Ridley Helium vs. kestrel RT900 SL

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by swimvan, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. swimvan

    swimvan New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have an opportunity to buy a used, well taken care of Ridley Helium 2008 frame in my size. I have been looking at the kestrel (new) for quite some time and wanted to get some thoughts. The Kestrel has internal cable routing, it is 950gr vs. 900 for the Ridley. Not sure about stiffness for the kestrel, the Ridley I understand is quite stiff. I am currenlty on a Talon and like it, although it is not as stiff as I would like. I will be using for group rides with quick sprints at the end. Cost is close between the two. Thanks for any help.
     
    Tags:


  2. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Messages:
    3,233
    Likes Received:
    95
    Kestrels are nice but I wouldn't pass on a chance to get a lovingly used Ridley. The Helium is Ridley's idea of a climbing bike, so it shouldn't be as stiff as, say, a Noah.
     
  3. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,477
    Likes Received:
    74
    Ridley over Kestel any day. I have ridden both and the Ridley has a stiff but comfortable ride that superior to the Kestrel. One of the niceset things about the Helium is that it tends to get more stable when you are over the handlebars.
     
  4. swimvan

    swimvan New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the info, i will go with the Ridley!
     
Loading...
Loading...