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Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016

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Ridley understands that, when shopping for a new bike, your eyes are often larger than your wallet. Rather than considering a move into a relative's basement, take a step back and consider the 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike. As the more affordable younger sibling of the Helium SL, the Helium comes with fewer luxurious finishes than the Helium SL, but the two offer almost equal potential to a cyclist with a strong enough engine and large enough ambitions.

While the top-end Helium SL gains its ultra featherweight status with a blend of 60T, 40T, and 30T high modulus carbon fiber, the Helium utilizes a blend of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber, which adds just a handful of grams while maintaining the stiff and responsive ride feel we've come to expect from a Helium and reducing the cost considerably.

The Helium features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness up front to comfort in the rear. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle employs a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.

Ridley specs the Helium with a reliable SRAM Force 22 drivetrain and Mavic wheels. For serious racing at Cat 3 or above, carbon wheels may be in order, but this spec means you can ride your bike straight out of the box without immediately making a list of upgrades you need to buy before it performs the way you want.

  • A race-ready bike that thrives on climbs, flats, and descents
  • High-modulus carbon fiber frameset
  • Geometry lends itself to competitive and endurance riding
  • Force 22 is SRAM's racing workhorse drivetrain
  • Included wheels are equal to training mile abuse

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
30T-24T high modulus carbon fiber
Fork Material:
30T-24T high modulus carbon fiber
SRAM Force 22
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
52 / 36 t SRAM Force 22
Bottom Bracket:
11 - 28 t SRAM PG-1130 11-Speed
SRAM PC1130 108L 11-speed
SRAM Force 22
Brake Type:
4ZA Cirrus
4ZA Cirrus
4ZA Cirrus Pro Cr/Ti rails
4ZA Stratos
Mavic Aksium One
Continental Ultrasport SL II
not included
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Helium size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




 XS  48.0cm  52.5cm  53.0cm  37.5cm  74.0cm  13.0cm  72°  74°  6.8cm  40.5cm  97.4cm
 S  51.0cm  54.5cm  54.5cm  38.5cm  75.0cm  14.5cm  73°  73.5°  6.6cm  40.5cm  97.7cm
 M  54.0cm  56.5cm  57.5cm  39.0cm  78.0cm  17.5cm  73.5°  73°  6.6cm  40.5cm  99.0cm
 L  57.0cm  58.5cm  60.2cm  40.0cm  81.0cm  20.5cm  73.5°  72.5°  6.3cm  40.8cm  100.3cm
XL  60.0cm  60.0cm  62.5cm  40.5cm  84.0cm  23.0cm  74°  72.5°  6.3cm  40.8cm  101.2cm

Geometry Chart

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Fantastic bike so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently made a huge jump from a aftermarket bike with shimano claris to this beast of a machine and so far I could not be happier. It is super light and super stiff, not to mention it is a stunner to look at. SRAM force is snappy and responsive and at this price you definitely have a winning combination.

Can you swap out the 52/36 crank for a 50/34?

We are not able to do a straight swap, but we can certainly have a 52/36 included on the order and installed, and the stock crank shipped out with the bike.

Yes, though you would have to shorten the chain.

Hi Tim,

I have this bike with Ultegra. I too was worried about the 52/36. I put on an 11-32 cassette and I adjusted pretty quickly. I'm 5'6" 110 lbs and do not put out a lot of power. You'll love it if you just go with an 11-32.

At this price? Yeah, it's a steal

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Helium is one of the best all around bikes out there. Climbs are a joy, sprints are snappy, chip sealed roads are more comfy. And with this build it's a screamin' deal. This is a price/spec/value the big 3 can't touch. Light, efficient and cost effective. The Sram Force 22 grouppo is crisp and ergonomic. You will get miles and miles of smiles out of this bike. Hit me up directly with any questions. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

At this price?  Yeah, it's a steal

Neal D. common man If you want a weight weenie bike then step up with the wallet it takes to get there. At 7.4kg this is only 0.6kg from the UCI minimum weight limit of 6.8 and that's with what most of us would consider training wheels. When your ready for that special ride / race put on some bling carbon tubulars and you're ready to go.
In the end this bike is an outstanding platform for future upgrades or just as is.

ride it or race it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

my first helium was 10 years ago and it cost me twice this. It did start a love for Ridley I still have and have owned several of their bikes. The Helium was my favorite being a smaller rider and a bit of a weight weenie. Although light is was still very solid in fast descents and I felt totally confident on it all the time. Sizing is just a little tricky because they do run a tad small compared to other brands in a similar size. I am 5'7" (barely) and rode an XS. feel free to contact me with questions on the Helium or sizing. kylebrown@backcountry.com

whats the weight on a medium on this build

I've been drooling over the helium for years after I had a relatively lightweight (under 15lbs) road bike for 4 years. Unfortunately, that bike was totalled after I was hit by a car. Replacing a complete bike that light is difficult unless you have at least $7k to throw away. I've found very few reviews or ride tests for this low end model of the helium. This is not the SL!!! Different carbon layup and components. Mavic aksium wheels!??! The One review I could find online states 16.5 lbs. that's probably minus the pedals. That's hardly light weight. It's amazing that there are so few "independent" reviews of this bike. Not a bad price but helium in name only. There's a reason CC doesn't state the weight of this model and the SL's stated weight is 13.7 lbs.

The weight is approx 16.28 lbs (7.4kg). Go to www.Ridley-bikes.com
The wheels are Fulcrum Racing 5 on that website vs. Mavic Aksium on this bike. The other specs are the same.