I want to review what I am assuming is last year's Ridley X-Trail, which seems to be of similar build except mine has the SRAM Force 1 drive and an all black color scheme. After years of riding Italy's finest race bikes (Bianchi and currently own a Wilier) I had to re-address my needs. I am military serving in South Korea and began exploring the gravel bike concept upon arriving to discover my skinny-tired Wilier wasn't going cut it here. After a few months of research, I pulled the trigger on this Ridley. I was nervous about the size, ordering a XS (my Wilier is a M) and going with the Force 1 and giving up a second front chainring. I now have about 500 miles on this ride and couldn't be happier. It's light, stiff and climbs my local Korean mountains like a scared cat. Descending is fun and stable and really enjoy the solid feel from the thru-axle front fork. All of this with more comfort and less back pain - the gravel geometry really works for me. I love the Force 1 and disc brakes, I can't see a reason to go back to rim brakes and I don't miss the second front chainring. My last group ride last week was a mix of smooth asphalt, rough rice paddy farm road, and gravel mountain pass and the Ridley X-Trail handled them all with ease. I am 5'6" with a semi-long torso and the XS fits me like it was custom made. I still have my Wilier but enjoy the freedom of riding the X-Trail on anything I come across. Lastly I will say that few retailers and absolutely no bike shops support military members overseas like Competitive Cyclist does. Andrew Meehan at CC offered me free USPS Priority Mail shipping and the Ridley and some new gear arrived in 4 boxes less than 10 days later. This is the second bike I've had shipped overseas by CC (my Wilier was shipped to Germany). Love the bike, love the company and love riding more than ever.