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Ridley Noah Fast Ultegra Featured Road Bike - 2014 $0.00
We love specing our own bikes for two reasons. First, we aren't limited to what frame manufacturers want us to ride. It's all our preference, cost and industrial partnerships be damned. Second, it's just fun. Confess: you've spent hours over the years daydreaming about how exactly you would kit out a flashy frame like 2015's Noah Fast. So have we, which is why the Ridley Noah Fast Ultegra Featured Road Bike basically put itself together while we watched.
Of course, every bike starts with the frame. In the interest of brevity, we'll run light on the Noah Fast's tech here, but invite you to peruse the listing for the frameset for more information. Ridley's engineers use strategically arranged high-modulus carbon throughout the frame, allowing them to regulate the amount of stiffness and compliance in each location for the most efficiency and comfort possible. Ridley's testing shows that the frame's combination of materials and Fast technology result in up to 2.8 extra km/h (1.74 mph) and 20 fewer watts to maintain a rouleur speed of 40 km/h (24.86 mph).
Fast comprises the F-Surface paint, the F-Splitfork, and the F-Brakes. The F-Surface embraces turbulence, keeping it close and preventing the tendency for released air to become stalled air in a moving body's wake. This results in a claimed -4.03% drag differential at 50 kilometers/hour. The F-Splitfork is counter-intuitive in that it actually creates more drag in the wind tunnel — but only while the wheels are standing still. When the wheels are spinning, the F-Splitfork nets a claimed 7.44% less drag than competing fork designs by redirecting the air resistance that spokes encounter at the top of the rotation, when you're normally wasting watts by pushing them forward into the wind.
The Noah Fast's F-Brakes deserve special mention for two reasons. First, they're the only difference between the Fast and the normal Noah frames. Second, they bring a delicious irony to the frame: they're brakes that make you faster. The F-Brakes are actually part of the profile of the frame or fork, so they reduce the obtrusive, drag-creating face area of regular brakes to just the brake pads themselves. When compared to a Noah frameset without F-Brakes, the F-Brake-equipped Noah enjoys a 2.10% drop in required watts and a 2.64% lower heart rate while maintaining 40 km/h for just under four minutes. Everything about these frames is the same except the brakes. So yeah, the brakes do actually make you faster.
Our only regret about the Noah Fast's F-Brakes is that it means we can't run a truly complete Ultegra 6800 groupset. While we do love the symmetry of matching kit, we agree that, all things considered, that's really a non-issue. Matching brakes or no, we also love what Shimano has done with the new iteration of Ultegra, which we contend is on par with the groups in the pro peloton. The hoods follow the lead of Shimano's Di2 levers by adopting a slimmer profile, which sets them more comfortably in our hands than the ray-gun Shimano shifters of old. The levers have a shorter stroke now, too, which the redesigned derailleurs take full advantage of. The real star, though, is the crankset, which now enjoys the same Hollowtech II construction, efficient four arm spider, and breathtaking looks as its more expensive Dura-Ace counterpart.
For the wheels, we were looking for a combination of aerodynamics and reliability, so the obvious choice was Mavic's venerable Cosmic Elite Wheelset. The Cosmic Elites incorporate Mavic's UB Control and SUP treatments for a perfectly machined braking surface and welded/machined rims, ensuring consistent and reliable day in and day out performance. No carbon fragility or poor braking here. The points of contact are also incredibly important to us, so we went with the all-day comfort of Fizik's Aliante saddle and Zipp's redoubtable Service Course handlebar and stem. The whole package is finished off with black Arundel Cork Tape, a classic material in a classic color. In the event that you decide to go electronic, the Noah Fast is compatible with current Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS groups.
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Is it possible to get this one in an XS? The build level and price are exactly what I was looking for otherwise.
Why would you buy three sets of handle bars this loses credibility.
Is it possible to purchase this package and upgrade the group to Dura-ace?
Upgrades, you bet your behind! We can totally set this up for you, you just need to contact me directly and I can help set the order up specifically for your needs. You can reach me via phone at 801 736 6396 ext 4769.
I saw roah fast on sale 3299 possible can I get xs size for it
...but the brakes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love my Noah. I've never had a bike that was so, well, just awesome. But it does have it's quirks--the first of which is the brakeset. I have no doubts that the hidden/low-profile (and ingenious!) FAST brakes makes me go faster. But they're tough to adjust. They're similar to Shimano's 'V-brake'. If you've ever had the misfortune of dealing with them, then you're in the same position re: Ridley's FAST brakes. They're not even remotely as easy to work with as Shimano's dual caliper numbers. Reviews had suggested that the FASTs' stopping power was nearly identical to that of Dura-Ace. Nope. No way. Or at least not the way CC set them up (same with the derailleur--a little wonky :/). I will get hold of them for pointers re: adjustment, since I'm a stickler for precise brake tolerances...and safety. But, hey; I'm not complaining. You could put a coaster brake on the Noah FAST, or give me a stick to shove in between the spokes to stop it...I'll take that bike any frickin' day.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought my Noah right about when this deal first showed up on the CC website. Having had really good experience with Ridley (a 2006 and 2012 Excalibur; both truly exceptional bikes), and knowing that tons of ProTour riders have flogged the Noah for years, I knew that it was worth some consideration. After thirty seconds or so, I thought that I'd better snap one up. At such a ridiculous price, I figured they'd be gone in no time. And here they are, still available a month and-a-half later. Why?! Like I was, most people are probably wary of the integrated seat post (every web review out there claiming that your resale value will be shot to hell, or that it's just a pain, etc.) or that the Noah won't climb; it's just too heavy. Or the ride is too harsh. Maybe the revolutionary integrated brakes are what's giving folks pause. Whatever my reservations were (or are: there are still some quirks about this, like any bike) they absolutely, completely shrank away to nothing, once I put the hammer down on this thing. FAST is no joke. I have been a road rider for a long, long time (racing, back in the day; fast club riding nowadays) and have ridden everything--CroMoly to full carbon. I have NEVER ridden a bike that instantaneously lays down so much speed initially--and sustains such a high speed with such conservation of effort for the long run--as the Noah. It's incredible. I won't go on forever about this, since it's so well-documented (type in 'noah fast reviews' in your search bar) but it's totally extraordinary.
But I think it's important to address the Noah's potential detractions. First of all, cutting the seat post down is nothing at all. Measure twice (vs. the well-fitted saddle height from a previous bike), cut once; that's all. And use a Park blade designed specifically for cutting carbon. I had no problem at all. Took 10 minutes. And I do not give one crap about resale since I plan on keeping this bike forever. It is FAST, after all. Really, really fast. But CC might even cut the seat post for you, if you want, although I wasn't made aware of that when I bought mine. Same with swapping the semi-compact gearing; it's pretty close. I'm mostly in the big gear, so maybe a more traditional 39x53 might be a better choice, at least for stronger riders. Maybe they'll work with you re: that, too? I think they spec'd a 34 (small ring) because the Noah is supposedly so heavy. Listen: 'heavy' is relative. With Speedplay pedals, cages, computer, and small saddle bag--ready to roll--mine weighed in at 17 lbs., 8 ounces. Hardly obese! With a pair of HED wheels replacing the Cosmics that came with it (great stock wheels, by the way) I've gotten it down to well under 16 lbs. Anyway, climbing is more of a mind game vs. a matter of equipment. Let's get real. The equivalent of an extra Clif bar and its accompanying water chaser doesn't make or break even the steepest, longest climb. And the rush (and lead!) you get from hammering the Noah on the flats/rollers leading up to the biggie will fortify you beyond belief. And, despite what some of the reviews might suggest, you won't get beaten up while getting there, either. Of course, I'd ridden aluminum during most of my racing days, so maybe I don't mind a little harshness. But with 23 mm tires at 10-15 PSI below the recommended max pressure, I don't really see what many people are freaking out about. I've done a couple of three-hour rides, over way less-than-perfect asphalt--and even a fair amount of chip-seal along the way--and have been perfectly comfortable. My worries about a wider profile cutting against cross- or three quarter headwinds was put to rest, as well. While a bit of jostling is noticeable, when it comes to 10/12 mph or above windspeeds, it's really barely noticeable--and easily dismissed once you see your aggregate times/average speed. Lower profile wheels render this less than negligible.
Very fast, but touchy adjustments
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Still getting the bike dialed in, but so far it's quite fast on my regular loops and segments. The front derailleur (Shimano Ultegra on my bike) mounting point seems to put the derailleur at a slightly weird angle. I had a very hard time getting rid of chain rub taut adroit. The chain rub is on the front end of the derailleur. My mechanic and I worked on it for a while and shared a few curse words. But...it seems good now. There is also a tick (used to be a pretty good knock) from the beginning in the bottom bracket (bike has less than 1000 miles still). Need to find the time to take it out, clean everything and put it back in again to see if that helps. I'm enjoying it, but miss my 2012 Scott Foil that was destroyed in a car accident since it was really dialed in. Once these initial issues are worked out and the bike is dialed in, I'm sure I'll grow to love it. Another tragic story about this bike is that in its second race (two weeks after I got received it), another rider's lapped wheel got caught in my rear derailleur, breaking the hanger and causing the derailleur to whip around and crack the seat stay. Ruckus Composites in Portland repaired it better than new. Hopefully I've gotten the bad luck behind me and I'm off to a long and happy life with the Noah Fast.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The is one of the better deals on the website. The Noah fast is in the upper echelon of bike models by Ridley. They don't call it fast for nothing. Seeing that wind resistance is the biggest force against cyclist Ridley designed this bike with cutting edge aerodynamics which translates to exhilarating speed and sharp handling on the road. The frame is stiff in all of the right places too allowing for incredible power transfer and efficiency. Match that up with a dependable Shimano Ultegra drive train and a nice aero Mavic wheel this bike is a steal for $3499. Its meant to be a speed demon and it doesn't disappoint so if this is your objective then I would scoop one up while they are still available.
*** These are custom builds so components and be swapped,upgraded or added. We can also cut the ISP based off of your current bike fit. Feel free to contact me direct for questions or if you need help in setting up the order.
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I'm interested in purchasing the ridley noah fast ultegra bike. How much does the L bike weigh?
It highly depends on what size and what wheels you want to go with. Around 15 pounds for the bicycle for medium as is. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-736-6396 and we can get you the exact components and a rough weight at that time. Cheers!
Can I swap the the compact for standard chainrings? 53/39? If so, how do I do that in the ordering process?
Hi, get it touch with Competitive Cyclist customer service via phone or chat. We can help you customize the build to fit you needs.
How are brakes adjusted when switching wheels of differing rim widths? EG - is there a "quick release" or some type of adjustment lever?
Thanks for the question. The brakes on the Noah Fast use tensioners built into the frame that allows variances from one side to the other. It’s a tough system to describe, but very simple once you see it. If you have other questions or are interested in placing an order, let me know.