We take a closer look at Tom Pidcock's Paris-Roubaix winning Ridley Fenix SL
Here we have junior world champion Tom Pidcock’s Ridley Fenix SL, the bike he raced to victory in the junior Paris-Roubaix.
It’s a neat looking piece of kit, looking camouflaged in that grey, black and red paint job. The seat tube has a Milnes’ sticker, representing the bike shop he rides for from his home county of Yorkshire.
The drive chain is Shimano’s mechanical R9000 Dura-Ace model, with brakes to match. Those large chainrings – he ran a 53/39 setup – allowed him to put the power down, moving away from the chasing group during his victorious solo attack.
Wheel-wise, Pidcock raced aboard Ridley’s in house component company Forza’s Cirrus Pro T30-350 wheels. They represent a good middle ground between strength, weight and speed – plus they’re a little bit aero, too. 24 spokes front and rear make them strong, something all racers look for when riding on the pavé.
Pidcock equipped some 28mm tyres to help take the edge off the rough stuff during the race. He ran Continental’s Competition Pro LTD tubulars which provide good speed but also enough grip to keep him upright over the slippery cobbles.
Those Elite bottle cages with those oversized ends will stop his drinks flying all over the road, while the double seat clamps might well have been used to provide extra clamp strength considering the extra force going through the post.
Watch: Tom Pidcock after his Paris-Roubaix win
Forza also provide the rest of Pidcock’s finishing kit, including his handlebars, saddle and stem all in the same Cirrus Pro guise as his wheels.
The long stem also has the details of the race stuck on it to remind him of what’s coming. It’s interesting to see he rides with his saddle so slammed forward, something which will definitely make a ride less comfortable.
Out front, he doesn’t run a head unit for any power meters, instead having a K-Edge mount for a Garmin cycling computer.
Pidcock’s season keeps going from strength to strength, with multiple first places in the national road series as well as being European and world junior cyclocross champion.