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by Dave Rome
December 18, 2019
Photography by Ritte Cycles
It’s been a quiet few years for Ritte. The small Californian-based company has barely made a surface ripple since it made a splash in 2015 with its Ace and Snob road framesets. But now the high-style brand is back, revealing two new Reynolds-steel bikes which have been designed with insight from legendary frame builder Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles (a brand that stopped taking orders as of July).
Ritte’s new bikes, the Phantom and Satyr, cater to the all-road and gravel segments respectively. Geometries of both bikes have been designed by Kellogg, with each size featuring custom-drawn Reynolds tubing and Enve forks with carrying rakes dependant on size. The frames are manufactured in Taiwan.
The all-road model, the Phantom, features Reynolds 725 steel tubing that’s been drawn specific to each of the six frame sizes. Along with the 12mm thru-axles and flat-mount brakes, there’s room for up to 32mm tyres, while a T47 threaded bottom bracket is used to provide room for seamless internal cable routing.
Geometry of the two bikes shows a careful size-by-size consideration that’s not all that common in production steel bikes.
Appropriately named after the mythological half-man/half-horse, the Ritte Satyr is the company’s first gravel bike. Sharing the same design approach as the Phantom with custom-drawn and size-specific Reynolds 725 tubing and Enve carbon forks, the Satyr is the more off-road-focussed of the two and is better suited to horsing around. This model boosts tyre clearance to 43mm, and adds fender mounts along with a third cage mount.
Ritte is arguably best known for its paint and graphic design, and neither the Phantom nor the Satyr disappoint with obvious vintage British motor racing vibes. Custom paint options are available for a non-specified upcharge.
Both the Phantom and Satyr are priced at US$2,250 for the frameset (including Enve fork). Complete bike options start from US$3,800, and offer choices in gearing and cockpit sizing. See ritte.cc for more information.