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Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset - 2016

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Compromise-free.

With both a low weight and an aerodynamically obsessed design, the 2016 Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset is something of an anomaly in the bike industry — a frame that's virtually compromise-free. Built to shepherd the Lotto Soudal team through everything from one-day Ardennes Classics to long, grueling grand tours, the Noah SL is built with oversized tubing and FAST technology to transfer power into forward speed.

This Noah's oversized-tubes still earn the SL suffix — which we assume denotes the industry standard Super Light — through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30 ton high modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50t, and the SL's inclusion of 60t means it can use less material at key points of power transfer while maintaining the same efficiency. Less material equals less weight, and the Noah SL is born. As with the original Noah model, the SL's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping.

This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features the industry standard of a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer. The PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility are also all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later and more cleanly, reducing the frame's wake and overall wind drag.

The Noah SL's high modulus carbon fiber fork looks notably different than other forks on the market, with an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This FAST F-Split Fork channel design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incoming air away from the spokes to reduce turbulence and drag, which keeps the airstream around the wheel smooth and fast. By pairing this fork with the FAST F-Surface design, Ridley claims that the Noah SL enjoys a 3-5% reduction in drag over frames without FAST design. This means more speed with less effort, all thanks to a little bit of surface air routing.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
60, 40, 30t carbon fiber
Wheel Size:
700 c
Fork:
F-Splitfork
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
yes, FSA
Bottom Bracket Type:
PF30
Cable Routing:
internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
direct-mount
Brake Type:
rim
Compatible Components:
mechanical, electronic
Seatpost:
Ridley Aero
Claimed Weight:
[size medium] 1,860 g
Recommended Use:
road race
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

sizing chart

Noah size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Ridley

Geometry Chart

 

Noah SL
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XXS 46cm 50.6cm 50.7cm 37.9cm 11cm 72o 75o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97cm
XS 47.5cm 51.3cm 52.7cm 37.4cm 13cm 72o 74o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97cm
S 49cm 53.1cm 54.2cm 38.4cm 14.5cm 73o 73.5o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
M 52cm 54.9cm 57.3cm 39cm 17.5cm 73.5o 73o 6.8cm 40.5cm 98.7cm
L 55cm 56.7cm 59.9cm 39.6cm 20.5cm 73.5o 72.5o 6.8cm 40.8cm 100.5cm

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