Lightweight, stiff, aerodynamic frames are the norm these days because advances in material technology have made it almost impossible to produce a racing frame that doesn't check off two or more of those qualities. But Ridley's Fenix platform has made a name for itself on the stones in races where durability, reliability, and comfort are the key indicators of successful frame design, and all three are on display in the Fenix Alloy Tiagra Triple Complete Road Bike. The no nonsense frame is outfitted with a non flashy build kit designed to get the job done for mile after mile rather than just being admired by guys conspicuously displaying their tan lines during coffee shop stops, and the inclusion of a knee saving triple crankset means you'll always have that final gear to rely on while limping up one last climb for the day. Though it may seem like a throwback material to the connoisseur of road bike technology and fashionable industry trends, the frame's AL 7005 aluminum alloy has tensile strength and weight numbers that make it something of a boutique material. Instead of AL 6061's magnesium, 7005's primary additive is zinc, which stiffens the alloy to allow for thinner tube shapes without compromising responsiveness or efficiency. It's also more difficult to work with, so many manufacturers avoid it based on the investment required to shape the tubes. It's use here indicates that Ridley's engineers not only believe in the continuing relevancy of aluminum in cycling, but that they also insist on taking the material as far as they can. Aluminum can be harsh, though. This is especially true of the stiffer AL 7005 alloy, and it's one reason for the rush to carbon over the past decade. To address this, and thanks in part to its unprecedented tube shaping abilities, Ridley flattens out the thin seatstays for some vertical compliance and pops a 24t carbon fork into the front end. Both additions serve to eat up road noise and smooth the ride without sacrificing the ef...