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Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:23 am
by rexrobichaux
Hey everyone- longgggg time lurker- first time poster :beerchug: . I have been pinching pennies for sometime to order a Ridley Helium as a true WW bike build. To make a long story short I recently found a 11 frameset as NOS and bought it. It finally came tonight and after unpacking it the first thought was "It's light- but not THAT light". Well my trusty scale confirmed what I thought. I have attached some pictures but basically the weights are as follows (Size M / 56.5 frame)

Bare frame ONLY- no seatpost topper, bottle cage bolts, etc: 1,017gr

Frame with bolts, topper, etc: 1,159gr

Frameset with fork, bolts, topper: 1,540gr


Do these weights look in line with the norm? I was under the impression that a medium sized Helium was a "Sub 950 gram" frame... completely stripped mine is relatively far from it. I suppose ~70 grams is well within the margin of error but I was just surprised as the frame appears to be closee in weight to my 2010 Wilier Izoard than I had expected (just over 1100gr). Anyone have experience with these frames? Thanks for all of your input folks! :thumbup:
-Rex

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Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:40 am
by jmilliron
Sounds about right. Looks to have about 100g worth of paint on it, compared to some of the other more minimal Helium paint schemes.

All reports are that this is a fantastic frame. Stiff and comfortable. Build that sucker up and ride the hell out of it!

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:52 am
by rexrobichaux
Thanks Jmilliron! Will do- hope to build this bad boy up and get it in the 14s. My 170+lb *** needs all the help I can get. I'll post an update on here to show how it goes. Should be a great frame for some of the mountain rides around here (SW Colorado).

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:58 am
by brettmess24
I just built my 2012 Helium white/black paint small frame, as delivered uncut 990g.

Uncut fork 406 g.

1396g total

I cut a total of 38 grams from seat mast and fork so far.

I wanted the black/white but was all sold out. That frame has to have the least amount of paint.

Funny how heavy the bolts are for the cages and seat mast top, replaced those with ti at half the weight, another easy 10 grams.

My helium is right at 15 lbs.

Should be very easy to make lighter.

I just can't wait to ride it! Only action is the Giant TCR and coach Troy. :cry:

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:17 pm
by SL58
I built my 2009 helium to 12.5Lb (with 38mm tubulars and DA7800).
Toss the seatmast hardware, use carbon FD clamp and other light components
and it will be WW enough. It is long and comfortable, not quirky
like many short TT lightweight frames and if you ride it the way it is supposed
to be ridden you will love it.

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:35 pm
by cmd
1,017g for a 56cm frame is pretty darn light IMO, especially with a really nice paint job. The Helium has an excellent weight/stiffness ratio and you did save a bit on sans seat colar/post. My matte finish XS with all non-WW parts (SRAM Force + Easton) comes in just over 14lbs. VERY solid and very impressed with its performance.

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:53 am
by brettmess24
Would love to see a pic of that 12.5 lb Helium :shock:

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:44 am
by benolium
Great looking bike! I wonder if Ridley subtracts the ISP weight like Wilier likes to do on the Cento 1 SL? Either way, ride it :thumbup:

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:26 am
by SL58
Would love to see a pic of that 12.5 lb Helium :shock:


Check out "Slammed stems" topic.

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Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:31 am
by SWijland
Sub 950 is without the ISP, which I think it should be pretty close to.

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:46 am
by ave
SL58,
Is that really 5.7 kg as pictured? with pedals?

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:36 am
by SL58
Yes, with pedals (tricked out Speedplays) and one bottle cage (but no water bottle).
Also Token Ti/Alu cassette, chaincatcher, Campy SR Ti cranks and all the rest of it as pictured.
Do not try this at home :D

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:45 am
by MaxDaddy
I've got the Flandrien edition. Total weight is 15.5 pounds, size medium. Could have gone sub 15 if I made some choices for non aesthetic reasons.

Best bike I've ever been on. Ride the crap out of they thing.

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:45 am
by ave
Amazing all these small savings must add up, because I'd say lowish 6kg from the pic.

Re: Ridley Helium Questions

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:14 am
by Clubagreenie
I had the exact frame but a L frameset .. well I still have it , its on consignment in the shop...

Awesome frameset , the only problem I had was it wasn't stiff enough. It is brilliant on hills. Mine was set up wit Campag Super record 11 , shamals , look ti carbon blades full ritchey super logic.
If I had the coin I would still have her to take out for hills days