Group Lotto-Dstny, and particularly Maxim van Gils has been noticed on the Critérium du Dauphiné on what seems to be to be a brand new prototype Ridley bike forward of stage one. The brand new bike is marked with UCI prototype stickers and incorporates a matte black body with chrome Ridley logos. We’ve additionally noticed a brand new BMC prototype bike on the Dauphine, because it appears producers are quickly gearing as much as roll out new gear within the run as much as and in the course of the Tour de France.
The Lotto-Dstny crew have the Noah FAST aero bike and the lighter weight Helium to select from. Other than these fashions Ridley additionally manufactures the Fenix Endurance bike. This new prototype seems to be to obviously have completely different body tubing profiles in comparison with the Noah FAST aero bike and might be a mix of options from a number of completely different fashions within the Ridley line, maybe changing an present mannequin or bringing one thing new to the desk.
Tools smart, the bike construct seems to be to be equivalent to the opposite crew bikes, with the identical Deda built-in handlebars and stem, Dura-Ace groupset, bling gold KMC chains and DT Swiss and Vittoria tyre and wheel combos.
The above picture offers an attention-grabbing comparability between the groups present Noah FAST aero bike and the prototype mannequin. The brand new bike seems to be to have a unique seat keep / seat tube be part of with a barely much less aero profile and barely much less seat keep drop.
The headtube is a barely completely different form too, and the highest tube additionally appears to be extra horizontal, although this might simply be the digital camera angle. Maybe this can be a bit just like the variations between the Specialised Venge and Tarmac, with Ridley streamlining the 2 fashions into only one bike.
The Prototype belonged to Maxim Van Gils, and given a race quantity is hooked up it is secure to say this bike will see motion. Maybe the entire crew shall be utilizing the brand new bike come the Tour de France, the place the UCI will roll out it is new gear registration guidelines this yr.
The prototype bikes seems to be to have an oval or teardrop formed proprietary seatpost with a wedge clamp and rubber cowl to assist aerodynamics, and preserve filth and water out of the meeting.
The crew additionally look to be working the newly launched this yr Vittoria Corsa Professional tyres, which we’ve seen within the peloton for a number of months now however have solely just lately been formally launched by Vittoria.
The body is clearly completely different to the Noah and Helium Ridley fashions and appears if something to have most in frequent with the Fenix, which is Ridley’s endurance bike. It seems to be like extra of an all rounder, relatively than a hyper aero or featherweight bike.
The prototype would not seem to have the identical fork crown with aero profiling because the Noah FAST. Maybe this headtube and fork association is definitely sooner. The bikes additionally function the identical bar and stem because the crew Noah’s on the race, although this unit leaves the highest cap uncovered and sitting barely proud within the wind.
The above UCI prototype sticker confirms it this can be a new child on the block. The DT Swiss ARC wheels additionally got here out high once we took a bunch of wheelsets to the wind tunnel for aero testing. Ridley has its personal wind tunnel facility so maybe it is aware of this already from its personal testing and determined to go together with DT Swiss.
As ever, keep tuned and we’ll replace this web page as and when any new data arises.