Handmade Show: Ritchey carbonates Break-Away travel bike

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The new Ritchey Break-Away Carbon is made to be broken…apart. And then reassembled.

Our reveal of new Ritchey product continues today as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) kicks off in Charlotte, N.C. this morning. As we mentioned in an article yesterday, we spied some new Ritchey bikes when we stopped by their offices last week—they let us take photographs, but made us promise not to post them until today. Here’s the last of three new Ritcheys debuting at NAHBS.

Marketing Manager Angelo DiGiovine shows us the new Ritchey Break-Away carbon near the company’s clandestine R&D facility.

Ritchey has been building their fine, standard-luggage-checkable Break-Away travel bikes in steel and titanium for years, much to the delight of the frequent flying cycling public. This year company adds a three-pound carbon frame option, debuting the hand-built original prototype at NAHBS this weekend.

Ritchey uses just three allen bolts to make the bike do its magic—two at the seat tube collar and one on the downtube in conjunction with their Break-Away Downtube Hinge Clamp. The frame is constructed of carbon with aluminum reinforcing lugs at the assembly junctions. A handy keyed tab under the top tube (top right) makes alignment fool-proof.

The frame shown here is actually a factory-built pre-production sample. When we visited Ritchey’s office, the handmade, tube-to-tube carbon constructed prototype was out for a ride. Ritchey just sent us a photo (below) of the original from the show floor. As you can see, the factory-built version is faithful to the original.

The frame has an MSRP of $3,200 and includes a fork, headset and Break-Away Travel Case. Ritchey is targeting an August ship date.

You can check out the other frames launched at the show here—the Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc, and the Ritchey Commando fatbike.

For more information visit ritcheylogic.com.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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  • DrSmile says:

    $200 more than the Ti/Carbon frame. Granted it’s lighter, but I think I’d rather have the Ti version!

  • mike says:

    I work for an airline & travel w/steel breakaway frequently. Checking a $3200 frame is crazy. Rampers beat on luggage. Big cases often take long falls off belt loaders. Getting your money back for damage is an uphill battle. Everytime they have to pay for damage increases their scrutiny checking ritchey’s dimensionally illegal case travel case. Not saying it’s right, it’s just the way it is. After 200+ trips w/breakaway I recommend the steel version. Equip with modest & durable components. It’s just to get your riding fix while traveling right? Just something to think about

  • Alan says:

    Mike, thanks for your astute analysis of the situation. I totally agree with you.
    I wouldn’t spend dollar one on a Ritchey breakaway as I’d be too worried about being busted for what I understand is a case that doesn’t meet ATA travel size constraints for larger frame sizes. Is it just me?

  • Andy says:

    I have to agree with Mike. The all carbon breakaway looks drop dead sexy and if you have money to burn have at it, but it may be crazy for those who have more normal budgets.

    I have the Ti/Carbon, and pad it carefully about and beyond Ritchey’s instructions with pipe insulation, but judging by the beating the case takes, I get nervous every time.

  • Max Kullaway says:

    Why is Ritchey at NAHBS in the first place? Bikes that have R&D in the USA only to be “factory built” elsewhere seem to go against the meaning of hanbuilt imho. Just sayin…

  • skinewmexico says:

    Was hoping for a road disc version more than carbon.

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