Great all around bike
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The XTrail is a very smooth stable machine. I have ridden it on the road, gravel, and cyclocross on it and so far so good. It actually does all three disciplines very well.
I built it up with the SRAM Force groupset. 46/36 crankset. TRP Spyre brakes. HED Stinger 3 wheelset. FMB Slalom 33 service course tires. Shimano XTR pedals. Selle Italia saddle. Zipp service course bar, stem and seat post.
One big difference I have noticed compared to my Felt FX is the one degree less head tube angle actually makes the bike perform better on long straight runs and is smoother and more stable over the rough stuff.
On the road, it is very capable much more than I expected. It’s not a fast aero road bike but once again smooth and fast enough.
On the CX course it works just fine once I made the adjustment to it. It doesn’t turn in as fast on really tight corners and has a tendency to glide around corners. And lacks a little less out of the hole shot compared to my other race rocket.
This is my first Ridley and they did a great job on the geometry and frameset. I’m 6’1 and went with the medium frameset. I find frames with a 56cm top tube work best for me even though every bike shop wants to put me in a 58 or 60cm bike.
I used competitive cyclist calculator and I have to say it was pretty much spot on. It got me in the ballpark and I fine tuned it from there.
I was looking for a gravel/road bike and this bike pretty much nails it. Coupled with my build I am very happy with the way it came.
Why only four stars then, because nothing is perfect and nobody gets five stars.
Lastly, I painted it white. I ordered the matte gray model and it was horrible. It was primer gray alright. It was nothing like the advertised picture and I even contemplated about sending it back but since I have the skill, the technology and it’s what I do for a living, I painted it.