Ridley X-Bow 10 (video) review

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Ridley’s X-Bow is towards the bottom end of the brand’s range, but nevertheless its spec is impressive

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A good value starter cyclocross bike with the versatility to be used for commuting duties too

Reasons to buy
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    Superb off-road handling

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    Quality traditional build

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Reasons to avoid
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    Highish gearing for off-road use

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    A bit heavy

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Belgium is the home of cyclocross and Ridley is the pre-eminent Belgian cyclocross bike manufacturer with its top-flight bikes raced by many professionals. The X-Bow 10 disc has the highest spec of its alloy X-Bow range, with a Shimano 105 22-speed drivechain and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. There are another three cyclocross ranges above it with 13 bikes (of which five are sold in the UK), showing just how much depth there is in Ridley’s stable.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.