Some interesting bits and pieces this week.
Pouring over the Icebike coverage, i saw the Ridley X-Nights. They look great, and phenomenal value for 2016. Essentially the little brother of the X-Night, the X-fire (with its slightly odd, do it all geometry) is no more. There are now two models of X-Night in instead. The SL retains all the fancy carbon and high end spec (the top model being a sram CX1 equipped model that is ridiculously overpriced). The standard X-night is a lower level carbon and spec but shares the range topper’s geometry. That makes it very good value in my view. The bottom model will come in at around £1800 with mechanical discs and 105. If i can figure out the sizing, it very likely i’l be back on a ridley for the 2015 cross season.
Strada Bianchi – Stybar Stybar Stybar, what a ride! Aggressive throughout and a brutal surge to take the win. He has to be worth a few quid for Amstel or Fleche. 10/1 for Roubaix. Flanders, with all those short sharp climbs may be a sensible flutter. Thank god for Classics season!