As much as we want to categorize the 2016 Ridley X Trail Ultegra Complete Bike into one of the traditionally tidy cycling disciplines, it just isn't possible. It sits in what Ridley has dubbed the All Road category, meaning it's just as happy rolling over smooth, freshly laid pavement by the coast as it is ripping down a gravel strewn, rutted out dirt B road on the lesser traveled side of a mountain, or even powering through a mucky sand pits and railing grassy corners in your local cyclocross series. Kitted out with Shimano's renowned Ultegra drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, this whip is ready to turn off the beaten path and explore new terrain with ease.With racing in mind, Ridley shapes the X Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork was carefully reinforced on the left leg to allow it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence inspiring stiffness throughout.Ridley uses the X Trail as a melting pot to mix the geometries of its road racing and traditional, Euro 'cross frames. The end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X Night, with a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stackreach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 40mm wide to handle more rugged terrain.