Ridley Fenix Classic: Belgian brand's bike for the cobbles

A new frame for Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix

This season the Belgian bike brand Ridley Bikes is providing the Lotto-Belisol team with four different bikes: the Noah FAST aero bike, the Helium SL road bike and the Dean time trial bike along with the new-for-2013 Fenix.

BikeRadar wrote about the launch of the Fenix last year, but Ridley announced a new version of the bike, the Fenix Classic. Ridley also said that Lotto-Belisol will race the machines on the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Built for the cobbles

“What will surprise most, is that the Fenix frame costs less than half of an average frame used by professional riders," said Jochen Bessemans, RIdley's PR & marketing manager. "This price setting makes it possible for amateur riders to have an absolute top frame without having to empty their pockets.”

The Fenix has seat stays designed to absorb some of the impact from rough roads, with flatter sections in the middle.

Like all Ridley’s new road bikes, the 1,200g frame has a tapered head tube from 1 1/8in to 1.5in, a press-fit bottom bracket and flip-flop internal routing grommets that can accommodate standard cabling or Shimano Di2.

With a Campagnolo Chorus group and a Rotor crankset, the new 2,699 Euro ($3,610/£2,326) Fenix Classic comes built for rough roads with 4ZA ‘Comfort’ handlebar tape and 25mm Continental GrandPrix 4-Season tires.

Your greatest ally for comfort on rough roads: wider tires: your greatest ally for comfort on rough roads: wider tires
Your greatest ally for comfort on rough roads: wider tires

Ben Delaney

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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
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