The frame is stiff as hell, but not especially light. It would not surprise me at all to find that it is not 'stock', but includes additional carbon in the layup schedule, but I have not specifically asked the question. The majority of the race bikes I have from the Teams use special carbon layups. Aside from the layup, the downtube and bottom bracket area are massive, as seems to be the trend. The heatube is equally massive. The design of the frame incorporates a tapered headtube, which is done really nicely. That sure increases the stiffness, too.
From the perspective of the geometry, I find the headtube a bit on the long side, but it is not so long that the bike is unrideable. I like the balance of the frame dimensions, though.
Overall, the frame is a great example of the current generation of monocoque carbon framesets now in use in the World Tour. With the caveat that my frame is likely different than the stock frame, I would have no qualms about recommending it.
Rock Lobster Team Tig SL Disc = (pending)
Sold: Ridley X-Night Disc = 7.80 kg | Ridley Noah FAST = 6.86 | Ridley Fenix = 6.74 | Raleigh HiLife = 7.46 | Fuji SST = 7.34 | Van Dessel FTB = 7.58
What they weighed the review frame at:
- bare frame (not fittings): 763g in a medium
- fork: 309g
- headset: 83g
Total weight, with Super Record (Ti axle) and Racing Zero wheels was 6295g
I can't wait to have my own XS ready in a week or two.
I've been looking at getting one of these mountain rockets myself.
Two of my riding buddies recently purchased the Ridley Helium with ISP. They both say they've never ridden anything that surges forward like the Helium.
I like the 2013 graphics, which are more subtle than the yellow graphics of last years model.
I'm on the fence between SL4 Sworks/Helium SL/BMC SLR01. something carbon to go along with my Steel road bike.
I am on a similar mission to yours, but in reverse - keeping the carbon road frames, but adding a traditional steel frame (master x-light) for comfort and distance.
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