Keep it quiet, but we managed a sneak preview of the Boss’s Ridley X-Night Cyclo-Cross bike ahead of tomorrow’s first round of the Yorkshire Summer Series.
We can’t reveal too much…….but from the brief glimpse we had in the Pedalsport Development & Research Lab (aka the loft), we’re looking at ZIPP 303 carbon wheels, some incredibly sticky Challenge Chicane file-tread tubs and Shimano’s latest electronic Ultegra Di2 gears and Shimano hydraulic brakes.
A quick glance at the very distinctive hoods tells you that we’re suddenly not in cable brake or gear territory. In the hand they feel chunky and very comfortable. ‘Cross riders have lived with vague gear changing and iffy brakes for 50 years, but it’s like we’ve suddenly entered the space age when you look at this bike.