So, maybe our domestic ‘cross scene hasn’t quite Belgained the f&*k up enough yet, ’cause Ridley’s keeping their 26″ wheeled youth cyclocross bikes over on the European scene for 2015. It’s joined by a road going version, too, though they share the same frame and most of the spec.

Built on a 6061-T6 sloping alloy frame with Tektro mini V-brakes, both models sport a Shimano Claris 2×8 drivetrain with 155mm cranks and 46/34 rings turning a 13/26 cassette. The alloy cockpit has a shallow reach 380mm wide handlebar and 27.2 post. Wheels are built with Alex 19 double wall rims and wrapped in Schwalbe CX Pro 26×1.35 tires.

The only difference on the road bike is the switch to Kenda RoadRace 26″ x 23c rubber, which means you could really buy either one and an extra set of tires to double it’s uses. Pic below…




  1. 26″ wheel CX bikes are great for people with short legs. I custom built a 26″ wheeled Redline Conquest Sport for my wife because 700C wheeled bikes had too much standover and 24″ wheel junior bikes were too small. The only problem is tire availability since the Schwalbe CX Pro is the only 26″ CX tire I know of, although some bikes have enough clearance for 1.5 or 1.9 XC tires.

  2. @ Slow Joe Crow. Conti makes some 26inch mtb tires that are super narrow, given their listed size, that i have hear some 26 wheeled cross riders are using. just a thought. (not sure if they make them anymore though)

  3. Belgians must be huge. You need to downsize by 2 sometimes sometimes. The forums are packed about how wacky their geo is. I hope they see this comment and google it. I was dying to buy helium sl, but if I size 2 down, the fork angle is an anchor.

  4. Eyal – I think I remember seeing a study that the Dutch are one of the tallest countries, so perhaps that tallness spreads across to Belgium.

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