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Ridley Grifn – Winner of the 2023 Design and Innovations Award
Meet the Grifn: the allroad bike that’s fast and capable on all kinds of surfaces: from smooth tarmac all the way to dirt roads. This bike is carefully designed for riders searching for that one bike that can do it all.
The Grifn is made for riding hard and long while making memories and discovering new roads. It’s made to go the extra mile. Ridley combined the speed of a thoroughbred road bike with the comfort of a gravel bike in creating the Grifn.
With a 990 gram frame (unpainted, in size medium), the Grifn is a fast and comfortable road bike ready to hit the offroad with its maximum tire clearance of 38mm. There’s even the possibility to go to 40mm tires if you run a 1x drivetrain, or add fenders and dynamo powered lights enabling the Grifn for any use: it’s suitable for road riding and gravel grinding as well as commuting and long distance riding.
The surface won’t be limiting the rider anymore. The Grifn is the perfect match for riders who don’t want to have to choose between road and gravel. Whether you’re in search of a gravel bike for exploring backcountry roads and enjoying the most scenic and car-free roads or want to occasionally take your road bike off the beaten path to break the habit, the Grifn is the right bike for it. With the Grifn, Ridley is breaking with the N+1 rule of bike ownership.
The name Grifn refers to the mythical beast griffin, a fabled animal with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. This hybrid creature symbolizes the ruling over two realms: the earth and the sky. Because of the bike’s versatility, Ridley’s Grifn is also capable of ruling over two realms: road and gravel. As a Grifn rider you’ll reign both tarmac and dirt roads. Seeing that you can go any direction with the Grifn, this bike can be built as both road bike and gravel bike. It’s completely customizable to fit the rider’s wishes. This way the Grifn is perfect for road and gravel riding, commuting and long distance adventures.
With a completely new bike design comes new shapes and a new geometry. The geometry of the Grifn is adapted to both road and gravel riding and was designed using Ridley’s KOG philosophy (Kanzo Optimized Geometry). This means that the geometry is fine-tuned to obtain the handling that is the best fit to the type of riding the bike is designed for. This is reflected in some key numbers in the geometry, like the head tube angle and the bottom bracket drop.
The result is a fast, reactive yet stable and well-balanced allroad bike. The Grifn is a road focused gravel bike that is comfortable enough for long days on rough roads, but still aggressive enough to line up for a Gran Fondo. It’s the perfect companion for endurance riding.
All its features, its geometry and the possibility to ride both a 1x and a 2x drivetrain, make the Grifn an extremely versatile bike giving you endless possibilities of use. In essence, Ridley is breaking the N+1 rule of bike ownership with the Grifn.