Steve M.wrote a review of Ridley X-Trail Apex 1 650b Gravel Bike on April 21, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I needed a bicycle to ride the hundreds of miles of dirt and gravel roads near my home. When I saw the Ridley X-Trail, I knew I'd found my bike. I particularly liked the 650b wheels because they bestowed confidence and comfort when riding over the gravel, hardpan, ruts, rocks, loose sand, and animal trails that comprise my rides.
I have put about 300 miles on my Ridley X-Trail and have relished every pedal stroke. I've become enamored of its Belgian character. I like the sense of efficient power transfer and the strength of the frame. The X-Trail handles predictably on long dirt road descents that harbor sandy traps. The quick, precise steering has allowed me to avoid lizards and snakes sunning themselves on hardpack and sandy streambeds.
My X-Trail weighs 27 pounds, 12 ounces equipped with two water bottle cages, a handlebar bag, high quality dual platform pedals, and a rear rack. I have a 33 inch inseam and the medium frame fits perfectly.
The only problem I've experienced is a dropped chain when going too fast over a rock littered trail.
I am of Medicare age. My days of careening down mountain trails on my '83 Stumpjumper are long gone. Now, I ride for the immense enjoyment and health benefits of cycling. It is a good day when I reach for my Ridley X-Trail to embark on a long ride without touching pavement.