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Ridley Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2013 $0.00
The Ridley Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2013 emanates from the still smoldering ashes of the Damocles and Excalibur. And while one of these iconic models is still in production, the Fenix combines both of their best attributes into a frame that's intended for unadulterated speed.
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 used means a lower 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 6770 Di2 10-speed groupset. The crankset is the Ultegra 50/34t compact, which has been paired with an Ultegra 12-25t cassette out back. For the cockpit, the build features a 4ZA Cirrus handlebar and 4ZA Cirrus stem. Topping the 4ZA Cirrus post is a Prologo Zero II T2.0 saddle, and in terms of wheels, the bike rolls on a pair of Fulcrum Racing Quattros that have been cased in Continental Ultra Race tires.
The Ridley Fenix/Shimano Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2013 is available in the size Large and in the color Black/white.
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Community & Reviews
My First Carbon Fiber Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I started riding less than a year ago. Had an aluminum bike.
I ride approx 80 miles a week and my longest ride was 75 miles on my old bike.
I purchased the new Ridley Fenix and rode it about half a dozen times. One of the most noticeable features is the stiffness when climbing or sprinting. Also I have to say it is very comfortable, I'm looking forward to doing some century races, this bike will be perfect for longer rides. I believe Ridley is a hidden secret in North America, before I purchased the Fenix I test rode a Bianchi infinito cv which felt amazing however it would have cost me twice the price of this Fenix Without the sale.
Also the Di2 will just spoil you to death. I can't see myself going back to non electronic groupset anymore.