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Fenix SL Limited Edition Frameset

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Item # RID00A5

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Fenix SL Limited Edition Frameset

As much as we would all love to have a different bike for every type of riding occasion, most of us can't afford to house a lightweight climbing rig, endurance mile grinder, and super stiff criterium racer without some serious financial repercussions. The Fenix SL Limited Edition Frameset is for cyclists who want a frameset that's competent in competition but doesn't sacrifice ride quality in pursuit of weight loss or stiffness and aerodynamics. Put through its paces on the grueling cobbles of the spring classics, the Fenix SL is a proven jack of all trades that will revel in any road environment without punishing you for riding anything less forgiving than a velodrome. This particular Fenix SL frame comes in a special edition colorway that's only available through us at Competitive Cyclist, allowing your rig to stand out above the rest whether you're charging to the front of the pack on your group ride, or in a race.

The Fenix SL is built from 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber for an ideal balance of low weight, stiffness, and ride quality. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy confidence. It's a rare mix of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a lightweight package that won't hold you back on climbs.

The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31.6mm to a more vertically compliant 27.2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide increase in vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural chip seal to the stones of Belgium.

The top tube and down tube utilize a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible for the claimed increases in torsional rigidity. At the front, Ridley utilizes a tapered head tube that's considerably shorter than the notably tall head tube of the previous Fenix. This makes for increased stiffness while torqueing on the bars and exceptional handling and cornering capabilities while sweeping through descents or diving through the final turn before a finish sprint. It also allows more leeway in personal fit preference, letting you slam the front end. Or not. The point is that the older Fenix's tall head tube ruled that option out by default.

For an extra dose of stiffness, Ridley opts for a beefy PressFit BB86 shell instead of the PF30 model featured in the previous Fenix. The wider bottom bracket shell anchors the oversized drive spine, reducing bottom bracket wag when you're dumping power into the pedals. While this frame isn't billed as specifically aerodynamic, it does boast an integrated fork crown for a smooth transition between the head tube and fork that at least offers the appearance of aerodynamics. You'll enjoy some drag-reduction benefits over frames without the integrated fork crown, and it just plain looks cleaner.

Ridley caps off the Fenix SL Limited Edition Frameset with internal cable routing that's compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting systems for clean lines and a bit of extra aerodynamic advantage, regardless of setup. Please note that Ridley recommends a maximum rider weight of 209.5lb (95kg) for the Fenix SL.

  • Endurance road bike that adeptly balances performance and comfort
  • Lightweight carbon fiber construction offers confident handling
  • Geometry blends snappy responsiveness with long-mile comfort
  • Pressfit BB86 bottom bracket shell efficiently transfers power
  • Tapered head tube tracks confidently through corners and sprints
  • Compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains
  • Limited edition colorway looks sharp, and is only available from us
  • Tube shapes absorb road chatter without sacrificing lateral stiffness

Tech Specs
Frame Material30T-24t high-modulus carbon fiber
Wheel Size700c
ForkFenix SL, 30T-24t high-modulus carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter1-1/8 - 1-1/2in tapered
Headset IncludedFSA integrated stack
Bottom Bracket TypePF86
Cable Routinginternal
Front Derailleur Mountbraze-on
Derailleur Pullbottom
Brake Typerim
Compatible Componentselectronic, mechanical drivetrain
Seatpost Diameter27.2mm
Front Axle9mm Quick-Release
Rear Axle130mm Quick-Release
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warranty5 years

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[medium] 1040g, [fork] 370g

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great ride very smooth

I've put it through the wringer

Purchased frame (size XS) in early March 2020, built up using Shimano Ultegra groupset. I have since put on more than 500 miles. The first thing you notice is how smooth the ride is (running on 25mm tires). The frame has a very comfortable geometry. I would definitely recommend this frame for anyone who enjoys long rides.

>Rating: 1

Hands down crap customer service...

I returned this product before using it

I’m a longtime competitive cyclist customer, going back some years, and I must say the purchase of this CS limited run frame set has been; hands down, the worst customer service experience I’ve had online...And that’s saying a lot haha. First off, it’s all the new systems fault. That’s the answer. We charged you twice? New system. It didn’t ship? New system? The brake bride on the rear triangle of the frame set won’t allow you to run a short reach caliper? The system...ok they didn't blame the computers for that but you get my point. They don’t care, even though every other fenix sl frameset in this run can run a short reach rim caliper. Multiple calls, multiple emails, no response, lag response, no answers. Im over CS, and I won’t be back. Im returning the frameset, wheels and group I bought and will pay more to NOT shop with them. A good sales price with no customer service isn’t worth the savings

I’m surprised they didn’t blame you for the brake caliper issue: “Shoulda got the disc brake version, bro!” If you are returning the frame set because of the bad customer service they probably did you a favor. These frames suck. They ride like the kiddie-pony that you drop a quarter into outside of a Walmart. Generally, you get what you pay for with this stuff. Save your coin and get a Dogma F12...or, better yet, skip the plasticy bike scene altogether and go for a steel or titanium frame. These chintzy overpriced Jell-O mold frames without proper fitments are a scourge. (Cue the two fanboys out there that have one and “love it”. Right...try riding it more than 50 miles a year.)