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Pro bike: Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah Fast

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Greipel swapped between bikes depending on his stage chances - for the hillier stages he rode a Helium SL

Greipel swapped between bikes depending on his stage chances - for the hillier stages he rode a Helium SL
(Image credit: David Rome)
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And another look at the Ridley 'FAST' technology rear brake

And another look at the Ridley 'FAST' technology rear brake
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Blended into the seat stay, the rear brake is easy to look past. If only aerodynamics was based on what the wind could see….

Blended into the seat stay, the rear brake is easy to look past. If only aerodynamics was based on what the wind could see….
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More German National Champion stripes for Greipel

More German National Champion stripes for Greipel
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The SRM Power Control 7 head unit records Greipel's winning power

The SRM Power Control 7 head unit records Greipel's winning power
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No headset spacers under this 140mm stem, Greipel's position is extremely aggressive

No headset spacers under this 140mm stem, Greipel's position is extremely aggressive
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Plenty of seat tube is left uncut as Greipel rides a size small frame

Plenty of seat tube is left uncut as Greipel rides a size small frame
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A closer look at the custom paint for the Gorilla

A closer look at the custom paint for the Gorilla
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The integrated 'FAST' brakes definitely provide a unique look

The integrated 'FAST' brakes definitely provide a unique look
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Deep Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 wheels were used for the opening Criterium, but Greipel moved to a shallower 50mm wheel after that

Deep Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 wheels were used for the opening Criterium, but Greipel moved to a shallower 50mm wheel after that
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A custom San Marco Regale saddle matches the rest of the bike perfectly

A custom San Marco Regale saddle matches the rest of the bike perfectly
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Large tube profiles that can stand up to a Gorilla

Large tube profiles that can stand up to a Gorilla
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The rear derailleur wire is routed through the chainstay

The rear derailleur wire is routed through the chainstay
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Campagnolo SRM - according to SRM, Greipel produced 1,687 watts to win the final stage. And at US$3,999 for the crank, that's $2.37 per watt recorded

Campagnolo SRM - according to SRM, Greipel produced 1,687 watts to win the final stage. And at US$3,999 for the crank, that's $2.37 per watt recorded
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Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Deda M35 and custom paint - dream bike for many

Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Deda M35 and custom paint - dream bike for many
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We photographed Andre Greipel's bike just before the People's Choice Classic Criterium - an opening event of the Santos Tour Down Under

We photographed Andre Greipel's bike just before the People's Choice Classic Criterium - an opening event of the Santos Tour Down Under
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We spotted Greipel rolling on these Campagnolo 80th anniversary wheels for most stages, including his win on the final stage in Adelaide City

We spotted Greipel rolling on these Campagnolo 80th anniversary wheels for most stages, including his win on the final stage in Adelaide City
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And of course, custom paint for Greipel's Helium SL (and his spare Noah Fast too!)

And of course, custom paint for Greipel's Helium SL (and his spare Noah Fast too!)
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That silver thing sticking out is the new charging port for Campagnolo EPS internal

That silver thing sticking out is the new charging port for Campagnolo EPS internal
(Image credit: David Rome)

Andre Greipel, Lotto-Belisol’s lead sprinter has just began his 2014 season with two more Santos Tour Down Under Stage wins, adding to his impressive record tally of 16.

For a man affectionately known as the ‘Gorilla’ and at just over 6ft tall, Greipel’s choice of a small size frame is a little surprising. We’re seeing this become a common trend as sprinters work with the limitations of stock geometry and size down in an effort to get lower and more aggressive. Greipel counters this small frame with a generous 140mm length stem, and a 35mm clamp diameter at the handlebar to counter flex.

Amongst the otherwise black bikes of team Lotto-Belisol, the most recognizable part of Greipel’s bike is the custom paintwork and saddle. Blending his recently earned German National Champion stripes with his nickname – the ‘Gorilla’.

The Ridley Noah Fast frameset is an attention seeker that’s full of wind cheating technology and tube profiles. Most recognizable, the ‘FAST Technology’ in the name refers to the integrated brakes, Ridley claims this is for smoother air-flow and ‘best-in-class’ aerodynamics.

If the custom paintwork and saddle aren’t enough, the rest of the build is nothing but the best. A full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and the very deep Bora Ultra 80 wheels complete this sprint weapon. Greipel didn’t use such deep wheels for his two stage wins, rather picking a set of 50mm deep Campagnolo 80th anniversary.

Greipel’s bike features the new Campagnolo EPS internal race battery, with the charging point accessible on his seat tube beneath his bidon cage. We suspect this is a modification made by the team’s mechanics, and one likely available on future production models.

Where the rest of the team use Lizard Skins DSP handlebar tape, we noticed Greipel had rather basic cork tape in place, clearly as a personal choice.

While the Noah Fast is Greipel’s pick for sprint stages, we spotted him with the Helium SL for hillier stages, where he wasn’t likely to contest the win. This is clearly a choice of lower weight over aerodynamics, with his Noah Fast weighing in at rather solid 7.5kg. This isn’t rare in the bigger tours, but with the Tour Down Under being a logistical nightmare for most teams, it’s surprising to see such detailed gear support for the German sprinter.

 

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Ridley Noah Fast, size Small
Fork: Ridley Noah Fast, tapered
Headset: internal tapered
Stem: Deda 35, 140mm, -8 degree
Handlebar: Deda M35 Carbon 42cm
Tape: Generic cork, with Lizard Skins plugs
Front brake: Ridley F-brake, Jagwire carbon brake pads
Rear brake: Ridley F-brake, Jagwire carbon brake pads
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS + Campagnolo chain catcher
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-25T
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: SRMCampagnolo 11-speed, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: PF30 (unknown brand)
Battery: Internal Campagnolo race battery, in seattube
Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80
Front tire: Continental Pro Limited 23c
Rear tire: Continental Pro Limited 23c
Saddle: San Marco Regale – custom cover
Seatpost: Ridley integrated
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao (2)
Computer: SRM Power Control 7 (not pictured)

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.84m (6ft .5in)
Rider's weight: 75kg (165lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 760mm
Saddle setback: 67.5mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 700mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 470mm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 585mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 110mm
Head tube length: 145mm
Top tube length (effective): 545mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.85kg (17.16lb)