Gallery: Adam Hansen’s Ridley Helium SLX

Customised race rig of the Grand Tour veteran

This article was first seen in Cyclingnews.

Renowned for his homemade carbon shoes, Hansen extends this unique behaviour to his Lotto-Soudal team bike.

While the Ridley frame, Campagnolowheels and brakes remain standard, Hansen opts for 180mm Lightning carbon cranks.

Attached to the cranks is a SRM power meter, an inner chainring from French component brand Specialite-TA and a massive 54-tooth Dura-Ace 7800 chainring — first manufactured in 2004 — which Hansen had lying around in his garage.

The engraved Dura-Ace logos are masked with electrical tape to save the blushes of his team’s sponsors.

The Dura-Ace 7800 54T outer chainring is stickered up as the team uses Campagnolo components
The Dura-Ace 7800 54T outer chainring is stickered up as the team uses Campagnolo components

At the opposite end of the seat tube, 275mm of Tharsis T800 carbon seat post from Shimano’s component brand lead to a Selle Italia Flite saddle that has seen better days and is set forward beyond the normal safety limits.

The madness doesn’t end there though. Hansen’s bike weighs in under the 6.8kg UCI limit and relies on weights stuck to the bottom of the downtube to meet race weight.

A 150mm Dedacciai stem at a negative angle of seventeen degrees that's paired with narrow bars, also manufactured by the Italian brand, completes what is the most unusual bike in the WorldTour peloton.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Ridley Helium SLX HM unidirectional carbon
  • Fork: Ridley Helium SLX HM unidirectional carbon
  • Handlebar: Dedacciai Zero100 alloy, 38cm width
  • Stem: Dedacciai Zero100 alloy, 150mm, -17 degree
  • Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-27
  • Cranks: Lightning carbon crank, 180mm
  • Outer chainring: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800, 54T
  • Inner chainring: Specialite-TA HEGOA, 38T
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa tubular, 25mm
  • Seatpost: PRO Tharsis T800 carbon
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.86m / 6ft 1in
  • Rider's weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Saddle height from bottom bracket: 815mm
  • Centre of saddle to centre of bar: 735mm
  • Head tube length: 175mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 565mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 6.64kg

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see more of Hansen’s bike.

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Josh has been a fan of road racing since a youngster, partly due to an obsession with a certain Texan during his earlier years. Josh is now based in Bristol via running a popular cycling cafe in Surrey near where he grew up.
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Surrey's short sharp climbs, Belgian cross winds or cobbles.
  • Current Bikes: Bowman Palace.
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