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Lotto Soudal to ride disc brakes only in 2020

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Lotto Soudal's 2020 Ridley Helium SLX Disc (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)

In an increasingly common move, Lotto Soudal has today announced the team will solely ride aboard disc brakes for the upcoming 2020 season. The Belgian team's bike sponsor, Ridley, will provide its lightweight Helium SLX Disc and the aero Noah Fast Disc, equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS disc groupsets. 

Four of the team's leading riders, Caleb Ewan, John Degenkolb, Philippe Gilbert, and Tim Wellens will also be given the opportunity to customise their own bike's colours ahead of different races throughout the season. 

The Helium SLX Disc will be ridden by Tim Wellens, who makes the switch over from rim brakes, as well as new recruit Philippe Gilbert, who joins the team from Deceuninck QuickStep.

"The Helium SLX Disc claims it's the King of the Racers. It didn't steal its name," said Gilbert. "Its agile steering and overall stiffness feel so good, it's perfect for me. I could also select the colours for this bike myself. Because of this, this Ridley already has a special sentiment for me."

Caleb Ewan took three Tour de France stage victories aboard a rim-brake-equipped Ridley Noah Fast in 2019, but will also make the switch over to discs. John Degenkolb, who joins Lotto Soudal from Trek-Segafredo, will also race aboard Ridley's aero model, opting for a green fade as the season begins. 

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John Degenkolb and Caleb Ewan show off the Ridley Noah Fast Disc (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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Philippe Gilbert and Tim Wellens with the Ridley Helium SLX Disc (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Helium SLX Disc in Lotto Soudal colours (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Helium SLX Disc in Lotto Soudal colours (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Helium SLX comes with disc brakes only for the Belgian WorldTour outfit (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Helium SLX Disc is equipped with Campagnolo's Super Record EPS 12 Speed disc groupset (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Noah Fast Disc in Lotto Soudal colours (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Noah Fast Disc in Lotto Soudal colours (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Noah Fast also comes only with disc brakes for Lotto Soudal (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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The Noah Fast Disc is also equipped with Campagnolo's Super Record EPS 12 Speed disc groupset (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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Philippe Gilbert's chosen colour scheme is described as metallic black with candy red (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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Gilbert's top tube honours his record of the fastest road stage from the 2019 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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Tim Wellens opted for pearl white with candy red on his Helium SLX Disc (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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Caleb Ewan's chosen colour scheme is described as metallic black with white (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)
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John Degenkolb went with a green fade, described by Ridley as racing green metallic to copperish green (Image credit: Ridley Bikes)

Ridley Noah Fast specs

  • Frameset: Ridley Noah Fast Disc
  • Group: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed Disc
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Bora One Disc 50mm
  • Computer and Power meter: SRM
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic
  • Seatpost: Ridley Noah Fast
  • Stem: DEDA SuperZero
  • Handlebar: DEDA SuperZero
  • Bar tape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia
  • Bottom Bracket: C-Bear Ceramic Bearings
  • Bottle cage: Tacx Ciro
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 26mm tubular
  • Weight: 7.35kg

Ridley Helium SLX Disc specs

  • Frameset: Ridley Helium SLX Disc
  • Group: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed Disc
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Bora One Disc 50mm
  • Computer and Power meter: SRM
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic
  • Seatpost: DEDA Superleggero
  • Stem: DEDA SuperZero
  • Handlebar: DEDA SuperZero
  • Bar tape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia
  • Bottom Bracket: C-Bear Ceramic Bearings
  • Bottle cage: Tacx Ciro
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 26mm tubular
  • Weight: 7.15kg