Classified Cycling has launched three new wheelsets for gravel and road use as well as a new Gravel Factory racing team with Ridley which will be named the Classified X Ridley Factory Team.
Classified developed its Powershift rear hub after frustrations with front derailleur performance and inefficiencies and the system has risen in popularity over the past few years. The brand and technology have also gained support from the likes of ambassadors Tom Boonen and Philipe Gilbert. We reviewed the Classified x Hunt 40 wheelset back in the autumn too.
The brand has been increasing its range of offerings and has announced three new carbon fibre wheelsets and a new race team which you can read more about below. If you aren’t already familiar with the Classified Powershift system in a nutshell the technology provides a 2-speed shifting system that is integrated into the rear hub, providing the ability to ditch the front derailleur and eliminating the added friction that comes from cross-chaining and using the small chainring with a 2x drivetrain.
The Classified X Ridley Factory team
Until now, Dutch racer Piotr Havik was the sole Classieid-sponsored rider competing on the gravel race circuit. He joins the newly formed Classified X Ridley Factory team along with Belgian Daan Grosemans and British riders Toby Perry and Annabel Fisher – who both won a round of the Gravel Earth series last year as well as Freya Rawlins.
According to the brand press release the team will compete in international gravel races including the UCI Gravel World series as well as the Gravel Earth series and we assume the UCI Gravel World Championships in Leuven which take place in October.
The team will race on Ridley Frames and Classified Powershift system-equipped wheelsets. Ridley was the first bike brand to spec Classified and you can check out our review of the Classified Powershift-equipped Ridley Grifn.
Mathias Plouvier, co-founder and CEO of Classified Cycling said:
“Classified and Ridley have a heart for both gravel and innovation, and it’s great that our long-standing collaboration with the Belgian Cycling Factory is now taking on a new dimension. With nutritional specialist Foodmaker and bike rental company Cyclis also on board as co-sponsors, we will soon be sending a strong team to the first ever world championship on home soil.”
A new range of Classified wheels
Classified has also launched three new carbon fibre wheelsets…