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Ridley Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013 $0.00
Ridley's Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013 was created by combining specific characteristics of the proven Damocles and Excalibur frame models. And while one of these iconic models is still in production, the Fenix blends both of their best attributes into a frame that's intended for sheer speed, low weight, and overall stability.
As mentioned, Ridley tuned the Fenix to combine the best attributes of its Damocles and Excalibur lines. But, you're probably wondering what exactly these are? Well, starting with strength, Ridley incorporated the same Sharp Edge tube design that was developed for its first carbon frame, the Damocles. Essentially, the engineering ideology at work here is that of form following function. If you've ever taken a gander at Ridley's logo, you'll notice the Ridley "R" encased in the outline of a diamond. This isn't just a flamboyant demonstration of Belgian wealth and prosperity. In fact, it's a representation of Ridley's design philosophy — taking cues from natural, proven designs. Accordingly, Ridley has designed the oversized carbon tubing with the shape of the diamond in mind. The "sharp edge" means that the focused areas of the carbon layup are at the edges of the tubing. This not only guarantees a high level of strength and impact resistance, but it also translates to a lightweight composition. So, like the Damocles, the strength lies at the forefront, but with pages taken from the svelte Excalibur, the Fenix's strength-to-weight ratio goes off the charts.
Like the Excalibur, Ridley placed a focus on lowering the overall weight, while increasing stability and comfort. Accordingly, the Fenix has been constructed from a 24-ton, high modulus carbon fiber. This means that the carbon is designed to withstand 24 tons of pressure per-square-millimeter. So, the stronger the carbon fiber, the less material that needs to be used. And the less material that's used, the lower the overall frame weight. However, the light carbon design also translates to heightened levels of rigidity, which directly lends itself to an efficient power transfer to the rear triangle. Complementing this attribute are the Fenix's asymmetrical chainstays, oversized tube junctures, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, and a tapered, 1.125 x 1.5in head tube.
For comfort, the Fenix features a tapered design down the seatstays that thin towards the middle before regaining their original size at the axle. Essentially, this creates a forced flex area for shock absorption on rough roads. And further along these lines, Ridley also gave the frame a medium-height head tube for increased vibration absorption and a comfortable position in the saddle. However, this isn't to say that this is a cushy gran fondo design. In fact, Mr. Greipel opted to ride the Fenix at the 2012 Paris-Roubaix. The tall, tapered head tube also permits a high level of stability, maneuvering, and control across the gamut of speed. These features are further accentuated by the use of Ridley's tried and true 4ZA carbon fiber fork.
For the build, Ridley spec'd the Fenix with a Shimano Ultegra 6700 10-speed groupset. The crankset is the FSA Energy 50/34t compact, which has been paired with an Ultegra 12-25t cassette out back. For the cockpit, the build features a 4ZA Stratos handlebar and 4ZA Stratos stem. Topping the 4ZA Cirrus post is a Prologo Zero saddle. And in terms of wheels, the bike rolls on a pair of Fulcrum Racing 7s that have been cased in Continental Ultra Sport tires.
The Ridley Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013 is available in the sizes X-Small and Small and in the color Black/white.
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