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Ridley Orion/Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2012 $0.00
Don't be fooled by the low price of the Ridley Orion/Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2012. High tech frame details, a smart component spec, and a ride quality that traces right back to Ridley's ProTour-level Damocles and Excalibur frames make it more than just a great value.
The Orion has an oversized, semi-round/semi-square down tube with a reinforced bottom bracket that maximizes both stiffness and power transfer. It's reminiscent, in our minds, of the "Squoval" tubing on the Cervélo R3 — it's rounded boxy shape is difficult to explain in words, but it's directly correlated to its resistance to both torsional and lateral flex. It's no different from the Helium, Noah, Damocles, and Excalibur: The Orion is a pure race bike, and it's at home in any conditions — flat or hilly, smooth roads or jarring. And not unlike the Excalibur, Ridley built the Orion to deliver the sort of compliant ride that's nice on sub-two hour rides, but absolutely necessary when you're out for four-plus hours. You can rest assured that its stiffness under power doesn't make it a jackhammer on chip and seal roads.
Also like other Ridley frames raced in the professional circuit, the Orion has been built with a monocoque design. This one-piece construction method allows for enhanced quality control and a lighter final structure. It's made from 24-ton carbon fiber. By definition, it has a tensile strength of 24 tons-per-square-millimeter. It's less expensive than the 30-ton and 40-ton carbon used in the Damocles and Noah, which means that Ridley has to use a bit more of it to achieve the intended stiffness and strength. However, the Orion forgoes a 3K weave cosmetic layer of carbon, instead it's all unidirectional fabric and is simply painted. With all that to say, the Orion weighs in within 100 grams of the Damocles and costs an astonishing 40% less.
Shimano's venerable 105 group handles shifting and braking duties, while a FSA Gossamer 50/34t compact crankset and Tiagra 12-25t cassette round out the drivetrain. For the rest of the build, Ridley's own 4ZA Stratos components make up the bulk of it. The 4ZA Stratos alloy bar and stem are an excellent complement to the 4ZA R-Blade carbon/aluminum fork. And in keeping with the theme of speed, the included Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels are light enough to race on, yet tough enough to handle any roads you'll encounter. These wheels have been cased with Vittoria Rubino Pro II 23c tires.
The Ridley Orion/Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2012 is available in the color Red and in the size X-Large. Given its sloping geometry, we strongly suggest that you focus on the virtual top tube length as you make a determination of the proper size. It uses an integrated 1-1/8in headset, a 31.6mm seatpost, an English bottom bracket, and a 34.9mm clamp-on front derailleur.
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