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Ridley Noah Fast Disc aero road bike slips in Tour debut, plus rim brake model

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Ridley isn’t content to just make a fast aero bike, they need to have a bike that will get André Greipel to the finish line fresh, then set him up for the sprint against Sagan. His latest tool is the lighter, stiffer Ridley Noah Fast Disc, a next evolution aero road bike faster in aerodynamics, but also delivering better fit & more serviceability.

Ridley Noah Fast Disc aero, disc brake road bike

Ridley’s Noah family has always been aero, but the latest Noah Fast Disc takes it a step further. The new bike expands on aero benefits with components also get the same wind cheating performance thanks to an aerofoil frame tube profile shaping consistent across the board.

Aerodynamic Component Integration

Everyone looks at an aero bike and realizes that by more closely defining the whole. Some call it system integration, but it amounts to bringing together components like an integrated bar-stem – which here uses the same tube profiles.

The Noah Fast gets an integrated seat clamp, using an aero profile for the best performance.

The bike as we’ve seen it uses 100% internal routing for both shift & brake wires, thanks in large part to the electronic focused double drivetrain. The Noah Fast gets internal cockpit wiring, then internal headtube routing around the F-Steerer, all with an integrated stack of spacers to keep the build fast & sleek. The bike simplifies routing in hopes of alleviating a headache for the shop mechanics. Each cable gets its own full length, easy to access  guide, whether for mechanical or electronic drivetrains.

Like we saw on the last generation Noah, the Noah Fast uses the F-Surface grooves more extensively throughout the frame & fork design. By molding in a small groove just behind leading aero edges, the F-Surface tech effectively does the same thing as dimples, creating a thin, turbulent layer of air that actually lets the airflow more closely follow the frame shapes, especially useful at wider wind yaw angles.

The fork itself gets F-Wings, small extended tabs at the dropout that claim to reduce turbulence coming off the spinning of the hub. For the disc brake bike, detachable thru-axle levers keep everything clean to the wind.

The Noah Fast comes in five frame sizes, plus six stem lengths to finely dial in your fit. Overall the complete frame kit is said to be 250g lighter than its predecessor.

The Noah Fast Disc is available as a 4500€ frameset, or a disc brake Ultegra Di2 group for 7900€.

Ridley Noah Fast Rim brake

Not limited to dis brakes only, the Noah Fast gets a rim brake version as well. The 7400€ rim brake bike shares almost all of the same tech as the disc bike, swapping in direct mount calipers for the best possible braking (4300€ for the frameset.)


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5 years ago

Damn! Looks good! So many attractive new bikes coming out at this year’s tour!

5 years ago

I’ll never buy Ridley again. Purchased a Noah FAST and had brake issues since day one.
Now on my 3rd frame that Ridley refuse to warranty. BB shell creaks horrendously, sent frame and forks to Belgium and they bent the brakes out to provide more clearance which resulted in the fork cracking at the brake where it flexes. Utterly disgusted that I spent so much cash and I’m in this position.

5 years ago
Reply to  Nally

What BB did you have? What kind of brakes?

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