André Greipel rode the same lightweight and aerodynamic Ridley Noah SL frame to an impressive four stage victories at the 2015 Tour de France.
The Noah SL has been designed to achieve the optimum balance between aerodynamics, handling and comfort.
Unlike the integrated brakes of the Ridley Noah Fast, the Noah SL is equipped with standard caliper brakes in the normal positions; on the fork and behind the seat stays (the metal race number clamp is still attached to the frame).
The seatstays are set low down the seat tube to counteract the vibrations from the road otherwise felt when riding a super stiff frame.
As well as having internally routed cables and an aero seat post- with the clamp recessed into the top tube for added aerodynamics- the Ridley Noah SL comes equipped with some innovative tech to give Greipel an aero advantage:
The frame uses Ridley’s F- surface technology. This involves a textured surface being used in certain positions to let air travel more smoothly over the frame rather than detaching and creating drag.
The F-Splitfork is no ordinary fork; it has two slots run down the side of each fork leg. The theory is that air is drawn away from the spokes to negate the turbulence generated by the wheels.
The main change to Greipel’s set-up is the saddle, with Selle Italia replacing San Marco as the team’s supplier.
At the moment Greipel has opted for the Selle Italia team issue Flite which has a cut-out and carbon oval rails.
You’ll notice Greipel is a rider who favours having his saddle as far forward as possible placing him closer to the bottom bracket.
The bike is kitted out with Campagnolo’s top of the range Super Record EPS 11 speed groupset, with the carbon derailleurs a particularly nice touch.
The chainset is a classic road race combination of 53/39. The ‘Gorilla’, as Greipel is known, will be monitoring his impressive power numbers with an SRM.
As SRM’s do not use GPS to monitor speed there is a speed sensor on the rear wheel.
Deda components make up the cockpit. Deda Supperleggero carbon bars are matched with a slammed Deda Zero 100 performance stem.
With Campagnolo’s aluminium Zonda wheels and Continental’s 23mm Grand Prix tyres, Greipel’s bike is ready for long winter miles.
When race season arrives we expect him to be using deep section carbon wheels and tubular tyres.
The red, white and black paint job matches Lotto- Soudal’s kit. The personal touch is added by Greipel’s name on the top tube.
Time will tell whether Greipel is as successful on the Ridley Noah SL in 2016 as he was in 2015.