Sunday, August 30, 2009

[Ridley X-Fire]
Summer is coming to the end and the smell of cross is in the air. Cyclocross season is almost upon us, and we just built up this very nice 2010 Ridley X-Fire frame. The X-Fire is one of Ridley's two carbon cyclocross frames. The frame was built with SRAM's Force group which has been updated for 2010 as well. Wheels are hand built using DT Swiss 240s hubs laced to DT Swiss RR1.2 rims. Tires are Challenge Grifo XS clinchers. Stem is a Thomson X4 with Thomson also supplying the Masterpiece seat post. Saddle is a Fizik Arione. Here is an e-mail I received from our customer after getting in a few rides on his bike, "This bike is really something...the top tube is 3 inches shorter than the Ottrott (I lined them up at home) and yet the overall fit is dialed in - making me more efficient and powerful than I've ever experienced. So much so that after taking it for a full hour in Umstead I couldn't resist going hard on the road afterward. The bike itself is very light, instantly responsive but totally stable - and I'm certain it wishes its rider knew what the heck he was doing around gravel corners! So the short version is that I haven't fully explored this baby's potential because, and am excited that it may take a thousand miles or so on dirt before I've pushed it as hard as it can go. And you know what Frank? I can hardly wait! Thanks again for a terrific build, a fantastic bike, and a phenomenal fit."