Pro Bike: Sunweb / Napoleon Games’ Yorben Van Tichelt’s Ridley X-Night Cyclocross Bike

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Yorben Van Tichelt’s Ridley X-Night. © Cyclocross Magazine

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You might see a lot of Ridley cyclocross bikes at your local race, and even read our recent pro profile of Adam Myerson’s Ridley X-Night, but it’s not every day you get to see one being raced by one of the top cyclocross teams in the world. Thanks to the intimate setting at China’s first-ever UCI cyclocross race, we were able to study Yorben Van Tichelt’s 2014 carbon Ridley X-Night cyclocross bike.

 
Ridley’s matching ‘Cross Series carbon fork. © Cyclocross Magazine

At just 19 years old, Van Tichelt is an up-and-coming Belgian junior racer on the Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team. Van Tichelt placed fifth at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Koksijde in 2012 and was at this year’s UCI cyclocross event held in China. He’s also a 13-time BMX Belgian National Champion, and is following the footsteps of racers like Sven Nys and Zdenek Stybar in crossing over from BMX to cyclocross. The Belgian makes his home in Oostmalle, where the European cyclocross season typically comes to a close each February.

Cyclocross Magazine grabbed a close-up look at Van Tichelt’s Ridley X-Night and got to check out some of the Belgian components that many here in the United States may not be familiar with.

The X-Night is made from Ridley’s proprietary blend of 30T-24T HM unidirectional carbon and features integrated cable routing, PF30 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. The fork is a matching Oryx Pro full carbon monocoque Cross Series fork with cantilever bosses.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 components make up the shifting and drivetrain with the exception of the light Rotor 3D+ compact cranks and Q-Rings, in a 36/46 combination. The Sunweb-Napoleon Games manager in China told Cyclocross Magazine that the team chose to still use Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2 10-speed components instead of the newer 11-speed 9070 Di2 Components that Sven Nys has adopted for the 2013/2014 season, because of the wider cog spacing for muddy days.

The hand-built carbon rim wheelset comes from the Flanders-based company Forza (4ZA). Van Tichelt races on Forza (4ZA) Cirrus Pro T50 carbon tubular wheels with 50mm deep and 21.7mm wide rims. The wheels weigh a modest 1420g per pair and are paired with Flying Doctor versions (stiffer sidewall for better cornering) of the all-white 33mm Dugast Pipistrello tires.

4ZA Cirrus Pro CX brakes on Van Tichelt’s X-Night. © Cyclocross Magazine

4ZA also supplies the Cirrus Pro cantilever brakes, bars and stem. Van Tichel’s pedal choice is Shimano’s XTR PD-M980. A 4ZA Cirrus Pro carbon seatpost and Selle San Marco Concor saddle finishes the build.

With plenty of years of racing ahead of him, Van Tichelt’s name may well become a well-known name to U.S. audiences.

Specifications
  • Frame: 2014 Ridlex X-Night carbon cyclocross
  • Fork: Ridley Cross Series tapered carbon fork
  • Wheels: Forza (4ZA) Cirrus Pro T50, 50mm carbon, 1420g, 21.7mm wide
  • Tires: Dugast Pipistrello Flying Doctor Tubulars, 33mm white
  • Components: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 7970 10-speed
  • Cranks: Rotor 3D+ compact cranks
  • Chainrings: Rotor Q-Rings, 36/46
  • Brakes: 4ZA Cirrus Pro CX
  • Seatpost: 4ZA Cirrus Pro Carbon, 20mm setback
  • Saddle: Selle San Marco Concor

 

Pro Bike: Sunweb / Napoleon Games’ Yorben Van Tichelt’s Ridley X-Night Cyclocross Bike Gallery
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Selle San Marco Concor Saddle

A Selle San Marco Concor saddle sits on top of a 4ZA Cirrus Pro seatpost. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Personalized Wheels

Van Tichelt's name on his wheelset. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Rotor 3D+ Compact Crank

Van Tichelt chose Rotor 3D+ compact cranks and Q-Rings. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Qiansen Trophy UCI C2 Cyclocross Event

Feeds were key due the heat for many racers, especially Europeans like Yorben van Tichelt. Elite Men, Qiansen Trophy UCI C2 Cyclocross Event. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Ridley X-Night Cyclocross Bike

Yorben Van Tichelt’s Ridley X-Night. © Cyclocross Magazine
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4ZA Cirrus Pro Wheels

Dugast Dugast Pipistrello tires and 4ZA Cirrus Pro wheels are something the U.S. crowds don't see every day. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Dugast Dugast Pipistrello Tires

All white Dugast Dugast Pipistrello tires are mounted on 4ZA Cirrus Pro wheels. © Cyclocross Magazine
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4ZA Bars and Stem

4ZA bars and stem form the cockpit. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Dura Ace Di2 Levers

Dura Ace Di2 levers provide the controls. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Shimano XTR Pedals

Van Tichelt chose Shimano XTR pedals. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Dura Ace Di2 Rear Derailleur

A Dura Ace Di2 rear derailleur is mounted in back as well. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Dura Ace Di2 Derailleur

Dura Ace Di2 derailleur handles the front shifting. © Cyclocross Magazine
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4ZA Cirrus Pro CX Brakes

4ZA Cirrus Pro CX brakes on Van Tichelt’s X-Night. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Cross Series Carbon Fork

Ridley's matching ‘Cross Series carbon fork. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Top Tube Graphics

The team's name also appears integrated into the graphics of the top tube. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Top Tube

The Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team markings on the top tube. © Cyclocross Magazine

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