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Noah Fast Disc Road Frameset
Ridley was an early adaptor to "aero is faster" offering a Noah aero frameset that's seen steady upgrades since its introduction way back in 2006. Those early frames proved fast indeed and went on to help Robbie McEwen pull on the green jersey as the most consistent sprinter at the Tour as well as later versions piloting André Greipel to numerous race wins. Those victories didn't go unnoticed and the Noah's aerodynamic advantage quickly became the beacon that guided the frame development of many other builders. Over the years, the Noah has also improved, thanks to the experience Ridley engineers gained while developing new aerodynamic structures learned from in-house computer aided design, finite element analysis, and wind tunnel testing, along with real-world feedback from its sponsored pros on Team Lotto Soudal. We're honored to be carrying Ridley's latest version, the Noah Fast Disc Road Frameset, it's latest top-level aero model that brings refinements including more stiffness, better comfort, less weight, and of course the whole reason it was built in the first place, better aerodynamics.
The new Noah Fast is a stunning machine indeed. Every line, shape, curve, and detail is designed with aerodynamics in mind. While we're used to seeing Ridley's dedication to aero details in the past stem from integrated seat masts, cutouts at the fork blades and seatstays to reduce turbulence, and hidden, integrated brakes, this new design eschews such features as the engineers have learned how to build a faster Noah thanks to the firm investing in a state of the art wind tunnel (along with a couple of other Belgian brands in a collaborative effort dubbed "Flanders Bike Valley") and the time spent there. What we do notice immediately with this updated version is an ultra-slick seat post clamp, and an all-new fork, designed to work with the intergraded handlebar and stem combo to hide the cables.
The key piece to this new fork design is Ridley’s new F-Steerer. Instead of a traditional round steerer tube, the profile on the Noah's steerer resembles that of a half-moon curvature, allowing Ridley to route the housing fully internal. Cables are able to run from the controls, through the integrated handlebar and stem and sneak down the side of the steerer tube where it's out of harm's way and doesn't interfere with turning the bar left to right. We're not sure exactly how much drag is saved by hiding the housing, but we do know it gives the bike a very clean look. Ridley claims that the redesigned steerer not only allows for the internal housing, it also increases its lateral stiffness for surefooted descending and wag-free sprinting. Final fork aero touches include small wings just aft of the dropouts to improve airflow and a crown that slots in nicely with the headtube and downtube.
One returning feature is Ridley's F-Surface Plus technology that we've seen incorporated on previous Noahs and its time trial model, the Dean. Essentially, it's the application of a textured surface that's akin to dimples on a golf ball, that's strategically placed in high-pressure areas. The dimples create a tiny bit of turbulence causing the airflow to stay better attached the object and follow the shape of the tube. This allows the frame to simply slice through the air and works even better the faster you go.
To this, Ridley adds its F-Tubing, essentially fluted indentions on the leading edge of the Kammtail aero downtube. These notches, much like the F-Surface treatment, tricks the air into becoming more turbulent causing the passing air to better follow the shape of the tube which improves its aerodynamic efficiency by minimizing wind drag, letting you go faster with fewer watts to the tune of a 4.03-percent savings at 50 km/h. Additionally, the blunt Kammtail shape also helps minimize frame weight while increasing stiffness.
Ridley claims that the new fork, seatpost, and handlebar saves around 250 grams over previous Noahs letting you build up this disc brake version close to the UCI weight limit without the need of super lightweight (read: fragile) components, for a bike that's simply faster everywhere. New Lotto signing Caleb Ewan will certainly enjoy the increased stiffness of the bottom bracket and head tube over its predecessor, helping to channel every watt from the cranks directly into the rear wheel on those fast sprint finishes. And thankfully the days of speed and aero efficiency being mutually exclusive of comfort is gone and the new lowered seat stays offer a bit more vertical compliance for all-day comfort.
Ridley continues to source its carbon fiber from Toray, renowned in the cycling and aerospace industry as a provider of the world's highest quality carbon fiber. For this model, Ridley uses 60T-40T-30T High Modulus Unidirectional Carbon and places the most pliable 30-ton, where it's needed for frame flex, comfort, and resiliency and 60-ton where boosting frame stiffness is necessary.
- Ridley's latest aerodynamic, disc road frameset, improved everywhere
- Top quality Toray carbon fiber reduces weight and improves stiffness
- FAST F-Surface treatment and F-Tubing smooths airflow
- Oversized PF30 bottom bracket shell efficiently transfers power
- Internal cable routing looks great and cheats the wind
- Compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains
- Forza integrated bar and stem aids aerodynamics
- F-Steerer fork allows cables to run internally down the steerer
- Item #RID009G
- Frame Material
- 60T-40T-30T High Modulus Unidirectional Carbon
- Wheel Size
- Noah Fast
- Head Tube Diameter
- 1-1/8 - 1-1/4in tapered
- Headset Included
- FSA IS
- Bottom Bracket Type
- Cable Routing
- Front Derailleur Mount
- Derailleur Pull
- Brake Type
- Flat-Mount disc (140-160mm rotors)
- Compatible Components
- Mechanical, Electronic drivetrains
- Noah Fast Aero
- Front Axle
- 12mm Thru-Axle
- Rear Axle
- 12 x 142mm
- Claimed Weight
- [medium] 1020g
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 5 years
What do you think about this product?
October 6, 2020
- I've used it several times
- Runs large
- Size Bought
- 5` 7"
- 130 lbs
I get to own a lot of bikes working in the industry. One brand I've owned more than any other has been Ridley, they do such a great job, very underrated. The Noah fast has kept up with all I expected from them. Set up it is indeed aero, it's odd to look down and see nothing but bar, it's beautiful. Performance is outstanding, the Noah is a stiff bike, very efficient, I love it. Ridley has improved the ride quality, the Noah used to bring its speed and stiffness at a bit of a price by way of a hard ride but it's been mellowed out in the new Noah. The name fast is appropriate, it's sleek, efficient, stiff, it will not flex when you sprint. I'm happy to answer questions on the Noah fast, you can contact me here directly Ridley bikes do run big, I am 5'7" and ride the xs, I think 5'5" minimum to fit the xs maybe 5'6" depending on your reach. firstname.lastname@example.org
October 14, 2020
Hey Kyle, I'm in the market for the exact frameset you reviewed here. I'm also 5'7" and wondering what size stem are you using? Thanks Bill.
September 21, 2020
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 6` 1"
- 175 lbs
I did a lot of research prior to purchasing, and found the reviews of this bike centered on how itâs stiff, with excellent power transfer. Ride quality reviews states this not exactly the most compliant, but not bone jarringly harsh. So I decided to go ahead and try it because it was a pretty good deal. Iâm glad i did. I outfit the frame with Ultegra Mech/hydraulic disc brakes, and Dura Ace C-40 disc wheels with 28mm Conti 5000 tubeless tires - itâs still stiff, but very smooth with this setup. My first ride on it was a 70 mile journey over several road surfaces and it felt great. Over rolling terrain, this bike transfers power immediately, eating up the road. The 28mm tires smoothed out the rough sections of road very, without a sacrifice for speed. This bike will take you as fast as you want to go, and corners very well. I thought it would be a dog going up hill, but it performed admirably up the local 1.5 mile climb (we donât have much in the way of long climbs here in central NC). Because the bars and stem are integrated, I thought that the mechanical shifting would be clunky because of the tight internal channel the cables run through. Fortunately, this proved not to be the case. Shifting with mech while using this integrated cockpit is amazingly crisp and responsive. Iâd definitely recommend this frame if youâre in the market for an aerodynamic ride. You wonât be disappointed.
September 30, 2020
Very nice bike. Tempting for sure. Congrats. I'm in the central NC as well. North Raleigh. I hope to see the bike out there some time. Congrats and happy riding.
May 21, 2020
September 27, 2020
Hello do you know if this frameset is true axle compatible in the back. I have a pair of clx 64 wheels that I will like to use with this bike.
August 23, 2019
Stem length/bar width by frame size. All stems are -10 degrees. • 90 – 400: XS • 100 – 400: S • 110 – 420: M, L • 120 – 440: XL
March 7, 2020
Hey Todd, Do we have the option to get a different bar/stem size? On Ridley bikes I would need a sx with bar/stem 110/40 or 42