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The Ritchey Outback is an Instant Classic

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The Ritchey Outback is an Instant Classic

Over the years, having had the chance to ride a lot of different bikes, I’ve whittled my personal preferences down to a few assumptions about geometry and materials. Based on these preconceptions, I wasn’t sure I’d be into the Ritchey Outback.

Gravel bikes with carbon forks are pretty predictable in my experience: more capable and adaptable than the ‘cross bikes they evolved from, but too stiff to be enjoyable on rough terrain or long days in the saddle. Gravel bikes have also evolved to have longer rear ends than ‘cross bikes, and yet the Outback has the longest rear end of any performance-oriented drop-bar bike I’ve ridden.

I will also say that I’ve learned to keep an open mind about this stuff, and in the past couple of years I’m finding myself excited to ride bikes that don’t fit into neat and predictable categories. The chance to review oddball bikes helps me expand my experience and therefore become a better bike reviewer. I’m open to being surprised!

Well, there must be exceptions to rules and there must be challenges to preconceptions, and the Ritchey Outback fits into both of those categories for me.

Ritchey’s Classic Kyote Mustache Bar

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Ritchey’s Classic Kyote Mustache Bar

The new Classic Kyote from Ritchey is a $45 mustache bar, designed for your grocery getter or your touring bike. These bars feature a 27.5-degree sweep and 35mm rise, with a 800mm width, there’s lots of space for your accutrement. See more at Ritchey.

Ritchey: Limited Edition Red White and Blue Ultra Frames

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Ritchey: Limited Edition Red White and Blue Ultra Frames

The Ultra is Ritchey’s newest mountain bike model and for its latest iteration, Ritchey looked back to their heritage paint jobs with a red, white, and blue fade. Designed for either a 120mm suspension fork or a 500mm A-T-C fork, the Ultra is a new school bike with old school vibes. These limited edition frames have a retail price of $999 and are in stock now at Ritchey.

Ritchey’s New Outback Is Perfect For Touring

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Ritchey’s New Outback Is Perfect For Touring

The Ritchey Outback received a hefty facelift for 2020, making it more capable than ever. With an all-new Ritchey Adventure Fork design, complete with cargo mounts, and a frame with more braze-ons, including rack and fender mounts, you can take it on gravel rides, or out on a multi-day tour. The Outback also clears 700c x 48mm or 650b x 2.0″ tires, making it an extremely versatile bike within Ritchey’s lineup. The frame + fork will run you $1,399 and you can see one in person at your local dealer. Head to Ritchey to see more!

Like Wide Bars? Ritchey Says Hold My Beer with the WCS VentureMax XL

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Like Wide Bars? Ritchey Says Hold My Beer with the WCS VentureMax XL

Ritchey makes some of the best handlebar shapes in the industry and their newest bar marries the wider drop-bar trend with its tried and true ergo bio-bend shape. These bars are 520mm wide and are measured at the initial bar bend, rather than at the hoods, have 102mm of drop, 75mm reach, and a flare of 24º. Best of all, they come in black and are $99 at your local dealer. See more at Ritchey!

Specs:
Material: Triple-butted 7050 alloy
Bend Style: ergo bio-bend
Top Style: flat
Width: 520mm (measured at the initial bend rather than at the hood)
Drop: 102mm
Reach: 75mm
Drop Flare: 24-degree
Flare Out: 6-degree
Back Sweep: 4.6-degree
Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
Accessory Mount Diameter: 31.8mm
Di2 Cable Routing: yes
Clip-On Compatible: yes
Other Features: C260 compatible
Weight: 325g
Color: Blatte

The Ritchey Ultra MTB Frame

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The Ritchey Ultra MTB Frame

As a throwback to the original Ultra 30 years ago, Ritchey has re-released this 120mm suspension hardtail, with a modern geometry, clearances for either a 27.5”x2.8” or 29”x2.4” tires, and a sleek Sierra grey color. Head to Ritchey for the full geometry specs and your local dealer to check one out.

Victor’s Ritchey Commando Camo Logic Road with Campagnolo

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Victor’s Ritchey Commando Camo Logic Road with Campagnolo

The Ritchey Logic Road seems to be the obvious choice for those looking for a modern steel bike that utilizes rim brakes. Over the years, we’ve seen a number of these bikes, built up for various functions from all-day road rides to race bikes but there’s something about Victor‘s build that really grabbed my attention at the onset. The reason is obvious; Victor used Ritchey’s Heritage Paint option to get any of their frames painted a number of schemes, including “Commando” camo. Unfortunately, Ritchey discontinued this service, but before that happened, Victor got his Logic road frame painted by Rick Stefani of D&D cycles in this iconic finish.

He then built it with a combination of Sim Works, Ritchey, and Campagnolo Record Super Record 11. My favorite detail is the 100 Tacos sticker on the Sim Works Caroline stem!

Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown

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Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown

Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown
Words and photos by Jeff Frane

Behold, perhaps the coolest thing that has crossed my path since I inadvertently started collecting vintage bicycle stuff. One of the rarest for certain. What you’re feasting your hungry eyes upon is one of the few examples of the legendary bi-plane fork crown that Tom Ritchey produced during the heady and formative year of 1983. Now, I have no actual idea how many exist, I should probably ask Tom, but I’ll leave the actual journalism to the professionals. Or the commenters.

It never saw production, as Tom instead decided to focus on the uni-crown, but was later famously copied by Grant Peterson for his legendary MB-1. How was this acquired? Well, my good friend Jeff Schmidt purchased it directly from Tom to potentially use to build a fork for a giant size Ritchey he had previously acquired. See below for their correspondence.

Ritchey Unveils their New Outback Break-Away Carbon All-Road Frameset

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Ritchey Unveils their New Outback Break-Away Carbon All-Road Frameset

Inspired by the Break-Away Carbon Road and Mount Cross, the new Outback Break-Away gives riders the stopping power of disc brakes, with clearances for larger tires and a road bike geometry, ideal for taking on long days on mixed terrain. These framesets are the epitome of Ritchey’s design ethos, in a modern, lightweight and practical package. I’ve seen one in person and the construction alone merits the pricepoint, which comes in around $3,150. You can see more details at Ritchey.