To celebrate the launch of their 2013 Helium SL frameset Ridley have created a special edition - the Helium SL Limited 58. Called the 58 because the bike weighs only 5.8kg with pedals (but not in a small size where it’s a mere 5.74kg, but that’s being picky), it will be sold as a limited edition of 58 bikes with each frame being numbered.
We had a quick go on the standard Helium SL at Eurobike and liked it very much, so the Limited version has got to be 58% better, right? The Ridley SL frame uses a blend of 60, 40, 30 ton high modulus carbon to get that elusive mix of stiffness and featheriness, with a listed weight of about 750g. The Limited 58 frame has a special superlight paint finish to further shave weight.
The frame comes with all you’d want these days, a tapered 1-1/8” - 1-1/4” head tube, oversized press fit BB30 bottom bracket, flattened seatstays to give a bit of comfort without sacrificing stiffness, carbon rear dropouts reinforced with steel plates for increased durability and dual purpose internal cable routing for both mechanical and electronic shifting wires, all joined together with tubes designed with what Ridley calls their “form follows function” philosophy, which means no unnecessary kinks, lumps or bendy bits to create a clean and simple looking bike.
Ridley didn’t want to produce the lightest bike in the world with the Limited 58, but to build a superlight bike that still meets the high demands of the peloton re stiffness and day-on-day durability. That’s why there aren’t any exotic or dangerously light components in the build, just parts with a proven WorldTour background. The bike is assembled with the new Sram Red groupset, 4ZA Cirrus Pro finishing kit and a Zipp 202 Tubular wheelset with Continental tubulars. The total weight of 5.8kg is below the UCI limit but as they’re a bit busy with other things at the moment we think you’ll get away with it.
The price for the Helium SL Limited 58 edition is 5800€, actually no it isn’t, that would be nice but it’s actually a slightly more hefty 7999€ (without pedals) and will be available to pick up on 10th February 2013 at your local Ridley dealer. If you’re keen to make a reservation then click on the Ridley Limited’s mini-website, but only for the next 58 days.
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.