For 2012, Ridley is expanding it's cyclocross bike lineup with the new X-Fire PF30. Last year's X-Fire is still available, but will now be designated the X-Fire Rival. The X-Fire PF30, as you can guess from the name, features a PressFit 30 bottom bracket. The new PressFit 30 design was led by SRAM. "It's all the best from BB30 and Press-Fit bottom brackets in one captivating package," according to SRAM's website, "The key difference is how the bearings are fitted into the frame." The bearings will be housed in nylon cups which are pressed into the frames bottom bracket shell. Advantages to this system is weight savings, a narrow Q-factor, greater bearing durability, and simple installation.

The X-Fire also includes internal routing now, all but elminating cable maintenance by using continuous housing. The frame's white paint sparkles in the sun and the combination of the red, white, and championship stripes works well with the Ritchey WCS post, stem and bar. Spec'd with a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, an FSA carbon crankset, and Reynolds wheels, the X-Fire PF30 is race ready straight off the showroom floor.

Specs and Photo Gallery after the jump >>

Available in July 2011 with an MSRP of $3095
  • 24-ton high-modulus carbon monocoque frame
  • PF30 full carbon bottom bracket shell
  • Internal cable routing with continuous cable housing
  • 4ZA Oryx full carbon monocoque fork
  • 1.5" tapered headtube
  • Available in seven sizes: 41-58cm

Bike Weight: 7.8kg
Fork: 4ZA Oryx
Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano Ultegra
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate
Derailleur Front: Shimano Ultegra
Derailleur Rear: Shimano Ultegra
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 12-25
Chain: KMC X10
Crankset: FSA SLK Light 36-46 PF30
Wheels: Reynolds Solitude
Tires: Challenge Griffo Folding
Saddle: 4ZA Cirrus Ti Rail
Stem: Ritchey WCS
Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Curve
Grips: Gel Cork
Seatpost: Ritchey WCS

We're looking forward to riding the new X-Fire PF30 and should have a more in-depth writeup and review posted closer to the July 2011 release date.