2011 Ridley Cyclocross Bikes – Updates and More Complete Bike Options
Ridley has updated their entire cyclocross line with updates from the top of the range X-Night above to the more wallet friendly alloy models.
With aspirations of gaining more retail footage, they’ll be offering all models as complete bikes as well as framesets, and price points are fairly attractive.
The full carbon X-Night remains their top offering, and for 2011 it gets new internal rear derailleur housing that hides the cable inside the seatstay and runs housing all the way to the derailleur to keep mud off the wire. It’ll be offered in the white shown above as well as World Cup colors honoring sponsored Czech rider Zdenek Stybar. For $3,995, you’ll get the SRAM Red equipped bike shown with Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels and Avid Shorty Ultimates. A frameset is also available.
For more photos of the X-Night and the rest of Ridley’s 2011 ‘cross lineup, hit ‘more’…
The X-Night has heavily shaped tubes throughout its frame and a massive tapered headtube with a really thick-legged fork. Ample clearance should keep the wheel spinnin’ through mud pits.
More frame shape shots…
Next down the line is the Ridley X-Fire. It shares a carbon frame, but doesn’t get the same level of tube shaping. It has a SRAM Rival build with Truvativ Elita cranks, FSA bar/stem/post and Michelin tires on Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels. The fork is full carbon and tapered, too. MSRP for the complete bike is $2,495.
The Ridley X-Ride is their top alloy ‘crosser. It has the same tapered full carbon fork and spec build as the X-Fire but uses the SRAM Apex cranks. MSRP is $1995.
The X-Bow is Ridley’s entry level cyclocross racer and lets you get on a genuine Belgian ‘cross bike for just $1,395. For 2011, it only gets paint changes. It comes with straight 1-1/8″ carbon legged fork (alloy steerer tube).
All of Ridley’s cyclocross bikes are shipping now and should be popping up in dealers (or available for them to order) at the end of July.Â The frames have performance-oriented geometry, so they don’t have the taller headtubes and more upright “touring” design of some casual ‘cross bikes.