A brand new Ridley time trial bike has been noticed as we speak on the Critérium du Dauphiné. The 31km stage 4 time trial began from Cours and completed in Belmont-de-la-Loire. At the least two Lotto-Dstny riders had been using the brand new bike with Victor Campenaerts and Thomas De Gendt noticed on the brand new machines.
We lined a spread of Dauphine Tech in our mega gallery this week, together with three different prototype highway machines (one among which is a new Ridley highway bike), however this TT mannequin stayed below wraps till as we speak’s stage.
Different new bikes we have noticed not too long ago
Are Ridley changing the Dean?
Ridley’s present time trial Bike, the Dean, has been round for fairly a very long time now, and the design hasn’t modified massively since at the very least 2013 when an up to date Dean FAST model was launched.
The Dean options rim brakes, one built-in into the entrance fork and one tucked below the rear chainstays, and a Forza built-in cockpit. Lotto-Dstny riders had been using rim brake-equipped Dean fashions as not too long ago because the Tour de Romandie prologue time trial again in April. The exact same stage the place Rui Costa suffered a disastrous mechanical.
The brand new or prototype bikes could possibly be up to date Dean fashions which appears probably, or maybe a model new Ridey TT bike. Given manufacturers are likely to have just one TT/Tri mannequin of their lineups we suspect it will tackle the Dean moniker.
De Gendt and Campanearts had been using the brand new frames, however De Gendt’s bike had a white Ridley emblem on the down tube, this was absent on Campanaert’s mannequin. Campanaerts, a notably detail-focused rider in relation to bike setup additionally had completely different Deda TT extensions.
Elsewhere the bikes are actually disc brake-equipped, and look to function an built-in handlebar stem which is constructed across the bike’s head tube. There is a sloping prime tube now in comparison with the outdated bike’s horizontal prime tube in addition to a deeper head tube profile. The entrance wheel look to have moved barely additional away from the down tube with a bigger hole right here.
On the rear of the bike, the seat stays appear to have dropped additional and the aero seatpost is clearly a special form. It is clear this can be a full overhaul and never simply an replace.
Componentry-wise, the bikes featured Dura-Ace 12-speed di2 groupsets, although De Gendt used the older Dura-Ace 9100 chainset with 4iiii Rotor chainrings and each riders had gold KMC chains put in. DT Swiss Wheels and Vittoria Tyres accomplished the package deal.