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My Ridley X-Fire Build

My Ridley X-Fire Build

I discovered that my carbon Giant TCR had a circumferential crack in the seat tube. I noticed something going on there earlier, but now it was a full-blown crack all of the way through the frame.

I've always wanted a cyclocross bike. They're very versatile--great for commuting, cyclocross racing, distance rides, and hopefully road racing.

Some are aluminum or a mix of aluminum with carbon forks, but many can now be found in all carbon.

Fatter tires can be used on them since the fork is wider than a road bike fork. This allows one to run skinny road tires (19 to 25 millimeters), wider tires (28 to 40 millimeters) with various knob configurations and studded winter tires.

Now that I had the opportunity to get the bike frame I've always longed for after discovering their existence (after already owning the Giant), I did not hesitate ordering a brand new Ridley X-Fire frame that I saw in an Excel Sports catalog. By the 21st of December 2009, it was living room. By December 24th, I got the frame back from a local bike shop--their task to install the headset bearings. In the meantime, I started to cannibalize the Giant.

Dis-assembly: Starting to pull parts off of the Giant to xfer to the Ridley.
http://twitpic.com/show/full/uneng.jpg

Stripped down Giant TCR carbon frame.
http://twitpic.com/show/full/up0ac.jpg

The Ridley's back from the LBS--headset installed.
http://twitpic.com/show/full/utml8.jpg

Turned one of my bike jerseys backward to use as a tool belt
http://twitpic.com/show/full/uttmi.jpg

From here, I installed:

    > handlebars and shifters
    > bottom bracket bearing assembly
    > rear derailleur
    > front derailleur
    > crank
    > pedals
    > chain
    > front and rear brakes
    > seat post and saddle
    > mounted Topolino wheelset

To this point, she looked like this:
http://twitpic.com/show/full/uu96f.jpg

Next, I measured, cut, and ran the cables for the brakes and shifters, installed bottle cages, and frame pump mount.

I did some preliminary tuning of cables and cockpit adjustments to set the handlebars and shifters to my liking.

I had to spend a lot of time on adjusting the v-brakes. I couldn't get them to engage the brake surface evenly, but finally I discovered their secret getting them to where I could trust them.

Last step--wrap and cap the handlebars.

http://twitpic.com/show/full/uvvy5.jpg

The next day, I took her out for a ride around Essex and Middle River looking for tweaks to the fit. Luckily, I didn't have to change much--just some handlebar and shifter angle changes.

http://twitpic.com/show/full/uz6j1.jpg

This is the first time I've built a bike up from the frame. I would have attempted the headset installation, but I did not have the correct tools.

As of today, this bike has over 1,200 miles on it already!

Edited by: Isaias O'Daniell - Feb-22-10 07:02 pm

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Isaias: What shift/brake lever combination and v-brake setup are you using? I've been realizing I never should have sold my Trek XO bike and seriously considering going back to a cyclo frame. Wondered about the v-brake setup with the integrated road-style shift brake levers though.

Looks like a nice ride.

Joe

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Thanks, Joe. So far, I've had great experiences with this new frame.

I'm using a new 10-speed shifter that Performance (Forte) is selling. At a distance, they mimic SRAM Red (cosmetically only):

http://twitpic.com/show/full/uoas9.jpg

I found out that these are rebranded microShift shifters (http://www.microshift.biz/ppdtlist.asp?area=50.

They shift very well, but take a little getting used to if you've been using Shimano shifters. There's a paddle for upshift and another one for downshift. The 'throw' on the longer padddle, to me, seems a little long.

The front derailleur (FD) shifter is made to work with a triple. As far as I know, there is no double specific FD shifter. It can be used on a double chain ring, but you have to:

1-keep high tension on the cable to get it to shift in one move to the big chain ring, or

2-keep the cable looser, but use two movements to get it to shift to the big chain ring.

I'm getting very used to it now, but I'm still not sure how I'll do attempting to race with them.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Hey there Isaias - do you wash ur bike down each time after riding on these roads with probably some salt residue still on them?

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Bill wrote:

Hey there Isaias - do you wash ur bike down each time after riding on these roads with probably some salt residue still on them?

Bill

I try to keep up with it, but it's difficult since I commute to work daily on it.

Sometimes I just do this--throw it in the shower:

http://twitpic.com/show/full/12unj9.jpg

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Hey Isaias -
Are you riding cyclocross bikes on the road in winter only and then switching to a 'normal' road bike once the weather improves? Have you raced the bike yet? Cyclocross or road?

Joe

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Hey Isaias -
Are you riding cyclocross bikes on the road in winter only and then switching to a 'normal' road bike once the weather improves? Have you raced the bike yet? Cyclocross or road?

Joe

It's my only bike.

I've had delusions of racing it for cross and road. Currently, it's set up for road as far as gearing is concerned--Ultegra 11-28 cassette / 53 x 39 chain rings / 10 speed shifters.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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revdesignwrks wrote:

Isaias: What shift/brake lever combination and v-brake setup are you using? I've been realizing I never should have sold my Trek XO bike and seriously considering going back to a cyclo frame. Wondered about the v-brake setup with the integrated road-style shift brake levers though.

Looks like a nice ride.

Joe

I'm using Forte 10 speed shifters with Zero Gravity Ti V-brakes.

I'm kicking myself in the butt for the brakes. I should have went with the much cheaper Avid Shorty 4s. They're easier to set up. You don't need a cone wrench to set up the spring tension--just a hex wrench.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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