Overall, the Ritchey Breakaway Ti MTB was a winner. The frame itself is a beautiful piece of work – it has a pretty straight forward geometry, efficient and strong coupling design, and the lightness and stiffness of Ti.
The ease of build-up and breakdown make even the less-than-mechanically inclined feel like a mechanic of sorts.
The portability and compactness of the case make air travel a breeze and the fact that there’s no oversized luggage charge makes it a viable option for mountain bikers with wanderlust.
Would I buy one? Most definitely, but I would build it up just a little different than the test bike. But, that’s not a problem since Ritchey offers the Breakaway MTB as a frame only. Here’s what you get for $2,750:
Ti Mountain frame
Custom drawn 3/2.5 aerospace grade titanium tubing
100% full size bicycle can be split apart mid-frame and packed into 9x26x29 case
Patented locking compression coupling system adds less than 100g to complete frame
Custom TR designed dropout w/ replaceable derailleur hangar
Suspension corrected for 100mm travel fork
Disc or V-Brake compatible
Includes travel case and WCS headset
Available in 5 sizes 14”-21”
3.6 lbs (frame only, Large)
More info at www.ritcheylogic.com
What’s next from the people at Ritchey? They do have some ideas in the works for a more versatile frameset and possibly a more affordable steel version. I can’t wait to get back to “work”.