Bought the Ridley because of the strong brand name/ history and the discount offered. Bike arrived ready to roll and looks great. First ride was very good. This is an intro road bike for a mountain biker so can't compare to another model and it was always going to feel quick comparatively but 2 things stood out - slick Tiagra gear change and lack of vibration from the forks making for a comfortable ride - very satisfied.
I've bought the Ridley Boreas for my wife, being the proud owner of a Ridley Airplane myself. It has exceeded my expectations: fantastic look, steering, brakes and gears working perfectly. And a perfect gear range for danish conditions. What a Bargain!