Ridley Fenix Force 22 Featured Road Bike 2015

Ridley Fenix Force 22 Featured Road Bike 2015

Ridley's Fenix frameset, which we're featuring here with a SRAM Force 22 cocktail of our own concoction, addresses one issue that some of the more competitive cyclists among us have had with the trend of endurance frames cropping up in the peloton. Namely, they tend to pack on weight in order to smooth the road. Not so with the Fenix, which limits its claimed frame weight to just 1,230 grams for a size medium, so it's ready to rise to whatever challenge you've got on the day's docket: a charity ride century, 60 miles of rollers, or a series of mountain passes. The key to this best of all worlds ride is Ridley's artful layup of vibration devouring 30 and 24 ton unidirectional carbon fibers. While the harsher, purely weight focused frames in Ridley's line use 50 to 60 ton moduli, the Fenix's carbon strikes a balance between smoothing the road and rigid efficiency. Potholes, cobblestones, and other road hazards which may feel like taking repeated hammer blows to the kidneys on 60 ton carbon take on all the disagreeability of crosswalk paint. Just in case you ever do get tired of wantonly riding over obstacles, the stiff, tapered head tube nets responsive steering to dodge through debris with ease. Comfort and handling aside, this Fenix is meant to perform when the road turns up or when you start turning the screws. The built up bottom bracket shell, PressFit 30 capacity, and burly chainstays address your power transfer needs, ensuring that comfort doesn't come at the cost of a bottom bracket that wags uselessly underneath you during hard efforts. The seat tube is also squared off at the bottom with gradually softening edges as it rises to the seat collar. This makes for less lateral flex where you're putting power into the road and a more compliant ride where the road's putting impact into you. The Fenix's SRAM Force 22 kit is meant to provide a similarly breezy ride, and the key to its smooth operation is the front derailleur. Yep, the front derailleur. The...

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