The uber-popular all-carbon X-Fire is now available in a disc brake version for more precise speed control and much shorter stopping distances. It features disc brake tabs, a tapered head tube, internal cables and 135mm rear spacing.
The Ridley X-Fire is one of the most exciting carbon fiber Cyclocross bikes to date. Not a company to rest on their laurels, Ridley took the World Champion pedigree X-Fire and refined a few key details. The most significant change next to the disc-brake option is the internal cable routing. This means the cables won't collect mud or get in the way when it comes time to carry. Full-length housing also keeps out potential water, dirt and corrosion and makes cable replacement easy.
The full carbon frame features the requisite oversize down tube and bottom bracket for exceptional power transfer but has the low weigh and ride quality need to win world championships. A matching full carbon fork (with exceptional cosmetics we must say) rotates on a 1.5" lower bearing for rock-solid handling and shudder-free breaking.
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Just received my bike a few days ago and just took it for a relaxed ride on the road. I purchased this bike for next years CX season. I have a carbon cantilever tubular wheel CX bike already and was looking for a disc bike with the ability to easily transition to a tubeless setup. The legit Velocity A23 wheels were icing on the cake for an already well-speced bike for the price.
My first impression when pulling the bike out of the box was how much better this bike looks in person than in a picture. There is a tasteful and subtle application of the world champion colors over the black and white schemed decal job. The Prologo saddle also has the Belgium colors in the aft end clip, which is a nice touch. Geometry was appropriately sized for my usual 56cm sizing in terms of top-tube length and reach, although the front triangle is noticeably tall, affecting stand-over height. If you are borderline between different frame sizes, I would opt for the smaller size.
Pros: Unbeatable package for the money at 2K
Cons: Feels big compared to compact geometrey bikes