Ridley Kanzo Adventure

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ridley Kanzo Adventure. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers feel the Kanzo Adventure offers good value.
  • Experts agree the Kanzo Adventure is a versatile and capable bike.
  • Ridley offers multiple customization options for this bike.
  • Buyers can choose handlebar width, tire style, and crank length at no extra cost.
  • Reviewers relish the superb, confidence-inspiring handling on rough gravel, slippery and muddy trails, and fast descents with loose corners.
  • The Kanzo Adventure is “in its element” on tricky off-road terrain, according to one tester.
  • A reviewer says the geometry makes the Kanzo Adventure a “brilliantly balanced ride.”
  • Multiple testers praise the ride comfort.
  • Experts praise the “remarkably plush” rear end. One says it rivals gravel bikes with rear suspension, such as the Cannondale Topstone.
  • The Kanzo Adventure has clearance for 29” x 2.1” or 700c x 53mm tires.
  • The frame is loaded with mounts for bottle cages, fenders, a pannier rack, and frame bags.
  • Integrated cables in the cockpit make for easy attachment of a handlebar bag.
  • The Kanzo Adventure frame has internal dynamo routing.
  • The Kanzo Adventure's fork has four bosses on each leg for bags or bottles.
  • The frame is compatible with a suspension fork.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Experts say the upright riding position and wide tires make for sluggish riding on pavement.
  • This bike is not compatible with 2x gearing. Testers note this may hinder bikepacking abilities.
  • Two testers mention slow handling that requires more input than racier gravel bikes.
  • One expert complains that the handlebar is uncomfortable.
  • The integrated cables make cockpit adjustments tricky.

Bottom line

Ridley's Kanzo Adventure is an adventure bike suited to "pure gravel exploration," technical trails, and long-distance comfort. Ridley allows buyers to configure the bike at checkout. Reviewers praise the capable, confident handling and smooth, balanced ride. The frame is endowed with mounts for bikepacking and touring and has above-average tire clearance (53mm, 2.1"). Its off-road prowess comes at the expense of efficiency on pavement, but that was a purposeful choice by the brand. Overall, experts agree the "versatile" Kanzo Adventure is a solid choice in its various configurations.

Expert Reviews

85/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Ridley Kanzo Adventure Rival XPLR Review

The Kanzo Adventure isn’t sprightly on tarmac, so if you’re looking for more of an all-road bike then look elsewhere. But if pure gravel exploration and enjoyment on technical terrain is your preference, this is a good place to start.

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All-Rounder Between Specialists: Ridley Kanzo Adventure Gravel Bike Test

Pretty much everything is right with the Ridley Kanzo. The smooth-surfaced and elegantly designed bike can be equipped with wide tires for demanding off-road tours and allows numerous add-ons… making it perfect for bikepacking tours or even sporty everyday use.

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Test of the New Ridley Kanzo Adventure [German]

With the Kanzo Adventure XPLR, Ridley has relaunched a very successful bikepacking bike. Even in its factory configuration, it is a lot of fun off-road and provides outstanding comfort for long tours on poor trails.

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2022 Ridley Kanzo Adventure: First Ride Review

And as for that sub-10-word review, well: “it does exactly what it says on the tin.”

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Flash Test of the Ridley Kanzo Adventure Gravel Bike [French]

… we’ll say that it’s a super versatile bike… which is nice. It really seduced me with its possibility of mounting wide tires…

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New: Ridley Kanzo Adventure | Gravel Bike Test [German]

… riding downhill is a lot of fun with the bike. It’s so capable…

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The Exclusive Test of the New Ridley Kanzo Adventure! [French]

… the Kanzo Adventure is surprising. Surprising in its ability to adapt to the terrain and evolve to all, surprising comfort, and surprising in its ability to pass practically everywhere.

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Test: Ridley Kanzo Adventure [Dutch]

The Kanzo Adventure excels in stability and confidence without getting boring.

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Test of the Ridley Kanzo Adventure [German]

The perfect bike for anyone who wants to embark on a big adventure and is looking for a reliable gravel bike.

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Test: Gravel Ridley Kanzo Adventure [Czech]

[The] Kanzo Adventure is a playful piece that will definitely entertain you in the field. At the same time, it lacks none of the other important features. The frame is excellent, rigid.

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