The first Ritchey Break-Away was the ‘cross version.
I loved the versatility of that original bike but had two complaints: braking and cross geometry for high-speed road riding.
Enter the Ritchey Ti/Carbon Break-Away. It has full road race geometry, normal brakes, that magical ti ride, but with a little carbon out back to make it even lighter than an all-titanium bike.
Since the beginning of this bike life under me I’ve been running either Hed Ardennes plus in tubeless mode or Flo Aluminum in tubeless mode. In over 10,000 miles I’ve had just two flats that didn’t seal and I had to use a tube. But one of those doesn’t count because I was seeing how far I could push a Schwalbe Pro One. You could see the threads. Both sets of those wheels have been very reliable.
This bike is set up with Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed, though I run Shimano wheels/cassettes. With the Campy medium rear derailleur, I can run a 32 tooth cassette in back, which is very nice thank you when grinding up steep mountains all day every day for a couple weeks straight.
The only other bike parts worth noting are the awesome comfortable 3T Aeronova and the awesome comfortable Ergon CF3 leaf-sping seatpost, which you may know by sight as it comes on the Canyon Endurace. When doing these really big cycling trips the little comfort things add up. These aero handlebars are the most compliant I’ve ever used and have put them on other bikes, despite the high pricetag. That seatpost flexes when you hit something that would otherwise bang your ass and spine. The 32-tooth cassette keeps the leg fresher when on multi-day big mountain adventures, or even when doing the Flanders sportif, pictured below.
I cannot imagine ever parting with this bike. It does it all with no penalty worth attempting to notice. In fact, it’s my only road bike now for over a year. Daily driver and adventure bike combined.
They don’t make the ti/carbon version anymore, they are rare on ebay, and I’ve never even seen another ti/carbon in the wild. Ritchey now have a steel version, an all-carbon version, and a gravel version, both of which I have not ridden but venture to guess are great. I have two friends who own the all-steel versions and they love the bikes, ride them a lot, and travel to awesome places too. Long live the Ritchey!