Category: sports & outdoors > cycling > bikes > road bikes
| Brand: Ridley
| Merchant: Performance Bicycle Ridley X-Trail AL30 105 Gravel Bike - 2016 Performance Exclusive. Gravel grinding, adventure riding, all-road riding, whatever you want to call it, the idea of taking your road bike well, off road, has really taken off in the last few years. As more and more casual riders, enthusiasts, and off-season racers have started to push the limits of what road bikes can do in the dirt, a new bike has cropped up that is aimed to meet the unique demands of this type of riding. Among the many entries into the Gravel Bike category, one of the most exciting is the long-awaited and oft teased Ridley X-Trail, which combines the legendary bombproof durability and race-proven pedigree of the Belgian brand's experience in cyclocross and road racing into a stiff, durable, and totally fun platform. The Ridley X-Trail AL30 is built around a durable and value-oriented 6069 alloy frameset that is stiff and lightweight, but also incredibly durable. The bike is disc brake specific, and will easily clear at least a 40mm tire, probably more, so you can have all the tire clearance you need for pretty much any adventure. Ridley has also dropped the bottom bracket relative to their race-winning X-Night and X-Fire cyclocross bikes, for improved handling on the paved road, and a lower center of gravity for improved stability off road. There's a quick-release rear. And the Ornyx fork has carbon lowers with alloy steerer tube and features a thru axle to help stiffen up the front end and make aligning disc caliper and rotor easy after removing the wheel. A tapered headtube and PF30 bottom bracket keep this bike rigid and stiff, while the thin and flexible seatstays add plenty of compliance to the ride. The Ridley X-Trail is equipped with Shimano's ever popular 105 5800 groupset, with a non-series crank and TRP Spyre disc brakes. With refined ergonomics and a completely re-engineered front derailleur that makes shifting to the big ring, even under power, easy and efficient, 105 5800 represents a technological leap in mechanical shifting. A 50/34 compact crankset with a Shimano 11/30T cassettes gives you a perfect balance of gearing for flat roads and mountain passes alike. Rounding things out is build kit from Ridley's house brand 4ZA components, including an alloy stem, handlebar, and saddle. Formula Alloy disc-ready wheels, with thru axle front and QR rear, offer a great premium ride quality, with a semi-deep section rim for some aerodynamic gains that won't weigh you down. Wrapping up the wheels is a set of super premium Challenge Gravel Grinder 700x38c tires help keep you hooked into the trail with a great balance of lightweight, flat protection, and traction for an excellent all-around tire.