Ridley release X-Night Disc cyclocross bike

Belgian firm launch SRAM Red 22 hydraulic disc-equipped cyclocross bike

by David Arthur   April 25, 2013  

Following the recent news of SRAM's new Red 22 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, Belgian manufacturer Ridley have been quick to react with the release of the X-Night Disc which comes equipped with the brand new 11-speed transmission and hydraulic disc brakes.

This is the first production bike we've seen that uses SRAM's new Red 22 hydraulic disc brakes, and it's no surprise that Ridley, well regarded in cyclocross circles, has decided to go with an off-road bike for its debut into the world of hydraulic discs. There's been a lot of talk the last couple of years about hydraulic disc brakes, we've certainly discussed it here a reasonable amount, and now that a company like SRAM is showing an interest in disc brakes, we only expect to see a flood of newly equipped bikes in the comming months. SRAM believe it's the future.

It’s not long since Ridley launched the updated X-Night, their lightest cyclocross bike, and its release raised questions of a disc version. Well here it is. Ridley have had a disc ‘cross bike in the range for a while, the X-Ride Disc. That used BB7.  So combining the disc tabs of that model onto the lighter X-Night was a no-brainer for the company.

The frame uses the same high-modulus carbon fibre as the regular X-Night with a pressfit 30 bottom bracket, tapered head tube and internal cable routing. The disc hoses are routed internally too, inside the fork and through the frame, exiting on the top of the chainstay.

The build kit of this model uses SRAM’s new RED 22, an 11-speed groupset, with a 46/36 chainset and 11-26 cassette. The hydraulic brakes use HSX rotors, 160mm at the front and 140mm out back. Tyres are Challenge Griffo tubular 33mm. Ridley’s own component label 4ZA supply the carbon handlebars, seatpost and saddle.

4ZA have developed the new Cirrus Pro CX Disc Carbon Tubular wheelset to go with this new bike. It’s a 25mm wide rim with 24 spokes front and rear with a two-cross lacing pattern, and they’re handbuilt in Beglium. The freehub packs a three pawl mechanism and is compatible with Campagnolo and SRAM/Shimano 11-speed cassettes. Weight is 1,504g (673g front and 831g rear).

“Our latest X-Night has set a new standard in frames used for CX. SRAM is now doing the same for groupsets with the introduction of their Red 22 with hydraulic disc brakes. We have combined these two evolutions into a real Revolution within reach of cyclocross lovers”, says Jochen Bessemans, PR & Marketing Manager at Ridley.

Availability is slated for June, no word on pricing yet. More at www.ridley-bikes.com

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Still can't get over the ugliness of those brifters!

posted by tombourne [15 posts]
25th April 2013 - 17:03

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tombourne wrote:
Still can't get over the ugliness of those brifters!

The angle that the main picture is taken at doesn't do them any favours. They look fine in other shots.

What is not fine is use of the word (I use the term loosely since it's a horrid made up word) "brifter".

Can't wait to see Shimano's offering - electronic shifting plus hydraulic disc brakes. Lever should be smaller too cos it doesn't have to incorporate the mechanical shifting and cables.

posted by crazy-legs [510 posts]
25th April 2013 - 17:08

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Oh no, I thought we were done with brifters. It was fun for a while, we had some laughs with it - just let it go now.

posted by Nick T [805 posts]
25th April 2013 - 20:00

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I quite like the word, it is almost Dahl-esque. Apologies. I shall never use it again. Still stand by my sentiment that the shift levers integrated with brake levers are as ugly as sin though.

posted by tombourne [15 posts]
26th April 2013 - 8:38

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I thought the same about the 'STIs' to give them their Sunday name. MASSIVE. But I guess for most of the time they're covered by a gloved hand and would look less offensive. However, I can't help but think they would poke me in the eye when riding on the drops.

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posted by arrieredupeleton [551 posts]
26th April 2013 - 10:27

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STI's would be Shimano Total Integration shifters, these are SRAM Double Taps.

Shifters to you and me.

posted by Nick T [805 posts]
26th April 2013 - 18:06

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Looks great. What's the all-up weight? Apart from the chain rings how far is this from where we'll end up with road-going disc bikes?

It'll be really interesting to see how the major bike manufacturers respond to the availability of this gruppo without UCI approval for road racing with discs. I'm really hoping we get a lot of choice and innovation sooner rather than later. Likewise for rim and hub manufacturers.

posted by Pauldmorgan [174 posts]
26th April 2013 - 19:28

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