A lower-cost version of Ridley’s top carbon Fenix opens the endurance road bike family up to more riders with a slightly heavier but much more affordable Fenix Disc. Effectively identical to the SLiC version from the outside, that means you get all the modern performance, comfort, and even the premium bike… but at much more attainable pricing!
Ridley’s cobblestone-ready Fenix sits as a performance endurance bike in between their dedicated aero road-racing Noah and the recent gravel-inspired all-road Grifn – with all-day road leaning geometry and a surprisingly small official 28mm tire clearance. You might be able to fit a 30mm tire in there, but there is of course the Grifn if you are looking for a bike to ride a bit further off tarmac.
Like the more affordable Essential Series Noah & Helium updates last winter, now the Fenix Disc becomes the affordable Essential Series version of the Fenix SLiC.
Copying the long-running Fenix SLiC on the outside, the new Fenix Disc gets the same integrated carbon frame design with subtle aerodynamic nods and tiny dropped oval seatstays, just 120g heavier with the more affordable layup. Ridley does say they managed to deliver the same stiffness and ride comfort as the top-tier bike, but now in a carbon frame that likely weighs almost 1150g (M).
The new bike gets fully internal cable routing through the Deda headset and around the fork’s D-shaped carbon steerer, but with a conventional 2-piece bar for full fit adjustability. It features a full carbon tapered steerer fork, a round 27.2mm seatpost with an integrated wedge clamp, a PressFit BB85 bottom bracket, braze-on front derailleur tab, flat mount disc brakes, and 12mm thru-axles.
Ridley Fenix Disc – Pricing, options & availability
Cutting costs from the lowest-priced Fenix SLiC at 3950€, this new carbon Ridley Fenix Disc starts from just $2750 / 2600€ with an 11-speed Shimano 105 mechanical groupset and alloy Shimano wheels, with the option for an Ultegra upgrade for ~800€ more or house brand Forza carbon wheels for an extra 615€. Just like the rest of Ridley bikes, you can also customize this affordable Fenix Disc’s paint job for as little as 100€ extra with Ridley’s online configuration tool, to get a one-of-a-kind custom look.