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Best in Show: Ridley X-Knight

From roadies to 29ers, we pick five of the best new bikes from Bike PressCamp 2013.

Best in Show: Ridley X-Knight

The Ridley X-Night Photo: Courtesy Ridley

Arguably the biggest name in cross racing, Ridley has revamped its top-end mud bikes just in time for cross season. The changes reflect a shift in the sport toward more manicured, rideable courses, so the new bikes get slightly lower bottom brackets, shorter heat tubes, and shorter wheelbases, all of which create a more aggressive riding position. Gone, too, is the integrated seat mast, replaced by a standard 27.2mm seat post.

Ridley says that thanks to all the changes, the new bikes have shed almost 500 grams of weight (over a pound!), though the real reduction is closer to half a pound since the company’s numbers aren’t accounting for the new seat post. Still, that’s a massive diet, which should make the X-Night more sprightly than ever. The bike, which will hit shop floors by August, will be offered in a SRAM Red 22 build for $5,700 or a Shimano Ultegra spec with Hayes mechanical discs for $4,700.

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