I absolutely love this bike..! It's my first road bike, so I did a lot of research beforehand. It was a bit of a gamble for me to buy this online, especially since there were no personal reviews on this bike anywhere to be found. I actually have never even ridden a Ridley bike before. But I decided to give it a try since realcyclist has a 60day return policy. I knew my size (medium), and had it delivered to a local bike store that specialized in Ridley bikes. They assembled the bike, fitted me in, and changed some components to fit my size (stem, saddle), and it was.... perfect.
I have been riding it everywhere, and it's smooth, the SRAM apex is suitable for the hills of San Francisco. The carbon fork absorbs shock very well.
It's also very light, and I can carry it up two flights of stairs to my apt without breaking a sweat. I am so glad I did not buy a used bike for $700+. This Ridley bike is very nice, the price is a major plus, and it has a chic look. It's been my best investment.