Ridley X-Ride Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike

Harness your forces.

Falling leaves and scattered rainstorms mean one thing: it's cyclocross season. You spent last autumn clanging cowbells and cheering on your friends, and this year you're jumping into the fray with Ridley's X-Ride Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike. Aluminum frame builds at this price point usually come outfitted with more entry level components, but Ridley goes big and outfits this X-Ride with SRAM's Force 1 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, which can be found gracing the machines of many a pro on the international circuit. Adding in DT Swiss wheels and Clement's renowned MXP tires, this bike arrives ready to tackle all the twisting grass fields, loose sandpits, and leaf-shrouded single track the local promoter can throw your way.

Ridley fashions the X-Ride from triple butted 7005-T6 alloy with seatstays carefully shaped to mop up energy-zapping vibrations out on the course. The Belgian brand also incorporates internal cable routing along the frame for crisp, clean lines that eliminate annoying cable pinches when grabbing the top tube to navigate a set of barriers or shouldering the bike for a long slog through the sand. Race-driven geometry paired with wide tire clearance means this bike is roaring to go fast, with ample clearance for mud-caked tires if the clouds roll in and you find yourself navigating a sloppy mess.

The X-Ride comes outfitted with an Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork for a plush ride and a stiff, responsive front end. This fork features a barely perceptible asymmetry that counters the torsional forces applied to the left fork leg during braking to reduce flex and promote a long fork life. You'll find stainless steel inserts in the dropouts that protect the carbon from damage, and a scuff plate affixed to the inner left fork leg to fend off errant discs during hurried wheel changes and prevent gouging or scratching.

  • Pairing classic 'cross geometry with light, durable aluminum
  • Asymmetrical carbon fork manages braking forces
  • Stainless steel inserts increase fork lifespan
  • Internal cable routing maintains clean lines
  • Single chainring simplifies gearing
  • Versatile tires are appropriate for a wide variety of terrain
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

What is the maximum tire width clearance for this bike?

Did you get an answer...I want to know as well, also on the carbon frame???

Gravel for your Travel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From riding Trail / DH / XC for the past 25 years the Force 1 X-Ride is a responsive bike which handles it all. Have been adapting to the bike since June and have dialed most of it in. The Frame Sizing is larger-than most; it is a comfortable fit and have ridded the notion I could step down a size. Alot of it was my utilizing a new riding position, which has become more compact.

Gearing on this bike is ultra compact and depending the terrain can be altered to suit the course. Quiet. Stuff some moto-foam inside the lower cable-port and it becomes stealthy silent.

BSA BB is a huge plus, the Force 1 crankset is very smooth and stiff like the e*thirteen LG1r on a different bike. Rim / Tire package is great also - quick acting freehub and very wide range of tire pressure inside. The Clement Tires are excellent.

6ft - 185lbs - 31" inseam. 56cm Frameset

Happy to have made the decision and to be a CC Customer now.

Thanks to Scott Gartman for treating me to professional service, getting the bike readied for next-day shipping!

Gravel for your Travel

Good fun

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this bike to help me ease into road biking. Have been an avid MTB guy for many years. So far, this bike fits the bill. Loving it! Getting into cyclocross too. Frame is a little big, but I can deal with it. Pay attention to the sizing chart. Got the 54cm frame on a recommendation from friends. I am 5'8" and some with 30" inseam.

Unanswered Question

Can you give me the stem size, crank arm size and handlebar width for the 56cm? I am 6' with a 33" inseam and ride a 58cm Scott road bike. I believe the 56 will fit based on what I have read but will also depend on the other measurements that I asked about. thank you

Both the tires and wheels are listed as tubeless ready. Is sealant the only thing needed to make this a tubeless bike?

You will need tubeless valve stem, tape and sealant. Orange Seal, Doc Blue and Stan's all make kits that have everything you need.

You will need tubeless valve stem, tape and sealant.  Orange Seal, Doc Blue and Stan's all make kits that have everything you need.

My new favorite bike in the stable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never had a cross bike before but I am in love with my x-ride. It can easily go from technical single track to dirt pack roads to paved roads.
I live in an area where the single track is not particularly technical and spread out. This bikes makes it very fun to jump from park to park.

Unanswered Question

Does this frame have a front derailleur hanger? Could it be converted to 2x? I couldn't see one in the images nor could I find any info regarding this. -Thanks

Unanswered Question

Two fairly precise questions I could not find answers for. In the 54 what length crank and width handlebar does this build use?

Which Force 1 rear derailleur is on this bike? Is it the medium or long?

Hey Geoff,

That is the Medium cage Force 1 derailleur. You can use up to a 36T cassette with that derailleur.

If you have any additional questions, fell free to reach out to me directly at 801-204-4688 or ekilbourn@competitivecyclist.com

Great CX Bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Sizing is large which is typical of Ridley, so pay attention to the seat tube length to base your size.
No detail is overlooked, from the group to the wheels. While the wheels are a bit on the heavy side, they are solid training wheels or even race wheels for the daring!
Please note that these bikes are cyclocross racing bikes; that is all ridley makes in the cross world, but this bike can easily double as a gravel bike.

Honestly this is probably the best bike purchase I have made in a few years right out of the box. OH and did I mention it comes tuned up and ready to ride right from the box? Thank's Competitive Cyclist!

Stoked to hear you are loving the bike Timothy! Thanks for writing a great and informative review. Happy riding!

Really nice bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this bike shortly after Christmas and have about 150 miles of road riding so far and a little bit of gravel. I'm looking forward to putting the (great) MXB tires back on and doing some trail riding, but so far can really only comment on it as a commuter bike. The only change I've made so far was to put Gatorskin road tires on. The bike is light, responsive and the components seem flawless. As other people note: Ridley bikes to run large. I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam, and bought the 52" bike. I really like the fit, but wouldn't want it any bigger. With other brands, I'm usually between a 52 and a 54.


    this bike sucks

    Hey I'm about to buy this bike,
    Can I ask what was bad about it?

    I originally had hopes of a more gravel type bike. This was a little too "Racey" feeling to me.

    Sorry to hear you aren't liking this bike. Please feel free to reach out to our bike team with any questions or concerns, we are always open to constructive criticism and would love to get you on a bike that you are stoked on. Give us a call at: 1.888.276.7130

    Unanswered Question

    what is the max tire size you could fit to the rear wheel? I'm looking for a bike that could take a 40C tire...

    Hello, does the frame have fender mounting holes?

    I see a rear mounting bracket above the tire, but can't tell if there is a support for the bottom bracket. I would also like to know if this bike can support fenders, back and front.

    Unanswered Question

    What year is this model?

    What size is the large in cm? Thanks.

    Hi Brendan the large is the 56cm.

    Are these thru -axle or quick release?

    Hi Joseph, these are TA front, QR rear.

    What size do you recommend for a guy with a 33" inseam and 69" tall. I ride a small ritte ace with a 100mm stem with 1cm spacer and gobs of seat post,

    Hey Tony,

    I would probably point you towards the 50cm frame. I'll shoot you an email with some more details.

    Awesome, thank you Scott -

    I am 5'8" but with a short inseam (27") and ride a cannondale caad10 size 50 with a 100 mm stem. Which size would you recommend. XS or S. The size chart is in CM but the bikes are S/M/L

    Hi Jason, I would probably put you on a 48cm- I just shot you an email with a few more details.

    Is the xs the 48 CM or is the xxs the 48 CM.

    Hey, William!

    The 48cm is an XXS frame. With this particular model of Ridley, you'll want to go down a size from what you ride on a road bike. The standover height is pretty high so if you ride a 52, go down to a 50. Feel free to contact me directly with any addition questions!

    Hi William, the XXS is the 48cm frame.

    There's a good reason William asked, the frame chart is in cm, and the bikes are listed s, m, l..