Ron R.wrote a question about Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018 on April 20, 2020
What is the frame weight?
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What is the frame weight?
What does the frame weigh?
Obviously a 30mm crank is quite a challenge for a BB86 bottom bracket, so the caveat here is that it is a given that this represents a technical challenge. Nonetheless, if they make a product it should work. The good thing about this BB is that it goes well with this crank. Other BB86 30mm bottom brackets will need a 2.5mm spacer on either side for the Easton crankset but this one does not. So that’s good. What’s not good is that about 5 rides in it started to creak, and boy does it creak. About 10 rides in it started to feel palpably rough; kind of the opposite of what you want out of a bottom bracket. I have a replacement from Kogel ready to go in now, I just have to get the time to really focus on the unpleasantness of dealing with a pressfit bottom bracket. C’mon bike industry, switch to the T47 standard!
The good: The overall quality of the frameset is nice. It is a fast, efficient bike - it accelerates really well. It tracks nicely at speed. It’s reasonably light. It has a T47 bottom bracket, hooray.
The bad: It is perhaps too stiff, not very ‘compliant’. It has a 31.6 seatpost, an odd choice for this kind of bike and it makes the ride harsher. The chainstays are slightly long at 430, stifling the handling a bit. There is a ‘mud shelf’ behind the bottom bracket, a bit of a design flaw.
I needed a new helmet after a gnarly encounter with black ice on my way home recently. Looking at replacements, the brand I used to always use is owned by an arms manufacturer. So I looked at other options and this helmet caught my eye. What a great price! Surely it is a budget model, or very heavy? No, in looking at it carefully the specs and weight are all very competitive with top-end helmets elsewhere. I gave it a go and upon receipt was extremely pleased to find that it fits so perfectly on my head that I barely feel it. I’ve had other helmets that felt good, but not like this. The adjustment mechanism at the back also works very, very well. I love it. I also note that the straps flow through from one side to the other, so you will never have to fiddle around with adjusting the straps to get your helmet to not tilt to one side like my last one did. That really bugged me. In terms of function on the bike, the ventilation seems good and I note that it has some light mesh to keep out bugs, a rare feature I had a few helmets ago and have missed. As for its ultimate function, will the Ksyrium Pro MIPS keep my head from being cracked open in a fall? Only time will tell...
Does this include the cinch preload collar?
This is a remarkably waterproof piece of clothing. It’s extremely well made. It’s not super-duper breathable, although it’s certainly not terrible. It is pretty windproof. Its focus is on not getting soaked even under intensely wet conditions, and this it does. Use this for when it is full-on raining.
This jacket runs terribly small. Castelli garb is always small - that is a given. At 179 cm tall and a slender 64 kg or so, I straddle M and L in bike clothes; M for width and L for length. I ordered the L here, and it almost fits. It’s tight in the underarms and I am not able to layer. The sleeves are nice and long. My wife, who is also slender but with wide shoulders and is 5 feet 7 inches tall, tried it on... fits her great, she’s keeping it. For me, the right size is, strangely enough, XL.
My hands get cold really easily evidently, and these are the first gloves I‘ve tried that keep my fingers warm when temperatures get into the mid 30s F and lower.
This grip seems plenty tough, feels good in the hand, looks great as far as the design and look of the material itself, and is, by far, the hardest tape to wrap smoothly that I've ever used. Ridiculously so. It is the hardest-to-wrap tape on the market. It’s an almost unusable product, so any claims that it merely “takes additional care to wrap” should be taken with a very large grain of salt. It is also the noisiest tape I’ve ever used - since I ride over rough terrain frequently the slight jiggling of cables against the tape as potholes, curbs, rocks etc are traversed produces an audible ‘wap’ sound, which is quite annoying.
I'll leave it on for a while due to its good qualities, but I won't get it again. I like a nice wrap. I can get a much better wrap on any other tape, and there are lots of good ones out there. The ZIPP CX tape that wore out after 2.5 years of constant, hard use was a better tape in every way, and that’s what’s going back on the bike.
I was intrigued by the claims made by this product and thought I’d give it a try. I mounted one on my rear wheel yesterday, pumped it up, started putting on my shoes, etc and then, getting ready to ride, noticed that the tire had gone flat. Ouch. Putting the tube underwater showed a steady stream of bubbles from the join of the stem and tube. Manufacturing defect. I contacted the manufacturer and they apologized profusely and immediately sent me a replacement at no charge. Let's see if the new one actually works!
Does this work with a carbon-railed saddle?
This post looks good and feels really good. It’s nice and light. The bolts tend to come loose easily, however, which is a real pain, and the material is surprisingly soft so they might start to deform if you then have to constantly tighten them. I’ve thought of dumping it for something else on my hardtail but have been too lazy. I’d recommend using lock-tite or similar on the bolts or else this quite expensive post may prove to be annoying even in the short term.
This is a decent but not spectacular seatpost. It is quite light but not class-leading light. It adjusts reasonably well, but grit from the road can make the adjustment process a bit, well, gritty even if you’ve tried to clean it beforehand. It is most definitely not designed to be, nor is it marketed as, particularly bump absorbing, vertically compliant, etc etc. Neither is it particularly harsh, however. All in all, it’s pretty nice without standing out in any one area. It’s OK.
Is the spacing compatible with SRAM or Campy 12 speed?
This is a workhorse of a derailleur. Tough, reliable, smooth in operation and needs adjustment only infrequently. It’s a shame SRAM isn’t offering a 12 speed mechanical version.
These things are completely useless on a bike. If they have a function for cycling, I can't figure out what it is.
A solid and yet not harsh ride, low maintenance and light weight. Lovely to look at. Unlike with some of their other parts, Campagnolo is always extremely conservative in their weight estimates of wheels, so it’s no surprise that my dark label, Campagnolo freehub pair weighs 1476 grams on a digital scale.
Have you tried this cassette with 12 speed Campy shifters/derailleurs?
I'm blown away by the great feel and function of these shifters. So smooth, so intuitive - what a great experience. The braking is the best out there, period.
These have a nice stiff sole for CX, gravel, and XC: not too stiff to walk/run in but still plenty stiff. They are a hard-wearing shoe and will last a good long time. The combination of a BOA dial and the traditional SIDI ratchet buckle works well and reliably. For me, the toe box is a bit too narrow. I do not have wide feet but even so, my smaller toes brush up against the side of the foot compartment. I could remedy this by going larger but that creates other problems. Also, I have to really cinch the shoes down pretty tight to make sure that my heels don't lift out of the shoe, so a better, more gripping heel cup would be welcome there. All in all, I respect these shoes but the fit isn't ideal for my particular feet so in the medium to long term I'll replace them with something with a wider front, like a NorthWave perhaps.