Ridley X-Night Ultegra

It's the bike world's fastest-growing segment, according to USA Cycling. Participation has more than tripled in the past seven years, and for good reason: the carnival-like vibe at races is family friendly, and blastin

ridley x-night ultegra cyclocross best bikes outside buyers guide winter 2014

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Best For: Racing

The 2013 cyclocross silver medalist was aboard the X-Night Ultegra, which was overhauled from last year. The headtube is shorter for quicker steering, the bottom bracket is lower for better stability, and the monocoque carbon frame, which lost more than a pound, feels downright willowy. Internal cable routing helps keep the drivetrain running smoothly, while Shimano Ultegra shifting is as quick and precise as ever. We love the stopping power of the Hayes mechanical disc brakes and the (optional) quick-sealing tubeless setup with Stan's Ironcross rims. 17.6 lbs

Brand: Ridley $4,600
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