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The 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike lives up to its lightweight namesake's feathery demeanor as a sprightly and blazing fast climbing whip that's just as capable railing corners on the flats and bombing descents. Kitted out with SRAM Force 22 componentry and Mavic Aksium One Wheels, the Helium is ready to toe the line right out of the box.
Unless you've got them side-by-side on scales, it's not likely you'll be able to notice the slight difference in weight that the Helium's non-SL (the ubiquitous industry initialism for Super Light) carbon layup generates. Requiring more material to achieve the same stiffness as the Helium SL frame, the heavier carbon layup used to construct the Helium gives the frame only a slight weight penalty and a significant decrease in cost.
Don't mistake the Helium as a frame that will be punishingly stiff all the time, though; Ridley intelligently blends round tubing with squared-off tubes to give the frame a mix of vibration-dampening comfort and reliable power transfer, so the frame responds with rigidity when you grudgingly stretch out of the saddle to finish a climb, and compliance when you're logging long endurance days on the flats.
- A race-ready bike that thrives on climbs, flats, and descents
- High-modulus carbon fiber frameset
- Geometry lends itself to competitive and endurance riding
- Force 22 is SRAM's racing workhorse drivetrain
- Included wheels are equal to training mile abuse
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- Q & A
Just adding a geometry/size chart for this bike. Let me know if you have any fit questions.
Fantastic bike so far
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently made a huge jump from a aftermarket bike with shimano claris to this beast of a machine and so far I could not be happier. It is super light and super stiff, not to mention it is a stunner to look at. SRAM force is snappy and responsive and at this price you definitely have a winning combination.
At this price? Yeah, it's a steal
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Helium is one of the best all around bikes out there. Climbs are a joy, sprints are snappy, chip sealed roads are more comfy. And with this build it's a screamin' deal. This is a price/spec/value the big 3 can't touch. Light, efficient and cost effective. The Sram Force 22 grouppo is crisp and ergonomic. You will get miles and miles of smiles out of this bike. Hit me up directly with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org 801-204-4557
ride it or race it
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
my first helium was 10 years ago and it cost me twice this. It did start a love for Ridley I still have and have owned several of their bikes. The Helium was my favorite being a smaller rider and a bit of a weight weenie. Although light is was still very solid in fast descents and I felt totally confident on it all the time. Sizing is just a little tricky because they do run a tad small compared to other brands in a similar size. I am 5'7" (barely) and rode an XS. feel free to contact me with questions on the Helium or sizing. email@example.com
Can you swap out the 52/36 crank for a 50/34?
We are not able to do a straight swap, but we can certainly have a 52/36 included on the order and installed, and the stock crank shipped out with the bike.
Yes, though you would have to shorten the chain.
I have this bike with Ultegra. I too was worried about the 52/36. I put on an 11-32 cassette and I adjusted pretty quickly. I'm 5'6" 110 lbs and do not put out a lot of power. You'll love it if you just go with an 11-32.
What's the widest tire size this will take? Could I make this a gravel bike?
Hi Shane, 25mm tires are the recommended max width.