The release of the Ridley Dean RS (2012) was met with much anticipation from bike enthusiasts, and it’s fair to say that the hype for this bike has been worth it. Without a doubt this upgrade has managed to improve on its predecessors by keeping everything that works and ditching what didn’t to make way for something better.
If it’s clear within a few minutes that the Ridley Dean RS is one of 2012′s breakthrough bikes so far, it’s only clearer after several hours on the saddle. This is a bike with distance in mind, and as a result you can be guaranteed that great performance is sustained over many, many miles. A large part of that is simply down to the comfort of the bike. It won’t heap unnecessary punishment on your spine or legs, making sure you are in the best cycling shape from start to finish line.
As you’d expect then, the Ridley Dean RS gains and maintains speed very quickly. In fact, the 2012 model is especially good over the long distances demanded by triathlons, in part thanks to how comfortable a ride it is. With a height adjustable seat bar and spacers between the stem and head tube, the bike, which comes in five sizes anyway, can be fine-tuned so that you concentrate on the road ahead of you, not the pain in your buttocks.
The way it handles hills is also something to behold. The Ridley Dean RS is fast anyway, but the way it can power uphill makes this model especially attractive if you’re a fan of hilly terrain. Coming down is even better, as you are able to reach dizzying speeds while keeping safe and secure thanks to fantastic handling and stability from the core of the frame.
It becomes apparent when you jump on the bike that the Ridley Dean RS is one of the best bikes that 2012 has had to offer so far. Retailing for around 2,850, this bike isn’t for someone who’s looking for a weekend cycle in the countryside, but if you’re a serious cyclist looking for a serious piece of kit you can’t go wrong with the Ridley Dean RS.
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