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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018

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    6 Reviews


    Blaze Your Own Trail.

    Aggregate assaulting has morphed from a once niche discipline into a mainstream activity that has spawned quite a few gravel specific bikes. Folks wanting to ride in "road-like" conditions and avoid cars are finding the allure of riding bikes designed to excel on dirt roads. Ridley has long been a staple in the European cyclocross circuit and the pro peloton so they know a thing or two about riding and racing dropbar bikes on and offroad. A few tweaks to their road and cross racing bikes, which we will delve in below, turns out building a fine gravel frame and the Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset is ready to join you off pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even some single track.

    Despite its gravel intentions, it isn't a slow handling slouch and Ridley shapes the X-Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from bikepacking weekend trips to off-road full gravel races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg allowing it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout.

    As implied by the above, the X-Trail is a smorgasbord of frame geometries. The result resembles more of a road bike than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of an aero is everything, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing the rider into a more upright position to accommodate longer training and touring rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 36mm wide on more rugged terrain.

    • An all-road adventure bike
    • Long, stable geometry keeps its footing on gravel and dirt
    • High-modulus carbon fiber frame is efficient and lightweight
    • Disc brakes keep stopping on point in inclement conditions
    • Clearance for 36mm tires roll fast and offer traction
    • Expands Ridley's X series beyond the limits of cyclocross
    • Item #RID006M

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    HM / HR unidirectional carbon
    Wheel Size
    Oryx disc
    Head Tube Diameter
    1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
    Bottom Bracket Type
    Cable Routing
    Front Derailleur Mount
    direct mount
    Brake Type
    Seatpost Diameter
    Front Axle
    12 x 100mm TA
    Rear Axle
    12 x 142mm TA
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

    Tech Specs

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    Nice, but not quite as advertised

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Beautiful frame. However, the measured wheelbase on the size small measures only 101.2 cm, not 102.9 cm as stated in the size chart. Because of this discrepancy, I have a toe overlap issue that would not have been present at 102.9 cm wheelbase. Hopefully it will not cause a crash while accelerating out of a tight corner. Also, the bike would be more stable if it actually had the 102.9 cm wheelbase. I would have purchased a different frame if I knew.

    My second X-trail

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought a black Ridley X-Trail Force x1 a few years back and loved it, using it to ride the Nor Cal Grasshopper series (Old Caz, King Ridge Dirt Supreme, and most others), Bike Monkey's Livi's GF Panzer route and Fish Rock, and a bunch of other challenging things straddled what is possible on a road bike and mountain bike.

    I had a bad crash and the handlebars put a crack in the top tube, so I looked around for a new frame and decided I liked the X-trail so much, I'd just buy it again, only this time in Blue-green/Orange because I'm so tired of black bikes (I don't know why it is called Blue Green, it looks like just blue to me and the color matches the pictures here well). My Gearhead Kyle helped my get it sorted out and it arrived in a few days. It is so gorgeous, I want to just hang it on the wall!

    I'm super excited to build this one myself because I get to do things like shorten the brake and shifter hoses/cables (stock always come long to accommodate a range of fit but I run my stem slammed, so there's been extra). I'm adding a PNW dropper using the front derailleur cable routing to keep it internal, which will increase the weight a bit but make single track descents even better.

    The only difference I can see so far is the older frame was a 15-100 front through axle and this new one is 12-100, so I had to get some DT Swiss end caps. If there are other differences, I can't tell, everything else looks the same.

    If I had any complaints, it is that it won't fit as wide a tire as has become popular lately with 40mm front and 38mm rear being max. Also, it would be nice if it came with frame protectors where the tires come close to the frame at the chainstays because when the tires get packed up with mud, it wears the frame (on my old bike, I added thick vinyl stickers here, but they need to be watched and replaced on occasion).

    Chris, I got the same bike a couple of months ago and agree that the one thing Ridley did not get right on this bike is frame clearance to accommodate wider tires. I know 40mm front is still pretty wide but 38cm with mud will lock up the frame, as has unfortunately happened to me in So Cal's wet winter. But it does ride great and is really awesome for climbing.

    Ridley X Trail

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Just a quick note as I've now got a few rides under my wing after pulling the trigger on this as a full build with a mix of 105 & Ultegra Hydraulic. Very sleek and more beautiful in person than photos can do justice (Gray & Orange frame). I did a couple of rides on Schwalbe G One 35mm. For real straight up off riding this is not a Wide enough tire. Fortunately the frame will accommodate a 38cm in the back and I am riding it with a 40mm tire up front. The tech specs on the frame say 36 max tire clearance. Rides like a dream. stunningly beautiful and descends well on even technical dirt! Only other mention is sizing. I normally would ride a 55-56cm top tube so was a bit reluctant to go with the Size M which specs a 56.5cm top tube. But it feels perfect for me and glad I went M instead of Small!

    Builds up great...sans headset

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    For those buying the X-trail as a frameset and performing their own build, here are some tips:
    1) Headset: 1 Star: If your frame comes with the Deda headset, and you cannot get it to tighten up on the first try, toss it and buy a decent one. Fold that into your build cost. Don't hassle with the Deda, you will go crazy like I did. I ended up purchasing the headset spec'd. for this frame, the FSA No. 42, it fits great snugs down perfect. You can ask CC to work with you on replacing the Deda, but good luck. Their solution for me to go to the LBS cost me another $80 on top of the new headset cost.
    2) The rear flatmount brake (Shimano Ultegra in my case) will require shorter bolts (33mm) as opposed to the 38mm that comes with the brake. They are not easy to find, but can be found.
    3) Also on the rear flatmount, the span between the internal routing opening and the brake will make the adjustment tough. The cable cants the break inwards each time you try to tighten it down. Loosen the bolts, have a second person clamp down on the brake lever, then push the front of the brake in while you tighten it down slowly. It will work with some patience.
    4) The headtube is short for a gravel bike. If you buy a new headset, get the taller topcap, you will be glad you did.
    5) The rest of the build went smooth, and VERY nice frame to build up.

    Ride Summary: this is a great all-around bike, particularly with 2 wheelsets (one gravel, one road). It will take on anything but the Kansas Flint Hills (not enough clearance for 40mm high volume gravel tires). But it will take aggressive 38mm tires, which is great for most gravel. It is surprisingly responsive and accelerates well on pavement and big climbs - again depending on wheelset. If you can only have gravel/road bike, this should be a finalist.

    not a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front

      On the overview, 2nd paragraph it states 15 x 100mm thru axle in front , on the Tech Specs 12x100. frame came with 12x100 for front, was certain I was going to rcvd a 15x100. On the positive, frame is beautiful, and well packed, and arrived one day early. Also happy that it came with all the fork hardware, even a cd rom, and some frame accessories. This is a new build, so it will be a while before I get to ride this beauty, first carbon :-) thanks CC.

      not a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front

      This frame delivers

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The X Trail rides like a mountain bike but climbs like a road bike. This frame feels solid on loose gravel and elicits confidence when descending. Throw on some hydraulic brakes and you really got a stable off-road ride.
      I've ridden a regular cross bike on single track and always disliked its twitchy handling. The X Trail carves the turns because of the adequate wheelbase.
      On a personal note, I'm partial to Ridley frame geometry as the tall head tube allows for all-day comfort on the hoods without sacrificing aero positioning when in the drops.

      Unanswered Question

      Would a lauf grit fork fit on this frame? I'm wondering if that ramp/notch on the underside of the downrube where it meets the fork would limit using a different fork.

      Can the frame and fork take 160 rotors with flat mount calipers without an adapter?

      Too late to answer this for Jonathan, but for others: Most fork flat mount brakes (Shimano/SRAM) come with a reversible plate for either 140/160 flat mounts. If you want 160 on the rear, you will need to buy the adapter to go up from 140. But yes, you need adapters for both ends.

      Will this work with 160mm rotors and TRP Spyre calipers? Any adapters required? Thanks.

      Hey Kevin, starting in '07 the frame is compatible with post mount and flat mount calipers in both 140 and 160. The Oryx Disc 15TA is designed as flat mount but backwards compatible with post mount using the following adapters:

      – For 140mm rotor: BRPADATRP005

      – For 160mm rotor: BRPADATRP002

      Nate (