This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
The Arena C is Ridley's top-end track frameset and this particular build might just be one of the best looking track bikes we've ever featured on the site.
The fork features Ridley's signature F Split
The frameset is heavily aero-optimised, with the wheel tucked right into the bent seat tube and a position that makes my back hurt just looking at it.
The bike also employs Ridley's signature 'F-Split' design, which sees a slit moulded into each fork leg that is said to clean up airflow on the incredibly chunky forks — all in the name of #aerogainz.
I love these track ends
It may seem like a small thing, but I'm particularly fond of the intricate shape of the bonded-in alloy track ends — it's not totally clear whether these are cast, forged or machined, but Ridley's efforts here have not gone unnoticed.
I'm very fond of the cream and gold paint
The Arena is available via Ridley's PureLine customisation program and the owner of this particular bike has taken full advantage, finishing the bike with a very, very cool cream and gold paint job.
I think this is the best looking crankset out there
The bike is built around a most delightful mix of components — I personally think that Dura Ace 7710 is one of the most handsome groupsets out there (particularly the hubs) and the contrast between that muscular carbon frame and those skinny polished cranks truly sets my nerdy heart aflutter.
As an aside, Stages actually makes a power meter version of the FC-7710 track crankset — which still uses Shimano's largely forgotten Octalink bottom bracket standard — but this particular build uses Garmin's Vector 3 pedals for power data.
PRO supplies the finishing kit
The bike uses Continental's incredibly popular Tempo tyres
PRO supplies the finishing kit and wheels, the latter of which are fitted with Continental's massively popular Tempo track tubular tyres.
What a mean looking stance
Ridley also makes a time trial/pursuit version of the Arena — which actually looks more like the brand's Dean time trial bike — which features a more integrated front end, an aero seatpost (as opposed to a topper) and a less sculpted rear end. There is also an entry-level alloy version in the lineup.