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Ridley X-Fire - 2013

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Description

Dominate the field

While we don't like to rate a frame by the accolades that its riders have received, a World Championship is a World Championship, and Ridley cyclocross frames have won seven of them. Obviously, Belgians know 'cross. That's why we know that you'll love the 'form follows function' design of the Ridley X-Fire, with every centimeter having been designed for the muck and mud of Belgium winters.

The X-Fire is made primarily of 24 ton carbon fiber that gives it just the right blend of toughness, stiffness, and light weight. Its flowing lines blend the elegance of an Italian road racer with the utility necessary to survive the Belgian mud. The squared down tube is part of what gives the X-Fire an immediate jump when you mash on the pedals, and its oversized juncture with the bottom bracket and chainstays ensures torsional strength. When you unclip to dismount, you'll feel the stability as you weight your left leg and steer toward the barrier. The full-carbon fork complements the stiffness of the frame with a tapered steerer and a 1.5in lower bearing to keep the front wheel tracking straight over unseen bumps or through frozen ruts.

This latest version has a few new details that make it more appealing than ever. Rather than top-routed cables like the old frame, this one uses internal routing. Ridley made a wise choice and ran full-length cable housing for both derailleurs and the rear brake. The housing simply glides through in-molded sleeves within the frame tubes. Setup is a breeze, and the protection afforded by the closed system keeps you shifting accurately race after race no matter the conditions. The clever routing of the front derailleur cable allows use of a normal road bike bottom pull derailleur. The changes continue to the bottom bracket, where you'll find a Pressfit 30 shell. While you can use any crank with this system, you'll maximize stiffness and heel clearance with a BB30 crankset.

The Ridley X-Fire is White/red and is available in eight sizes from 41 to 60cm. It comes with a full carbon fork and FSA 1-1/8 to 1.5in tapered integrated headset. It requires a 34.9mm clamp-on bottom pull front derailleur and a 31.6mm seatpost.

Please be aware that the X-Fire frame geometry was designed to strike that fine balance between standover height and room for your elbow to pass if you prefer to grab the downtube as you shoulder the bike. Because of this, please be aware of the sizing and focus on the top tube length when you consider your purchase. You'll likely want to go shorter here than your standard road bike sizing. The X-Fire, like all cyclocross bikes, will have a higher top tube than modern road bikes with sloping geometry. Please don't be alarmed about this. If you have questions about fitting a 'cross bike, please feel free to call and speak with one of our sales staff.

Tech Specs

Head Tube Diameter:
1.125 x 1.5 in
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9 mm direct-mount
Bottom Bracket Width:
68 mm
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Frame-Only Weight:
1190 g
Claimed Weight:
1675 g
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
[41cm] 50.2 cm
Recommended Use:
cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

Geometry chart

Ridley

Geometry Chart

 

X-Fire
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Top Tube

(c-c)

Stack

Reach

Stand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket DropChainstayWheelbase
41 45.0cm 50.2cm 49.4cm 37.8cm 80.0cm 9.0cm 72.0o 74.0o 5.3cm 42.5cm 99.3cm
48 52.0cm 52.5cm 52.3cm 38.5cm 82.5cm 11.5cm 72.0o 74.0o 5.7cm 42.5cm 100.6cm
50 54.0cm 53.0cm 53.3cm 38.1cm 83.5cm 12.5cm 72.0o 74.0o 5.7cm 42.5cm 100.6cm
52 56.0cm 53.5cm 55.4cm 37.7cm 85.0cm 14.5cm 72.0o 73.0o 5.9cm 42.5cm 100.7cm
54 58.0cm 54.5cm 57.5cm 38.0cm 87.0cm 16.5cm 72.0o 73.0o 6.1cm 42.5cm 101.6cm
56 60.0cm 56.0cm 59.4cm 38.9cm 89.0cm 18.5cm 72.0o 73.0o 6.1cm 42.5cm 103.2cm
58 62.0cm 57.5cm 61.3cm 39.4cm 91.0cm 20.5cm 72.0o 73.0o 6.1cm 42.5cm 104.3cm

Ridley X-Fire Geometry Chart

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