X-Night SL Disc Force 1 Cyclocross Bike - 2018 by Ridley
Perhaps no other bike brand understands the passion of cyclocross quite like Ridley. The Belgian brand got its start building competition-worthy CX bikes before branching off and building high-quality road and MTB bikes. The X-Night SL Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike is all-new this year, incorporating some modern features without losing the traditional Euro touches that make their bikes so popular. If you're looking to pin a number on a skinsuit and slog through muddy stretches, attack sand pits, and shoulder your bike up calf searing run-ups, this is your rig. Ridley makes no bones about the fact that this bike is made for a power hour between the tape and over the planks. It has other bikes that are more competent for gravel events. Compared to those bikes, 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 prevents pedal strikes when negotiating off-camber slopes and lets you get back on the power to create a gap on tight turns. When conditions force a dismount, the level top tube offers a generous main triangle for plenty of room to comfortably shoulder the bike on steps or unrideable stretches of sand. It's important to note that the frame is so 'cross centric, it only has one water bottle cage mount on the downtube. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a nimble and agile ride making quick work of technical and twisty courses. The bike always finds the right line throughout all the accelerations and decelerations that define cyclocross. The frame is plenty adaptable for fast and dusty West Coast races and has plenty of clearance for sticky New England mud. As with the previous generation, Ridley builds the X-Night SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber and adds in 40T for weight reduction that tips the scales at a super svelte 850g. This blend of carbon sops up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transfers ...
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