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.