The Belgians love the Tour of Flanders, and they love it even more when they have something to cheer about.
With Fabian Cancellara riding away on the Paterberg to Oudenaarde for another trademark solo victory this year, and Peter Sagan claiming the second spot, Belgian dreams were consolated as Jürgen Roelandts completed the podium in third place.
That podium spot - from a Belgian rider, riding for a Belgian team (Lotto-Belisol), aboard a Belgian bike - was the first success for the new Ridley Fenix. The Fenix (pronounced Phoenix) is Ridley's endurance bike, which looks to have the best aspects of the Excalibur and Damocles combined.
The Fenix has something that Ridley refers to as ‘Sharp Edge Tubing', which it also used on the Damocles. Sharp Edge Tubing is said to guarantee strength, durability and give the frame its high level of stiffness.
That's not to say that the Fenix is all about stiffness though; the flat sections in the seat stays are designed to absorb road vibrations to give the Fenix cobble conquering compliance.
From the Excalibur, the Fenix has used a similar 24-ton carbon fibre. Said to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square millimetre, the carbon is extremely strong; therefore less material has been used on the frame, keeping the weight down to a pretty competitive 1,230g (size M).
Ridley has produced the Fenix from both carbon and aluminium in a variety of different specs that span a range of budgets. The range, made up of seven versions - four carbon and three aluminium - all feature internal cable routing and a tapered head tube, but a BB30 bottom bracket is exclusive to the carbon range.
Prices start from £869.99 for the aluminium version, and from £1824.99 for carbon.
This article was first published in the November 21 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!
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