Ridley X-Night 30 Disc Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2015 - Road Bike Shop
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Ridley X-Night 30 Disc Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2015
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Although Ridley was gunning for an eighth World Championship victory earlier this year, the race was lost to another multi-time World Champion. But, one race doesn't dictate success, and the redesigned X-Night from last season showed such promise, that Ridley Bicycles of Belgium chose to continue along that path of development to make the X-Night 30 Disc Complete Cyclocross Bike, the best 'cross bike yet. Gone are the over-sized tubes, and euro-height bottom bracket of a few years ago. Instead the focus is on stiffness and maneuverability. Ridley wanted its X-Night frame to be its lightest yet. To that end, they used 30 and 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber for the frame layup. The 24-ton designates that the carbon is able to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square inch. And while a 24-ton rating may seem a bit much for a bicycle frame, using such a strong weave allowed Ridley to engineer a frame that draws upon inspiration from the Helium SL Road Frame. Using a 24-ton weave allows engineers to design tubing that is stronger and yet lighter --the stronger the material, the less is needed. So, in this case, less really is 'more.' Additionally, Ridley removed the integrated seatmast --a welcome change to taller riders who pack their bikes often--and replaced it with a removable 27. 2mm seatpost. This seemingly simple design change then translates into slimmer seat stays and tubing. Thinner seat stays result in vertical compliance which makes the frame more comfortable to ride on a rutted cyclocross course. The junctions have been further trimmer down and all of these design changes have led to a frame that is under 1kg. That means Ridley shaved over 350grams off of the frame. The geometry changes made last season, namely a lowered bottom bracket (3mm) and shorter wheelbase (9mm) have remained. The latter provides faster handling while the former gives smaller riders more top tube clearance. The lowered head tube means that riders who prefer a more aggressive co...