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Ridley Helium RS/SRAM Force Complete Road Bike - 2014
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After successfully increasing the Damocles' stiffness and stability, while dramatically reducing its overall weight, Ridley's engineers emerged with what would become known as the Helium. At nearly 300 grams lighter than the Damocles, it's 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's proven design continues in 2014, with several enhanced features. These include dual purpose cable routing, which cleanly route both mechanical and electronic drivetrains internally, as well as the versatile, non-integrated 27. 2mm seatpost design. Combine these updates with a full SRAM Force 22 drivetrain, and the Helium is ready to propel you up the steepest switchbacks with ease. The new Helium frame tips the scales at roughly 850 grams in the Medium size. 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. 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. Alon...