Ritte Satyr Steel Gravel Bike
The road hasn't always been paved. In fact, there haven't always been roads. Or paths. Or trails. Or tracks. Somewhere along the way, we became less rugged, more fearful of the woods and deserts. We became serious and conservative, riding for structured training rather than fun. It's time to balance it all out - the racing, the training, the woodland adventures.
The Satyr is a mythical forest creature known to the Romans as a woodland god (and a bit of a party animal), and it's also the newest Ritte. The embodiment of fun and rowdiness, the Satyr was a man built atop the legs of a goat….and climb like a goat the new Satyr does.
The Satyr owes much of its sylvan sprightliness to the guiding hand of the legendary Tom Kellogg, tapped by Ritte to design the frame. From custom tubing spec to geometry influenced by Tom Kellogg's years of designing balanced frames for championship-winning racers, the Satyr climbs easy and goes down smooth.
For those unfamiliar with Tom Kellogg, he is a mythical creature all to himself. Tom has been designing and building bike frames since the 70s. Known for creating the highest quality steel frames, while maintaining a competitive edge as carbon slowly crept into the scene. By 1982 Tom was designing and building world championship-winning road and track frames. He has created countless custom frames under his Spectrum Cycles brand, advised on production framesets and components for a very select few, including Merlin, Time, Reynolds, and more.
Taking cues from Ritte's All-Road Phantom, the Satyr dials the dirt party up to 11. The Satyr clears a 700x43c tire to tackle tough terrain, but it turns in with eagerness of road design. It's equipped with a T47 bottom bracket and internal cable routing to keep cables protected through the harshest conditions. Flat mount disc brakes with thru-axles front and rear add stiff accelerations and clean lines to the build.
The Enve gravel fork provides direct, confident steering input and comes in differing rakes to perfectly suit each frame size. The Satyr's custom Reynolds tube set is stiff where you need it, but tames the trail chatter in a manner that only steel can accomplish. Ritte is positive this is a bike that truly can ride right out the front door - the road to trail it gallops along happily, easily earning its name. After looking at the geometry and build, we're inclined to feel the same, and the stunning paint makes it that much cooler.
From the looks of it, if bikes had personalities the Satyr could be the wild side of your drop bar collection, just begging you to turn every ride into a party.
Specs and Pricing
- Tom Kellogg design
- Reynolds 725 tubing - varying tube specs for each size across 6 stock sizes
- Enve forks - varying fork rakes with size
- T47 bottom bracket
- Full internal cable routing
- Flat mount disc brakes
- 45 mm tire clearance
- 3 cage mounts (2 water bottle, one tool/keg type)
- Fender mounts
- MSRP $2250, complete builds from $3800
- Custom Paint Option
Learn more about the Tom Kellogg and Ritte partnership here