Ridley Fenix C10 Disc Road Bike – 2015
Ridley Fenix C10 Disc Road Bike – 2015. Disc brakes are the next big thing in road bikes–offering improved all-weather and all-terrain braking power over traditional rim brakes. So it only makes sense that they would find their way to the Ridley Fenix, Ridley’s go-anywhere, do-it-all road bike. The Ridley Fenix C10 Disc is the same frame as the ones the Lotto-Soudal pro riders use for races like Paris Roubaix, but has been updated to accept disc brakes, and wider 25-28mm tires. The Fenix C10 Disc is a full carbon fiber bike equipped with a Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and Ridley’s own 4Za components. The frame is made with 24-ton high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber formed into Ridley’s distinctive diamond shape for rugged strength and durability. The taller headtube both alleviates stress on the lower back while riding and enhances frame stiffness by eliminating the need to use as many headset spacers. This endurance geometry dovetails nicely with Ridley’s fit philosophy–a philosophy that stipulates that rider comfort is the best way to enhance performance. By lengthening the headtube, the frame is stiffer, and the rider is in a more comfortable, natural position. This makes it possible to fine-tune the fit stem length and seatpost height, instead of trying to add spacers to adapt the frame to the rider. The rear triangle has also been altered to better handle the stresses associated with disc braking, and enlarged to handle wider clearance–it’ll handle any brand of 25mm tires, mounted on modern wider rims, without a problem, and can handle a few 28’s as well. The Fenix C10 Disc frame also features internal cable routing, and for all the right reasons. Internal cable routing not only keeps the lines of the bike cleaner and makes the frame more aerodynamic, but it also cuts down on cable slap and fouling–essential when riding over rough terrain or in muddy, wet conditions. It helps keep the cables from wearing out prematurely, and keeps them cleaner for smoother, more precise shifting and braking in any weather conditions. Additionally, a PF30 bottom bracket and oversized, tapered headtube enhance frame stiffness. The PF30 bottom bracket allows the use of a crankset with a shorter, beefier spindle for less flex and improved power transmission. The bottom bracket shell is also burlier, which means that the frame is stiffer, so more watts go into forward movement, and less into frame flex. The tapered headtube enables the frame to be stiffer for improved handling and control on even the roughest terrain. The full carbon fiber fork features a medium rake that gives the bike the ability to dive into turns without feeling twitchy or unstable. The carbon fiber arms and steerer help absorb road vibrations and smooth out the ride. Disc tabs and a left-fork arm help distribute the forces generated with disc braking and improve handling. The Ultegra 6800 groupset is more than just an 11-speed evolution of Ultegra 6700. The CR1-D is features Ultegra 6800 derailleurs mated to the new RS685 hydraulic levers and calipers, with an ergonomic hood and lever shapes that draw inspiration directly from the company’s superlative Di2 systems. The result is a more comfortable lever that requires less force to execute a shift, thanks to decreased cable friction and improved housing. Ultegra 6800 also features a fundamental redesign of the front derailleur, with a longer lever arm for more effective and precise front shifts. The rear derailleur has also been redesigned to be lighter and more responsive, making shifting across the entire cassette feels easy and snappy, with no chain rubbing or hesitation. And, of course, there is the revolutionary new 4-arm design crankset. The new Shimano design is a fundamental rethink of how forces are distributed across the crankset spider. The result is a stiffer crankset, stiff rings, and–most importantly–one BCD measurement for all chainring sizes, so you no longer have to choose between race or compact. The Shimano hydraulic brakes have been specially adapted to the road to be lighter, more aerodynamic, and shed heat faster. Rounding out this impressive package is a build kit from Ridley’s own 4Za brand. 4Za is in many ways unlike some other company’s house brand component arms. Ridley engineers every 4Za component to integrate seamlessly with their bikes at a basic level, ensuring optimized performance at every level. The bike rolls on a set of lightweight 4Za clincher rims, laced to DT Swiss R24 disc hubs with a 6-bolt rotor mount, which spin up quickly, climb like they mean it, and deliver superb braking performance.