One of the concept behind hybrid bicycles is that you are supposed to get the best of both worlds. This is precisely what the Ridgeback looks like, a good balance between sporty and road. For starters, this bike is definitely on the lighter side of things. This is only enhanced by the double butted aluminum frame.
Overall, the bikes looks good and compact which has us itching to take it out for a spin. Only once we are out on the road do we realize something quite exhilarating – this bike is fast. While it is not in the category of being a race bike, the Flight does put up quite a performance. At the very least, it is a serious improvement on most of the other hybrid bikes that we have witnessed.
The other thing that we noticed was the smooth ride. It is actually quite comfortable, making it perfect for a daily commute, particularly if there are any potholes around. This is compounded by the rather impressive tires. The steering too is on point, keeping the bike pointed straight ahead.
While the ride is smooth, the saddle is not nearly as comfortable. This means that this bike is best suited to shorter journeys unless you plan on swapping the seat out. Of course, at the speed that this bike can produce, you won’t really have to spend too long on the bike, anyway.
All in all, we were suitably impressed by the Ridgeback Flight. It really does live up to its reputation and even exceeds it in certain areas. If you are looking for something to get around in every day, but still require a bit of speed, the Flight will serve you well.
|Frame||6061 heat treated aluminium|
|Fork||Aluminium / mudguard eyelets|
|Shifters||Shimano Acera SL-M3000 lever R/H 9 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Acera RD-M3000-SGS|
|Chainset||Samox AF12-D42 / 42T / XS-M, 170mm / L-XL, 175mm|
|Bottom Bracket||Prestine tapered 68-124.5mm|
|Freewheel||Shimano CS-HG200-9 / 11-34T|
|Rims||Jalco PR200 / 32h|
|Tyres||Schwalbe Kojak 700x35c|
|Stem||Ridgeback AS-007 / + - 7deg / 100mm|
|Hubs||Shimano RM35 32h front / rear / centre lock|
|Brakes||Shimano BR-M315 / SM-RT10 160mm rotor|
|Brake Levers||Shimano BL-M315|
|Handlebars||Ridgeback alloy / 600mm width / 31.8mm barbore|
|Grips Tape||Ridgeback lock-on dual density grip|
|Saddle||Ridgeback custom / light foam fill / crmo rail|
|Seatpost||Alloy / 27.2x350mm|