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Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016

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Item # RID004J

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Ridley understands that, when shopping for a new bike, your eyes are often larger than your wallet. Rather than considering a move into a relative's basement, take a step back and consider the 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike. As the more affordable younger sibling of the Helium SL, the Helium comes with fewer luxurious finishes than the Helium SL, but the two offer almost equal potential to a cyclist with a strong enough engine and large enough ambitions.

While the top-end Helium SL gains its ultra featherweight status with a blend of 60T, 40T, and 30T high modulus carbon fiber, the Helium utilizes a blend of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber, which adds just a handful of grams while maintaining the stiff and responsive ride feel we've come to expect from a Helium and reducing the cost considerably.

The Helium features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness up front to comfort in the rear. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle employs a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.

Ridley specs the Helium with a reliable SRAM Force 22 drivetrain and Mavic wheels. For serious racing at Cat 3 or above, carbon wheels may be in order, but this spec means you can ride your bike straight out of the box without immediately making a list of upgrades you need to buy before it performs the way you want.

  • A race-ready bike that thrives on climbs, flats, and descents
  • High-modulus carbon fiber frameset
  • Geometry lends itself to competitive and endurance riding
  • Force 22 is SRAM's racing workhorse drivetrain
  • Included wheels are equal to training mile abuse

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Pedals:
not included
Tires:
Continental Ultrasport SL II
Wheelset:
Mavic Aksium One
Seatpost:
4ZA Stratos
Saddle:
4ZA Cirrus Pro Cr/Ti rails
Stem:
4ZA Cirrus
Handlebar:
4ZA Cirrus
Brake Type:
rim
Brakeset:
SRAM Force 22
Chain:
SRAM PC1130 108L 11-speed
Cassette:
11 - 28 t SRAM PG-1130 11-Speed
Bottom Bracket:
PF30
Crankset:
52 / 36 t SRAM Force 22
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
Shifters:
SRAM Force 22
Headset:
tapered
Fork Material:
30T-24T high modulus carbon fiber
Fork:
Helium
Frame Material:
30T-24T high modulus carbon fiber

sizing chart

Helium size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Ridley

Geometry Chart

 

Helium
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 48cm 52.5cm 53cm 37.5cm 74cm 13cm 72o 74o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97.4cm
S 51cm 54.5cm 54.5cm 38.5cm 75cm 14.5cm 73o 73.5o 6.6cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
M 54cm 56.5cm 57.5cm 39cm 78cm 17.5cm 73.5o 73o 6.6cm 40.5cm 99cm
L 57cm 58.5cm 60.2cm 40cm 81cm 20.5cm 73.5o 72.5o 6.3cm 40.8cm 100.3cm
XL 60cm 60cm 62.5cm 40.5cm 84cm 23cm 74o 72.5o 6.3cm 40.8cm 101.2cm

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Avg. ride time: 6h 36m per week
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Good to go stock, great for upgrades

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this bike back in January and have put about 2500 miles on it since. I love it. I rode it stock for a bit and have slowly put on upgrades over the past few months. It's listed as coming with Mavic Aksium One wheels and a PG-1130 cassette, but mine actually came with Aksium Elites and an 1170 cassette, both of which are even better. This bike is good to go straight out of the box, but also a great platform for upgrades.

For reference, I'm 5'6", 138lbs with a 785mm inseam (crotch to floor). The XS fits me great, although I wouldn't mind if the headtube was a bit shorter. I did swap the 90 stem for a 110 and run 40cm 3T Ergonova bars (38 at the hoods and 40 at the end of the drops). I also swapped out the 172.5 cranks for some 165'™s and now this bike fits me perfectly. It's pretty snappy under hard acceleration/sprints (I typically put out 1200-1300W in a sprint) and climbing, but not quite the stiffest. I would give it an 8.7-8.8/10 for pedaling stiffness with the Williams carbon clinchers I have on now. The rear end is quite compliant and I have no complaints about comfort there, but the front end is definitely very stiff and a little jarring at times with that beefy headtube. At the same time, that contributes to a very precise steering feel. At 50mph, this thing feels absolutely rock solid and I've never once thought it was twitchy or unstable in any way. That's not to say it's sluggish. It just does what you want, nothing more, nothing less. I have lots of twisty descents where I live, and this bike really inspires confidence on the dh, which is what I love most coming from a mtb background.

One thing that would be nice is if it had clearance for larger tires. I have 25c GP4000s II's on 17/26mm (internal/external) width rims and they come out to being 27mm wide. There is absolutely no more room and the tires are just a few mm away from the top of the fork and rear brake caliper. With brand new tires, the little excess nipple things on the front tire from the mold will actually just barely scrape along the top of the fork. Overall, it's a great bike and I'd say pretty good looking as well. Mine weighs in at right about 16 pounds with the pedals and bottle cages on there.

Good to go stock, great for upgrades
Avg. ride time: 5h 27m per week
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Great bike!

    This is my third Ridley, Damocles, Excalibur then this Helium. All were great but this is the best of the bunch. It has the perfect combination of stiffness for power transfer yet comfort for those long rough days. Very neutral handling, not twitchy but still descends great. It does exactly what you tell it to do.



    The Force 22 is great and shifts perfectly. I rarely have to make small adjustment for cable stretch but thats it. Swapped to Red brakes. The Force/Rival brakes are good but the Red's are great.



    You cant go wrong with this deal. A first class bike at a bargain price. Now you can add those carbon wheels without scaring your wife!

    Great bike!
    Avg. ride time: 5h 30m per week
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    Hi, can I have the shipping dimensions and weight of the box?

    Need to quote a courier service for a friend in the us to buy and ship this one for me.
    Ps: it's for the L size.

    Thanks.

    Hi Jose,

    The shipping dimensions for that bike will be 48x35x11 (inches), 122cm X 89cm X 28Cm. The shipping weight is 22.41lbs, 10.17kg. I will email this to you as well.

    Fantastic bike so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I recently made a huge jump from a aftermarket bike with shimano claris to this beast of a machine and so far I could not be happier. It is super light and super stiff, not to mention it is a stunner to look at. SRAM force is snappy and responsive and at this price you definitely have a winning combination.

    Can you swap out the 52/36 crank for a 50/34?

    We are not able to do a straight swap, but we can certainly have a 52/36 included on the order and installed, and the stock crank shipped out with the bike.

    Yes, though you would have to shorten the chain.

    Hi Tim,

    I have this bike with Ultegra. I too was worried about the 52/36. I put on an 11-32 cassette and I adjusted pretty quickly. I'm 5'6" 110 lbs and do not put out a lot of power. You'll love it if you just go with an 11-32.

    At this price? Yeah, it's a steal

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Helium is one of the best all around bikes out there. Climbs are a joy, sprints are snappy, chip sealed roads are more comfy. And with this build it's a screamin' deal. This is a price/spec/value the big 3 can't touch. Light, efficient and cost effective. The Sram Force 22 grouppo is crisp and ergonomic. You will get miles and miles of smiles out of this bike. Hit me up directly with any questions. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

    At this price?  Yeah, it's a steal

    Neal D. common man If you want a weight weenie bike then step up with the wallet it takes to get there. At 7.4kg this is only 0.6kg from the UCI minimum weight limit of 6.8 and that's with what most of us would consider training wheels. When your ready for that special ride / race put on some bling carbon tubulars and you're ready to go.
    In the end this bike is an outstanding platform for future upgrades or just as is.

    ride it or race it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    my first helium was 10 years ago and it cost me twice this. It did start a love for Ridley I still have and have owned several of their bikes. The Helium was my favorite being a smaller rider and a bit of a weight weenie. Although light is was still very solid in fast descents and I felt totally confident on it all the time. Sizing is just a little tricky because they do run a tad small compared to other brands in a similar size. I am 5'7" (barely) and rode an XS. feel free to contact me with questions on the Helium or sizing. kylebrown@backcountry.com

    whats the weight on a medium on this build

    I've been drooling over the helium for years after I had a relatively lightweight (under 15lbs) road bike for 4 years. Unfortunately, that bike was totalled after I was hit by a car. Replacing a complete bike that light is difficult unless you have at least $7k to throw away. I've found very few reviews or ride tests for this low end model of the helium. This is not the SL!!! Different carbon layup and components. Mavic aksium wheels!??! The One review I could find online states 16.5 lbs. that's probably minus the pedals. That's hardly light weight. It's amazing that there are so few "independent" reviews of this bike. Not a bad price but helium in name only. There's a reason CC doesn't state the weight of this model and the SL's stated weight is 13.7 lbs.

    The weight is approx 16.28 lbs (7.4kg). Go to www.Ridley-bikes.com
    The wheels are Fulcrum Racing 5 on that website vs. Mavic Aksium on this bike. The other specs are the same.