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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:15 am 
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I've lurked for a while and finally have a bike worthy of posting. 2012 Ridley Noah FAST in the Lotto paint scheme.

Bike is not a super lightweight but is respectable considering the build. It's 15 lbs 2 oz as shown (6.86kg). I plan to change out the saddle, pedals, and rear derailleur and that should get it sub 15.

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The rest of the stable is as follows:
Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie 17 lbs 2 oz (7.74kg)
Kestrel 4000SL 18 lbs 10 oz (8.52kg)
Raleigh Hi-Life 18 lbs 6 oz (8.36kg)
Chinese Carbon 29er 20 lbs 7 oz (9.28kg)


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 Post subject: Re: Ridley Noah FAST
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:33 am 
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That is a fast looking bike (no pun intended), well done :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: Ridley Noah FAST
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:13 am 
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I really like this bike!

Nicest Ridley I've seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Ridley Noah FAST
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:02 am 
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What's the build list? Swapping out rear D doesn't seem like the typical way to save weight. Perhaps work on the cockpit and wheels?

But heck the weight, the shape of it is all that matters for this beauty!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:05 am 
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Got me nodding my head in approval before I even knew it.

Hell of a machine.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:24 am 
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Love the color and the look of this aero bike. Looks fast! Share down the build list..

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:44 am 
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Impressive but I think this frame needs even higher profile wheels.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:21 pm 
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My favourite bike on the forum.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:54 am 
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Nice.

Can I make a recommendation though? With your levers at that angle I can't help thinking you'd be better off with a -6º or -8º stem rather than a -17º - that way you can make your levers look a little less... well, wrong.

I do like the bike though - I used to work for a Ridley premium dealer before I left the UK so I've seen these things up close. Very cool.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:12 am 
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Don't think his lever angle is such that a more shallow rise stem is required.

Looks like it could just fit the hand better in that location...?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:17 am 
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I used to run my levers like that - I did it because I wanted to run a lower stem, and running the levers like that offered me the offset of being able to reach them with the lower stem.

I'm not just being critical, I'm speaking from personal experience. I think the shallower stem will allow for the hoods to be flattened out which will actually also look better.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:50 pm 
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how do you like that hidden brake thing?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:44 pm 
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I used to run my levers like that - I did it because I wanted to run a lower stem, and running the levers like that offered me the offset of being able to reach them with the lower stem.

I'm not just being critical, I'm speaking from personal experience. I think the shallower stem will allow for the hoods to be flattened out which will actually also look better.

I run my levers at that angle with classic bars and so do many other riders. Its not that extreme. Levers should be run at whatever angle they most comfortable meet the wrist. Now if the bars were rotated counterclockwise/upwards then what you are saying would make sense, but they're not.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:35 pm 
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I was able to get my first ride on the Ridley yesterday. My road bike history is limited, I've had a Cannondale CAAD8 and a Fuji SST (older style). In comparison to those two, the Ridley is at least as stiff if not stiffer but less harsh than either. The feature that stands out most is handling. The bike is very responsive but not twitchy and seems to absolutely rail corners. The brakes are what I loved about the frame asthetically but I was also skeptical about how they would translate into actual riding. The verdict is that they are outstanding. I've had Zero Gravity (in my opinion, great modulation but a little lacking in braking power) and SRAM Red (great power but moderate modulation). The integrated brakes perform similarly to the SRAM brakes. Absolutely excellent power with decent modulation.

On the shift hoods, when I saw the comment about alignment I had to go take a look at the bike again. The bottom portion of the hoods are actually just a fraction above flat. It appears to be something with the angle of the photo makes them look like they have a lot more rise then actuality.

The build list is as follows with planned upgrades in ()

Handlebars: Ritchey WCS SuperLogic Alloy
Tape: SRAM Cork
Stem: Ritchey WCS Alloy
Shifters: SRAM Red
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Yaw
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force (new SRAM Red)
Cassette: SRAM PG-1070
Chain: KMC X10
Crank: SRAM Quarq 52/36
Pedals: Look KEO Classic (Look KEO blade)
Saddle: Selle Italia SLP XP (SLR Carbonio)
Wheels: Chinese carbon 38mm rims laced to DT Swiss 240s using DT Revolution spokes
Tires: Vittoria EVO CX tubulars
Cables: Nokon
Cages: Tacx Tao

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:05 pm 
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awesome, i realize that hood angle is preference, but judging by the lines of the bricks , your saddle, and those hoods, the angle of the hoods must be like 35 deg or so. just sayin

great looking bike once again

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