Ridley Fenix Frameset - Black/White/Silver
In Greek mythology, the phoenix is one to rise from the ashes of its prior self. However, given that this is just the introduction of what's sure to become an iconic breed of all 'rounder frames, the cyclical nature of the phoenix has yet to occur. That is on paper, at least. In practice, the Ridley Fenix emanates from the still smoldering ashes of the Damocles and Excalibur. And while one of these iconic models is still in production, the Fenix combines both of their best attributes into a frame that's intended for unadulterated speed.
As mentioned, Ridley tuned the Fenix as to combine the best attributes of its Damocles and Excalibur lines. But, you're probably wondering what exactly these are? Well, starting with strength, Ridley incorporated the same Sharp Edge tube design that was developed for its first carbon frame, the Damocles. Essentially, the engineering ideology at work here is that of form following function. If you've ever taken a gander at Ridley's logo, you'll notice the Ridley 'R' encased in the outline of a diamond. This isn't just a flamboyant demonstration of Belgian wealth and prosperity. In fact, it's a representation of Ridley's design philosophy -- taking cues from natural, proven designs. Accordingly, Ridley has designed the oversized carbon tubing with the shape of the diamond in mind. The 'sharp edge' means that the focused areas of the carbon layup are at the poignant edges of the tubing. This not only guarantees a high level of strength and impact resistance, but it also translates to a lightweight composition. So, like the Damocles, the strength lies at the forefront, but with pages taken from the svelte Excalibur, the Fenix's strength-to-weight ratio goes off the charts.
Like the Excalibur, Ridley placed a focus on lowering the overall weight, while increasing stability and comfort. Accordingly, the Fenix has been constructed from a 24-ton, high modulus carbon fiber. This means that the carbon is designed to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square millimeter. So, the stronger the carbon fiber, the less that needs to be used. And the less material used, means a lower overall frame weight. However, the light carbon design also translates to heightened levels of rigidity, which directly lends itself to an efficient power transfer to the rear triangle. Complementing this attribute are the Fenix's asymmetrical chainstays, oversized tube junctures, a Press Fit BB30 bottom bracket, and a tapered, 1.125 x 1.5in head tube.
For comfort, the Fenix features a tapered design down the seatstays that thin towards the middle before regaining their original size at the axle. Essentially, this creates a forced flex area for shock absorption on rough roads. And further along these lines, Ridley also gave the frame a medium-height head tube for increased vibration absorption and a comfortable position in the saddle. However, this isn't to say that this is a cushy gran fondo design. In fact, Andre Greipel opted to ride the Fenix at the 2012 Paris-Roubaix. The tall, tapered head tube also permits a high level of stability, maneuvering, and control across the gamut of speed. These features are further accentuated by the use of Ridley's tried and true 4ZA carbon fiber fork.
Ridley has also made the Fenix to be future-ready. By this, we mean that the frame features all internal cable routing for minimal maintenance, aerodynamics, and an overall clean aesthetic. Additionally, Ridley ensured that the Fenix is compatible with all mechanical and electronic shift systems.
The Ridley Fenix is available in six sizes from XX-Small to X-Large. Please note that the Fenix has been designed for use with a braze-on front derailleur, and that it accommodates a 31.6mm seatpost.
- Frame Material: Carbon fiber
- Fork: 4ZA carbon
- Fork Material: Carbon fiber
- Fork Blade Shape: Aero blade
- Steer Tube Type:Â Tapered carbon fiber
- Rear Axle: 130 mm
- Dropout Type: Vertical
- Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger: No
- Head Tube Diameter: 1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
- Headset Included: Yes
- Bottom Bracket Type: Pressfit BB30
- Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
- Seatpost Diameter: 31.6 mm
- Cable Routing: Internal
- Compatible Components: Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo
- Actual Weight: M: 1,750g
- Frame-Only Weight: [size medium] 1230g
- Fork Weight: 390g