So long cables as Ridley unveils new Noah SL Aero+

Full integration makes for a super-sleek front end

Last year, Ridley's Noah SL Disc debuted as one of the first disc brake-equipped aero bikes. Between its focused efficiency and wind-cheating profile, the Noah SL garnered more than a few wins under WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal and its superstar sprinter Andre Greipel.

So how does Ridley improve upon that? By making it even more aero, of course. 

The hydraulic brake lines and Di2 electronic wires run internally through the bars and down the steerer
The hydraulic brake lines and Di2 electronic wires run internally through the bars and down the steerer

Ridley Noah SL Disc Aero+ features

  • Noah SL Disc, 60, 40, 30T high-mod, UD carbon, 12x142mm rear thru-axle frame
  • Noah SL Disc, 40, 30, 24T high-mod, UD carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle fork
  • Available with Shimano Ultegra Di2 or Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupsets
  • Mechanical or electronic groupsets compatible
  • Hydraulic or mechanical disc brake compatible
  • Frame weight: XXS 970g / XS 1,010g / S 1,030g / M 1,060g / L 1,090g

Making an aero bike even more aero

The difference between the already aero Noah SL Disc and the new Aero+ version is fully integrated shifter and brake cables. 

Ridley CEO, Jochim Aerts, noted: "The external cable routing was accountable for a majority of drag around the cockpit area. Eliminating that is a a big improvement to the already race-winning recipe."

The computer mount is removable for an even cleaner front end
The computer mount is removable for an even cleaner front end

To achieve this, the new fork utilizes what Ridley calls a Cable Management Section. Basically, the steerer tube of the fork is flattened into a D-shape to allow the cables to be run through the house-brand Forza bar/stem combo and down into the frame.

With the unique cockpit and fork, Ridley claims the internal cables have no affect on the steering, and the cables and housing can be swapped out with no special tools required. Ridley also alleges that the system adds no weight to the bike.

The red highlights have a bit of sparkle in the sun
The red highlights have a bit of sparkle in the sun

Ridley Noah SL Aero+ pricing and availability

The Noah SL Aero+, complete with an Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, DT Swiss R32d Spline wheels and Forza Cirrus Pro integrated bar/stem, will start at €4,899. Pricing for GBP and USD was not yet determined.

Availability of both complete bikes as well as framesets is slated for the beginning of 2018. 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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