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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

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
7005 aluminum
Dropout Type:
1.25 in
Steer Tube Type:
4ZA Zornyc
Fork Material:
carbon fiber, aluminum
Fork Blade Shape:
Alex DC19
Front Derailleur:
Shimano FD-4500
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Tiagra
Shimano Tiagra
TruVativ Touro
Chain Rings:
48 x 34 t
Crank Arm Length:
(56cm) 172.5 mm
Bottom Bracket:
Brake Levers:
Shimano Tiagra
Brake Calipers:
4ZA Stratos
Handlebar Width:
(56cm) 42 cm
Bar Tape:
4ZA Stratos
Stem Length:
(56cm) 110 mm
Stem Angle:
6 deg
Shimano CN-HG73
Shimano HG50
Rear Sprocket Range:
12 - 24 t
Vittoria Cross XG Pro
Tire Size:
700 C x 32 mm
4ZA Stratos
Seat Collar:
4ZA alloy
4ZA Stratos
10010 g
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
(56cm) 54 cm
Recommended Use:
cyclocross, commuting, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
(frame and fork) 10 years, (paint) 2 years

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5 5

Great Deal on Great Bike

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.

4 5

A few quibbles

Just received my X-Bow, here are my observations

Packaging very impressive, had it fully assembled in under 30 mins and I am slow.

Arrived on time in spite of UPS mixup which was reported immediately.

Bike rides great and incidentally also looks great.

My quibbles: Knowing that Ridley's run large, I still needed the 60cm according to the Ridley geometry data.

However, the stem is 130mm while the description mentions 110mm albeit for the 56cm, while the seat post is 30mm set back which I should have picked up from the photo.

This makes the bike much larger than indicated, but at least I now know how the Obree Superman position feels.

As a result, to make the bike fit I will have to replace the seat post and/or the stem.

IOW, bike great, packaging and service great, site info not so much.

Unanswered Question

I'm trying to find a bike for my boyfriend....

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?

5 5

Great customer service!

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'm 6'4", even at the torso, and ride a...

I'm 6'4", even at the torso, and ride a 63cm caad10...top tube is 60.5 I believe. Should I be at a 60cm or 58cm? I don't want to feel too crunched, but want the best fit obviously. Thanks

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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.

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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.

I'm 6' 2" with a 35" inseam and 72" wingspan....

I'm 6' 2" with a 35" inseam and 72" wingspan. What size do I need? Are the frames made in Belgium or Taiwan? Is there any other cyclocross bike under $1000 as good as this one?

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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.

Unanswered Question

sizing look like a 41 68 in tall 30in stand...

sizing look like a 41 68 in tall 30in stand over x bow seems small

Unanswered Question

sizing look like a 41 68 in tall 30in stand...

sizing look like a 41 68 in tall 30in stand over x bow seems small

5 5


Would have been a great item. If only they would have shipped to APO or at least told me they couldn't ship to APO prior to charging me for the item.

It looks like the bike has mount points...

It looks like the bike has mount points for a rear rack? Is that true?

Just curious what type of pedals (if any)...

Just curious what type of pedals (if any) come with this bike, it doesn't show any in the pictures.

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No pedals included because they are so variable on what someone likes and what your shoes are compatible with you buy them separately.

I'm 5' 10" 175 lbs with a 6'2" wing span....

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.


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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.

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56 might be big for you. A friend of mine (almost 6') had to send back a 56 and get a 54. The geo isn't like many other bikes.

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These fit big. 54 is probably your best option.

Write your question here...I'm 6'0" and...

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

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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.

Hey I"m 6'4" and I'm looking for a decent...

Hey I"m 6'4" and I'm looking for a decent road bike like such. I'm wondering what size or if i need to look at a different model. Pleaze help me out.

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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.

I am 5'0" tall what would be the most...

I am 5'0" tall what would be the most appropriate size bike for me

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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.

The promo says "Rival Build" but when...

The promo says "Rival Build" but when clicking that link it comes to this page which looks like a Tiagra build. Can you clarify? Thanks!

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People on Live Chat said it was Tiagra. :(

I'm short. 5'7". Would the 50 frame work...

I'm short. 5'7". Would the 50 frame work for me?

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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-