Ritte Racing’s New Stainless Disc Snob Road with Paul Klampers

For 2015, Ritte Racing has reenvisioned their Snob road frame to fully adopt disc brakes with 30mm tire clearances in mind. The new OS 630 Stainless frame is custom hardened in-factory, laser mitered and tig welded to last a lifetime. Each Snob Disc comes with a 1-1/4″ Enve Disc Road fork and Chris King IS-8 headset. To provide an ample platform for butting those oversized tubes together, the Disc Snob uses a PF30 bottom bracket, which coincidentally delivers stiffness where riders like to feel it.

This particular bike was on display at Sea Otter and was built using the latest working prototype Paul Klamper disc brakes. All I can say is there’s a whole lotta bad-assery going on here. Good job, Ritte!

Expect the Disc Snobs to drop in June with an MSRP of $3,000.

  • Ian L Richards


  • http://tourdafrique.com/ Micah Markson

    Any word on when the Klamper’s will be available? And have you ridden them?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I rode an earlier version but am not sure when they’ll be available.

  • kasual


    Way out of my league, but those Klampers might be just in time for my
    upcoming disc commuter…

  • Trevor H

    I keep wondering when they will offer one with longer than a 58cm top tube. Seems like a pretty good pricepoint, but they limit themselves by not having it available in a larger size, and offering it in 6 different configurations between 52-54cm sizes. The initial reason I was provided with was “we aren’t sure the tubing is strong enough for such a big size,” but doesn’t make much sense considering the whole point of going with stainless tubing is to make it a stiffer and stronger ride vs. traditional steel?

    All in all a good looking bike, but I’ll spend a little more and get something actually welded here in the US rather than waiting for Ritte to come around.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Sounds like custom is the way to go for you.

      • Trevor H

        Sure, except Ritte doesn’t do custom on the Snob anymore and I already know I don’t need custom geo; just a large enough frame. Needing 59-60cm of top tube length isn’t out of the ordinary, just not as common as smaller sizes. The irony is that Ritte offers a 59cm top tube (XXL size) in their carbon offerings (Ace, Vlaanderen), so why not a small run of that size frame in the Stainless as well? That’s where my confusion comes in..

    • Tony Clifton
    • Richard Dreyer

      Lighter, actually. And greater corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is a stronger alloy than others used for bicycle tubes, allowing the wall thicknesses to get thinner for the same strength. Skim through this jawn – http://reynoldstechnology.biz/assets/pdf/rtl_steel_alloys_extract.pdf. You’ll see that stiffness doesn’t really change across the different alloys from Reynolds. Stiffness in a frame is largely dependent upon geometry.

      • Trevor H

        Sure, the tubing may be lighter, but when I actually read the chart you linked I will agree with you that “stiffness” is largely the same across all the steels, but strength varies greatly. Stiffness can be adjusted based on tubing sizes/shapes and wall thicknesses (and yes, frame geometry of the frame plays a part too), but strength is inherent to the material. It is not a function of any of the secondary characteristics of the bike (tubing shape/size, geometry). As such, one of the key reasons for going stainless over traditional steel besides the corrosion resistance, is that it is a stronger material.

        • Richard Dreyer

          We ought to delineate between inherent material properties (a chunk of the material itself, what the chart shows) and “structural” properties (the material formed into a cycling tube of certain wall thicknesses). You are right, the material stainless steel has a much greater UTS than other chromoly steels used in tubes. As such, a tube of stainless steel can be formed with much thinner wall thicknesses than a tube of a chromoly steel to maintain a similar overall tube strength, thus saving weight. The densities of these steel alloys are relatively similar compared to the larger variability in UTS among the alloys.

          For example, you could create two identically butted tubes. One of 4130 and one of a much stronger stainless steel. The SS tube will be slightly lighter in weight because of its lower density, but will also be “over-engineered” for the application. In other words, “too strong” and the bike may ride like a turd. If something is too strong, you’re carrying unnecessary weight. So the stainless material is butted to thinner wall thicknesses for a similar overall tube strength while saving much more weight than allowed by its density alone.

          • Trevor H

            I’ll agree with that, but also say that even being a lighter weight and a thinner tube, its still a stronger tube (and assembly of tubes). The material is, whether in chunk form or tube form, still stronger because of those inherent material properties. My whole point was that a stainless tube set makes just as much (if not more) sense for large frames as it does for smaller frames, and I find it odd Ritte isn’t building one.

          • Richard Dreyer

            Like you, I would also guess that the SS bicycle tube is stronger in practice than a thicker & heavier cromo tube. But short of comparing some FEA models (I’m not going to do this), only the tube OEMs know their tubes’ and frames’ applied strengths. You could make the stronger material (SS) tube so thin that it would buckle or pull apart before it’s counterpart.

            Anyway, I’m sure Ritte justified their decision for no L/XL size by some cost/market analysis. From what I’ve seen, the cost of production stainless steel frames (i.e. Cinelli XCr) are way up into custom bike territory anyway, so it shouldn’t be too hard on the wallet from there to go full custom. Anderson (MN), Bilenky (PA), and Bishop (MD) come to mind as builders well-versed in stainless – and I know there’s many more. Good chat Trevor ;).

  • chris s

    is this a new Enve fork? I thought their existing disc road fork maxed out at 28mm tires?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Not a new fork, ENVE is just being conservative with their measurements / specs. I have 30mm tires on my ENVE road fork.

  • Alex Cheek

    Whole lotta bad-assery is right. And don’t the Klampers deserve a non-drive-side full-bike shot?

  • http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/fuji-track-10-2011-15436 Jaap

    $ 3000 seams like a lot for a chinese made frame.. love the looks though

    • Robert0321

      The snob is Made in the USA from stainless steel tubing and comes with King headset and ENVE fork painted to match.

      What would you say is a good price for that?

      • http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/fuji-track-10-2011-15436 Jaap

        really? thought all ritte frames where made in China.. than it’s a reasonable price..

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          The Snob is now made in Taiwan.

      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        The snob is made in Taiwan now…

        • Robert0321

          Really?! It and the Muur used to be made in the usa iirc? Still a beautiful bike though!

          Do you know why did Spencer moved the production of his steel bikes to Taiwan?

    • leeon

      besides, most bicycles are made in asia anyways, just like the bikes that win tdf stages

      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        When was the last time a steel bike won a TDF stage? ;-)

    • PaintedFlags

      Taiwan is not China, and Taiwan has been a resolutely 1st world country with 1st world production capabilities for a while now.

  • Greg Heck

    Who makes the stem on this bike?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Shimano PRO it looks like…

      • Greg Heck

        Thanks, now I see that it is a stem/bar combo

  • Matt


  • Rex

    Made by Colossi in China,painted in US“`

  • Laravel Nick

    Also worth checking out Aurelius http://aureliuscycles.com stainless steel road bikes made in the UK.