No one seems to have a noah or even a ridley, I know theres been complaining about the damocles frame but the noah frame is beautiful and has the intergrated seat post, why does no one like noahs or ridleys in general?
Because Ridley just doesn't have a good reputation on their carbon frames.
There have been issues with all their carbon framesets... and since Ridley is all over this country and in the peloton, most riders know about it and have seen some things. To me it's absolutely no difficulty to call the names of at least 5 riders that got a carbon Ridley replaced at least once.
Some even surname the brand as "breakly".
Ridley wanted to sponsor Davitamon-Lotto with Damocles frames, but very soon riders asked for alu ones. Thus several riders rode alu frames in the spring classics last year, and even more riders did so this year... and suddenly Ridley gave them a black painted version for Paris-Roubaix? Why? Still to pretend the other alu ones in team colours are carbon frames?
Same thing for Unibet.com:
(picture by brecht)
My team is Ridley sponsored... but luckily the bike sponsor isn't investing that much as in some bigger teams, so to some extent we have some choice. Thus I ride my Merckx bikes, a team mate has a Trek OCLV, another one has a Scott CR1 (and uses his team Ridley Scandium as a spare bike). No one in our team is on a carbon Ridley.
As for the Noah, the release of this frameset went less fast than wanted... They had some problems with the seat clamp. I mentioned this story in the "2006 pro equipment - road"
-topic, of a guy who wanted a Noah in replacement of his 3rd Excalibur breach (!!):
I know a guy who ordered a Ridley. He answered me: "I ordered a Noah a few months ago and they would have delivered it this week, but he isn't their due to a problem with the seat clamp. I called Ridley myself, and got the confirmation that several frames have returned allready with a broken seatpin! Now they won't release any frame any more untill the problem is solved..."
(translation of: "mij enkele maanden geleden een noah besteld, en normaal zouden ze hem deze week leveren, maar hij is er niet door het feit dat er een probleem zou zijn met de zadelklem.
Dan maar zelf gebeld met ridley, en de bevestiging gekregen dat er reeds enkele kaders teruggekeerd zijn met gebroken zadelpen. Nu lossen ze geen enkele kader meer zolang het probleem niet is opgelost....")
He has the bike now.
Someone told me the pressure off the clamp on the seatpost part of the frame can't be an easy thing, since this seatpost isn't round but has the shape of a diamond.
I don't want to judge a bike to early (and when it comes the Damocles Ridley allways says to costumers when they give a replacement frameset: "the frameset is improved
), but if I would spend that amount of money on a frame, I'd rather go for something else. None of these frames are real weight weenies.