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Ridley Liz/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013 $0.00
For years, the concept of women's frames basically meant taking a small men's frame, giving it a "feminine" colorway, and low-end components. There was very little "design" in the actual process of designing a women's specific frame. Not one to follow the masses, Ridley has taken this failing paradigm and flipped it on its head with the Liz/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013. Ridley created a frame with a women's-specific geometry without cutting corners. And because of its identical carbon composition and similar geometry, we actually consider it to be the sister-version of the all new Ridley Fenix.
While the Liz is specifically designed for women, that doesn't mean that it's just the smaller, lower-end version of a men's frame. 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. Not ironically, this is the same shape seen in Ridley's oversized carbon tubing . The 'sharp edge' means that the focused areas of the carbon layup are at the poignant 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 classic Ridley Damocles, the strength lies at the forefront. With additional pages taken from the svelte Excalibur, the Liz'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 Liz 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. The stronger the carbon fiber, the less that needs to be used. The less material that's used, means lower 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 Liz's asymmetrical chainstays, oversized tube junctures, a PressFit BB30 bottom bracket, and a tapered, 1.125 x 1.5in head tube.
For comfort, the Liz 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 tall head tube for increased vibration absorption and a comfortable position in the saddle. Additionally, you'll notice that the top tube has been shortened to better accommodate the morphology of women. Ultimately, the pairing creates a more natural body position that provides a higher 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.
Ridley has also made the Liz to be future-ready. By this, we mean that the frame features all internal cable routing for minimal maintenance, aerodynamics, and an overall clean aesthetic. Additionally, Ridley ensured that the Liz is compatible with all mechanical and electronic shift systems. But this is only in the case of desired upgrade from the included Shimano Ultegra 6700 group. With it, you get Ultegra 6700 front and rear derailleurs, shift/brake levers, chain, and brake calipers. Driving the bike is an FSA Energy crankset that's been mated with a 50/34t chainring configuration. At the rear wheel, the drivetrain continues with a compact, 12-25t Shimano Ultegra cassette that pulls the Fulcrum 7 clincher wheels that are cased in Continental Ultra Sport tires. Rounding out the build is a Prologo Kappa Dea saddle and a full Ridley 4ZA Stratos/Cirrus cockpit.
The Ridley Liz/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013 is available in the color White and in the size XX-Small.
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