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Ridley Fenix SL 30 Complete Road Bike - 2016

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A rouleur for the road.

In your search for a bike that can handle any road race or epic, multi-surface ride adventure, look no further than the race-proven durability and snappy style of Ridley's Fenix SL 30 Complete Road Bike. Built to shepherd the pros through the historic cobbles and flashy finishes of Europe's storied Northern classics, the Fenix SL offers riders a rarely seen combination of sprint-worthy stiffness, long-mile comfort, and mountain-goat climbing ability.

The frame is made from light, stiff high-modulus carbon fiber with slightly more road-smoothing compliance than the less-forgiving Noah SL. The Fenix SL's seatstays also feature a narrow, flat section profile to absorb energy-sucking road vibrations. Despite their focus on comfort, the seatstays still maintain lateral stiffness to reduce side-to-side flex and ensure every bit of power gets transferred to forward motion. A flat, curved top tube serves as a leaf spring of sorts, working harmoniously with the seatstays for extra road-smoothing vibration management that — again — avoids impacting lateral stiffness for a comfy, fast ride over even the roughest road surfaces.

Ridley claims that the peculiar, multi-hexagonal shaping of the top and down tubes increases the frame's torsional rigidity and improves impact protection. That means the frame is designed to tolerate Roubaix-level abuse and Greipel-level power and still keep on rolling. On the front end, a tapered head tube helps to increase stiffness under load, resulting in exceptional handling and cornering capabilities. The Fenix SL will jump when you tell it to and corner on rails to steal the inside line or confidently manage sweeping descents.

A PressFit BB86 bottom bracket shell sits in the middle of the frame, offering an extra helping of stiffness to reduce the number of watts lost to a flexing bottom bracket during hard efforts. As an added bonus, an integrated fork crown makes for a smooth transition between the head tube and fork. Ridley does make explicit note of this design's aerodynamic properties, but the claim is buried in the frame's technical documents.

To complete the build, Ridley outfits the Fenix SL 30 with a curated blend of Shimano components. The highlights are the Ultegra shifting components, which run nearly toe-to-toe with Shimano's top level Dura-Ace group, carrying just a tiny bit of extra weight and a much lower price tag. The semi-compact 52/36t chainring combination provides oodles of gearing versatility to ride or race on everything from flat chip seal to the cobblestoned hellingen of Flanders. A 4ZA Stratos cockpit keeps you firmly in control, and a set of Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels gets you rolling smoothly down the road on Campagnolo-designed hubs. In the event the road gets rough and you want some extra cushion, the Fenix SL clears 28mm tires with ease.

  • Carbon fiber frame and fork
  • Shimano 11-speed drivetrain
  • Endurance geometry
  • Integrated fork crown
  • Fulcrum Racing 7 wheelset

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber
Fork:
Fenix SL
Fork Material:
30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber
Headset:
FSA
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Crankset:
52 / 36 t Shimano RS-500
Bottom Bracket:
PF86
Cassette:
11 - 28 t Shimano 105 5800
Chain:
KMC X11
Brakeset:
Shimano RS-561
Brake Type:
rim
Handlebar:
4ZA Stratos
Bar Tape:
4ZA
Stem:
4ZA Stratos
Saddle:
4ZA Stratos
Seatpost:
4ZA Cirrus
Wheelset:
Fulcrum Racing 7
Tires:
Continental Ultra Sport II SL
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame
Actual Weight:
White/Blue/Black, L: 8240g

sizing chart

Fenix size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Ridley

Geometry Chart

 

Fenix SL
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XXS 41cm 49.8cm 50.7cm 37.9cm 74cm 10.7cm 71.8o 75o 6.8cm 41cm 97.5cm
XS 44cm 50.5cm 52.7cm 37.4cm 76.5cm 12.7cm 72o 74o 6.8cm 41cm 97.5cm
S 47cm 52.6cm 54.2cm 38.4cm 78.9cm 14.2cm 73o 73.5o 6.6cm 41cm 98.2cm
M 50cm 54.9cm 57.3cm 39.2cm 82cm 17.2cm 73.5o 73o 6.6cm 41cm 99.2cm
L 53cm 56.7cm 59.9cm 39.6cm 85cm 20.2cm 73.5o 72.5o 6.3cm 41.3cm 101cm
XL 56cm 58.3cm 62.4cm 40.3cm 87.8cm 22.7cm 74o 72.5o 6.3cm 41.3cm 101.9cm

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Love bike but watch real specs

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought one of these a few weeks ago and it has been great. Absolutely love the Ridley so far, which is in the range of the first few hundo miles...

Ride is extremely nice will still being tight and efficient when standing up and powering it. Handles excellently - had a very dangerous situation about 5 rides in with an idiot driver and under emergency maneuvering the bike was rock solid, even as the rear wheel slid out during downhill emergency brake/turn maneuver...

Couple notable downsides and bogus specs. One is that it comes NOT with Fulcrum 5's as advertised here but Fulcrum 7 LG's. I was promised by CC that they'd fix the listing immediately but obviously they have not and as it is now weeks and weeks later, and appears they prefer to let the 'white lie' stand. Got a story about 'well fine print says specifications can change' but we all know in this day and age you can't really get away with "oh fine print..." when you are misrepresenting an items very specific specifications on the internet. Sure I believe the bikes arrived from Ridley w/ slightly different specs than originally listed, totally understandable, but that's NO reason for CC to say "oh yeah so it's OK for us to continue to list incorrect specs on the webpage" and its reprehensible that they haven't fixed it yet. CC gave me a $100 credit for the 'inconvenience' while still pretending nothing had really been done wrong by them (i.e. the fine print excuse) but CC is now on my "avoid if possible" list unfortunately.

This seems completely mirrored by the RS500 crank situation which I hadn't really noticed until after the wheel thing. Another bogus spec and short-cut ripoff if you don't look closely. I guess they count on you not wanting to send the bike back and that they can weasel you into keeping it (worked w/ me I guess). Only 105 item is the cassette I think...

Real unfortunate because otherwise the bike prep and packaging and delivery was excellent - bike was so easy to put together and have ready to ride and prep seemed good, clean, no dings... And they provide it with a little torque wrench so you don't screw up the clamps on the carbon parts etc. A few little cable adjustment tweaks needed but easily attributed to new break in stretch etc. I'd love to love CC for that part but the weasely and reluctant response to the wheels being short-shrifted sadly overcame that. I've now bought another wheelset from another site and spent my CC credit on some misc odds and ends just to close out the situation.

Only other problem w/ my bike was a microscopically poor resin/fiber joint under the seatpost clamp. It works fine but the clamp wants to slip upwards a bit as you tighten it, and sliding it off shows a minor manufacturing flaw. Not nearly enough to go through hassle of breaking bike down and returning to CC, and 90% of people wouldnt notice but a minor mfg flaw nonetheless.

The 4za components on the bike are OK, but a little heavy and clunky compared to the rest of the bike. I swapped an existing carbon post and titanium rail saddle from my old bike that were lighter and nicer. The 4za 'Stratos' bars & stem also seem a bit heavy - don't get me wrong the bike is really decently light for an Endurance bike at this price point - but the big next-step improvements the bike needs are: wheels, seatpost/saddle, stem-bars. That said the 4za stuff is perfectly fine, and my intent is to ride the bars as-is (would have ridden saddle/post as-is as well if I didn't have a quite good set...)


Oh yeah and sizewise, I'm 5'10", 170-180lbs, shorter in legs longer in torso. The M is perfect after some fitting. I have stem at top position and after some twiddling, fit is fantastic compared to my last couple bikes. May get the pro fit at some point (a reason not to swap new bars in yet...) but it's already big upgrade from my last bike.

BTW the comments are because the website is broken - says you can put 3000 characters or whatever, but in reality there's a secret limit to both full reviews and to comments and instead of returning a proper "your review is too long, make it shorter" error it purely says "could not post! try again later!". Bad web page. No soup for you.

Just was doing some 'break-in tune up' work, re-tweaking caliper and cable adjustments now that the bike has broken in, and had a good look at the Fulcrum 7 LG's.

The rear one has a fairly notable ugly seam, and is starting to lose it's true a bit already. The seam probably explains some pulsation and poor brake feel I had found on the rear wheel. Not impressed.

Ridley makes awesome bikes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned 3 different Ridleys in the last 6 years and have been nothing but thrilled with them. The Fenix is a newer model and does not disappoint in any way. It's a more relaxed fit bike comparative to their Noah and Helium but even at that has still won races. It's very compliant and easy to ride, still stiff enough to give a very racy feel. The ultegra 6800 11 speed is an awesome groupset that is ultra dependable. at 5'7" I ride the XS as Ridley runs a bit big. if you have any questions on this bike or other Ridleys feel free to contact me directly in the bike department at kylebrown@backcountry.com

AWESOME BIKE!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Fenix SL is fast, comfortable and finish is great. The geometry on this bike is just right for great climbing, fast sprinting and rolling in the pack at high speeds. Its taller head tube, slightly longish wheelbase and clearance for 700x28 tires mean smooth comfortable rolling, yet the design does not sacrifice efficiency. It is plenty stiff for mere us mere mortals where it needs to be. When Ridley says built for cobbles, they mean it. I just rode this bike (with a few changes like carbon bars, Conti GP4000S II 700x28 tires at 80 psi and my favorite saddle) in the Vuelta Puerto Rico and it handled 250 year old cobbles in Old San Juan and the long days (160miles/110miles/130miles) on rough roads, with some punchy climbing excellently. The longer head tube and massive BB make a huge difference! I also have a Ridley Helium and a Ridley Noah, and found the Fenix SL to be the perfect combination of the 2! I am 5'11', 165 lbs and 32 inch inseem the L was PERFECT for the relaxed, fast and comfortable fit I was looking for.

Unanswered Question

I'm unsure about the specs shown also. I've only seen the SL30 with a black/red frame. The slightly lower spec SL 40 comes with the white/blue frame shown here. Can you please confirm?

The components listed for this Ridley Fenix SL 30 don't seem to match those pictured. Does this bike come with the mostly Ultegra group set as described in the specs or mixed with RS500 as in the pictures?

Mine came with Ultegra Brifters, Brakes, and Derailleurs. The cranks were RS500, but Competitive upgraded them to DA9000 for $225.

They also upgraded to Ultegra GS rear allowing an 11/32 which pairs perfectly with 52/36 chain rings to give wide gearing. Been riding lots of years on lots of bikes and this is best yet!