Bikes owned by some of the world’s best riders were among the gleaming machinery on display at the London Bike Show, which closed yesterday.
We found the Ridley Noah Fast ridden by Greg Henderson in last year’s Olympic road race, painted in the black and white of New Zealand.
Henderson’s machine was one of three supplied by the Belgian brand to national teams competing for Olympic honours in the men’s road race.
Andre Greipel rode a Noah Fast painted in German colours, while Jurgen Roelandts rolled out on the same model in Belgian livery.
All three riders ply their trade with the Belgian Lotto-Belisol team, at whose training camp in Benicassim, Spain we were recent guests.
Let’s take a closer look at Henderson’s machine.
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Ridley’s UK agent estimates the value of Henderson’s bike at £11,000. Add a further £3,000 for his SRM power meter (not pictured)
Henderson is 5’9″ tall and rides a small frame, but his long back and arms neccessitate a long stem: 140mm to be precise and slammed to the top race
The ‘Fast’ aero brake is a patented Ridley design. Lotto-Belisol’s mechanics have added a rubber ‘boot’ to give the cable a more pronounced angle, which, at the rear, provides extra clearance between cable and rider
The saddle on Henderson’s bike is standard, but the rest of the machine has a higher spec than the £6,700 production model, and at 6.8kg, is a kilo lighter
With the exception of the downtube graphic, branding on Ridley’s Olympic bikes was reduced to conform with IOC regulations