There aren't many riders on the WorldTour that boast a palmares as decorated as Classics specialist John Degenkolb. Having won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia as well as etched his name onto the honours board of two of the five Monuments, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, he is constantly in search of greatness – something he affectionately refers to as 'Chasin' Aces'.
A self-confessed arbiter of style, the German is no stranger when it comes to custom bicycles having ridden several special-edition Trek Project One framesets during his tenure at Trek-Segafredo. Unsurprisingly, he opened his Spring Classics account at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne at Opening Weekend in Belgium aboard a bespoke Ridley Noah Fast Disc.
Along with fellow team leaders - Philippe Gilbert, Tim Wellens and Caleb Ewan - he has been given free rein to personalise the paintwork of his bike throughout the season in a move that will differentiate each leader from the standard, team-issue Ridley framesets.
Degenkolb's Ridley Noah Fast Disc cuts a striking figure against the backdrop of standard-issue bikes of his teammates. But rather than creating a sense of segregation within the ranks, the unique 'Pure Line Fade' paintwork's metallic green/copper flip serves as a homage to his success on the bike.
The German Classics specialist is well known in the peloton for his love of custom and the culture that accompanies it, and his Noah epitomises his passion. Here subtle touches add to the bike's bespoke nature such as the 'Dege' logo below the seat mast, and the 'Chasin' Aces' and coordinates on the downtube.
The GPS coordinates and date reference his 2018, stage 9 victory at the Tour de France which finished the at the Vélodrome André-Pétrieux in Roubaix.
While integration features heavily in this build - everything from the fork, handlebar and seat post clamp to the thru-axles, cables and spacer profiling have been designed to be as slippery as possible - the dropped seatstay configuration would have no doubt helped with compliance over the cobbled sectors of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
In terms of components, Degenkolb's Ridley is outfitted in a full Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset, complete with 175mm carbon cranks that drive a 54/39T, 11-29T chainset. Long-time sponsor, C-Bear, provides the ceramic bearings for the headset, derailleur pulleys, bottom bracket and Campagnolo Bora One wheel hubs, offering friction-reduced longevity over the course of the season.
Much of the finishing kit comes complements of Deda Elementi - in this instance, a 130mm stem and Deda Super Zero Aero 440mm handlebar. A Selle Italia saddle, SRM power meter and PC8 computer, Tacx Ciro bottle cages, Lizard Skins bar tape and Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedals round off the ancillary items.
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John Degenkolb's Ridley Noah Fast Disc full bike specifications
- Frameset: Ridley Noah Fast Disc 54cm
- Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record, 160mm rotor
- Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record, 140mm rotor
- Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
- Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
- Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed (C-Bear Campagnolo pulley wheels)
- Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 12-speed 11-29T
- Chain: Campagnolo Record 12-speed
- Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record, 54/39T with SRM power meter
- Bottom bracket: C-Bear ceramic, PF30
- Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora One Disc 50mm tubular
- Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 26-28mm tubular
- Handlebars: Deda Super Zero Aero (440mm)
- Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm
- Stem: Deda Super Zero (130mm)
- Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic
- Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
- Seatpost: Ridley
- Cycling computer: SRM PC8
- Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
- Bearings: C-Bear
- Rider height: 1.80m
- Rider weight: 77kg
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Aaron is Cyclingnews' tech editor. Born and raised in South Africa he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. As the former gear and digital editor of Bicycling magazine and associate editor of TopCar, he's been writing about bikes and anything with wheels for the past 16 years. A competitive racer and Stravaholic, he’s twice ridden the Cape Epic and completed the Haute Route Alps. When not riding, racing or testing bicycles in and around the UK's Surrey Hills where he now lives, he's writing about them for Cyclingnews and Bike Perfect.
Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB
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