Ridley releases super lightweight mountain bike for hardtail purists Nimble, but surefooted. Super lightweight, yet very efficient power transfer and razor sharp handling. That’s the Probe RS, Ridley’s brand new XC hardtail mountain bike, in a nutshell. It’s the absolute perfect partner in crime for every hardtail purist who loves going all out and pushing boundaries.
With the Probe RS Ridley is launching a XC hardtail for the performance oriented rider. In the design of this mountain bike they have focused on low weight, responsive handling and snappy power transfer.The Probe RS is a lightweight mountain bike, great for flowy single tracks, steep climbs and technical descents.
Ridley developed a super lightweight hardtail with efficient power transfer. The Probe RS is nimble, but surefooted. The geometry is adapted to efficient climbing and makes the bike perform great under high speeds. It also allows agile handling, while still providing good traction on trails.
The Probe RS adds a modern performance focussed hardtail mountain bike to Ridley’s extensive range of bikes. While designing this mountain bike, Ridley’s focus was on pure performance. As a performance brand, Ridley uses the same focus as on their drop bar bikes (from road racing to cyclocross to gravel). This hardtail mountain bike is the first of a series of carbon fiber frames that’s EU produced.
The Probe RS features our Advanced Position Geometry (AGP). This means that the geometry is fully adapted to the intended use of the bicycle and the terrain. In this case, Ridley carefully designed the Probe RS’s geometry for tackling steep, technical climbs and for surefooted handling at high speeds.
This geometry consists of a steep seat angle combined with a longer top tube and a slacker head angle, which results in an agile, but confident bike. The steep seat angle puts the rider above the low bottom bracket. This turns the Probe RS into a highly effective climber, even on the steepest and most technical climbs. The combination of the longer top tube and slacker head angle, results in a long front center. Combined with the low BB this makes the bike track very well at high speeds, making it more capable than you would expect of a XC hardtail.
The Probe RS comes equipped with a 100mm travel fork, but is designed around both 100mm and 120mm travel forks. Riders that enjoy the purity of a performance hardtail but like riding steep, more technical terrain can size up a frame size while using a shorter stem.
The class leading lightweight frame is designed, developed and manufactured in Europe. The Ridley team worked with CarbonTeam in Portugal to design the Probe RS frame in order to get the frame as light as possible. The weight of an unpainted Probe RS frame is 760 grams in size medium.
Probe in details:
To match the surefooted and responsive handling, the frame is dropper post ready. By adding a dropper post, the full potential of the APG can be enjoyed at speeds that really make the Probe RS come to life.
Bottle Cage Positions
The Probe RS is equipped with a total of 3 bottle cage positions: two inside the front triangle and one under the down tube. This makes the Probe RS very suitable for longer rides.
The frame uses a Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH) and has Flat Mount brakes, a BB92 and an integrated headset. To keep the system weight as low as possible, the Probe RS is equipped with an external 34.9 mm seat clamp to hold the 31.6mm seat post in place.
Customized Probe RS
The Probe RS is completely customizable with the online Configurator. Use the Configurator to build your dream hardtail mountain bike. You can completely customize it to your liking: choose your favorite design, colors, finish, group set, components, wheels, tires, saddle and accessories.
The Probe RS will go live on our online configurator in January 2023.