Ridley's position in the high-end road marketplace has become so prominent in the last decade for good reason. Why? it's because they're a 12-month-a-year manufacturer. What do we mean? It means they make world-class frames for every season and every discipline -- each race-proven at the highest professional levels of the sport. The Helium tips the scales at a feathery 900g, but its toughness over the pavé has long made it a favorite of teams like Silence-Lotto and Katusha in the savagery of the March and April classics season. And the Noah has proven to be the biggest step forward in road bike aerodynamics We've seen since the unveiling of the Cervélo Soloist Carbon over 5 years ago. The Noah's R-Flow technology and unmatched stiffness made it the go-to all-purpose bike for Katusha in 2009 and 2010. It was ridden to both Tour de France stage victories, and high-profile classic victories. Ridley takes their R-Flow airfoils to the extreme with the Dean TT frame -- a bike designed with the single-minded purpose of GC victory in a Grand Tour. And no professional cyclocross team has the palmares of Team Fidea. Bart Wellens & co have ridden the carbon X-Night and X-Fire to umpteen Superprestige and World Championship victories.
In their early years, Ridley built the reputation as a company specializing in bikes "tested on the pavé" -- and this Made-in-Belgium heritage was something appealing to anyone sensitive to the rich bike culture of Flanders. In the years since, they've graduated to the top echelon of race bike manufacturers. They are leaders in every conceivable way: They build light-but-bombproof frames; they build ultra-aero road frames and time trial frames; and they are the undisputed leader of cyclocross frames. Their bikes -- no matter the discipline -- deliver a ride quality, a durability, and a beauty befitting their emerging position as Europe's most dynamic manufacturer of pro-caliber bicycles.