The de­tail

Cyclist - - Bikes -

Like many high-end race bikes, Ri­d­ley has opted for a skinny 27.2mm seat­post to en­hance com­fort on the Helium SLX with­out com­pro­mis­ing the stiff­ness of the frame. What it hasn’t opted for is an in­ter­nal seat clamp, pre­fer­ring to stick with a tra­di­tional col­lar in­stead.

It may not be as slick-look­ing, and it slightly re­duces the amount of flex in the seat­post, but a good old-fash­ioned seat col­lar has cer­tain ad­van­tages over an in­ter­nal clamp.

It’s far less fid­dly when it comes to ad­just­ing seat height, and it won’t ac­ci­den­tally drop in­side your seat tube and get jammed. Th­ese are im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions for any­one who likes to travel with their bike.

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