You like riding off-road. It can be muddy, or dry as dust. Through forests, over fields and back on the road. You prefer drop handlebars. That means you’re a CX enthusiast. Or, no wait, maybe you’re an all-road lover. Perhaps both? What is the difference between a cyclocross bike and an all-road bike? They both have off-road tires. Both have enough tire clearance, off-road-appropriate gearing and disc brakes. So, where do they differ? We’ve placed two experts around a table. All-road vs. cyclocross. Why do they prefer their own Ridley? What kind of riders are they? And what do they think of each other’s bikes?
Bart Gregoor, all-road lover, owner of Belgian cycling hotspot Café Coureur: “I’m riding the Ridley X-Trail Alloy with SRAM Apex1 and Fulcrum wheels. The gravel movement is fairly new, but I was sold immediately. Having the chance to go off-road, but without having that super aggressive fit. I can go off-road and conquer pretty rough terrain. The all-road bikes feel solid and really comfortable. But don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a tank of a bike. It’s not super light either, but it does perform perfectly.”
Eli Iserbyt, CX professional and 2018 U23 Cyclocross World Champion: “I’m a pro rider with Marlux – Bingoal and riding on a Ridley X-Night SL since 2016. It’s assembled with DT Swiss CRC1100 Spline 38T wheels and a Dura Ace groupset with a Rotor cranks. I just love this bike. Its reactivity is on such a high level. It’s perfect for me. Of course I use it as a pro rider, but I’m sure that any recreational cyclocrosser would like this feeling.”