Ridley Noah Sl Frameset – 2016
Ridley Noah SL Frameset – 2016. ast year when we got a chance to visit the Ridley factory, we saw a stealthy and fast looking black frame in their frame development area. It had no graphics or anything, but it looked really cool and aero. Obviously we couldn’t ask about it, let alone take photos, but when the early spring races started in 2015, we saw that same bike under the riders of Lotto-Soudal. It was none other than the all-new Ridley Noah SL, the new aero update to the venerable and much lauded Noah line. The new bike clearly shares it’s ancestor’s DNA, but has been updated to include the newest advances in aerodynamic technology and research. The first, and two most important things about the Noah SL is that the frame has been completely redesigned, and it has gone on a diet. Gone is the integrated seatmast of the Noah RS and Noah FAST, instead replaced by an adjustable aero seatpost that’s held in place with a sturdy and secure compression plug– a design that is, in our humble opinion, much improved over the shaped external clamps of old. The new high modulous carbon fiber frame also features a flatter, more aero shape than the previous versions, ditching the dramatically shaped and swoopy shapes for tighter and cleaner lines that slice through the air, but without sacrificing the exceptional stiffness and rigidity the original Noah series was known for. The Noah SL retains the FAST technology fork with cut outs that help smooth airflow between the wheel spokes and the fork arms, but the fork crown has now been shaped to integrate smoothly into the frame for even more aero gains. The frame and seatpost also feature Ridley’s patented FAST technology F-Surface treatment, a sort of trip wire at key, high airflow areas on the frame that helps detangle in the wind and save you a few more watts. The Noah SL retains the PF30 bottom bracket and tapered headtube for an exceptionally stiff and rigid bike…but by using a blend of 60 ton, 40 ton and 30 carbon fibers, Ridley has been able to tune the ride to smooth out any harshness by using a lower modulous carbon in areas where frame compliance is an asset instead of a liability. The Noah SL frame also comes at a svelt 980g for the frame…not too shabby for a dedicated aero machine.