The Fenix C20 Complete Road Bike is built to be the ultimate middle man in your cycling operation. It's not as aerodynamic as the top-end Noah, but it weighs 170 grams less. It's also not as light as the feathery Helium, but it's a much smoother ride. In short, the Fenix C20 is the middle ground of Ridley's line of bikes in all categories but one: comfort. Its unparalleled ride quality turns harsh roads to butter without sacrificing a watt of power. To keep you in the saddle all day, the Fenix C20 uses a vibration devouring blend of 30- and 24-ton unidirectional carbon fibers as opposed to the 50- to 60-ton moduli favored in only-weight-is-important frames. Potholes, cobblestones, and other road hazards are as smooth as crosswalk paint on the Fenix, but they may feel like taking repeated hammer blows to the kidneys on 60-ton carbon. The C20's oversized bottom bracket and burly chainstays mean comfort doesn't come at the cost of efficiency, though. If you ever get tired of wantonly running over obstacles, the stiff, tapered head tube nets responsive steering to dodge through debris with ease. The C20's kit is a respectable affair all around, and it continues the theme of putting ride quality above flair. The Shimano 105 drivetrain and crankset deserve some special attention. Completely re-imagined for 2015, the new 105 boasts 11-speeds and a four-arm crankset. Evidently, it's been dipping into the trickle-down basket and is enjoying some Ultegra technology. You'll certainly enjoy the responsive shifting and incredible power transfer through the crankset, which is further highlighted by the Fulcrum Racing 7 LG wheelset. The Fenix's frame means you won't feel the road, but this mix of components means the road is certainly going to feel you.
- Frame Material: 30t 24t HM unidirectional carbon
- Fork: Fenix
- Fork Material: carbon fiber
- Headset: 1 1/8 X 1/1.5 in tapered
- Shifters: Shimano 105 5800 11-Speed