The Johnson Riddler AR looks beautiful on the outside, but how does it look in the workshop?
This bike can be ordered as a complete bike or a frameset. If you choose the latter, the following photographs will be particularly useful for you as you can have a look at how the Johnson is assembled.
This test bike was with fitted with SRAM Red 22, 3T bars and stem and Featherweight wheels.
(For a full review and ‘build report’, see RIDE #73 p.192.)
SRAM remains the only one of the ‘big three’ component makers to provide a chain catcher with its front derailleur.
The aero seat post with plenty of angle adjustment.
Nine cogs on SRAM’s PowerdomeX cassette are fashioned from one piece of high grade tool steel.
Yep, RIDE even weighs the bar tape individually…
Featherlight wheels can be purchased on Johnson’s website.
The swallow graphic is a recurring theme throughout the Johnson range.
The seat post wedge sits inside the frame and is fastened with a screw that is flush with the top tube.
Johnson has opted for a BB86 to be pressed into an alloy shell.
Large frame hardware makes routing internal cables easy.
1-1/2″ lower headset bearing race carbon wrap.
1-1/8″ top headset bearing.
Very chunky BB junction looking solid.
Direct-mount brakes are fitted under the bottom bracket. Cables can be retrieved from the down tube easily.
Rear derailleur cable exit point.
– Photos and words by Jack Lynch