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Blaze Your Own Trail.

Aggregate assaulting has morphed from a once niche discipline into a mainstream activity that has spawned quite a few gravel specific bikes. Folks wanting to ride in "road-like" conditions and avoid cars are finding the allure of riding bikes designed to excel on dirt roads. Ridley has long been a staple in the European cyclocross circuit and the pro peloton so they know a thing or two about riding and racing dropbar bikes on and offroad. A few tweaks to their road and cross racing bikes, which we will delve in below, turns out building a fine gravel frame and the Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset is ready to join you off pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even some single track.

Despite its gravel intentions, it isn't a slow handling slouch and Ridley shapes the X-Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from bikepacking weekend trips to off-road full gravel races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg allowing it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout.

As implied by the above, the X-Trail is a smorgasbord of frame geometries. The result resembles more of a road bike than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of an aero is everything, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing the rider into a more upright position to accommodate longer training and touring rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 36mm wide on more rugged terrain.

  • An all-road adventure bike
  • Long, stable geometry keeps its footing on gravel and dirt
  • High-modulus carbon fiber frame is efficient and lightweight
  • Disc brakes keep stopping on point in inclement conditions
  • Clearance for 36mm tires roll fast and offer traction
  • Expands Ridley's X series beyond the limits of cyclocross
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Frame Material
HM / HR unidirectional carbon
Wheel Size
Oryx disc
Head Tube Diameter
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
Bottom Bracket Type
Cable Routing
Front Derailleur Mount
direct mount
Brake Type
Seatpost Diameter
Front Axle
12 x 100mm TA
Rear Axle
12 x 142mm TA
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years
a Seat Tube(c-c)
b Seat Tube(c-t)
c Effective Top Tube
d Stack
e Reach
f Stand Over
g Head Tube
h Head Tube Angle
i Seat Tube Angle
j Bottom Bracket Height
k Bottom Bracket Drop
l Chainstay
m Wheelbase
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Ridley X Trail

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just a quick note as I've now got a few rides under my wing after pulling the trigger on this as a full build with a mix of 105 & Ultegra Hydraulic. Very sleek and more beautiful in person than photos can do justice (Gray & Orange frame). I did a couple of rides on Schwalbe G One 35mm. For real straight up off riding this is not a Wide enough tire. Fortunately the frame will accommodate a 38cm in the back and I am riding it with a 40mm tire up front. The tech specs on the frame say 36 max tire clearance. Rides like a dream. stunningly beautiful and descends well on even technical dirt! Only other mention is sizing. I normally would ride a 55-56cm top tube so was a bit reluctant to go with the Size M which specs a 56.5cm top tube. But it feels perfect for me and glad I went M instead of Small!

Avg. ride time: 1h 36m per week
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Builds up great...sans headset

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For those buying the X-trail as a frameset and performing their own build, here are some tips:
1) Headset: 1 Star: If your frame comes with the Deda headset, and you cannot get it to tighten up on the first try, toss it and buy a decent one. Fold that into your build cost. Don't hassle with the Deda, you will go crazy like I did. I ended up purchasing the headset spec'd. for this frame, the FSA No. 42, it fits great snugs down perfect. You can ask CC to work with you on replacing the Deda, but good luck. Their solution for me to go to the LBS cost me another $80 on top of the new headset cost.
2) The rear flatmount brake (Shimano Ultegra in my case) will require shorter bolts (33mm) as opposed to the 38mm that comes with the brake. They are not easy to find, but can be found.
3) Also on the rear flatmount, the span between the internal routing opening and the brake will make the adjustment tough. The cable cants the break inwards each time you try to tighten it down. Loosen the bolts, have a second person clamp down on the brake lever, then push the front of the brake in while you tighten it down slowly. It will work with some patience.
4) The headtube is short for a gravel bike. If you buy a new headset, get the taller topcap, you will be glad you did.
5) The rest of the build went smooth, and VERY nice frame to build up.

Ride Summary: this is a great all-around bike, particularly with 2 wheelsets (one gravel, one road). It will take on anything but the Kansas Flint Hills (not enough clearance for 40mm high volume gravel tires). But it will take aggressive 38mm tires, which is great for most gravel. It is surprisingly responsive and accelerates well on pavement and big climbs - again depending on wheelset. If you can only have gravel/road bike, this should be a finalist.

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Would a lauf grit fork fit on this frame? I'm wondering if that ramp/notch on the underside of the downrube where it meets the fork would limit using a different fork.

not a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front

    On the overview, 2nd paragraph it states 15 x 100mm thru axle in front , on the Tech Specs 12x100. frame came with 12x100 for front, was certain I was going to rcvd a 15x100. On the positive, frame is beautiful, and well packed, and arrived one day early. Also happy that it came with all the fork hardware, even a cd rom, and some frame accessories. This is a new build, so it will be a while before I get to ride this beauty, first carbon :-) thanks CC.

    not a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front

    Does the frame accommodate fenders? If so and recommendations?

    Hey John,

    This frame will accept fenders. It would best work with the SKS strap on fenders. That would be the quickest and easiest option.

    This frame delivers

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The X Trail rides like a mountain bike but climbs like a road bike. This frame feels solid on loose gravel and elicits confidence when descending. Throw on some hydraulic brakes and you really got a stable off-road ride.
    I've ridden a regular cross bike on single track and always disliked its twitchy handling. The X Trail carves the turns because of the adequate wheelbase.
    On a personal note, I'm partial to Ridley frame geometry as the tall head tube allows for all-day comfort on the hoods without sacrificing aero positioning when in the drops.

    Can the frame and fork take 160 rotors with flat mount calipers without an adapter?

    Too late to answer this for Jonathan, but for others: Most fork flat mount brakes (Shimano/SRAM) come with a reversible plate for either 140/160 flat mounts. If you want 160 on the rear, you will need to buy the adapter to go up from 140. But yes, you need adapters for both ends.

    What all is included with the frame set? Does it include headset bearings and seatpost binder?

    My frame arrived today and it does include headset bearings/races etc. and a seatpost binder/bolt

    Will this work with 160mm rotors and TRP Spyre calipers? Any adapters required? Thanks.

    The frame is Shimano flat mount standard. I am planning on running the same TRP Spyre 160mm brakes using TRP's flat mount to post mount adapters

    Hey Kevin, starting in '07 the frame is compatible with post mount and flat mount calipers in both 140 and 160. The Oryx Disc 15TA is designed as flat mount but backwards compatible with post mount using the following adapters:

    – For 140mm rotor: BRPADATRP005

    – For 160mm rotor: BRPADATRP002

    Nate (