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Ridley Helium ISP/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike

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Feel lighter than air.

By now, it should come as no surprise that added weight equates to added time getting up the mountain. That's why the Ridley Helium ISP/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike was designed to closely approach the UCI’s 6.8kg limit. In fact, it's frame is a full 300 grams lighter than Ridley's successful Damocles frame. The bike features increased stiffness and stability, and while we won't guarantee that you'll climb faster, you’ll at least feel lighter. It's the little things.

The Helium frame tips the scales at just over 900 grams, without the fork, which is less than that of Ridley's pave-flagship, the Excalibur. This was accomplished through its use of superior grades of carbon fiber. In fact, the Helium predominantly uses both 30- and 24-ton carbon fiber, with areas of 40-ton and 50-ton reinforcements (in comparison to the 24-ton carbon used on the Excalibur). But, if you're wondering what the "ton" designation is, it essentially reflects how many tons of pressure per square millimeter that the carbon is able to withstand before failure. Thus, 30-ton carbon will withstand 30 tons of pressure per square millimeter. By using high-grade carbon, Ridley's able to use less carbon in the production process. After all, common logic tells us that the stronger a material that's used, the less of it that's need. As a result, the Helium is able to achieve a lower frame weight. And to further reduce weight, the Helium also utilizes full-carbon dropouts with stainless steel inserts. Additionally, it doesn't use any aluminum in the head tube bearing races.

And while materials are a key foundation for a sound strength-to-weight ratio, the construction process and tube shapes are of equal measure. Along these lines, we find it comforting that Ridley draws its tube shape inspiration from the most tested designs on earth — nature itself. You'll find that Ridley's strongest frames, like the Fenix, feature tube shapes inspired by the diamond. Meanwhile, frames like the Helium are based off of the circle. Yes, the circle. As Ridley asserts, the circle reflects the best stiffness-to-weight ratio in nature, as it requires the least amount of materials in order to achieve the highest amount of strength. Accordingly, you'll find that Ridley designed the tube shapes of the seat, top, and down tubes with rounded, circular shaping. However, for sake of even higher rigidity, and weight savings, the top tube has been slightly tapered. Adding to this theme of lightweight rigidity, the Helium features a hollow-molded bottom bracket. This design allowed Ridley to remove excess materials, and the ability to reshape the conjoining tubes. As a result, needless weight has been eliminated, while lateral rigidity has been increased.

Going a step even further, Ridley also built the front triangle of the Helium with a monocoque construction. Ready for a little lesson on carbon construction? Surprisingly, the definition of the monocoque process is hidden within the name — "mono" being Latin for "one," and "coque" being French for "shell." So, as logic would have it, monocoque carbon fiber is formed as one piece in a single mold. This system allowed Ridley complete creative control in developing the Helium. From the geometry to the tube shaping to the layup, every design parameter is attainable with monocoque, whereas the tube-to-tube construction method that you see on halo bikes is far more limiting for the engineer. As a result, the front triangle was met by flat-designed seatstays and oversized chainstays. Essentially, this design increases lateral stiffness, while also absorbing road vibration. Additionally, Ridley engineers were able to incorporate an integrated seatpost, again keeping with the theme of stiffness-to-weight. This feature allows you to deliver more power to the pedals while seated during climbs, and just as importantly, it provides increased aerodynamics and stability while cornering for the descent.

The Helium comes with a matching Ridley 4ZA monocoque full-carbon fiber fork and a proprietary FSA integrated headset. This system further increases rigidity under load, especially where the Helium excels, on the climbs. Additionally, this characteristic has been further increased through the incorporation of a 1-1/8 x 1-1/2-inch head tube. And with a 99.0cm wheelbase, a 73 degree head tube angle, and a 73 degree seat tube angle (size Medium), the Helium is guaranteed to descend confidently, and more importantly, quickly.

The Helium has been built up with a complete repertoire of Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed components. When Shimano revamped its trusted Ultegra groupset under the new 11-speed 6800 banner, it did so only after carefully studying the mechanics of its flagship Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group. The new group was engineered to mimic both the 11-speed functionality and beautiful aesthetics of its popular older sibling. Featured here is a 50/34t crankset and a 11-25t casette. Paired with the Shimano Ultegra, is a HED Ardennes LT wheelset that's been cased in Schwalbe Lugano clincher tires. Finishing the build are Zipp’s Service Course Handlebar and Stem. A Selle Italia SL Kit Carnonio saddle sits on the integrated seat mast.

The Ridley Helium ISP/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike is available in the color Red/black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large. Given its compact geometry, we strongly suggest that you focus on the virtual top tube length as you make a determination of the proper size. Please provide us with your Bottom Bracket-Saddle Rail height in the "Comments" section of our order form, so we can properly cut down the seat tube for delivery. Please note that the post's maximum cut-off length from the top of the seatpost is 60mm.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
30T high-modulus carbon fiber, 24T high-modulus carbon fiber
Fork:
4ZA Helium
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Headset:
1.125 x 1.5 in
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Crankset:
50/34 t Shimano Ultegra 6800
Crank Arm Length:
[x-small] 170 mm, [small, medium] 172.5 mm, [large, x-large] 175 mm
Bottom Bracket:
PressFit 30
Pedals:
not included
Cassette:
11-25 t Shimano Ultegra CS-6800
Chain:
Shimano
Brake Levers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Brake Calipers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Handlebar:
Zipp Service Course
Handlebar Width:
[x-small, small, medium] 44 cm, [large, x-large] 46 cm
Handlebar Drop:
short/shallow
Bar Tape:
Arundel cork
Stem:
Zipp Service Course
Stem Length:
[x-small, small] 90 mm, [medium] 100 mm, [large, x-large] 120 mm
Saddle:
Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio
Seatpost:
integrated mast
Wheelset:
HED Ardennes LT
Skewers:
included
Tires:
Schwalbe Lugano
Tire Size:
700 c x 23 mm
Actual Weight:
Red/Black, MEDIUM: 7,280g
Recommended Use:
road cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Ridley

 

Geometry Chart

 

Helium
 Seat Tube
(c-c)
Seat Tube (c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube Length

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket DropChainstayWheelbase
XS 44.0cm 67.0cm 52.5cm 53.0cm 37.5cm 74.0cm 13.0cm 72.0o 74.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97.4cm
S 47.0cm 70.0cm 54.5cm 54.5cm 38.5cm 75.0cm 14.5cm 73.0o 73.5o 6.6cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
M 50.0cm 74.0cm 56.0cm 57.5cm 39.0cm 78.0cm 17.5cm 73.5o 73.0o 6.6cm 40.5cm 99.0cm
L 53.0cm 77.0cm 58.5cm 60.2cm 40.0cm 81.0cm 20.5cm 73.5o 72.5o 6.3cm 40.8cm 100.3cm
XL 56.0cm 80.0cm 60.0cm 62.5cm 40.5cm 84.0cm 23.0cm 74.0o 72.5o 6.3cm 40.8cm 101.2cm

Geometry Chart

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5 5

AWESOME VALUE

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Ultegra 6800 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com if you have additional questions or need guidance
Wes

Hi,

I purchased a small Ridley Helium(red)...

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Hi,

I purchased a small Ridley Helium(red) above yesterday. Is is possible for you'll to switch out the compact crank with a standard 53/39 crank? And switch the cassette to 11-23 before shipping. One of the guys from competitive cyclist indicated this would be no problem.

Also I will get back with my BB to Seat Rail Measurement today.

Thanks,
Matt

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yes, it is definitely possible to change out those items. I will be in touch

Is it a product of 2013?
The painting...

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Is it a product of 2013?
The painting looks like a product in 2012.
Is it different from the real product in an appearance?

Responded on

The frames are all 2013 frames. The black and white paint scheme is a carryover from 2012. The black and red scheme was new for 2013

What is a good size for me?
I'm 5'11...

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What is a good size for me?
I'm 5'11 with a little over 33in inseam

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A Medium would likely give you the geo you need. May have to run a bit shorter stem though.

Frame-only shows a 68mm English-threaded...

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Frame-only shows a 68mm English-threaded BB, but this lists a PF30 BB. Is this a different frame than the Frame-only offering?

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The tech spec is incorrect, this is the same frame built up with the 6800 groupo. The bottom bracket is an English threaded 68mm.

Hi! i'm kim jay
can i ask some question.?
i...

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Hi! i'm kim jay
can i ask some question.?
i think that black/red color frame is 2013 product.
but black/white color is 2012 product. because 2013 frame decal is same with black/white color on this selling item.
plz check producing year for white/black color frame.

If white/black frame is producing at 2012, i'll buy it white/black color frame!

thank you.

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these are all 2013 framesets

What is a. Good size for me?
Im 5`9" with...

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What is a. Good size for me?
Im 5`9" with a 30 inseam, do you think small is the fit for me? Thanks

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osc5082701, You'd be a small in this frame. If you have any more questions give us a call and we would be happy o get it sorted out.

Hey, if its a PF30 BB with the Ultegra...

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Hey, if its a PF30 BB with the Ultegra Crank, does that mean there is an adapter/insert for Crank to the fit?? Thx

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There's a couple options but you do need to decrease the bearing size to meet the smaller axle. typically a reducer is used but there are some press in BBs that are 24 ID directly for the shimano cranks

5 5

Amazing value

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Ultegra 6800 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know. We can also cut the ISP to your specification. My direct contact is wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or direct line at 801-736-6396 x 4074.

Wes

Hi, what is the model year of this frame?...

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Hi, what is the model year of this frame?

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2013

Can I chose stem length and crank arm...

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Can I chose stem length and crank arm length?
S size frame fits me the best but stem length(90mm) is too short.
I'd like to change it to 100mm, do you accept my order?
And how much is it costs to send it to JP?
thanks

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yes...you can specify the stem length and crankarms...international shipping to Japan would be $199.00

I am 6' with a 32" / 33" inseam. I am...

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I am 6' with a 32" / 33" inseam. I am looking to purchase a Medium. Do you think this will be a good fit? Will I need to trim the seat post? Does the bike ship pre-built?

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Bike fit is a highly personal question that usually requires more information than just your height and your inseam, though that's a good start. Backcountry has a fit calculator (http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/fitCalculator.jsp) that will get you started, and Competitive Cyclist has a more detailed one (http://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/fitCalculatorBike.jsp). Of note is that your pant inseam is not your actual inseam; your actual inseam is an inch or three longer than your pant inseam. Based on that, I would put you on a large. But run your numbers and see what you come up with. I started out buying bikes and trying to make them work. Definitely check before you buy, unless you have money to burn!

What size is good fit for me?
I am 168cm...

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What size is good fit for me?
I am 168cm tall, and 75cm inseam.
Please let me know a proper size for me.
Best regards,

Kyuyong kim

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Kyuong, Id suggest an XS

Do you measure from the center of the bb...

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Do you measure from the center of the bb to the center of the saddle rail? thanks

Responded on

Hey John,

Yes, to obtain the most accurate measurement for cutting the ISP; you would want to measure along the seat tube from the center of the bottom bracket to the seat rails.

Please let us know if you have any other questions and we are happy to assist.

5 5

Performance that meets reliability.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this bike first for the super light and stiff platform, which every road racer demands, but Ridley goes beyond with smooth cable routing and a parts kit that give you a solid ride that continues working in conditions like this.

Performance that meets reliability.
5 5

Beer, Choc. and Ridley. Thanks, Belgium

  • 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.

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Sounds like Andy works for Ridley or CC - although I'm sure that it's a great bike deal

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Poetic, no doubt. Nice review Andy.