Ridley Bikes is a Belgian family run business run by foudner Joachim Aerts (fan of the films by Ridley Scott, hence the name of his bike company). Aerts has created a very cool bike brand, with its HQ & experience centre located in the heart of the Belgian countryside. Ridley are a long-time sponsor of World Tour team Lotto Soudal & riders of Ridley bikes include sprinters Caleb Ewan & John Degenkolb, master of the breakaway Thomas de Gendt & classics star Phillippe Gilbert.
Ridley Noah Fast Ultegra Di2 Disc
The Ridley Noah Fast turns-heads. Ridley has used its on-site windtunnel to develop new, faster tube profiles and improve the overall aerodynamics of the Noah Fast, while saving 250g frame weight over its predecessor, the Noah. The integrated bar stem does much for the look of the bike – cables are nowhere to be seen & the bike has an exquisite, minimalist look.
Chris talks us through the bike:
Ridley Noah Fast Specification
- Price €7,899
- Weight 7.5 kg (Size M)
- Frame: Noah Fast Disc, 50T-40T-30T High Modulus Unidirectional Carbon, In-Mould F-Surface Technology, TA 12x142mm
- Fork: Noah Fast Disc, 50T-40T-30T High Modulus Unidirectional Carbon, In-Mould F-Surface Technology, TA 12x100mm
- Group: Shimano Ultegra Di2 HDB
- Crank: Rotor 3D+ 52/36T
- Sprocket: Shimano Ultegra 11-30
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra Flatmount
- Wheels: Forza Vardar, 17mm Internal Width
- Handlebar: Ridley Fast Integrated Cockpit
- Stem: Ridley Fast Integrated Cockpit
- Seat Post: Noah Fast Disc Seatpost
- Chain: KMC X11
- Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
- Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 25mm
Paul Norman reviews the bike for Cycling Weekly:
As you’d expect from an aero machine, the Ridley Noah Fast Disc feels, well, fast. That’s particularly noticeable on flat-out downhill runs, where the Ridley feels very stable riding in the drops without the twitchiness that some machines exhibit. Crosswind stability is also good, with none of the buffeting that the combination of deep tube sections and disc rotors can cause for some aero machines.
Everything feels very taut and there’s a degree of steering precision which adds to confidence at speed, while there’s the reassurance of the disc brakes when you do need to slow yourself down.
The flip side is a rather less comfortable ride than, say on the Scott Foil – although that bike has been ridden to a win at Paris Roubaix, so you’d expect it to have plenty of compliance.
Eat Sleep Cycle team rider Amy Waldron has been test riding the Noah Fast:
This is a great bike! As well as being fast on the flats the Noah Fast climbs really well – a nice addition to an aero bike. It’s a bike that almost rides away from you – the power transfer is awesome.
Ridley Noah Fast Custom
As with all Ridley Bikes the Noah Fast is available to buy as a frameset or as a complete bike with Ultegra Di2. Ridley also offer custom Pure Line paintwork for the bikes. Our rental fleet comes in stealthy black with white decals, Caleb Ewan’s bike comes in metallic black with white decals. Whatever your style, this can be a beautiful personalised machine for any rider looking to optimize speed!
Ridley offer a wide range of beautifully made bikes, from the Fenix SL for shmashing over the cobbles of Roubaix, to the Helium SLX for floating up the climbs. Ridley are well known for their cyclocross & gravel bikes and make fantastic mountain bikes too.