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A rouleur for the road.
When you hear a bike was built with endurance geometry, don't make the mistake of assuming that means it was made for easy recreational riding and non-competitive pursuits. On the contrary, endurance frames are often the top choice for pro's racing in grueling all-day races like the spring classics, and the 2016 Ridley Fenix SL 30 Complete Road Bike exemplifies the blend of comfort and compliance that these powerful frames possess. Use the Fenix SL in your next long road race, in a fondo with the family, and on your everyday training rides to experience a better ride quality without sacrificing a lightweight, quick frame.
Ridley uses high-modulus carbon fiber to shape each Fenix SL frame, giving the Fenix SL the ability to absorb fatiguing road vibrations while remaining willowy and lithe on the roads. It flattened the seatstays and top tube, positioning the top tube on a curve to help it dampen vibrations, while still maintaining a high level of lateral stiffness and rigidity.
Since the Fenix SL was designed with the rigors of the cobbles in mind, Ridley also reinforced the top and down tubes of the frame to enable the entire structure to manage the forces delivered by inconsistent roads and big bursts of power. Rather than trying to calm a twitching race frame through a winding descent, the Fenix SL will allow you to blast down varied sections of road at high speeds with controlled speeds and finesse. Its more relaxed angles also suit the Fenix SL to long rides by orienting you in a more natural body position than that of narrow, squished race frames.
Aside from the capable frame, the Fenix SL comes complete with a pretty impressive build kit to match, including componentry from Shimano's incredibly competent Ultegra drivetrain. Fulcrum Racing wheels spin on Campagnolo-designed hubs. This build may inspire you to try the Fenix SL in your next local race, though it's happy to spend its days as a training companion if that's more your style.
- Carbon fiber frame and fork
- Shimano 11-speed drivetrain
- Endurance geometry
- Integrated fork crown
- Fulcrum Racing 7 wheelset
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- Q & A
Love bike but watch real specs
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought one of these a few weeks ago and it has been great. Absolutely love the Ridley so far, which is in the range of the first few hundo miles...
Ride is extremely nice will still being tight and efficient when standing up and powering it. Handles excellently - had a very dangerous situation about 5 rides in with an idiot driver and under emergency maneuvering the bike was rock solid, even as the rear wheel slid out during downhill emergency brake/turn maneuver...
Couple notable downsides and bogus specs. One is that it comes NOT with Fulcrum 5's as advertised here but Fulcrum 7 LG's. I was promised by CC that they'd fix the listing immediately but obviously they have not and as it is now weeks and weeks later, and appears they prefer to let the 'white lie' stand. Got a story about 'well fine print says specifications can change' but we all know in this day and age you can't really get away with "oh fine print..." when you are misrepresenting an items very specific specifications on the internet. Sure I believe the bikes arrived from Ridley w/ slightly different specs than originally listed, totally understandable, but that's NO reason for CC to say "oh yeah so it's OK for us to continue to list incorrect specs on the webpage" and its reprehensible that they haven't fixed it yet. CC gave me a $100 credit for the 'inconvenience' while still pretending nothing had really been done wrong by them (i.e. the fine print excuse) but CC is now on my "avoid if possible" list unfortunately.
This seems completely mirrored by the RS500 crank situation which I hadn't really noticed until after the wheel thing. Another bogus spec and short-cut ripoff if you don't look closely. I guess they count on you not wanting to send the bike back and that they can weasel you into keeping it (worked w/ me I guess). Only 105 item is the cassette I think...
Real unfortunate because otherwise the bike prep and packaging and delivery was excellent - bike was so easy to put together and have ready to ride and prep seemed good, clean, no dings... And they provide it with a little torque wrench so you don't screw up the clamps on the carbon parts etc. A few little cable adjustment tweaks needed but easily attributed to new break in stretch etc. I'd love to love CC for that part but the weasely and reluctant response to the wheels being short-shrifted sadly overcame that. I've now bought another wheelset from another site and spent my CC credit on some misc odds and ends just to close out the situation.
Ridley makes awesome bikes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have owned 3 different Ridleys in the last 6 years and have been nothing but thrilled with them. The Fenix is a newer model and does not disappoint in any way. It's a more relaxed fit bike comparative to their Noah and Helium but even at that has still won races. It's very compliant and easy to ride, still stiff enough to give a very racy feel. The ultegra 6800 11 speed is an awesome groupset that is ultra dependable. at 5'7" I ride the XS as Ridley runs a bit big. if you have any questions on this bike or other Ridleys feel free to contact me directly in the bike department at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Fenix SL is fast, comfortable and finish is great. The geometry on this bike is just right for great climbing, fast sprinting and rolling in the pack at high speeds. Its taller head tube, slightly longish wheelbase and clearance for 700x28 tires mean smooth comfortable rolling, yet the design does not sacrifice efficiency. It is plenty stiff for mere us mere mortals where it needs to be. When Ridley says built for cobbles, they mean it. I just rode this bike (with a few changes like carbon bars, Conti GP4000S II 700x28 tires at 80 psi and my favorite saddle) in the Vuelta Puerto Rico and it handled 250 year old cobbles in Old San Juan and the long days (160miles/110miles/130miles) on rough roads, with some punchy climbing excellently. The longer head tube and massive BB make a huge difference! I also have a Ridley Helium and a Ridley Noah, and found the Fenix SL to be the perfect combination of the 2! I am 5'11', 165 lbs and 32 inch inseem the L was PERFECT for the relaxed, fast and comfortable fit I was looking for.
I'm unsure about the specs shown also. I've only seen the SL30 with a black/red frame. The slightly lower spec SL 40 comes with the white/blue frame shown here. Can you please confirm?
The components listed for this Ridley Fenix SL 30 don't seem to match those pictured. Does this bike come with the mostly Ultegra group set as described in the specs or mixed with RS500 as in the pictures?
Mine came with Ultegra Brifters, Brakes, and Derailleurs. The cranks were RS500, but Competitive upgraded them to DA9000 for $225.
They also upgraded to Ultegra GS rear allowing an 11/32 which pairs perfectly with 52/36 chain rings to give wide gearing. Been riding lots of years on lots of bikes and this is best yet!