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Strong brakes for a fast bike

For decades, Ridley has been in the driver's seat of cyclocross innovation. And although there are many facets that go into its designs, we credit Ridley's success to its geographic location of Belgium. Being at the irrefutable heart of 'cross, the X-Ride Disc/SRAM Apex Complete Bike benefits from decades of hand-in-hand development with the world's best racers. Now, with a new disc brake design, the X-Ride Disc answers the demands of the Belgian pros, and you, too reap the benefits.

Ridley's X-Ride Disc Complete Bike features a frame constructed of triple-butted, 7005 aluminum, and the same full-carbon 4ZA Oryx fork that you'll find on the X-Fire Disc. To mitigate the torque originating from the new disc brake, the fork uses a reinforced lower leg design. This is beneficial in three ways. First, the massive legs guarantees that you won't experience any lurching or torsion from the caliper. Additionally, the larger blades aid in absorbing any chatter, vibration, or shock from nasty terrain. And last, the 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in, oversized design provides unparalleled rigidity. Coupled with the massive head tube juncture, the Oryx fork offers nimble handling and an explosive sprinting prowess -- perfect for the short spurts of power required after barriers.

And while the newly redesigned fork is amazing, the frame construction and features bring just as much to the table. The triple-butted, 7005 aluminum construction gives Ridley the confidence to say that the X-Ride is the lightest aluminum 'cross frame in the world. We won't make any assertions quite as bold, but we can say that the massive bottom bracket juncture provides incredible torsional and lateral rigidity. The lightweight tubing also properly absorbs vibration while delivering an explosive handling on par with its carbon older brother, the X-Ride. Aside from materials,Ridley's decades of 'cross experience bred a few frame features that you'll be happy to have when you're running in the mud. For added protection from the elements, and for unencumbered dis/re-mounts, Ridley incorporated top-run cable routing for the shift cables and the rear brake line. And to keep the down tube clear of obstructions for shouldering the bike, the front derailleur cable has been run down the back of the seat tube. For comfort, and for a wider tire clearance, the X-Ride features S-Bend seat stays.

Of course, the real stars of the show are the X-Ride's mechanical disc brakes. Hayes CX-Five calipers and 140/160mm rotors provide the best stopping power and braking modulation on the market. Let's face it, cantilevers have never been regarded as the 'ultimate' in power or efficiency, and frankly, we're surprised that it's taken this long to witness the shift. Now, the frame experiences better mud clearances, and braking is no longer susceptible to inclement weather. Also new for the X-Ride is 135mm rear spacing. So now, you can keep your 29er wheelset in the pits as an easy backup or change-out option.

If you can think of it, Ridley has already done it. The X-Ride Disc is the culmination of a long list of Ridley innovations -- the first full-carbon cyclocross frame, the first oversized carbon cross fork, and the first 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in cyclocross head tube. It also plays host to a generous component package. For the shift/brake levers and derailleurs, the X-Ride uses the impeccable SRAM Apex. The drivetrain is driven by an Apex 46/36t crankset, PG-1050, 12/27t cassette, GXP bottom bracket, and KMC X10 chain. Ritchey has been used throughout the cockpit for the seatpost and stem and has been rounded off with the PRO Evo-Curve handlebars. You rest on a Prologo ZERO saddle, and roll on the Alex CXD26 wheelset, cased in Clement Crusade PDX tires. As you can tell, the X-Ride Disc is ready for the dirt right out of the box.

The Ridley X-Ride Disc/SRAM Apex Complete Bike is available in the color Gloss Grey and in seven sizes from XX-Small to XX-Large.

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