Gallery: Thomas De Gendt's Ridley Helium SLX

Take a closer look at the Belgian rider's new Ridley

Getting into the break on the third stage of the Tour Down Under from Glenelg to Victor Harbor, Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt collected the KOM and stayed away for nearly the whole stage, only to be pulled back ahead of the bunch sprint

De Gendt rides a size 51 frame on the brand new Ridley Helium SLX, which is claimed to weigh just 750g and be 15 percent stiffer than the previous model. The fork is also straighter than the Helium SL and is claimed to weigh just 300g.

The Lotto Soudal team is once again using a Campy Super Record EPS transmission as well as SRM powermeters. De Gendt is running 172.5mm cranks as well as 53-39T chainrings and a 11-27T cassette.  Belgian brand C-Bear provides the ceramic bottom brackets for the team.

The Belgian rider scored the KOM on Stage Three
The Belgian rider scored the KOM on Stage Three

De Gendt's cockpit is made up of Deda finishing kit, which includes 400mm Superleggera bars and a 130mm, 82-degree Superzero stem, and the D-Clip which the brand says improves aerodynamics.

Also from Deda is the carbon Superlegerra seatpost, which supports the Belgian rider's seating arrangements, and there's a Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow complete with a center cut out.

The breakaway specialist has also opted for Bora Ultra 50 rolling stock, packaged in 25c Vittoria tubulars.

Complete bike specs

  • Frame: Ridley Helium SLX, size S/51
  • Fork: Ridley Helium
  • Stem: Deda Superzero, 130mm, 82 degrees
  • Handlebar: Deda Superleggera, 400mm
  • Handlebar tape: Lizards Skins DPS
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-27T 11-speed
  • Chain: Campagnolo Super Record 11-Speed
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 53-39T
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 30
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa tubular 25mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow
  • Seatpost: Deda Superlegerra
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.77m
  • Rider's weight: 69kg
  • Saddle height from bottom bracket: 735mm
  • Centre of saddle to centre of bar: 720mm
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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