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Insight in the production of the Ridley Fenix Classic - Day 1

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02/04/2013

On the calendar of many cycling lovers this is a very special week. Last Sunday we had the ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’, next Sunday it’s Paris-Roubaix, two of the most demanding one-day-races in cycling. To celebrate this highlight of the classic season, we will give you insight in the production of the Ridley Fenix Classic, the frame used by Lotto-Belisol for these races.

You can win a Lotto-Belisol shirt autographed by the entire team which rode 'Flanders' and will ride Paris-Roubaix. That means Jürgen Roelandts, Lars Bak, Marcel Sieberg and the others. All you have to do, is tell us on Friday how many steps are necessary to convert a 'nude' frame into a frame wearing the 'Classic' design found on the Lotto-Belisol Fenix, and answer a subsidiary question. To help you, we will post about the different stages in the painting process in the following days. Good luck!

Stage 1:

Like most carbon frames, ours are also produced in the Far East. They arrive at the Ridley factory wearing a protective coating. The first thing we have to do, is remove this coating by sanding the frame. It's a meticulous job done by hand. Afterwards the originally shiny black frame has a mat grey look.

Stage 2:

The base coat is applied. This base coat defines the main colour of the frame. For our Fenix Classic this is white. This is left to dry for at least an hour.

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