Andrew Rennerwrote a review of Ridley Helium ISP/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike on January 6, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For a lot of us, half of the appeal of cycling is the mystique of all-things Euro. Italy almost always takes the top spot (Spain falls somewhere down the list), but Belgium is right there, especially come spring and fall, when the "hardmen" come out to play. Ridley's slogan is "Tested on Pave," and while it's a little cheesy, it's pretty spot on with their design philosophy (at least for most of their bikes - TT bikes may be less brute and more finesse) - simple down and dirty bikes/frames that are built like tanks that still manage to hold on to a glimmer of that southern-European buttery ride (think Pina, Colnago, Bainchi, etc). Having ridden the Helium for a season, I can truthfully say it's a really nice bike. It's a pro-tour-ridden frameset that's respectably light (even by today's standards), rides very solid (partially due to the ISP) especially pedaling hard while in the saddle, and is, likely, one of the best values in a high-end frame. At over $3k retail for the normal frameset two years ago, it was a great deal. At under $3K for a 6800 Ultegra/Hed Ardennes equipped bike? That's a silly good deal. Get one and be that hardman on your weekly group ride.