Companies have been unveiling their new bikes ahead of this year’s Tour de France in almost biblical fashion, with a multitude of new models appearing like fishes and loaves.
Therefore, Ridley decided to baptize its new Noah SL Aero+ road bike ahead of next month’s French Grand Tour as well, which now features full cable integration.
The new Noah SL Aero+ retains all of the traits of its popular predecessor, the Noah SL Disc, however, the latest version now features complete shifter and brake cable integration, making it the Belgian’s brand’s “slipperiest” model to date.
Ridley CEO, Joachim Aerts, says, “the external cable routing was accountable for a majority of drag around the cockpit area. Eliminating that is a a big improvement to the already race-winning recipe.”
To accomplish this, Ridley created a new fork, which utilizes what the brand calls its Cable Management Section, wherein the steerer tube of the fork is flattened into a D-shape section that allows cables to be routed through their Forza bar/stem combination and down into the frame.
Ridley claims the presence of internal cables has no effect on steering, nor is there any weight penalty. Moreover, cables and housing can be easily accessed without the need of special tools.
So far, Ridley has only announced pricing for the Noah SL Aero+ on the European market, with Ultegra equipped bikes with the company’s Forza Cirrus Pro Integrated cockpit and DT Swiss R32db Spline wheelset starting at €4,899.
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