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Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
You need one bike to do it all –to be light, fast, and absolutely bomb proof. The Ridley Damocles is no ordinary workhorse, it's an absolute, all-out war horse, ready for any road, any weather, and any mishaps that may happen along the way. Fully-replaceable CNC-machined dropouts, combined with Ridley's Sharp Edge tube construction make the Damocles a lot tougher than most carbon road bikes could ever dream of being. Lest you think all this toughness comes at the expense of overbuilt, heavy tubing or components, the Damocles weighs in at just a hair over 8 kilograms.
- Ultegra gruppo provides precise, reliable, and lightweight performance
- Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset is light enough to race on, and tough enough for everyday training rides
- Curved seatstays smooth out rough roads, so you don't end your ride feeling like you got kidney punched over and over for a few hours
- 10 year frame and fork warranty let you know this bike is built to last
- Deda cockpit components are lightweight and durable for season after season of racing and riding
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I am 5-10. what bike sizing for the...
I am 5-10. what bike sizing for the Damocles would be right for me?
I'm 6'1" and ride medium Ridleys. I'm am right on the edge on needing a large, but I'd rather ride the smaller bike. @ 5'10", you'll be fine on a medium Damo.
As for the comment from Dustin, a medium Ridley is NOT equivalent to a 54cm frameset. It's equivalent to a 56/57cm in traditional geometry. Medium Ridleys have a 56.5cm top tube.
On compact frames, you cannot judge the sizing by the seat tube. Use your TT measurement to decide your frame size.
Ridley Damocles Breakdown
Todd from Ridley giving some Damocles info
BikeRadar.com Goes Into Detail On The Ridley Damocles Road Bike
Ridley first debuted the Damocles in 2004, when its radical tapered headset and moulded tubes caused quite a stir. The head tube design was the subject of many a debate regarding the benefit of an even larger set of bearings to that of the comparatively new 1-1/8in standard now it seems that almost all large manufactures are incorporating the design in their top road rigs.
Fast forward six years and the Damocles may no longer top Ridley's range but it remains largely unchanged. Current Italian road race champion Filippo Pozzato actually favours the integrated seatpost version of this frame over the Helium, Noah and Excalibur. He was aboard a custom version as he floated over the cobbles of Northern France on his way to second place at Paris-Roubaix last year.
Putting the Damocles through its paces on the roads surrounding Sydney, we were pleasantly impressed. It's the small changes that have improved this frame, some of which other manufactures may well be inclined to follow suit on.
The biggest single change from previous versions is the replaceable dropouts on both the drive and non-drive sides, which attach to the frame via three very sturdy looking M5 bolts ensuring crisp, consistent shifting. Scandium is now used for both dropouts and the bottom bracket shell previously there was a choice of titanium or alloy.
The tapered 1-1/8in-1-1/4in head tube which provides the Damocles with reliable and confidence inspiring steering remains, as do its beautifully sculpted tubes. Looking closely at the frame, you will quickly notice that no two tubes are the same shape, and the internal cable routing adds a touch of class. The triangulated down tube adds torsional stiffness, while the beefed up head tube/top tube junction keeps the front end stable over even the roughest roads.
These design elements have been beautifully transferred from drawing board to the road, and the Damocles does it all with ease climbing, sprinting, cornering or simply driving a big gear on a flat road. The frame may be a touch on the heavy side but it rides much lighter than its 1,200g weight would suggest.