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Ridley Helium Road Bike Frame
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After the success of the Damocles, Ridley was faced with a new set of challenges. Namely, its goal was to increase the Damocles' stiffness and stability, while dramatically reducing its overall weight. The bike which resulted from this development was the Ridley Helium Road Bike Frame. At nearly 300 grams lighter than the Damocles, Ridley created a frame that was bred for the mountains. Not surprisingly, this was Ridley's objective all along. Essentially, this frame was designed to be built to the UCI's 6. 8kg limit, giving you the lightest platform possible to hammer up the climbs. The Helium tips the scales at just over 1000 grams, which is less than that of Ridley's pave-flagship, the Excalibur. This was accomplished through its use of superior grades of carbon fiber. In fact, the Helium predominantly uses both 30- and 24-ton carbon fiber, with areas of 40-ton and 50-ton reinforcements (in comparison to the 24-ton carbon used on the Excalibur). But, if you're wondering what the 'ton' designation is, it essentially reflects how many tons of pressure per square millimeter that the carbon is able to withstand before failure. Thus, 30-ton carbon will withstand 30 tons of pressure per square millimeter. By using high-grade carbon, Ridley's able to use less carbon in the production process. After all, common logic tells us that the stronger a material that's used, the less of it that's need. As a result, the Helium is able to achieve a lower frame weight. And to further reduce weight, the Helium also utilizes full-carbon dropouts with stainless steel inserts. Additionally, it doesn't use any aluminum in the head tube bearing races. And while materials are a key foundation for a sound strength-to-weight ratio, the construction process and tube shapes are of equal measure. Along these lines, we find it comforting that Ridley draws its tube shape inspiration from the most tested designs on earth -- nature itself. You'll find that Ridley's strongest frames, like the F...