This article originally published on BikeRadar
Less than two weeks after SRAM officially unveiled its new Red 22 Hydraulic Road Disc (HRD), Ridley announced a new X-Night Disc cyclo-cross bike with the 11-speed group that has mechanical shifting and hydraulic braking.
"Our latest X-Night has set a new standard in frames used for cyclo-cross," said Ridley's PR manager Jochen Bessemans. "SRAM is now doing the same for groupsets with the introduction of their Red 22 with hydraulic disc brakes. We have combined these two evolutions into a real revolution within reach of cyclo-cross lovers."
The new lightweight X-Night platform, introduced a few months ago, was developed with a disc version in mind.
"We worked closely together with the professional riders of the Telenet-Fidea cyclo-cross team and offered them X-Night Disc prototypes for testing," Bessemans said. "But we were waiting to bring it to the market until road/cyclo-cross disc brakes entered the hydraulic era. Hydraulic disc brakes offer more braking power and better modulation, also under extreme conditions, and are therefore an ideal choice on the X-Night."
The X-Night with SRAM Red 22 HRD will be available in June, Bessemans said. This is interesting as SRAM pegged July as the first availability for its group.
The X-Night Disc will have two different builds: one for Europe and another for the US market. The main differences are the wheels (Reynolds Status Pro for the US, 4ZA Cirrus Pro T30 CX Disc from Belgium) and the cockpit (aluminum Cirrus for the US, carbon Cirrus Pro from Belgium).
While SRAM requires 160mm rotors for road use on its Red 22 HRD, the company suggests 140mm for 'cross. Ridley splits the difference, running 160 up front and 140 in the rear in the European build. The US model will use 140mm front and rear.
Unusual for a complete bike, the X-Night comes with tubulars in the form of Challenge Grifos.
The US bike will be $5,695, but global pricing has not yet been announced.
All pictures shown here are for the European bike.
Ridley uses a 140mm rear rotor and a 160mm up front. The hose routing is internal