Under the banner Essential Series, Ridley has rolled out new versions of its top-tier Helium and Noah models, offering enthusiasts many of the same features as their more expensive siblings such as the Belgian brand’s F-Surface Plus, F-Steerer, F-Wings and Ftubing technologies, as well as their own integrated aero handlebars, at a more affordable price.
However, this cost savings comes with a bit of a weight penalty, as Ridley had to limit the grade of carbon fiber used in the Essential Series, tipping the scales upwards of 150 grams for each frame.
Still, Ridley says the less-costly variants retain the same stiffness and ride quality as their more expensive counterparts.
Depending on the “build”, pricing for the Noah Essential starts at £3,369 / €3,699, while the Helium Essential begins at £2,909 / €3,199, with pricing and availability in the USA and Australia to be confirmed.
Here’s how the complete models breakdown:
The bikes are available in sizes XXS – XL with initial availability from March and the main bulk of bikes arriving into the UK from August onwards.
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