Project Bike: Ridley Excalibur Carbon Road Bicycle

Ridley Excalibur Small Road Bicycle Shimano 105

Ridley Excalibur Carbon Fibre Road Bicycle Small 53cm equipped with Shimano 105 11-Speed Groupset.

This Belgian lightweight super-responsive oversized-tubing carbon roadie is borne from the Ardennes, upon the Liege-Bastogne-Liege damn tough undulating roads winding through steep-sided valleys, punctuated by gear-grinding climbs through the Walloon region. I’ve ridden those roads, they’re at times punchy, definitely cobbled, certainly meandering with tight medieval corners perfect for defending against the steely swords of King Arthur’s mysticism.

Ridley Excalibur Bike Project

For whatever reason this bike always reminds me of the war-cry of He-Man and the booming words “I have the Powerrrrrrr”.

Ideal for Around the Bay, getting started on Beach Rd, or trying your luck up the Dandenongs, the silky smooth Excalibur 995 gram frame is in pristine condition overall, of course with a few little expected nicks and tiny imperfections from riding life.

Accompanied by Shimano 105 11-speed groupset with compact crankset gearing and Shimano R500 wheelset, it’s the perfect little number to get started. The Deda Newton lightweight shallow drop 38cm bars and Zero 1 stem finish off the cockpit nicely.

Wrapped with the most expensive bar tape known to mankind, King Arthur would appreciate the Supacaz super sticky kush bling gold bar tape with silicone anti-vibration. Not to mention the laser-etched screw-in alloy Supacaz bar end stoppers.

Pedals and bike computer included for full ready-to-go riding status.

Ridley Excalibur Road Bike at Loquat Sorrento restaurant

Geometry and Technical Specifications
Seat-tube: 51cm (measured centre-top)
Top-tube: 53cm (actual top tube centre-centre)
Seat-tube angle: 73 degrees
Head-tube angle: 73 degrees
Headtube: tapered 1-1/8 1-1/2

Make it Yours?

Now that it’s complete, this agile zesty Belgian needs a new home, and is for sale. Please make contact here with your enquiry or visit the listing online.

Components

FRAME: Ridley Excalibur carbon fibre frame, size Small, 53cm, weight 995grm Serial #ARDR10601053S

HANDLEBAR: Deda Elementi Newton shallow drop 38cm

BAR TAPE: Supacaz Super Sticky Gold bar tape with silicone damping and laser-etched alloy bar ends

STEM: Deda Elementi Zero 1

SEATPOST: Selcof Carbon fibre monocoque micro adjust

SADDLE: Concept contoured alloy rail

CRANKSET: Shimano 105 11-speed 50/34t compact crankset 172.5mm

PEDALS: Shimano 105 SPD-SL PD-5800 (cleats not included)

FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105 11-speed

REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105 11-speed

CASSETTE: Shimano 105 11-25t

CHAIN: Shimano 105 11-speed

WHEELSET: Shimano R500

TYRES: Continental Grand Prix 4000S 700 x 23c

BIKE COMPUTER & CADENCE: Cateye V3 CC-TR300TW bicycle computer and Cadence sensor

Photo Shoot Location: Loquat Restaurant, Sorrento

The backdrop for this edgy and powerful little number was the tucked away restaurant of Loquat on Point Nepean Road, just before you reach the Sorrento township. A modern-Australian fare with French influences, it’ll remind you of a late night driving along European backroads looking for that special little place to stop as the hunger pangs urge you to find a place quickly, but not without discernment.

Thanks for visiting.


Marlon Quinn
Marlon Quinn

Former IT stakeholder manager, now sea-changer, RIB pilot, freediving instructor, cyclist, wild swimmer and evolving creative.

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