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Ridley X-Trail Force 1 Complete Bike - 2016

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As gravel and all-surface adventure cycling matures into a proper discipline, we're starting to see more and more frame geometries and tire clearances that match Ridley's X-Trail Force 1 Complete Bike. That's because traditional crit and 'cross rockets are compact, twitchy machines designed to react before you even realized you're correcting them. That's great for Euro 'cross courses and the 90-degree corners of downtown criteriums in the Mid-West, but it doesn't do much good in applications that don't involve spending a painful hour in the red mist of zone four. The X-Trail is about long days and longer weekends exploring the intersection of tarmac, gravel, dirt roads, and even washboard single track. Ridley's X series has long been about 'cross racing, but the X-Trail pushes the line into a whole new world of virtually limitless cycling.

Before we go any further, it's important to stress that the X-Trail isn't a dumpy noodler. Ridley shapes the X-Trail C30's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from pannier-laden weekend trips to off-road grinduro segments. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork was carefully reinforced on the left leg to allow 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 mentioned above, the X-Trail is a melting pot of frame geometries. The end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night, with a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extended the X-Trail C30's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training 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 40mm wide on more rugged terrain.

And finally, the frosting on this gravel-ground cake: SRAM's latest Force 1 HRD groupset. The simplicity of a one-by drivetrain is ideal for the kind of abusive adventure cycling that the X-Trail's stability and tire clearance recommend it for, and the added stopping confidence of hydraulic disc brakes comes especially in handy when navigating dusty back roads with the added weight of fully loaded panniers.

  • An all-terrain adventure bike with an aggressive disposition
  • Long, stable geometry keeps its footing on gravel and washboard
  • High-modulus carbon fiber frame is efficient and lightweight
  • SRAM one-by shifting devours abuse
  • DT Swiss wheels with 38mm tires punch back at rough surfaces
  • Disc brakes keep stopping on point in inclement conditions
  • Expands Ridley's X series beyond the limits of cyclocross

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
unidirectional carbon fiber
Oryx Disc 15TA
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
FSA No. 42
SRAM Force 1 HRD (right only)
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force1
46 t SRAM Force 1
Bottom Bracket:
Crank Arm Length:
[RID004K-BLA-XS] 165 mm, [RID004K-BLA-S] 170 mm, [RID004K-BLA-M] 172.5 mm, [RID004K-BLA-L] 175 mm, [RID004K-BLA-XL] 175 mm
11 - 30 t SRAM PG-1130
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
160 / 140 mm
4ZA Cirrus
Handlebar Drop:
124 mm, 126 mm, 128 mm
Handlebar Width:
40 cm, 42 cm, 44 cm
Bar Tape:
4ZA cork
4ZA Cirrus
Stem Length:
80 mm, 90 mm, 100 mm, 110 mm, 120 mm
4ZA Cirrus Pro
4ZA Cirrus Carbon
DT Swiss R24 Spline
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Challenge Gravel Grinder
Tire Size:
700 c x 38 mm
not included
Recommended Use:
gravel, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

X-Trail size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




XXS 45cm 49.9cm 52cm 37.5cm 10cm 70.5o 75o 7.4cm 42cm 99.8cm
XS 48cm 50.6cm 54.1cm 37.5cm 12cm 71o 74.5o 7.4cm 42cm 100cm
S 51cm 53cm 55.8cm 38cm 14cm 71o 73.5o 7.2cm 42.2cm 101cm
M 54cm 54.9cm 58.4cm 38.6cm 16.5cm 71.5o 73o 7.2cm 42.2cm 102.3cm
L 57cm 56.7cm 61cm 39.2cm 19.5cm 71.5o 72.5o 7cm 42.2cm 103.8cm
XL 60cm 58.3cm 63.6cm 39.9cm 22cm 72o 72.5o 7cm 42.2cm 104.8cm

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If I could only have one bike...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Sacrilege I know but this bike is pretty fast on the road while being capable on the trails. I ordered the Large, slammed the stem and it feels perfect for my 6'2" frame with 34 inseam.

The listed specs are incorrect, the chainring is a 44t and the cassette is an 11-36.

To make this work for me I swapped the cassette for a Shimano XT 11-42 11 speed and new sram red chain (needed more links), it shifts great and ended up only gained 11 grams.
Swapped the tires/tubes for some WTB Riddler 37c tubeless/Stan's 44mm valve stems, tape and latex.

Then I did something stupid, after only a 5 mile test ride, I took it to Old Caz, part of the Grasshopper Adventure Series in Santa Rosa, and did 54 miles/5k ft through mud and potholes etc. and it was a blast. What is notable about this ride is that there is a considerable amount of flat road in between the climbs, so the climbs are steeper than the overall elevation would normally account for. My swap of the cassette was perfect with just enough granny to never put a foot down. Given the number of flat tires I saw people fixing, the tubeless setup was the right choice as well.

I considered doing a dropper post but after riding it, I never once thought there was a time I wanted one (even though I use one on my MTB) so it's just not worth the weight/cost/complexity.

Last words: I would recommend it to a friend.

If you are curious, here is my Old Caz

Unanswered Question

Are you going to do another run of these 'pure line' X-trail bikes for 2017? They are a great concept at a very good price. I just haven't had the cash to pull the finger and obviously you're now running out of various sizes.

Ticks all the boxes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great all-around road bike. As far as "adventure" bikes go, the X-Trail definitely skews more towards the "road" side of things as opposed to "gravel". The lower-than-usual bottom bracket, paired with bigger tires, will put your CG in a similar position as your road bike, which I really enjoy as far as handling goes.

I've put it through all day dirt road epics, some single track and fast road group rides. Added the integrated fenders for surviving PNW winters, which are really sleek and complement the bike well. Due to the X-Trail's versatility and fun, I probably won't touch my race bike again until the spring.

I'm 5'10" and went with a size S to keep the reach around 38cm and a relatively low stack to be slightly more upright than my road bikes with similar reach. In a size S (I'd say similar to a 54cm endurance road bike), it's definitely more of a road geometry compared to the trendier shorter and taller "gravel" geometry in a similar size.

I swapped out the stock parts for a slightly different spec, geared more towards road riding. Ben @ CC was super helpful, so don't hesitate to contact him.

Ticks all the boxes

Nice one! I have an X Trail too, what kind of fenders are you using?

Hi Huy,
Are those the X-trail fenders? I wasn't able to get them to fit on mine. The brake hose was in the way on the fork and the screw to attach the fender to the seatstay bridge was too short to engage. Looks like you've got Shimano brakes too. Would you mind shooting me an email at



Grant - I bought the X-Trail fenders myself, and had to improvise some of the hardware. Was lucky enough to have a longer screw for the seat stay bridge, and used old wine corks to pad under the fork and in front of the seat tube.

sizing chart

    I just wanted to put up a sizing chart for the Ridley. If you have any question on fit for this feel free to contact me.

    sizing chart

    Ridley's sizing chart is wrong. I've already notified BC/CC and Ridley about this and it doesn't seem that anyone is listening. If I had followed your chart I would have had a bike that was too big for me and you would have lost a sale, due to the fact that you didn't have any of the (recommended) XL's at the time. Look at Ridley's chart and notice that the ETT is listed as being longer than the ATT. That is geometrically impossible.

    Your chart is wrong. ETT on Small is 545, Medium is 565...

    That is indeed a five-star sizing chart. I agree wholeheartedly with your rating.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this bike back in the summer to replace my X-Night for long gravel rides. I wanted something that would be a bit more comfortable after 100 miles or so but the X-Trail is WAY more comfortable. I've done several centuries on it already, and it's absolutely incredible how much better I feel at the end of those rides. Instead of staring at the Garmin and desperately hoping that 100 mile point will hit soon, I now find myself pedaling with just as much power as I started out with and figuring out if I have enough time to take the longer route home.

    Simply put, the bike is smooth and comfortable yet responsive and lively. I have no idea how they pulled it off but I've now owned 6 different Ridley bikes and they have all been absolutely spectacular for what they are designed to do.

    One suggestion for the Force-1 drivetrain: Replace the "build" cassette with the NX PG-1130 11-42t cassette. It looks like a dinner plate back there and it's pretty heavy but I honestly have never noticed the weight at all. What I do notice is that it gives me a much lower gear range than even what I had before on the X-Night with a 34 tooth front ring and 28 tooth cassette in back. The high end is not quite as high but you rarely need that part of the range anyway. At least I can say I don't miss it. I think if you need the higher end there's an option to do a 10-tooth with some sort of adapter as well.

    Seriously, this bike has made me say "wow" so many times already. I can't recommend the combination of Ridley and Competitive Cyclist highly enough.

    Is the cassette a standard 11 speed or SRAM XD drive? It's nearly a perfect bike but the 10-42 or new Eagle 1x12 would open things up. Any idea how much tire clearance is available? 40mm looks possible but I have a set of 50's on a Vaya that would look sharp on a notably lighter Ridley.

    Hi Janeece! This drivetrain is 1x11 Force, with 11/30 in the back. We can special order and XD driver for this wheelset however. But this bike is spec'ed as is from the factory. I wouldn't be able to credit what we remove. You would still receive those parts however. Give me a shout directly and we can go over the details. 801-204-4557

    It can take up to a 38 in the back.

    Put some fun between your legs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The X-Trail bikes have to be some of he funnest bikes on the market. Beyond just a great gravel grinder, the X-Trail opens up huge opportunities for adventure. Road, gravel, singletrack, this bike is a kick in the pants. Hit me up directly if you would like to know more. 801-204-4557

    Put some fun between your legs

    Nice looking gravel bike. Really like the idea of 1x but the stock gearing of a 46T chainring and 11-30 cassette would not work for any kind of hilly terrain. Can this bike be ordered with the gearing of 38T 10-42?

    Jesse C, This bike comes as is from the factory but I'm sure we can work something out. Give me a shout and we can go over your options. 801-204-4557

    I notice the frame has different graphics than what is on the Ridley site. Are these next year's models?