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Ridley X-Bow/Shimano 105-Tiagra Disc Complete Bike

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'Cross bikes historically have been about as advanced as stone hammers, and we have to admit, we like it that way. Don't get us wrong, the carbon fiber machines being piloted by factory teams get our hearts racing, but there's something beautifully uncomplicated about even the most sophisticated cyclocross bike. Thankfully, Ridley has kept simplicity at the forefront with the X-Bow/Shimano 105 - Tiagra Disc Complete Bike, but the Belgian 'cross gurus added disc brakes to the formula for consistent braking when you're tearing up the grass circuit. With proven geometry and a race-ready spec, it gives you everything you need to mix it up at your local series, and adds a few nice touches that give it added versatility for those times when you want to hit some single track, tarmac, or anything else that strikes your fancy.

The X-Bow's 7005 aluminum frame forgoes the aggressively butted tubing and tapered head tube of the X-Ride, but borrows heavily from the geometry. It maintains the relaxed head angle and higher bottom bracket of classic 'cross race bikes, for aggressive cornering in the dirt. The handling is the most relaxed out of Ridley's lineup, owed mostly to mellowing steering geometry. But don't think for a second that it won't dice up turns with the best of 'em. A short wheelbase keeps the handling lively, and it means that you won't have any issues throwing it into turns at full speed.

While the straight gauge tube set won't win any awards for revolutionary design, it does get external tube forming that helps it cope with the stresses of cyclocross. Specifically, the down tube is heavily formed, with a horizontal squash giving it greater weld surface at the head tube, and manipulation on the vertical plane to provide maximum weld surface at the bottom bracket shell. When you factor in the slightly flattened portion at the bottom of the top tube, which enhances carrying comfort, it becomes clear that the X-Bow has racing written all over it. But since it will likely do double-duty for commuting, training, and just generally messing around, it gets dual water bottle mounts to enhance the versatility.

Ridley outfitted the X-Bow with a blend of components that are perfect for cutting your teeth at your local race series. The 4ZA Zornyc fork mates vibration damping carbon fiber legs to a durable aluminum steerer tube. The build kit consists of Shimano's Tiagra group for the shifters, 12-28t cassette, and front derailleur, with a 105 rear derailleur to round out the drivetrain. The 105 - Tiagra blend is a proven, reliable performer, without a painful price tag when a season's worth of mud-paste finally takes its toll on moving parts. The crankset is a cross-optimized 48/34t FSA Omega, while braking is handled by Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes. The cockpit consists of 4ZA items. It's not super flashy, but it's nothing if not ruthlessly effective.

The Ridley X-Bow/Shimano 105 - Tiagra Disc Complete Bike is available in sizes XX-Small to X-Large and in the color White/orange.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
7005 aluminum
4ZA Zornyc
Fork Material:
carbon fiber with aluminum steerer tube
4ZA integrated
Shimano Tiagra
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano 105
48/34 t FSA Omega
not included
12-28 Shimano Tiagra
Brake Calipers:
Avid BB5 Road Disc
160/140 mm Avid
4ZA (31.8mm)
ProLogo Kappa
4ZA (31.6mm)
Seat Collar:
4ZA (35.0mm)
Challenge Griffo
Tire Size:
700 c x 32 mm
Recommended Use:
cyclocross racing and gravel riding
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart


X-Bow 10 Disc

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




41cm 45cm 50.1cm 50.4cm 37.5cm 10cm 71.8° 74.5° 5.3cm 42.5cm 99.4cm
45cm 49cm 51.7cm 52.8cm 37.9cm 12cm 72° 74° 5.7cm 42.5cm 100.2cm
48cm 52cm 52.3cm 54.4cm 37.4cm 13.5cm 72° 73.5° 5.9cm 42.5cm 101.2
51cm 55cm 53.6cm 56cm 37.9cm 15cm 72° 73.5° 6.1cm 42.5cm 101.2
54cm 58cm 55.4cm 57.5cm 39cm 16.5cm 72° 73.5° 6.1cm 42.5cm 102.7
57cm 61cm 57.1cm 59.8cm 39.8cm 19cm 72° 73.5° 6.1cm 42.5cm 104.3

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I am 5 feet 8 inches in height and have a...

I am 5 feet 8 inches in height and have a 30 inseam. I ride a 52cm Kestrel Talon as my road bike. Is the small the right size for me?

The geo on a TT bike like the Talon is not going to transfer the the CX geo of the X- Bow. At 5'8", either bike would fit, it just comes down to the riding position you're looking for. The XS will have a smaller stack height, allow a more aggressive/race position with more saddle to bar drop. The small will have a taller stack height by 1.5 cm, allowing a more neutral saddle to bar measure. The small will have a high standover compared to the XS. My direct line is 801-736-6396 x4378 if you have any other questions.

For what it's worth since the bike is no longer in stock, I'm a 30 inseam at 5' 7" tall. The XS was nearly a perfect fit. The only change I made was to add a longer stem to accommodate my longer torso/reach (a 120mm btw). I am in agreeance with what Jon J. says based on your body profile though. Keep in mind the XS has a longer reach over the S based on the geometry table. Anyway, if you're still looking at this model elsewhere, or the frame which is available here as of 4/7/14, I hope this helps.


What's the standover for the X and XS?

What's the standover for the X and XS?

Ridley doesn't list the standover for the X-Bow. The XS frame does feature a sloping top tube. When sizing I would use the stack and reach measures to determine proper fit. I personally pace more emphasis on rider position when on the bike pedaling rather than straddling it with both feet on the ground. Give our CS line a call and we'd be happy to help you get dialed on the right size bike.

My sons inseam is about 29" and he is 62"...

My sons inseam is about 29" and he is 62" tall. I was looking to purchase this x-bow but I cannot find the standover heights for this bike. The sizes are stated as x-small and small..not sure which if either will fit him

Ridley doesn't list standovern height on the below geo chart, but CX geometry does have a taller standover due to high BB height and steaper ST angles. Based on the reach measures, the Small has a short reach of 373mm compared to 378 on the XS, but the stack height is lower on the XS at 527. Both would be on the big size for a 5'2" rider, but the XS would have the lower standover.

Ridley doesn't list standovern height on the below geo chart, but CX geometry does have a taller standover due to high BB height and steaper ST angles.  Based on the reach measures, the Small has a short reach of 373mm compared to 378 on the XS, but the stack height is lower on the XS at 527.  Both would be on the big size for a 5'2" rider, but the XS would have the lower standover.

I ordered this frame in size small for my GF. Size small standover measures approx 30 1/4" directly above the bottom bracket with 32 mm with panaracer paselas.

I take a 52 cm. What size in this bike...

I take a 52 cm. What size in this bike do I order?

Here's the size chart from Ridley's site. Not sure why they never put the dimensions on here

Best Answer

Don't forget you usually want to size down in a cross bike...

Also important: manufacturers often pick their own measurement standards when reporting geometry. My 54 Cannondale measures as a 55 in Felt's book...

Just a heads up - comes with black fork

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only ridden the bike once so can't leave an actually give a review worth anything but am just letting folks know that the X-bow comes with a black fork like shown on Ridley's site and not a white one as shown here. Makes no difference to me but given all the matchy matchy I see around town it'll probably matter to someone.

Just a heads up - comes with black fork

Does it come with the same components as stated on the website?... other than the fork color?

than you

Funny- I didn't even realize the actual fork was a different color than the photo. I dig the black carbon fork.

Great Value

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have never owned a CX bike before, so this is my first foray (I race Road/BH G6 SRAM RED). But so far, I love this thing. Great value for the money. I took it on a couple of rides on the dirt near a local lake, and I had a blast. Most of my other bikes are Ultegra and up- but I gotta say, after using it, there ain't nothin' wrong with Tiagra for this purpose. The reason I bought this bike is to use for a few CX sessions, but mainly as a versatile commuter. I would have to say, for the price I paid, I am very happy with it and it's perfect for the job I need it to do as a "do anything thrash bike". Only thing: Disc brakes don't seem to have a lot of stopping power (Avid), and are a bit loud on the dirt (a humming noise, I never owned Disc brakes before so I'm assuming I need to tune/break-in?). Surprisingly, I thought the bike would feel* heavier, but weight feels just fine so far. There is positive compliance in the rear triangle which I appreciate on the hard stuff.

Bike came well assemble by the CC crew. Thanks!

The humming is probably just your pad rubbing on the rotor. This is the way I was shown to adjust BB5s, you may be able to remove that hum and still get the stopping power (or lack thereof...) they can provide

Now that I have "broken in" the brakes, the discs stop the bike 10x better than when I first rode it. (Duh) And, as far as adjustment- I'll try that.

Much like the disc brakes on a mountain bike, there is actually a process for burning-in new brake pads. Basically, you start off rolling slowly, and apply slight pressure to the brakes. Over several repeats, you increase the speed and braking force to brake in the pads. This often alleviates the squeaking and lack of braking power that comes with new brake pads.

Avg. ride time: 34m per week
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What Alex wheelset comes on this bike?

What Alex wheelset comes on this bike?

Came here to post CXD26 and a pic but CACP beat me to it!

Came here to post CXD26 and a pic but CACP beat me to it!