Caleb Ewan’s Ridley Noah Fast Aero Race Bike

Caleb Ewan’s Ridley Noah Fast Aero Race Bike


– This is the Ridley Noah
Fast belonging to Caleb Ewan. Ewan himself having transferred
to the Lotto Soudal squad for the 2019 season, previously having ridden for
the Mitchelton Scott team. So for 2019 he’s not only
got himself a new frame, he’s also got himself a new groupset. Let’s have a look then at what’s
so special about this bike for a rider that I like
to call the Pocket Rocket. (upbeat digital music) So this is the latest model
of Noah frame from Ridley. Now this is the aerodynamic
road race offering bike. I actually had one of the
first models that they produced and it was a super stiff bike
with integrated seat mast and everything, but, while
most bike manufacturers seem to have gone away from
that kind of technology, there are a couple of them
still floating around out there. But it’s interesting to see it’s gone away because by having a separate
seat post you do tend to have just a little bit more
comfort there on the rear end. Now something else that Ridley trialed and actually ran with for
quite a number of years was a fork that had a split in it and the brakes were housed in there. Now the split in the fork
was actually to try and aid wind or air move over the bike
in order to keep you going at, well, lower watts I guess. However that’s been taken away and it’s been replaced
with something called F-Surface technology. Now that has been used on
previous models of Ridley bikes. So the purpose of the F-Surface technology is that the wind and air is
gonna move over the frame tubes a lot more efficiently and
effectively than otherwise in order for you to keep going faster for longer, if you like. Now it’s the same principle
or same idea that we find with golf balls, and the dimples on it, also what we tend to see
on some high-end skin suits and also airplane wings too. If we look down here as well, on the ends of the forks you can actually see something
that Ridley call F-Wings. Now the idea behind this is
very similar to what we see on the Pinarello Dogma, as
well as on the Scott Foil. The idea behind it is to
actually try and reduce the turbulence that the front hub generates, because at the front of the bike that’s where the real mass
of the wind is hitting. So sprinters such as Ewan,
while they pretty much obsess over aerodynamics, be when
it comes to battling away for the sprint victory, they
want nothing left unturned. So in the case of Ewan,
well, he gets super low but check out these handlebars too. So it’s the Deda Superzero which do have a slightly aerodynamic
profile to them too, in order just to get a
little bit more gains. And then, the cables are
really neatly internally rooted and then the EPS cables
for the electronic gearing, that is heat shrinked like
nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s done really well, it’s
almost like they’ve gone all the way inside of the bar with it. So I am gonna congratulate
Steven the mechanic who’s a really old friend of mine. Done a good job there, good job Steven. Now I mentioned in the introduction that Ewan was on a new groupset and well, he’s on something
special here indeed, because this is a Campagnolo
Super Record EPS in 12-speed, something which hasn’t
actually been released yet. Now many of you may well remember ‘ that back at the Vuelta a Espana in 2018, I did in fact use my eagle eyes and I spotted that Maxime Monfort was actually running a
prototype of this groupset. And well, it’s great to
see it here in the flesh, official, with the Super
Record logos there, on the parts concerned. Now, what has actually been added then in that 12-speed cassette? Well it is in fact a 16-tooth sprocket. So previously it jumped
from a 15 to a 17-tooth, whereas now we’ve got the 16 which is probably gonna
be pretty well used because it is there, down at the more racing end
of the cassette, if you like, but it’s certainly gonna
be valuable I reckon. Now something I’d noticed on
this bike, which is ultra cool and what you can do with
electornic groupsets is actually customize the
shifting patterns of the bike. So what’s Caleb Ewan actually done then with his shifting controls? Well, because previously
he was using Shimano I can see his thinking behind this, and he’s actually changed it around so that when he’s on
the drops of the bars, at least I think this is why he’s done it, he can change gear slightly easier, because of course, with Campagnolo, to change gear into the
11-sprocket for instance, it’s the little thumb shifter here on the inside of the hoods. So by using one of the paddle shifters, when you’re down there in the drops, it is a lot easier to change gear, so he’s customized it so that if he presses the one
on the right hand side, it moves into a harder gear, so towards the 11-sprocket, and then if he uses the one
on the left hand shifter, well, he goes up towards
the 29-tooth sprocket. But then with the thumb shifters on the insides of the hoods,
he’s done the reverse, so, the one on the right hand side moves him into the small change ring, and the one on the left hand side moves him into the big chain ring. I’m gonna try and get a few
words from Caleb actually and try and find out
exactly why he’s done that, but, well, that’s my thinking at least. Wheel selection, well, Ewan,
he’s been rolling around here at the Tour Down Under on a pair of Campagnolo
Bora Ultra 50 wheels. Of course that can change
depending on the terrain that’s being raced over. They’ve got ceramic bearings fitted, and then tires-wise, we’ve
got Vittoria Corsa tubulars in 25 millimeter width. Now like every professional
cyclist out there, Caleb Ewan he’s gonna wanna know how much power he’s kicking out, both during the stage
as well as afterwards in order to actually
have a look and analyze, what exactly he’s been doing. So he’s opted for the Campagnolo chainset with an SRM unit actually
mounted onto the spider there. Chainrings, 53/39, and if we look closely, just tucked away beneath those chainrings or in the inside of them, we can see a K-Edge chain catcher with a magnet on the end of it, and that’s in order to actually
trigger, or rather capture, the cadence of the chainset
whilst he’s pedaling. Now, attached on to those
170 millimeter cranks are a pair of Look Keo Carbon Blade pedals with a 20 newton meter blade in there, so that’s the release tension. So he’s opted for the highest there is, because of course when you’re
in the heat of the moment, battling out a stage win, you don’t wanna pull your foot out do you? No you don’t. Right let’s look at same
of the finishing touches on the bike then. Well firstly, where he perches his behind is on a Selle Italia team
edition carbon railed saddle. Course the carbon rail just saving a little bit of weight there. And the stem, well we’ve
talked about the bars already, but they’re fitted into
a Deda Zero 100 stem, that’s 140 millimeters in
length, so pretty long, and with a minus 20 degree angle, so that is one of the,
well, steepest stems we are gonna see in
the World Tour peloton. We do see a few minus 17s, but minus 20, that’s pretty much
signature actually to Deda, and then fitted beneath that stem, we’ve got what looks to be a 3D printed headset top cap cover, and it’s a really nice
looking bit of kit, that, big fan of things like that I must say. Handlebar tape, we’ve got
some Lizard Skins DSP tape which is wrapped only
about 3/4 of the way, just missing out the top
flat part section there. And then we’ve got some
Campagnolo direct mount brakes so they attach with two
bolts rather than one, which is kind of what you find on a traditional style set up. A pair of Tacx carbon fiber bottle cages. Of course fitted onto those Deda bars we’ve got the SRM PC8 power unit which is in a, well, pretty
good matching red color, and then also, I must just
say that the seat post too, is unique to the Ridley Noah Fast, and it also has that F-Surface
technology grooves in there to smooth out the airflow, and then on the rear of the seat post you can just about see
Caleb Ewan’s race number from the Australian National
Road Race Championships that was just a few days ago, and that’s neatly double-sided taped on the back of the seat post there. No messy superglue or anything like that. From the tip of the saddle to the center of the bottom
bracket, 64.5 centimeters. And the measurements from
the tip of the saddle to the center of the
handlebars is 52.2 centimeters and the drop from the
saddle to the handlebars is 6.5 centimeters and
the weight is 7.27 kilos. Okay, okay, I know how much
you love a freehub soundcheck. Let’s have a listen. (gentle clicking) (rapid whirring) So there we are, the
bike of 2019 new recruit for Lotto Soudal, Caleb Ewan. Let me know though what you think of it down there in the comments section. Personally, it gets a super nice from me. It’s got gumwall tires after all. Now, remember to like and share this video with your friends, give
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