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In Greek mythology, the phoenix is one to rise from the ashes of its prior self. However, given that this is just the introduction of what's sure to become an iconic breed of all 'rounder frames, the cyclical nature of the phoenix has yet to occur. That is on paper, at least. In practice, the Ridley Fenix Road Bike Frame emanates from the still smoldering ashes of the Damocles and Excalibur. And while one of these iconic models is still in production, the Fenix combines both of their best attributes into a frame that's intended for unadulterated speed. As mentioned, Ridley tuned the Fenix as to combine the best attributes of its Damocles and Excalibur lines. But, you're probably wondering what exactly these are Well, starting with strength, Ridley incorporated the same Sharp Edge tube design that was developed for its first carbon frame, the Damocles. Essentially, the engineering ideology at work here is that of form following function. If you've ever taken a gander at Ridley's logo, you'll notice the Ridley 'R' encased in the outline of a diamond. This isn't just a flamboyant demonstration of Belgian wealth and prosperity. In fact, it's a representation of Ridley's design philosophy -- taking cues from natural, proven designs. Accordingly, Ridley has designed the oversized carbon tubing with the shape of the diamond in mind. The 'sharp edge' means that the focused areas of the carbon layup are at the poignant edges of the tubing. This not only guarantees a high level of strength and impact resistance, but it also translates to a lightweight composition. So, like the Damocles, the strength lies at the forefront, but with pages taken from the svelte Excalibur, the Fenix's strength-to-weight ratio goes off the charts. Like the Excalibur, Ridley placed a focus on lowering the overall weight, while increasing stability and comfort. Accordingly, the Fenix has been constructed from a 24-ton, high modulus carbon fiber. This means that the carbon is designed to withst...