First ever: Ridley Fenix with Campagnolo Record in the US

Also, more details for previously announced X-Night US edition

The first-ever Ridley bicycles with Campagnolo parts have landed in the warehouse of American distributor Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the dominant parts & accessories wholesaler in the US. A limited edition of 50 Campagnolo Record Ridley Fenix models with a suggested price of $5,295 will be at shops July 1.

The bikes are “close” to ProTour team spec, said Ridley US manager Todd Schmidt, with a Deda 35 cockpit, a San Marco Concor and a full Campagnolo Record group. Instead of high-dollar Campy wheels, however, QBP has chosen to spec Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels.

Campy and Ridley, together for the first time in the US

A 56cm Ridley Fenix with the above wheels tops the scales at 16.6lbs.

The frameset alone is $1,795

“There is no other frame that we know of that is anywhere near close to this price that is raced at the ProTour-level,” Schmidt said.

Ridley’s first-ever campagnolo-equipped bike to land in the us, the fenix with mechanical record: ridley’s first-ever campagnolo-equipped bike to land in the us, the fenix with mechanical record
Only 50 of these bikes will be sold in the US. A 56cm bike weight 16.6lb

Ridley Cyclocross goes all in on discs

For 2014, QBP will only sell disc-brake ’cross bikes in the US. While canti framesets will still be available, every bike from the $1,695 X-Bow on up with come with disc brakes.

BikeRadar already reported on the new Ridley X-Night with SRAM Red 22 hydraulic brakes, but QBP recently showed off the US frame color. The hydro bike gets a black and gold treatment while the Shimano Ultegra mechanical bike is black, white and blue.

The american version of the new x-night comes in either sram red 22 hydraulic (shown here) or shimano ultegra mechanical: the american version of the new x-night comes in either sram red 22 hydraulic (shown here) or shimano ultegra mechanical
Not red, white and blue, but... this is one of two color schemes for the US X-Night

As noted in our earlier reporting, Ridley tweaked the geometry for the X-Night with a lower bottom bracket, a lower head tube and a more aggressive position.

“We’re seeing more manicured, less psychotic World Cup courses than in years past,” Schmidt said. “Now that the American public can view courses through YouTube or or whatever, they are getting a real sense for the incredibly fast type of racing that is done at the elite level — which is what these bikes are built for.”

Also as previously noted on BikeRadar, the new X-Night is a whopping 500g lighter than the old model.

Cyclocross with disc brakes – ridley is all in : cyclocross with disc brakes – ridley is all in
Ridley is all in with disc brakes for cyclocross this season

“The original is based on the [Ridley] Damocles, with a threaded alloy BB, tube-to-tube construction and an integrated seatmast,” Schmidt said. “For 2014, gone are all of those things. Now we have a monocqoue chassis with a 27.2 seatpost and a design that’s based off of our Helium SL.”

The X-Night starts at $4,695.

In a refreshing change for cyclocross-bike availability, the full Ridley line will be available July 1.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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