X-Trail Limited Edition Frameset
In recent years we've seen a surge of attention drawn towards off-road, and all-road adventuring. Maybe it's the last frontier of a wild-west like experience — diving down the roads less traveled to visit sites and places that are seldom seen by others, or maybe we're just feeling a little limited by traditional road geometry, and want the ability to keep our adventure going after the road ends. Either way, those of us who crave miles beyond the tarmac, and not inside of a car, are diving into that wild beyond (okay, maybe it's just a country road), with an ear-to-ear grin, and an appreciation for the scenic route. But keeping your riding unlimited can be tricky — even the speediest cross-country bikes will feel sluggish on pavement and farm roads, and your race-ready road machine is twitchy and down right scary when you hit a deep gravel patch. We recommend steering yourself toward something a bit more versatile, like Ridley's X-Trail Limited Edition Frameset. The X-trail is tuned to handle dirt roads, singletrack, tarmac, and everything in between. Ridley has long been a contender in the European cylocross curcuit as well as the pro peloton, so their experience with drop-bar bikes on- and off-road is undeniable, and the X-Trail is the result of that.
Despite its longer gravel bike footprint and slightly more relaxed geometry, it's important to stress that the X-Trail does not have a sluggish ride quality. 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 weekend bikepacking trips to off-road segments in gravel races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork has a reinforced left leg to allow it to more capably handle the torsional 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 we alluded to above, the X-Trail is a medley of frame geometries. The result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that puts riders in a position that's more comfortable for long rides, rather than a slammed-down, forward-leaning race position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training and touring rides rather than racing exclusively. It's still slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, but unlike its endurance road counterpart, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 36mm wide on more rugged terrain.
- Unlimit your adventures with a bike built to handle it all
- Off-road geometry handles tarmac, gravel, and singletrack alike
- Long, stable geometry inspires confidence off the beaten path
- High-modulus carbon frame is lightweight, efficient, & strong
- Disc brakes offer superior power on mixed terrain & conditions
- Clearance for 36mm tires lets you set it up for road or gravel
- The X-Trail brings Ridley's expertise to the world of all-road cycling