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Description

Ridley is Belgium. True to its nature, it never stops developing innovative technology to take its riders to the top step of the podium. The Ridley X-Night is no exception. Even though the original has seven World Cyclocross Championship titles to its name, Ridley never rested on its laurels. 

While we don't think that medals and trophies are everything, what speaks volumes is that Ridley looked at the original X-Night with an eye to make it even better. To do so, its engineers completely redesigned it. The new X-Night bears very little resemblance to its predecessor. Gone are the oversized, flat-bottomed tubes and integrated seatmast inspired by the Damocles road frame. Using 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber, Ridley was able to design a cyclocross frame that draws upon the ultralight Helium SL Road Frame. Why? Though carbon that is able to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square inch may seem like overkill, using such strong carbon means that tubing is made both stronger and smaller. Starting at the top down, Ridley removed the integrated seatmast -- resulting in a sigh of relief from taller riders who try to cram their frames into travel cases -- and replaced it with a removable 27.2mm seatpost. This in turn translated into slimmer seatstays, top tube, and down tube, which means less jarring on hardpacked courses — riding oversized carbon tubing on the road is comfortable, but on a rutted cyclocross course it leads to bouncy rides and pain. More significant, this redesign shaved nearly 350g, bringing the frame in at under a kilogram. The geometry also received subtle changes, with a slightly lower (3mm) bottom bracket — still plenty high enough to avoid rocks — and a shorter wheelbase (9mm) for faster handling. Also, the front end has been given a lower head tube for riders who prefer a more aggressive cockpit position.

Although Ridley redesigned the 2014 X-Night to be disc compatible, many riders still prefer cantilever brakes. Never fear, this version of the frame is cantilever-friendly. To complete the frame, Ridley used a full-carbon 4ZA Oryx fork. This 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in 4ZA fork uses a reinforced lower leg design to reduce chatter. In addition, larger blades also absorb vibration from rough terrain and provide a stiff front end for the micro accelerations needed after barriers. This is a perfect complement to the smaller tubing on the frame itself.

The 2014 Ridley X-Night - Frame Only, is available in 52cm, 54cm, and 56cm in the color scheme Black/Orange.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
24T high-modulus carbon fiber, 30T high-modulus carbon fiber
Fork:
4ZA Oryx Cyclocross
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Head Tube Diameter:
1 1/2 to 1 1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
yes
Bottom Bracket Type:
PF30
Seatpost Diameter:
27.2 mm
Cable Routing:
internal
Recommended Use:
cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Ridley

 

Geometry Chart

 

X-Night
 

Top Tube

(c-c)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube Length

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

ChainstayWheelbase
50 53.0cm 51.6cm 38.1cm 10.5cm 72.0o 74.0o 6.0cm 42.5cm 99.9cm
52 53.5cm 53.4cm 37.6cm 12.1cm 72.0o 73.5o 6.2cm 42.5cm 99.9cm
54 54.5cm 55.4cm 38.0cm 14.0cm 72.0o 73.5o 6.4cm 42.5cm 100.9cm
56 56.0cm 56.0cm 38.9cm 16.0cm 72.0o 73.5o 6.4cm 42.5cm 100.9cm
58 57.5cm 57.5cm 39.4cm 17.9cm 72.0o 73.0o 6.4cm 42.5cm 103.4cm

Ridley X-Night Geometry Chart

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