An all-round bike that Ridley claims could take the place of three others in your garage, we got hold of the Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB

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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Force1 HDB

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I first rode the Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB on the parcours of the Superprestige Zonhoven Cyclocross course with its famous ‘de kuil’ sandpit.

From the off it was clear that this was a capable bike as it handled excellently, and was just as at home on the sand, on trails in nearby woodland and on the concrete finishing funnel.

Now back in the UK and riding it mostly on the road, it’s quick and great to ride. I’ve only got the bike for a limited time (it’s in high demand), but will be doing as much mileage as possible before the full review appears in Cycling Weekly magazine and then online on this page shortly after.

Frame

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB frame decal- Jack Elton-Walters

Great looking design. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

There are found build options for the bike – three carbon and one alloy, and the one on test is the top end Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB.

The bike is not designed to be an out-and-out cyclocross machine, so isn’t as light as Ridley‘s carbon CX bikes due to the fact that there’s less need to sling it over your shoulder.

That’s not to say it’s particularly heavy, however, as it tips the scales around 8kg.

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

Built for glory maybe, built for fun certainly. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

The Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB’s frame looks great: the paint job is very aesthetically pleasing and the clean lines afforded by the disc brakes and 1x chainset add to the sleek look.

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

The disc brakes work perfectly, and add to the overall look of the bike. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

The frame is made from X-Trail C, HM/HR Unidirectional carbon which is responsive and handles excellently on a range of surfaces from tarmac roads to tree root rutted trails.

The fork includes hidden mudguard mounts, which adds to the versatility of the bike without negatively impacting the look.

Specification

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

SRAM 1x is ideal for an all-round bike like this. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

As given away by the name, this bike comes with a SRAM Force 1x drivetrain, and includes a long cage rear mech and 10-42t cassette.

As such, the range of gears should be wide enough to cope with my training routes.

The rear mech of the Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB, complete with sand from de kuil. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

The rear mech, complete with sand from de kuil. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

Stopping power is supplied by SRAM hydraulic disc brakes which give fantastic braking in the wet or dry, and these are mounted over thru-axle wheels.

>>> Disc brakes: everything you need to know

The bike has clearance for 36mm tyres, and that’s what it was supplied with in the shape of Clement X’Plor MSO 700x36c and is also tubeless ready.

Ride

The Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB on the Superprestige Zonhoven Cyclocross parcours. Photo: Ridley Bikes

The Ridley X-Trail on the Superprestige Zonhoven Cyclocross parcours. Photo: Ridley Bikes

Having already ridden the bike on a testing and technical ‘cross course in Belgium, it will be interesting to see how the bike handles on British roads for the next few weeks.

Having done a couple of short commutes on the Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB, I’ve been very impressed with its handling and how well it rides on standard tarmac roads.

What’s more, despite the geometry being a halfway house between a road bike and a CX bike, and the inclusion of wide 36mm tyres, the bike still moves at speed and does not feel like much energy is being wasted as you pedal forward.

This responsiveness can be credited to the frame which is clearly designed with speed and fun in mind.

The bike can be supplied with mudguards, and if these had been included I’d be looking at a highly versatile winter machine.

Details

Size tested:L
Sizes avaiable:XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL
Frame:X-Trail C, HM/HR Unidirectional carbon, 142x12 TA
Fork:Oryx Disc TA, Carbon steerer, Hidden fender mounts
Groupset:SRAM Force 1x, long cage rear mech
Gear ratios:42t chainset, 10-42t casette
Chain:SRAM PC-1170, Powerlock
Brakes:SRAM Force1 Hydraulic disc, Flatmount
Wheels:DT Swiss RR21 DiCut DB
Tyres:Clement X'Plor MSO 700x36c, Tubuless Ready
Bar:4ZA Cirrus Pro Carbon
Stem:4ZA Cirrus Pro
Seatpost:4ZA Cirrus Pro Carbon, 27,2x350mm
Saddle:4ZA Cirrus Pro Dynamic Comfort
Distributor:www.ridley-bikes.com