pencil thin seatstays that help soak up plenty of road vibration, and chunky asymmetric chainstays for added power transfer. A BB86 bottom bracket replaces the previous PF30, giving more real estate for bigger tires without sacrificing any stiffness, while a tapered headtube and full carbon fork keep things nice and rigid in the front end. </p> <p>And speaking of tire clearance, the Fenix SL now officially clears a 28mm tire, but we can testify first hand that there will be room to spare. According to the Lotto guys, the bike clears a 30mm Continental tubular, and we've personally managed to fit some pretty wide tires on there--depending on the tire/rim combination used. This wider clearance, more than anything, helps give the bike a super supple, comfortable ride and vastly expands its abilities as an all-around gravel and all-road machine. </p> <p>While the updated frame and fork are the big story here, excellent components should never be overlooked. The Ridley Fenix SL 30 is outfitted with Shimano's ever popular Ultegra 6800 groupset, which brings the Grand Tour-winning technology of Dura-Ace 9000 to a competition-level price point. With refined ergonomics and a completely reengineered front derailleur that makes shifting to the big ring, even under power, easy and efficient, Ultegra 6800 represents a technological leap in mechanical shifting. The revolutionary 4-arm crank is equipped with 52/36 mid-compact chainrings that give you a perfect balance of gearing for flat roads and mountain passes alike. The Ultegra brakes are not only the among the best performing rim brakes in the business, but they also provide plenty of tire clearance. </p> <p> Rounding things out is build kit from Ridley's house brand 4ZA components, including an alloy stem, handlebar, seatpost and saddle. Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels offer a great 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 Grand Prix 25mm tires, the pro training tire of choice. The Grand Prix perfectly balances lightweight, flat protection, and road feel for an excellent all-around tire. </p>

This product was added to our catalog on February 18, 2019