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cew

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I picked up a Ridley X-Trail about 2 weeks ago.  I wanted to go with the CR1 from Performance, but they did not have an XXS available and that's the size I needed.  I ended up going with the CR30 from Competitive Cyclist.  They worked with me on pricing and it turned out to be a pretty good deal.  I made a few upgrades as well (Ultegra Crank, 3T Carbon Bars, 3T Seatpost, RS685 levers and Reynolds Attack wheels).  I have really been enjoying this bike, but have done very little gravel riding on it.  This weekend I'll be riding the Gran Fondo Goldendale.  I'm really looking forward to using this on mixed road and gravel! 
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DrSpoke

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As far as I can tell, the CR30 and the CR1 are virtually identical.  And nice upgrades too.  I'm planning to convert mine to Di2 w/Ultegra crank and lighter bars, stem, seatpost & saddle.  I'm using the DT Swiss XR 1501s wheels w/Schwalbe S-Ones for most situation.

If possible, please let me know the price you paid - either here or via PM.  I have a friend that is or soon will be looking for an XXS.  I bought my last mountain bike through CC and they are very good to work with.

I've got about 1,500 miles on my X-Trail in a variety of conditions.  It's a very capable bike - you are going to love it.
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I think the only difference between the CR30 and CR1 were the shifters.  The CR30 came with the 105 level shifters and the CR1 has the Ultegra.  Luckily, those were on sale from competitive cyclists. 

Ultimately, I'll put Di2 on as well, but I might wait for the new Dura-Ace in hopes it has the long cage derailleur. 

I also upgraded the saddle.  Forgot to mention that.  I'm running the stock Gravel Grinders for now, when on gravel, but put on Schwalbe Pro One 28s for road.  I'll be setting those up tubeless soon.

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I'm going w/the Ultegra Di2 GS in back and the Dura-Ace in front.  I've got a FSA K-Force seatpost, FSA OS-99 stem, Thomson Compton bars and a Fizik Antares saddle.  The Ultegra crankset just arrived a couple of days ago and was the last piece to the puzzle.  The stock crankset looks nice but is, I think, very heavy - as are the 4ZA parts.  BTW, my CR1 came w/805 calipers as well as an Ultegra FD and cassette.  That was probably due to the fact that when I ordered mine last October even Performance didn't know what they were going to come with.  So it was delivered w/105 but they upgraded no charge.

The OEM tires are nice but I got a flat on the first ride.  And I usually ride a lot of trail so they didn't stay on long.  The S-Ones are pretty amazing tires.  They have the best grip I've ever experienced on pavement and they can handle just about anything off road.  It just takes a while to learn to trust them.  If I need bigger will use the G-One in 35c.  I've also got a pair of Pro-Ones in 28c that I'll be putting on this week.  I'm planning to use them for the Belgian Waffle Ride in a couple of weeks.  I'll probably leave them on for temporary road use but will probably go w/some 25s later on.

As far as Di2, the biggest price savings I found was on the levers - about $200 on eBay.  For the rest of the parts, the eBay prices for used were often approaching that of new.  So I bought the DA FD used and most of the rest new from various sources.  The total was < $1,000 (w/o calipers) and, if I sold the old parts, the net would probably be less than < $700.
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FestiveNoodle

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An update on my X-Trail CR1. I put over 2000 miles since it was bought in December. Use it primarily for mixed road/commuting and some road rides where I don't need to go as fast. Did some mods, although I think that sort of bike doesn't need DI2 or any super fancy components. It been shifting flawlessly with both the stock 105 cassette and spare wheelset that has SRAM force 11-32 cassette on it. Comparing to my road bike (Ridley Helium SL) climbing is definitely sluggish, not sure if it is due to heavier and bigger wheels/tires combo, or overall heavier weight, but otherwise on somewhat flatter rides I can keep up with the faster guys in the group using "road" tires setup.

For most of the riding I use Stan's Grail Team wheelset with Compass Bon Jon tires setup tubeless, that's like riding on a Lazy Boy! Grail rims stretch this tire out to almost 37-38mm wide. For now using stock Gravelgrinders on stock DTSwiss wheels for more offroad rides. Just purchased Maxxiss Rambler in 40c to check if it fits in the back. Using stock narrower rims looks like there's enough space in the chainstays. Maybe not for super muddy conditions, but enough for anything else.   

The only mods I have so far is an Ultegra crankset and Syntace P6 Hiflex seatpost.

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rafcom456

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Hi Is anyone able to help me ? 
I would like to build a bike using frame from Ridley x-trail. 
I am 186cm high, my internal leg is 87-88cm, my arm is about 66cm. 

I can give you more dimensions but please help me choose the right size [smile] 
M or L  ? I am looking for more comfort position, I would like to do bike fitting once I will build the bike to buy proper hanglebar, saddle etc. 

Thanks for advices. 

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caguy

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Hi Rafcom,
I'm the same height as you with slightly longer legs. I got the medium and am happy with it. I figured I could swap out the stem and get a set back seat post if needed, but the stock components seem fine.
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rafcom456

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Hi Caguy,

Thank you very much for your advice. 
In the shop they all recommend Large for me, now I have different point of view with your opinion.

Could you just as additional information tell me if you have more comfort or more race position on the bike. 

The only thing I am afraid is that the handlebar will be to low and my position on this bike will be to much race position.

Thank you for your advice. 

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caguy

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Hi Rafcom. Mine is set up pretty similar to my road bike, fairly aggressive. Do you have another bike that you can compare the reach and stack measurements to? Are you able to test ride it?
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Hi Caguy,

Thanks for advice. I will be abble to order M or L of aluminium version to make tests on it. Could you send photo with you on your bike ? than I will be sure what should I order to do test ride. 

Thank you once again.
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alembical

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Anybody else with the X-Trail get an email out of the blue with tracking for a package?  It is an "upgraded thru-axle".  Anyone know anything additional?  Was there a recall that I missed?
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I just called Performance and got the scoop.  I had a problem with my original front thru axle back in January.  The pin holding the two pieces together was working itself out and scoring the inside of the dropout as it threaded in and out.  Performance replaced that one though with one of the same design.  So apparently they have redesigned the piece and are them shipping now.  Based on this I'll assume some others have had the same problem.  The could have just used a DT Swiss part and have been done w/it.
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alembical

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Thanks.
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jmart

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Got the same email and I tracked the package on UPS's site so I knew it wasn't spam.   Thought it might be an owner's manual or something since it was only 0.5 lbs.  Mystery solved. 
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alembical

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Anyone running 650b wheels with their X-Trail?

I am contemplating trying it out, but having a hard time determining just what what the clearance would realistically be like.

Thanks in advance.

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First post on here: 

I just bought the carbon Ultegra build from CC last week and I've been out on 3 rides now and I'm quite impressed!  As others have said it's not a super light road specific bike but for my purposes it's the best tool for the job.  I race MTB's and I think this is the ideal bike for someone like me that likes to train on the road but links dirt in to keep things interesting.  For the past 4 years I've been riding an aluminium Ridley X-Ride and while it's been a great bike, it has always felt a little sketchy on high speed road descents.  The X-Trail feels super planted on all surfaces.  

The two areas where I found that it didn't do quite as well as the CX bike is it's a little harder to get the front wheel up in the air to get over rocks and it takes a little more effort to get through really tight switchbacks but I think that with time I will figure out how to compensate for these small differences in handling in those situations.   

For those that were saying that you needed to have multiple wheelsets for this bike so that you can have them set up with different tires, I did all three rides on Compasss Barlow Pass tires and they performed just fine. Two of the rides that I did were all pavement and one of the rides that I did was mostly dirt with much of it being on the rocky/technical side.  I would probably put different tires on for that ride next time but overall, Compass are great for about 90% of the riding that I will be doing on this bike so I won't need to swap out tires all that frequently.  Also, I got a lot of uphill and downhill PR's on the pavement on all three rides.

One other thing: the bike is great as it comes but if you are doing any long, steep descents, the rotors do start howling and the brakes start fading.  I'm replacing them with Shimano RT99 rotors.  I have the Centerlines on two other bikes, both with Sram brakes and they work great on those bikes.  Not sure if the mineral oil used by Shimano has a lower boiling point than DOT fluid, but the Sram rotors don't seem to pair well with Shimano calipers.

Finally, Competitive/Backcountry will have the fenders available in the next week or so.  They're just waiting for them to arrive from Belgium.

Anyway, I'm super stoked on this bike!  I own 8 bikes and if I could only have 1, this would be it!
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Nice review - thanks.  I've used the Schwalbe S-One tires @ 30c and though quite a bit smaller than your Compass tires are suitable for about 90% of my riding both road, trail and mixed.

I had a similar problem to yours as re the brake squeal only with the opposite setup.  I've got a Niner RLT with Force brakes but am using a Shimano front rotor.  It was raining last night so the rotors were wet but I got a lot of squeal w/the front rotor but very little in the back.

Thanks for the update on the fenders.  I don't really need them much here in SoCal but I'm sure there are many that would like to have some.
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Finally, Competitive/Backcountry will have the fenders available in the next week or so.  They're just waiting for them to arrive from Belgium.


Holy crap, the winter.. errr fenders finally coming!
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Nice review - thanks.  I've used the Schwalbe S-One tires @ 30c and though quite a bit smaller than your Compass tires are suitable for about 90% of my riding both road, trail and mixed.

I had a similar problem to yours as re the brake squeal only with the opposite setup.  I've got a Niner RLT with Force brakes but am using a Shimano front rotor.  It was raining last night so the rotors were wet but I got a lot of squeal w/the front rotor but very little in the back.

Thanks for the update on the fenders.  I don't really need them much here in SoCal but I'm sure there are many that would like to have some.


Yeah, mine were only squealing in the front as well.  I guess each brands rotors must be optimized for their own calipers?  I have XT brakes with XT rotors on two bikes, Guides with Centerlines on one bike and Sram Road with Centerlines on another and the only squealing/fading issues that I've ever had were before I upgraded the rotors from HS1 to Centerline with the Sram road brakes.

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I am now running the Shimano RT99 icetech rotors and have been real happy.

I went with regular old plain fenders, rather than the Ridley.  They work great, easy on and off.  I like the fact that the ridley fenders use standard mounts and do not require you to buy their fenders.


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Finally, Competitive/Backcountry will have the fenders available in the next week or so.  They're just waiting for them to arrive from Belgium.



Thanks for the news!  Will the fenders be on display on the website(s), or are they something I'll need to contact Competitive Cyclist for an opportunity to purchase?  I ask, because they currently only seem to have third-party, universal fenders on the site and not proprietary ones for any bike brand.
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Hello, I just bought X-Trail frame set, and start to assembling.
There are several small parts included. I found one unknown small metal part which I don't know where to be installed.
Does anyone know this part? 
The size is 32mm x 10mm x 2mm thickness with 2 holes.
metal part.jpg 

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Mad Dog

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Hi guys.
New to the forum. I'm seriously considering buying X-Trail C30. I'm still not sure about the right size though. My hight is 6 feet(183 cm) and my inner leg cca 84 cm. My previous bikes(GT) were all L frames and they seemed just what I needed. Ridley however recommends M frame for my hight. Could someone advise whether this is the right one to go for?
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AmericanTemplar

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The bike is on the big side. I'm 6'2" and went with a large but had to switch the stem out for a 90mm and I'm not showing much seat post.
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rafcom456

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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
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