Whether you're committing to a 'cross season with less beer and more riding, looking for a speedy commuter, or just want the option to run fatter tires on your training bike, the Ridley X-Bow will be your whip-of-all-trades. The 7005 aluminum frame and carbon/aluminum fork provide stiffness to handle the power-riding that 'cross requires, while the Shimano drivetrain ensures you won't miss a shift when it's time to drop the hammer. Top-down cable routing keeps the important bits out of the slop, and Vittoria tires provide grip in almost all conditions.
4ZA cockpit components and cantilever brakes are lightweight and durable for seasons of muddy abuse
Nine-speed cassette with 'cross compact chainrings gives you a variety of gear ratios
Vittoria knobbies shed mud and grip like sandpaper
Steer Tube Type:
carbon fiber, aluminum
Fork Blade Shape:
48 x 34 t
Crank Arm Length:
(56cm) 172.5 mm
(56cm) 42 cm
(56cm) 110 mm
Rear Sprocket Range:
12 - 24 t
Vittoria Cross XG Pro
700 C x 32 mm
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
(56cm) 54 cm
cyclocross, commuting, road cycling
(frame and fork) 10 years, (paint) 2 years
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First I want to say Real Cyclist has exceptional customer service and great products! I am a very satisfied customer. I got this bike late last summer for commuting and as winter training bike. It has been an excellent buy. Great deal free shipping completely assembled ready to roll. No problems what so ever after 1500 km a month through bad conditions. Even did a cross race on it and did fine.
I'm trying to find a bike for my boyfriend. He wants a road bike, but something a little more sturdy to withstand gravel and debris. He will just be a recreational rider going on about 30 mile rides. He's 6'3". Was thinking this might be a good option for him...yes? Size? Thanks!
Purchased a 58cm Ridley X-Bow. Real Cyclist let me know what was going on every step of the way. I received the bike fully assembled with free shipping! FULLY ASSEMBLED. I did not have to turn one screw - this bike came ride ready. Shipping took a little over a week, but for free delivery and assembly, this cannot be beat! You can tell Real Cyclist and Backcountry are the same company - excellent customer service and great products!
I am 6'4" as well and opted for the 58 cm. It fits me well - I think the 60 cm might be too big for me. The Ridley 58cm equals about a 62 cm Trek road bike for me. If you do a google search or look on the Ridley website, they actually have a total body and leg length measurement chart that I used to pick out the 58 cm instead of the 60cm. I think the 60 cm would equate to a 64 cm or larger c-t measurement with most companies.
Go to the Ridley website, click on the x-bow, then choose "sizing". It should bring up a pdf with cm body length for each model. I used this to choose the 58 cm versus the 60 cm. Remember that Ridley uses c-c sizing.
The frame, like a lot of frames, is made in Taiwan. Same as Trek, Giant, etc. The components, like a lot of components, are probably made in either Taiwan or China as well. To me, this is a good deal for an entry level cross bike that can also be used for commuting. Just be careful on the size. Go to Ridley's site, click on the bike, then choose the sizing pdf. Convert your length to cm (187.96) - I would then be looking at the 56cm size based on your height. That is probably the right size because the stand over height on the 58 cm is 35", so the 58 cm is probably too tall, and the 56 cm is probably the right fit.
I'm 5' 10" 175 lbs with a 6'2" wing span. I just started riding and entered my first race and had a blast. The races I will be entering are short 17 to 25 miles so speed is more important to me then long distance. This bike is in my price range so would it be a good fit for what I'm trying to achieve or is there a better option. I'm 53 years old and pretty competitive.
I think it will be a good starting point Randy. The price is very good, and if it turns out you get a lot of enjoyment out of cyclo cross racing, then you can easily upgrade to a high-end model. I think this will be robust enough for you to get a real feel for the racing.
Write your question here...I'm 6'0" and weigh 275 lbs, recently a Cannondale that I have owend for 25 years is starting to break down due to the weight factor most likely, would this CycloCross be strong enough t handle the weight ?? and if not can you recommend a bicycle KNOWN FOR handling large people ?? thanks
Hi JP Madden, A cyclocross bike is going to be a pretty good option for your weight. A mountain bike will be even better. The cross bike will give you a similar set up to a road bike, just being a robust version of a road bike, essentially. If you want to stick with a road bike, you can add to its strength by having a strong, heavy set of wheels to go with it.
This is a cyclocross specific bike. Meant for off road however many people use them as touring bikes as well. Usually cross bikes are fit one size smaller. So if you ride a 60 in a road bike you would use a 58 on a cx bike.
Hi Annie, The smallest size here is a 50cm, but I think that is still going to be too big for you. I would look through the rest of the range and see if they have a 45cm or women's specific with smaller sizes.
Based on the experience of fitting my wife to a road frame, a 52 or 54 might be a more comfortable fit for you. She rides a 52 road frame and is roughly 5'5"-5'6". We do not have Ridley bikes, so their geometry may make this a good fit. Also, if you test ride on an indoor trainer, at least in my experience, what feels great on the road seems to feel a little too long on a roller trainer. Hope that helps you out-