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Lacktaters

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I snagged one of the few remaining all-Ultegra builds from Competative. I love the graphics, or should I say lack there of? At 6ft tall, I decided to adhere to Ridley's recommendation of a medium sized frame as opposed to Competative's recommendation of a large frame. I'm very pleased with both the way the bike fits and rides...large would've been WAY to big. As others have noted, the front rotors squeal on the steep down hills. I can't comment on the stock Challenger tires either, as I swapped them out with tubeless 38c Shwalbe G Ones before the first ride. I've thought about picking up a second wheelset to run either 28c Pro Ones or 30c S Ones for use on the tarmac, but the G Ones roll surprisingly well.

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Hi

This will be quite difficult question but I hope some of you could give me an answer.
I bought frame Ridley X-trail carbon and I was building my own bike with components choosen by me.
I have booked bike fitting to buy exact sterm, saddle etc.
I went for bike fitting and we found very serious problem - Front and rear axis for wheels are with totally different thread in Ridley Carbon frames. 
I have Axle system: M12x1.5 167mm Thru-Axle.
Do you know where should I look for something what could help? 

Thanks


I've got an extra front.  The 1st was defective so they gave me a new one.  But I'm still using the original.  And then they did a recall so got a new front & rear.  You might want to contact Ridley and see if you can get the new ones from the recall too.
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Hi

This will be quite difficult question but I hope some of you could give me an answer.
I bought frame Ridley X-trail carbon and I was building my own bike with components choosen by me.
I have booked bike fitting to buy exact sterm, saddle etc.
I went for bike fitting and we found very serious problem - Front and rear axis for wheels are with totally different thread in Ridley Carbon frames. 
I have Axle system: M12x1.5 167mm Thru-Axle.
Do you know where should I look for something what could help? 

Thanks


Robertaxleproject.com will have a lightweight, low-profile M12x1.5 167mm Thru-Axle available some time in December.
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Mad Dog

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I'm currently looking for some SPD pedals for my X-Trail. Can you guys recommend something suitable?
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FestiveNoodle

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Don't think you can go wrong with any of them. I used both Shimano's SPDs, and now have VP VX pedals that you can find on sale pretty much everywhere. They are compatible with Shimano's SPD cleats. Also I think Performance's Forte Contact pedals are pretty much the same thing.
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pauley

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I have been running Shimano PD M540 spd's the last couple years on 2 bikes, one traditional road bike and the other my gravel bike. Highly recommend them. Reasonable price and weight, durable, zero problems.
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FestiveNoodle

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Backcountry/Competivecyclist now have original Ridley fenders for X Trail. If you look at the top banner, there's 20% off a full price item, which brings it to $40. Hurry up, I bought one and there's only two left:

http://www.backcountry.com/ridley-x-trail-mud-fender
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Mad Dog

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Thanks for ideas. I've been using M520 for years and they've proved to be very durable and reliable. I'm wondering whether the 540 have any value-added except -30 grams. VP VX-2000 seems pretty similar to M520. They look lovely though.
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pauley

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The weight and a slightly different aesthetic are probably the only differences.
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creevay

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Backcountry/Competivecyclist now have original Ridley fenders for X Trail. If you look at the top banner, there's 20% off a full price item, which brings it to $40. Hurry up, I bought one and there's only two left:

http://www.backcountry.com/ridley-x-trail-mud-fender


Gah!  I guess I missed them.


Do you have a part number or something, so I can follow up and see if they'll order me another? I never even got to see what they looked like... 
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rafcom456

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Hi, I just bought the frame carbon ridley X-trail. 

And this is what I did. 

All shimano ultegra di2 and all carbon components. 

ridley 1.jpg  ridley 2.jpg  ridley 3.jpg 


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Interesting article about using an X-Trail on the Zonhoven cx course

http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/horse-for-the-course-gravel-bike-on-pro-zonhoven-cx-course-48734
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Hello, I am new to this site and excited that I found it because I am interested in buying an xtrail.  I have a question on frame size, as I have have had conflicting direction from retailers.  I am a male, just under 5'6".  Shorter legs - I think my true inseam is approx 29 inches. Relatively longer torso.  I would so appreciate any insight and suggestions on size.  I have been told small and XS.  Maybe I fall right in between. Additional considerations, I am 55 years old.  Average athleticism and flexibility for a reasonably active person my age, (How's that for hedging?)  I mostly ride greenways - generally paved but poor surfaces or crushed gravel.  Typically 30 to 50 miles per ride. Occasional longer road rides.  Thank you for your input.  I appreciate it.  
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Ridley's tend to run very large in my experience.  I'm 5'8" and am riding an XS.  I was sort of in between the S & XS - I was able to test ride both sizes on a Fenix, so think an XS would be just about right for you.  I think a S would be way to big for you.  If your retailer has a Fenix in stock, they are very similar dimensions.  See my previous posts regarding top tube length errors on the Ridley website - that is, use the Top Tube Length, Actual for sizing purpose and not TTL,Horizontal as they transposed the numbers.
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I think the XS is the right size for you.   I'm around 5' 6" and also have a 29" inseam and my XS is a really good fit.   The S would definitely be too big for you.     
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Hi all.

I asked Ridley recently if the frame features guides inside for the hydro hoses (I wanted to swap).

Answer is yes! Full guide from entry to exit in the frame. Same with the fork, of course. I did not check, for now, but I don't see why they would lie.

So, swapping hoses should be a breeze with this bike. I was so afraid of the contrary...

Also, am 175cm, ride an S. Fits fine, but I swapped for a 90mm stem. Hydro di2 levers have a long reach...

Would not go S below 170!
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I'm about 5'7 and S fits me pretty good. Although it is on the bigger side. So for Social Climber XS should be the right size.
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FestiveNoodle

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Also here's factory fenders in the wild. I'm not 100% happy with them, especially with the fitment in the back. They still needed some drilling, and for the life of me I can't get them to line up with the back tire. Compare it with the PDW full metal fenders on my Black Mountain Cycles: IMG_20161203_124742.jpg  IMG_20161119_131723.jpg 
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Also here's factory fenders in the wild. I'm not 100% happy with them, especially with the fitment in the back. They still needed some drilling, and for the life of me I can't get them to line up with the back tire. Compare it with the PDW full metal fenders on my Black Mountain Cycles: IMG_20161203_124742.jpg   [/QUOTE

It took me a good couple of hours to fit the fenders (mudguards) to my X-trial and it needed a good bit of bodging to get them right. Looking at your photo it might be worth trying to fix the rear mudguard to the seat stay bridging piece using the forward fixing hole rather than the rear one, it's surprising how much difference the small change makes.
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Thank you everyone for the insightful and very helpful responses!  
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creevay

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I have the aluminum Ridley X-Trail with the Shimano 105 groupset. Performance Bike calls it the "AL 105". It comes with 38mm Challenge Gravel Grinder tires. Festive Noodle,  I know most or all of you on this thread have the lovely carbon frame X-Trails, but do you think the X-Trail frame will have enough clearance to accommodate those PDW Commuter fenders with these tires?

I've considered them before, but your helpful photos have cooled me off about ordering the Ridley ones and reignited my curiosity about the PDW ones.  And thank you for showing them!
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I have the aluminum Ridley X-Trail with the Shimano 105 groupset. Performance Bike calls it the "AL 105". It comes with 38mm Challenge Gravel Grinder tires. Festive Noodle,  I know most or all of you on this thread have the lovely carbon frame X-Trails, but do you think the X-Trail frame will have enough clearance to accommodate those PDW Commuter fenders with these tires?

I've considered them before, but your helpful photos have cooled me off about ordering the Ridley ones and reignited my curiosity about the PDW ones.  And thank you for showing them!


I had those PDW city width fenders on the x trail before mounting them on BMC. They do fit in the carbon frame, and most likely will fit in the Al as well. You'll have to do some adjusting, and I needed to get longer stay from PDW (https://ridepdw.com/collections/fenders/products/alloy-stay) for the back. On the front I used old wine cork and removed the fork mount to mount it directly under the fork, although I think AL has different fork with actual fender mount at the front?

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I had those PDW city width fenders on the x trail before mounting them on BMC. They do fit in the carbon frame, and most likely will fit in the Al as well. You'll have to do some adjusting, and I needed to get longer stay from PDW (https://ridepdw.com/collections/fenders/products/alloy-stay) for the back. On the front I used old wine cork and removed the fork mount to mount it directly under the fork, although I think AL has different fork with actual fender mount at the front?



Yeah, I think there's a hidden mount in the front.  I just need to track down one of those removeable seatstay bridges for the rear.  I corresponded with Ridley.  They wouldn't sell it directly to me and referred me back to Performance Bike.  

Performance Bike seemed one part reluctant to two parts clueless when I first asked them to order the part, even after providing them the part number.

Going to try again, though, because whatever jerry-rig I come up with won't look as nice nor work as well as the genuine part.

If anyone has a source I can use for the removeable seatstay fender bridge, please let me know.

And thanks for all the info!
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Yeah, I think there's a hidden mount in the front.  I just need to track down one of those removeable seatstay bridges for the rear.  I corresponded with Ridley.  They wouldn't sell it directly to me and referred me back to Performance Bike.  

Performance Bike seemed one part reluctant to two parts clueless when I first asked them to order the part, even after providing them the part number.

Going to try again, though, because whatever jerry-rig I come up with won't look as nice nor work as well as the genuine part.

If anyone has a source I can use for the removeable seatstay fender bridge, please let me know.

And thanks for all the info!


I got the seatstay bridge from Perfomance Bike in Pittsburgh (same place I bought the bike from). It was 20-30 bucks, but it is really flimsy and doesn't stay in place. I put some electric tape under it to keep it in place. If you can come up with something yourself, it's probably will be better. Btw Ridley fenders came with spare seatstay bridge which was useful, because the first one broke when I was installing it. Need to be careful on the torquing of the underside screw. 


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@rafcom456 - what is a weight of yr X-trail after diet? [smile]

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Originally Posted by rafcom456

Hi, I just bought the frame carbon ridley X-trail. 

And this is what I did. 

All shimano ultegra di2 and all carbon components. 

ridley 1.jpg  ridley 2.jpg  ridley 3.jpg 

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