Of all the brands we carry, no one quite understands or has a relationship as close to cyclocross as the Belgians at Ridley do. Its history with the discipline is steeped in tradition and its partnership with top teams and riders help hone the development of its framesets and create rides that are competition-worthy and capable of your regional series or World Cup events alike. The brand's flagship model, the X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset is a stalwart on the starting grid of international events because it blends proven, European geometry with some modern tech. While this frame could be called into gravel duty, its X-Trail has the geometry and demeanor you're after and the X-Night SL, on the other hand, is better suited for that hour of power and helping you keep two wheels upright as you navigate a muddy field riddled with obstacles that often force you off your bike and is defined by ribbons of zig-zagging course tape. If you're still on the fence between the X-Trail, its gravel adventure sled, and the X-Night SL, its cross thoroughbred, we'll break it down. The X-Night is much more compact with a slightly steeper head tube angle and a drastically shorter wheelbase. It also has a taller bottom bracket, which aids in preventing touchdown of your pedals on snot-slick off-cambers and allows you to get right back on the gas after scrubbing some speed. The frame's generous main triangle only has provisions for one water bottle cage and its goal is to provide plenty of room to comfortably shoulder the bike on steep run-ups or relentless stretches of sand. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, aggressive feel with plenty of room for mud. This makes it adept from everything from sticky Northeast mud to dry, West Coast dirt. If you recognize the names Vos, Pauwels, De Clercq, Vervecken, or Wellens you're looking at the right bike. As with the previous generation, Ridley builds the X-Night SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus...
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