Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB review

We put the versatile Ridley X-Trail to the test

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB

Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB

Cycling Weekly Verdict

One of the best framesets I’ve ridden brings this bike a high mark, but in a twist of irony its claimed versatility could be its undoing, as those in the market for a new bike may want to go for something more specific rather than a bike that straddles several camps. With narrower tyres and a double chainset this would be a formidable road machine, but then the majority of the fun comes from using the bike on gravel tracks and woodland trails. Without doubt a great bike, but one with niche appeal.

Reasons to buy
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    Looks great

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    Good handling

Reasons to avoid
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    On the heavy side

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I first rode the Ridley X-Trail Carbon SRAM Force1 HDB on the parcours of the Superprestige Zonhoven cyclo-cross course, with its famous ‘de kuil’ sandpit.

From the off, the handling felt natural and it was equally at home on the sand, on trails in nearby woodland and on the concrete finishing funnel.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.