Pro bike: Jürgen Roelandts' Ridley Noah SL

An aero machine for a race of many climbs

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

The Amstel Gold Race is the first of the three Ardennes classics, and its 251km course is an endless series of climbs – 34 in total. 29-year-old Jürgen Roelandts of Team Lotto Soudal wasn’t a contender for the win, but as a strong classics rider he had an important role to play working for his teammates. It was his efforts at the beginning of the final ascent of the Cauberg that set Tony Gallopin up for an eventual sixth place, while Roelandts himself finished 66th, 1:32 down on winner Michal Kwiatkowski. After the race, we gave Roelandts' still-dirty bike the once over outside the team's hotel in Maastricht.

Despite the lumpy course, Roelandts rode the race (his first Amstel Gold, as it happens) on a Noah SL, the revised version of Ridley’s flagship aero bike launched at last year’s Eurobike. With no cobbles to contend with and a good weather forecast, this was a fairly standard build with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset, 50mm deep Bora Ultra wheels and 25mm Continental Pro Ltd tubulars. There were no concessions on the gearing either, with a standard double up front and an 11-25t cassette.

It was notable that while Roelandts' bike carried the cadence sensor, crank magnet and mounting bracket for an SRM power meter, the unit itself was not actually fitted. Asked about this, a team mechanic was quite blunt: the Noah SL frame isn’t light enough to hit the UCI minimum weight of 6.8kg with the team’s standard equipment, and on a testing parcours the extra weight of a power meter simply wasn’t worth having. BikeRadar wasn’t able to weigh this particular bike, but we were told it was more than 7kg.

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Full Specifications

Complete bike specifications
Frameset: Ridley Noah SL (Large)
Stem: Deda Zero 100 130mm
Handlebar: Deda Zero 100 Shallow Drop 42cm (39.5cm c-c)
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-25t
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra-Torque 53/39 w/PF30 adapter cups
Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2 Cr 20
Front wheel: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50mm
Rear wheel: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50mm
Front tubular: Continental Pro Ltd 25mm
Rear tubular: Continental Pro Ltd 25mm
Saddle: Selle San Marco Concora
Seatpost: Ridley Noah SL aero post
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva (x2)
Accesories: K-Edge SRM Pro Road chain catcher w/crank magnet, SRM speed sensor, SRM head unit bracket

Critical measurements
Rider's height: 1.85m (6ft 1in)
Rider's weight: 78 kg (172b)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 78cm
Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 60.5cm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 10cm 

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