I thought the same. Why reference the X-Ride and then show no pictures? Especially since, if your cross league is like mine, most riders shy away from carbon and ride alloy or steel. More bizarre tech editorial from CN.
My apologies for not including images of the X-Ride. Certainly had meant to include that in the report but unfortunately that visit to Ridley was hampered by an exceptionally tight timeframe (I was there for less than an hour) not to mention a fairly severely tweaked back that had left me almost completely immobile in the Cyclingnews office in Gent for the two days prior. To be honest, I was happy to have just made it there at all. Figured it was better to at least include mention that the frame existed even though I didn't have the corresponding images than to completely ignore it.
Hello, James. Thanks for taking time out to reply. I do appreciate it. And my sympathies re your back. I know exactly how you feel. I stepped off the kerb during lunch today and my back seized up. Any good advice for a fix? Ibuprofen seems to be doing the job for now!
My solution seems to be lots of deep tissue massage plus some chiropractic work, making sure to have very good people for both. The problem was eventually isolated to having very tight glute muscles, which was basically overtaxing some muscles in my lower back. The day the muscles spasmed was quite long with lots of time spent in a car with particularly crappy seats (I was driving), more time in the press room on even crappier plastic chairs, plus the room was really cold (Gent-Wevelgem) with virtually no heat so I was borderline-shivering and tensed up the whole time. A predictable formula in hindsight. Ouch!
Anyway, I'll see if I can at least get some images from Ridley on that X-Fire after I get back from the Tour.