Adam Hansen's Ridley Helium SLX gallery

Check out the Aussie hard man's one-of-a-kind race bike

Adam Hansen is a tinkerer. From his homemade carbon fibre shoes to the logistics software he wrote for his team Lotto-Soudal, the same mindset extends to his Ridley Helium SLX race bike, which is pretty unique.

With this, he is also more than likely a mechanic's nightmare, not only with his one-of-a-kind fit, his bike also sports quite a lot of black electrical tape and magic marker too in an effort to keep things sponsor-correct.

Like the other climbers on the Lotto-Soudal team, he’s riding a Ridley Helium SLX frameset, complete with a Campagnolo Super Record groupset and brakes.

Instead of the Campy Super Record SRM crank he's using what appears to be the same custom SRM as last year. While the 180mm bare carbon crank arms are unmarked, we think they are from Lightning Carbon. And the mechanics have blacked out the chainrings, but upon close inspection they are Bor Germany's 2X 130BCD TT Triathlin 55t rings — an update from the Dura-Ace 7800 rings from last year.

The mechanics have done a pretty good job hiding Hansen's Bor chainrings
The mechanics have done a pretty good job hiding Hansen's Bor chainrings

At the top of the seat tube the mechanics have employed at a bit more black electrical tape to hide the logos on Hansen’s PRO Vibe Carbon seatpost. With 20mm of setback, Hansen actually has the post in the bike backwards — so it’s actually set forwards — and his well-used Selle Italia Flight saddle is slammed all the way forward on the rails, well past the normal safety limits.

At the front, the Aussie rider is using a -15-degree 150mm Deda Zero 100 stem and 38cm Deda Zero 100 bars.

As with the rest of the team, he’s rolling on Campy Bora Ultra 35s, wrapped in 25c Vittoria Corsa tubs.

Given Hansen is a climber it's no surprise to see him on the Bora Ultra 35s
Given Hansen is a climber it's no surprise to see him on the Bora Ultra 35s

With all of Hansen’s tinkering and known weight weenie tendencies, his race bike tipped our scales at 6.75kg. So the mechanics are going to have to drop a few chain links down his seat tube before the race starts.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Ridley Helium SLX HM unidirectional carbon
  • Fork: Ridley Helium SLX HM unidirectional carbon
  • Stem: Deda Zero 100 150mm
  • Handlebar: Deda Zero 100, 38mm
  • Tape: Lizard Skins DPS
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-29T
  • Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Crankset: Lightning Carbon, SRM, 180mm Cranks
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa tubular, 25mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
  • Seatpost: PRO Vibe Carbon
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Deva

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Rider’s height: 1.86m / 6ft 1in
  • Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t):  805mm
  • Seat tube length: 54mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to centre of handlebars: 575mm
  • Head tube length: 172mm
  • Top tube length: 565mm
  • Total bike weight: 6.75kg

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a detailed look at Adam Hansen’s very unique race bike.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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