Ridley's position in the race-ready road marketplace has become so prominent in the last decade for a good reason. Why? Because Ridley is a 12-month-a-year manufacturer. What does that mean? It means that it makes world-class frames for every season and every discipline, each race-proven at the highest levels of professional cycling. The Helium SL tips the scales at a feathery 900g, but its toughness over the pavé has long made it a favorite of teams like Lotto-Belisol in the savagery of the March and April classics season. And the Noah has proven to be one of the biggest steps forward in road bike aerodynamics that we've ever seen. 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 under the legs of Greipel. Ridley takes its R-Flow airfoils to the extreme with the Dean 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 fiber X-Night and X-Fire to umpteen Superprestige and World Championship victories.
In its 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, Ridley has graduated to the top echelon of race bike manufacturers. In fact, it's a leader in every conceivable way: Ridley builds light-but-bombproof frames; it builds ultra-aero road and time trial frames; and it's the undisputed leader of cyclocross design. Ridley's bikes, no matter the discipline, deliver a ride quality, a durability, and a beauty befitting its emerging position as Europe's most dynamic manufacturer of pro-caliber bicycles.