I’m really liken this new epic ride. The Ace is very impressive all around. It climbs like a leopard, and it accelerates like a jet. The handling is quick and precise. The ergonomics allows for power driving comfort. This bike is awesome. I’m really stocked with my new Ace.
... and I’m fast!! When I first got my Ritte ace, it felt a bit like riding an untamed mustang. I was still feeling out it’s abilities and it almost felt like it was riding itself. A year+ on and I’ve come around to understand this machine and been able to work alongside its power. It’s. FAST. Cuts through air like a blade. I’ve always preferred climbing to descents, but this bike has opened up my eyes to the joys of railing a corner and racing downhill. I only wish I could ride it as fast as it wants to go! It loses nothing on the climbs. Light, stiff, but comfortable for my 10hour days. The Ritte Ace has made me a better rider. I love this bike.
When my custom ACE rig showed up perfectly packed with more protective wrapping than probably necessary, I knew I was unboxing something really special. From the custom-painted carbon frame to the SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain, ENVE cockpit/wheels and Chris King Hubs, the crew at Ritte built a machine that not only looks fast but literally devours the road...it's a little intimidating. With each ride, I feel like there's even more performance I can squeeze out of this setup and I haven't even started to dial in the eTap drivetrain customizable features.
Above all, I really appreciated the time and care the Ritte team (Elijah; James) invested in making this end-to-end process so easy and engaging. I felt fully included in the project and no ask was too small (sourcing a vintage Cinelli head badge or specific Velo saddle) or big (rejigging the Enve aerobar blip shifters to easily disconnect). All around an amazing experience. Love the bike! Love the brand!
Bought this bike to replace my 20 year old Ti Eddy Merck. Living in northeastern VT, I wanted something as an alternative to my gravel bike, that could handle the broken pavement and gravel roads here. I needed clearance for 32 mm tires, hydro disc brakes, and a quality steel frame. I got all that and more! This bike rides like a dream. Amazing road feel, good power transfer, and corners and descends like a demon! The attention to detail and build quality are real attention grabbers, too. Ritte customer service is outstanding. After my frame was damaged in shipping, Elijah handled it with the utmost professionalism and satisfaction. He even threw in some stainless steel cages and Ritte bottles before shipping back to me. It is clear their focus is providing the best experience and product possible for the customer. FYI, I'm 5'8", 30" inseam, and the size small Phantom frame fits perfectly.
The Ace rips - hands down. Ok, so maybe the only sprint I've been in contention for is on the Tuesday night group ride but this machine makes me feel like a superstar. Upshift as you put the hammer down and launch forward, raise your hands in victory as you cross the county line, have a beer with friends after the ride talking about the battles won and lost while you scope your Strava stats. UCI legal? Who cares?! Just own it!!!
How did they do that? Uhhh, they tell you right in the description, Tom Kellogg + Reynolds 735! The Phantom is a joy in every condition I've thrown at it in my first 12 months / 7,000miles of ownership; from 60mph descents to ripping through twisty suburban neighborhood streets, and 150 mile single day asphalt/gravel/single track adventures on my second set of rims with 32mm gravel tires. Aesthetically the Phantom is the perfect combo of classic steel (small diameter tubes) and clean factory paint scheme mated with modern day tech of beautiful tapered head tube, slick internal routing, and solid never squeak T47 bottom bracket. Throw a set of Enve SES 45AR's and Sram AXS groupset on it and you've got all the aero you need (yes, it does deserve a premium build). Buy this bike and ride the sh!t out of it!!!
Took the satyr out yesterday on fast roads, until the 90 degree heat got to me and I jumped over to the wooded trails and fire roads for the ride back. Hopped up some steep cobbles that are way out of my comfort zone on a road bike, and still tackled my usual ill-advised sprints in the mile before home. The satyr is a true route liberator, all with an elegance that seems out of place on a gravel bike. I've had my heart set on a steel gravel bike, but other iterations I rode were so disappointingly clunky. Not so here.
I see a lot of frowny-face on the fat-bikes and mtbs slogging over the miles of pavement it takes us to get to the crunchy stuff. Safe to say that a satyr would flip that frown upside-down.
40 years old, 5'10", 165 pounds. Medium Satyr. Saddle height 75cm, 25+ years cycling, with lots of racing of all sorts. 1x build with 40t x 11/42
7 months quick take:
The Satyr impresses with it's seductive side: happily I roll along with the same fit and contact points I've been running on my road bike since the Clinton administration, content to tap out paved miles in absolute comfort- but any and all terrain, roads, used-to-be-roads, game trails, everything short of double black diamond mountain bike descents are in this bike's wheelhouse.
In the past, I've ridden with this bikes designer, Tom Kellog- and Tom poured every bit of his dirt road descending prowess into penning this geometry. This bike has the fit and feel of your favorite road bike, but slight geometrical tweaks(like the nice low bottom bracket height) allow my 40c WTB Venture shod Satyr to lead me down any trail I encounter while still having the right weight distribution and turn in feel to scorch paved corners at terminal velocity.
When I first got this bike I insisted that I needed to convert it to a double, because it has better manners on the road than any of the other bikes in my basement at the moment- but somehow the 1x setup has remained because the Satyr constantly coaxes me off the pavement, and I'm appreciating the extra ground clearance with the single 40t ring up front.
For people who live in areas with sandy, loose dirt roads the Satyr will be a revelation. Never have I ever ridden a bike that will remain upright and moving forward even in the deepest, finest sugar sand as long as I am able to provide ample watts. Wheel eating mud? No problem, might have to stop every once and a while to clear out the drivetrain. Jonesing to race some XC mtb someplace without huge rocks or drops? Yes. The Satyr never says no.
Salute to the Ritte crew for making a top class party machine!
This bike. Fast on the road, comfy on chipseal, holds confidence on sketchy gravel descents, I'm not sure there's much more you could ask of a single bike. The Phantom has given me so much joy this year. Not to mention the amazing Ritte crew who were awesome helping with the build, and went above and beyond to make sure all the details were right.
i have a few bikes in the arsenal but my phantom was my most ridden in 2020 by a long shot. hard to imagine this past year of lockdown without the freedom this bike provided. huge thanks to elijah, alex, and kevin for everything!