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Ridley X-Night/SRAM Red 22 Hydro Disc Complete Bike $0.00
Zonhoven, Koppenbergcross…these are the courses where the hardmen come to play.
Try running up a sandy thirty-five percent grade. Now, try doing it in bike shoes…in the rain…with a bike on your back. Now, do it again and again, and yet again. This is cyclocross, and these courses in Flanders showcase the hardest of the hard in a region where over 6,000 cycling clubs (yes, you read that correctly) routinely ride the rainy, cobbled non-category climbs, on snow and ice -- this is Belgium -- this is the home of Ridley Bicycles.
Ridley Bikes has seven World Championship cyclocross titles to its name. Not one to rest on its laurels, Ridley is gunning for number 8 in Hoogerheide, Nederlands, 2014. To this end, it took the already drooled-over X-Night and gave it a complete overhaul. Although the second-in-command Ridley X-Fire was available in a disc-version last season, Ridley patiently waited to release a disc-compatible X-Night until hydraulic road/cyclocross brakes were within reach. Hydraulic brakes provide more braking power and better modulation under harsh conditions -- the perfect match for the X-Night and the hardmen who race it. So when SRAM introduced its Red 22 Hydro group, Ridley pounced. They did not, however, just paste SRAM's new group onto the existing X-Night frame -- they developed a frame specifically for it.
To begin, Ridley looked at ways to improve upon a frame already drowning in rainbow jerseys . But, improving wasn't enough. It designed something new. While the previous model was based off of the Damocles road frame, the new model was designed using the lighter Helium SL frame as inspiration. It was constructed using 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber. This means that the material is able to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square inch. Seem like overkill, even for a cyclocross race? Ridley knows that using a stronger carbon fiber means that tubing can be smaller and stronger at the same time. This enabled Ridley to make several additional changes to the frame: The integrated seatmast has been replaced with a removable 27.2mm seatpost. This makes it easier to pack into those size-restricted travel cases. More importantly, using a standard seatpost allowed Ridley to use slimmer seatstays, top tube, and down tube, which makes the ride over hardpack a bit less jarring. The smaller tubing also provides more clearance in the main triangle, making it easier if you like to grab the down-tube while shouldering your bike for that run up the stairs. 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 well within the European tradition of higher cyclocross clearances. Also, a shorter wheelbase (9mm) and a lower head tube allows for a quicker handling and a more aggressive front-end positioning.
Ridley used internal cable routing for the entire drivetrain, which means cleaner lines, absence of full-length housing, and a further reduction of 150g. Regardless of the lighter frame, the bottom bracket, a PressFit30, and front triangle retain the same stiffness as the previous model. The narrowed tubing has the additional advantage of more interstitial space, which translates to fewer spots for mud build-up.
The X-Night is Ridley innovation to the nth degree, and as a complete bike is paired with components equally stunning. The SRAM 22 Hydro Disc brakes provide ultimate speed control in a sexy, minimal package with 140mm front and rear rotors. However, if you prefer a more traditional brake, the X-Night is available as 'frameset only' with a cantilever option. To complement the SRAM Red Hydro brakes, Ridley used a full-carbon 4ZA Oryx fork. Oversized as compared to the frame itself, the 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in 4ZA fork uses a reinforced lower leg design to guarantee that you will not feel torsion from the brakes. Larger blades also absorb vibration from rough terrain and provide a stiff front end for the micro accelerations needed after barriers.
The Ridley X-night is refined even more with SRAM Red 22 front and rear shifters -- Exact Actuation shifting, refined tooth size on the jockey wheels, and longer B-knuckle mean flawless on-the-fly shifting. The FSA SLK Light 46/36 crankset and SRAM Red 11-28t cassette combine to give you optimal gear inches for virtually any course -- that nasty thirty-five percent grade or that screaming downhill sprint to the finish. The cockpit is comprised of Ridley's 4ZA Cirrus Stem, and Cirrus Flattop handlebar, while the saddle is a Prologo Zero II -- a flat saddle ideal for fast weight shifts and position changes. It is secured to a 4ZA Cirrus seatpost.
To finish the build, Ridley placed the X-Night on a set of Stan's Iron Cross Wheels with Challenge Grifo clinchers. They'll ship with tubes, but should set up tubeless nicely. Tubeless allows lower riding pressures mean more grip and traction, which translates to free speed. Who doesn't want free speed?
Bringing forth the culmination of Ridley's expertise in cyclocross, the Ridley X-Night SRAM Red Hydro is everything you want in a cyclocross bike -- right out of the box. But it doesn't come with the World Championship medal -- that's up to you.
The Ridley X-Night SRAM Red Hydro is available in sizes 52cm to 58cm in the color: Black/orange.
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