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Hammer

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Hello, I am finally looking at getting a non mountainbike. I have a 2014 Scott spark that is my main go to trail bike and have kept my old 1995 stumpjumper fs which I still love and put gravel tires on it to ride the roads around my house. I was originally going to spend some money and do a full blown conversion on it but thought it would be nice to have something new for a change.
I think I have narrowed it down to either the Norco Search or the Ridley x-trail. Both carbon and with similar components. Just wondering if anyone has riden both and could give me an opinion on what they thought. Also, I am 6ft 2 with a 34 inseam and after reading some of the blogs wonder if I should get a large or a medium. They say the ridley tends to be a little larger in size but not sure about the Norco.. Unfortunately the local bike shops currently do not have either in stock in large so I would have to order one.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Ridley, but wait till the new model comes out. Norco can only clear a 35mm. New Xtrail can clear a 650b 2 inch or 700c 42.


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Thanks Smale Rider. I was leaning towards a bike that was more geared towards road then offroad but do like that option for bigger tire. Any idea of when they might be available?
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Ridley's are pretty big, funnily in my old work our two biggest customers were both Belgian so it must be something in the Benelux water.

I am 5ft7 and rode an XS in both the XFire and the Xtrail. I found the Xtrail to be uberheavey and more sluggish than an All City I was riding at the same time. I ended up ditching both Ridleys and stuck by the All City.


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May or June original article indicated for the Ridley. Cross your fingers if they are timely, and carbon has the same wheel properties.
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