Cables at the front of your bike have a major impact on its aerodynamic performance. On the flipside, getting rid of cables at the front has an aero advantage of a whopping 10 to 14%, depending on the bike.
That's why our R&D department dedicated much time and effort into developing the D-shaped steerer tube, which integrates all front-end cables.
This uniquely shaped steerer tube allows all cables to pass through the handlebar and stem, along the flat front area of the steerer tube and down into the frame. Here the cables are completely hidden from the wind - and from your eye, leaving you with a clean looking bike that wins you speed.
Download the manual here to find out how to properly guide all cables through all components.
Our carbon is manufactured by world market leader: Toray. The Japanese manufacturer is leader in every aspect of carbon development and supplier to absolute top world brands in many industries. For the Elite Series, we use every type of available carbon: 60T, 50T, 30T and 24T.
The higher the 'Ton', the higher the tensile strength of the carbon fibers and the more intensive the development and processing. With 60T, you may need fewer layers of carbon to achieve the desired stiffness as well as the lightest possible bike, but if you built the whole frame with 60T you'd have a very uncomfortable, over-responsive ride. Hence, a mix of 24T, 30T, 50T and 60T carbon is essential as each carbon serves a certain purpose in perfectly balancing stiffness, weight and comfort.
Each bike's unique carbon mix is dependent on its purpose, such as climbing, endurance, etc. In addition, each area of each frame requires its own unique mix depending on its function such as to provide comfort or stiffness. It is here, in the unique carbon compositions, where Ridley makes the difference!
As all our professional teams ride our Ridley Elite Series bikes - including the likes of Tim Wellens, Caleb Ewan or Thomas De Gendt, this means that your bike is treated with the exact same care as theirs.
After years of thorough research into gender-specific bikes, Ridley came to the conclusion that each person is unique, regardless of gender. So, in treating Ridley customers as unique individuals, we now design all geometry for all bikes as completely unisex. This means that all our bikes are equally suited for both men and women.
As fit comes down to each person's unique body type and riding style, we suggest you get a bike fit as your starting point. Once you know your measurements, visit our handy Ridley Configurator to build your dream bike that will fit you like a glove from the very first pedal stroke.
With the Ridley Configurator, simply select your model and size, then adjust all details to your needs. A shorter / longer stem, narrower / wider handlebar, a seatpost with / without offset, a saddle that suits you best. This is where Ridley makes the difference. Each person can put together a bike tailored to their needs right from the start - free of charge, of course!
Our aluminium bikes go through an extremely careful, high-tech process before rolling out of our Belgian assembly line as complete bikes.
We select a 6061-T6 aluminium alloy commonly used in the aircraft industry as it scores very well on stiffness, metal fatigue, weight and welding precision. All our tubes are triple-butted where central wall thickness is 3x thinner than at the ends. This minimizes weight and maximizes stiffness.
The tubes are also hydroformed - a process in which water under pressure gives the tubes the desired shape, without potential damage that mechanical shaping can cause.
Lastly, we use a “double-pass flat weld” in crucial places for extra strength and clean finish - an absolute must for modern aluminium bikes.
As cyclocross is such a specific sport, we've developed over the years, together with our champions, a geometry that's completely specific to cross.
We opted for a classic non-sloping top tube to significantly increase the angle between seat tube and top tube for more comfortable shouldering space.
The bottom bracket is slightly higher off the ground for smoothly jumping barriers and creating that feeling of champing at the bit, where the bike wants to quickly sprint back up to speed after every turn. The risk of hitting the pedal on the ground is minimized, so pedal through turns and off-cambers and drop your competition!
Further increasing your advantage is its slightly shorter head tube designed to achieve that aggressive riding position.
Do note that when choosing bike size, due to this cyclocross-specific geometry you cannot simply choose your road bike size for your CX bike. Most athletes actually opt for one size smaller, but be sure to check with your bike fitter.
Our carbon is manufactured by world market leader: Toray. The Japanese manufacturer is leader in every aspect of carbon development and supplier to absolute top world brands in many industries.
For the Essential Series, we use two types of carbon: 24T and 30T. The Elite Series, though, goes one step further and also uses 50T and 60T carbon. With the addition of these two carbons, combined with great effort, we can get the weight extremely low without compromising comfort and stiffness.
The Essential Series directly benefits from the carbon layup knowledge gained through the creation of the Elite Series. This means that our Essential Series reaches that same level of stiffness and comfort, albeit a slight bit heavier due to the use of 24T and 30T only which require more layers compared to 50T and 60T to reach the desired stiffness.
With the Kanzo Fast gravel handlebar, our engineers combined their Noah Fast integrated handlebar knowledge with the unique characteristics of a gravel handlebar. Needless to say, round tubing was never considered as it causes an anti-aero strong pressure drop. And much effort was put into avoiding that flat, angular feeling where off-road riding is painful.
What they created was the ideal gravel handlebar, where responsiveness and aerodynamics are at an unprecedented level.
Its redesigned carbon layup absorbs more vibration, making the handlebar even more comfortable. We also added more flare to the drops and reduced both drop and reach to allow for swift changes in hand position.
At the bottom of the bike’s fork there are small, aerodynamic “wings” – hence, the name F-Wings.
Our engineers developed these fairings after extensive testing in the wind tunnel, where they noticed that the hub and its connection to the fork were causing turbulence. These F-Wings fairings ensure that this turbulent airflow flows smoothly again.
You can compare the F-Wings with the modern wings of an airplane, which are also referred to as 'broken wings' because their tips fold upwards. The tips allow aircrafts to save a lot of fuel because it significantly reduces turbulent air behind the wings. Now you see how our F-Wings have a significant impact on your fuel economy!
How can you ride faster without pedaling harder? How do objects "cut" through wind? While researching ways to improve aerodynamics, the bicycle industry began to gather knowledge from the aviation industry. From this, well-known NACA flight profiles, for designing wings and other components, began to be applied to the tubes of a bike frame.
With further research, our engineers found many additional potential optimisations. By shortening the end of the NACA profiles (F-Tubing), we discovered that drag was reduced. We also created a groove in the frame called the F-Surface Plus. By applying this technique, we created an airflow that flows more efficiently along the tube.
Want to know more about aerodynamics and NACA profiles? Read this blog!
The D-shaped seatpost on our aero bikes has a dual function of aerodynamics with a strong emphasis on comfort. Its aerodynamic influences are clearly seen as its profile and groove are both features of our F-Tubing. The cross profile of the seatpost is also shorter than that of the shortened NACA profile of, for example, the down tube.
While very aerodynamic, we certainly built much comfort into this unique D-shaped seatpost design. The flat backside filters out a lot of shock by incorporating flex into the seatpost. This is an important extra feature that we added to our aero bikes as comfort can certainly improve performance, especially during those extra-long rides.
The rear end of a bike is crucial for both adding comfort and maximizing power transfer.
For added comfort, the seatstays are connected lower down on the seat tube. Due to this lower point of contact, both the seat tube and seatpost can more effectively filter out vibrations. In addition, the seatstays can provide more vertical flexibility. All this results in a more comfortable bike ride.
As for winning watts, the shape of the seatstays is oval with the widest side on the horizontal axis. This is key to maximizing power transfer. By placing this wide side horizontally, every watt produced is converted into speed, without losing power on the way to the rear wheel.
With any bike development, you have to make decisions. Do you opt for the standard? Or dare to innovate? When designing the Kanzo Fast, we were faced with this very crucial decision. Do we configure the seat tube for a front derailleur, thereby reducing possible tire width and aerodynamics? Or do we ditch the front derailleur? With the development of 12-speed and 13-speed groupsets, and new technology such as Classified, we were able to successfully do away with the front derailleur.
Since we no longer had to consider dual chainrings, we could design the chainstays to our liking, while still having plenty of room for 42mm tires. As proven by extensive wind tunnel testing, removing the front derailleur also had a major effect on aerodynamics.
The Kanzo Fast contains lots of exceptional technology such as our F-Tubing, F-Wings, lowered seat stays, D-shaped seatpost, Kanzo aero gravel handlebar and the 1x Only.
Another remarkable feature is its seamless integration of fork and handlebar with the frame.
Most developers thoroughly test each part for aerodynamics, but forget to test the bike as a whole. Our testing method, in contrast, ensures that all aspects of the bike are tested as well as the perfect integration of all essential components.
In addition, the massive bottom bracket and dropped chainstays play an important role in converting every watt into maximum speed. You'll feel it from the very first pedal stroke, and especially when getting back up to speed after every turn.
All cables run through the inside of the frame on our mountain bikes. Not only does this reduce their risk of damage during cycling, but it also has a positive effect on maintenance and service life of all components.
In addition, with no external cables, there is less mud build-up to keep the bike light. It also wins you watts due to improved aerodynamics and ensures for a clean, sleek-looking machine.
Our cross country mountain bike delivers the perfect balance of responsive handling and extra confidence at high speeds.
For both our hardtails and full suspensions we've chosen a slightly sharper seat angle. This gives you a more compact seating position for more efficient pedaling while seated.
By combining a larger head angle with a (slightly) shorter wheelbase, you get an aggressively handling mountain bike. Yet you feel that the MTB lets you to take fast descents with full confidence due to its slightly longer rear triangle.
The geometry of the Ridley MTBs is truly designed to maximize your pleasure. Whether your preference is ultra-technical trails or fast flowing surfaces, our MTBs are always ready for your adventures!
For the Sablo, our R&D chose to use a Linkage Driven Single Pivot suspension system. The rear axle is connected to the frame via a swingarm. Together with Fox we designed a custom rear shock. This custom damper together with the suspension system, ensures that the rear suspension performs optimally throughout its entire travel. No wasted energy or unexpected hard hits. This all makes for a much more enjoyable riding experience.
Thanks to the Linkage Driven Single Pivot suspension system, you pedal very efficiently both uphill and on smooth roads with almost no loss of watts. While the rear suspension ensures for maximum comfort on the roughest singletracks and rock gardens.
The Fenix has a unique tube profile. When you slice the frame lengthwise in half, you'll see a clear distinction between 'comfort' and 'stiffness'.
The oversized headset provides extra stiffness and stability which is instantly felt when accelerating or in its pinpoint handling. The massive downtube increases stiffness while adding strength. Its BB86 bottom bracket and asymmetrical chainstay deliver max power transfer.
The slightly curved top tube becomes narrower and rounder when moving towards the seat tube. Like a leaf spring, it helps absorb bumps in the road. The 27.2mm seatpost filters out vibrations, along with slim, oval-shaped seat stays which provide the perfect balance between stiffness and comfort. Learn about the seat stays HERE.
At first glance, the tubes of the Helium look very classic - like ordinary round tubes. But upon closer inspection, you'll quickly notice that we actually opted for slightly oval profiles. The cross section is slightly larger on the vertical axis than on the horizontal axis. In this way, we maximize both power transfer and comfort, while keeping the weight as low as possible. We're talking next-level development!
While there certainly are advantages to be gained by using round tubes as they can achieve a perfect stiffness to weight ratio (when wall thickness of tubes is thin at the center, becoming slightly thicker towards the ends), our oval tubes win you that extra element of comfort without compromising power transfer or weight.
The Noah Fast is our most technological bike, and it has lots to do with its tube shapes. This includes its F-Tubing, F-Wings, lowered seat stays, D-shaped seatpost and aero handlebars.
In addition, the Noah Fast features many other outstanding tech advantages such as integration of fork and handlebar with the frame.
Many developers thoroughly test each part for aerodynamics, but forget to test the bike as a whole. Our testing method, in contrast, ensures that all aspects of the bike are tested as well as the perfect integration of all essential components.
In addition, the massive bottom bracket and lowered chain stays play an important role in converting every watt into maximum speed. Now you see why Caleb Ewan relies on this bike!
It's all about shape and material! Round handlebar tubes cause a stronger pressure drop which kills aerodynamics. But they can be more comfy than an aero bar which, when not designed properly, can feel very flat and angular. This alone can easily ruin a 200km Gran Fondo effort.
That's why our engineers spent a lot of time on the Noah Fast integrated handlebar. It has a distinct aerodynamic profile and not overly wide. The carbon lay-up adds to its comfort, but becomes incredibly stiff and responsive when accelerating.
We use a classic, round bend with drops that are flared by five degrees so you're easily in an aero position. No annoying pressure points or impossible hand positions!
F-Surface Plus technology was created so you can convert the same watts into higher speeds. This technology is incorporated into our Noah and Dean models. It is the application of a textured surface (similar to grooves in a golf ball) in strategic locations for decreased wind drag. What these grooves do is create a tiny turbulence which causes the main flow of air to better follow the shape of the tube. With a smooth air travel around the frame, you’ll expertly cut through wind. The stronger the wind, the more you will feel this technology working for you.