10/10 Adams recommend this hoodie for:
- existing in cooler weather
- leaning against the cafe counter while sipping an espresso
- riding around town over freshly fallen leaves
- warming a small kitten against your chest after rescuing it during a chill drizzle in the late hours of a city night
- showing off to your parter how well it pairs with your preferred undergarments or bibs
- boldly stating to the world your commitment to excellent bicycles, fun, and glory
This sure is a hoodie. And it’s real good at that. The craftsmanship is great, the material is soft, and it has a pleasantly heavy presence over your body. It’s like a reassuring embrace you can wear. And it doesn’t care whether you set a PR or cramped halfway through your ride. It’s got your back. And your head, if that’s cold too.
One ride in atm and first thoughts on the ride were how smooth it was.
Finally, I have a Ritte frame in my flock. Wish I could have built one sooner. The bike is a rocket. Step on the pedals and it moves with intention. Get up to speed and it holds momentum. Ride it through town and it receives compliments. Built mine up with Campagnolo Record mechanical and BORA WTO 60 rim brake wheels. It might dethrone my favorite bike from the top of the podium and I am only six rides into the experience.
Swish to Ritte. Exceptional.
I own, or have owned, many road bikes through the years, bikes such as the Alchemy Eros Titanium, Look 765 Optimum+, BIXXIS Prima, Ritchey Road Logic, Officina Battaglin Power+, Fairlight Strael, Sklar, Breadwinner, and Litespeed (yes, I know I have a problem). I say this only to add context to this review, that is, I have quality bikes to compare to the Ritte Phantom. I recently surpassed the 5000-mile mark on the Phantom and am now confident saying it ties for the #1 spot in my stable (w/BIXXIS Prima), and is most definitely one of the three bikes I would never let go. The welding, alignment, and general fit and finish is better than most of my custom-made bikes, and the handling is quick but controllable. Also, I love that the frame has some stiffness to it, letting me get it up to speed quickly when desired. Everything is right with this bike, and the cost is worth it IMO. Ritte won't disappoint.
As a bonus, Ritte has the single best customer service and communication I’ve ever experienced from ANY bike company, to include custom makers I’ve dealt with. P.s. If you're looking for a gravel bike, Ritte Satyr v2 is another winner! Shout out to Elijah!
I have had many bikes. Many old steel ones that were refurbished or restored and on which I rode many happy miles. Then came cyclocross, and my first brand new carbon bike. Perfect for the cold, fall cyclocross season and then some. It slowly became my gravel bike, switching from a set of 700c wheels and tires to larger volume 650B tires for comfort, especially for anything sandy or even rock gardens. I wanted to get back to steel. I was looking back because of that balance of stiffness and compliance that I had only really experienced on a steel bike.
Then a friend dropped by our shop with a brand new Ritte Phanthom. Wow! I was looking for balance, but also wanted a new frame that would be fully capable on gravel rides, even on the tough and gnarly stuff, and with enough road DNA for spirited early weekday morning rides on tarmac. So I veered to the V2 Satyr (which comes in British Racing Green = racy, classy, and fast).
I could have just pressed the Buy Now button, but I decided to give them a shout to make sure it was really the right bike for me. With Ritte, customer service is not just a memo on the wall. I submitted info from the bike I was riding, some basic easy-to-make measurements, and got some comparative CAD drawings so I could visualize my actual bike compared to the Satyr. Prompt response every time I had a question. I pressed Buy Now and the bike frame arrived well packaged and without a flaw. Thin tubes. Beautiful welds. Fantastic paint. I was so excited to ride it I started to build right away.
I wanted it for the local Big Red Gravel Run. They say never race with a brand new bike, but I did, and I loved it! I’ve only ridden around 400km since then, but it’s everything I imagined it would be : stiff around the reinforced bottom bracket for that push forward yet so comfortable on all road conditions, from aged tarmac to washboard gravel. It feels like an extension of the body as opposed to a part that has to be dragged or carried. It’s also precise in long and fast descents, letting me go faster before thinking about hitting the brake. I think Ritte has hit the nail on the head with this model.
I’ve been a fan of Jan Heine’s work for the past 20 years. This is the first time I can relate to his concept of planing. This bike really planes.
These ROCK! They are so comfortable that they've quickly become my favorite shorts to ride in. The material is thin and comfortable, the leg grippers do a great job keeping the shorts from riding up, and the reflective logo on both legs is very subtle (during the day) and keeps me visible to drivers after sunset, thanks RITTE!! Oh, and the chamois, let just say that the family jewels are never angry after a few hours in these shorts, I cant unfortunately say that for some of my other bibs. Viva V2.0!!!
Great material, super comfortable. I love the seamless finish on the sleeves!
Did I forget to say beautiful and forgiving? This is the bike for your Saturday road group rides and your Sunday gravel ride! With this bike I have done fast road group rides thanks to its blazing road geometry and have done some questionable trails confidently with its monster tire clearance. With all its mounts, you can easily throw a front rack to carry your adult beverages or your camp gear! The best part is that its TI, and you will notice that when you are riding down a rock garden because it feels a lot smoother and controllable than a carbon frame bike for example. With Elijah's expert knowledge, you will get dialed in and LOVE IT.
Excellent frame, very nice company to deal with.
When it was time in 2021 for a Ti gravel/all road bike there was one huge problem - Tom Kellogg had retired. In 1977 he built my college racing bike (Reynolds 531 SL and Campy) and my "turning 40" road bike in 1999 (double butted Ti and Dura Ace). Both fit perfectly, handled precisely, and rode wonderfully, with each giving me 20+ years of riding joy. What to do?
Fortunately I read about Ritte's collaboration with TK on their new all road and gravel frames and made contact with Elijah in CA. He is very knowledgable and an excellent listener, who really took the time to understand my "musts and shoulds" for a custom frame. Ritte was the only Ti frame builder that would incorporate the tapered head tube with integrated headset that I wanted, and Elijah's solution for the down tube brake hose port I needed was both elegant and reliable.
My Ti Satyr first took the road on May 6, 2022 and now has over 1,000 miles on her road slicks and gravel tires. I built up the bike myself, and saw first hand the craftsmanship and quality of the brushed Ti frame and Adventure fork - flawless welds, precise alignment, and careful execution.
Whether riding solo, with a fast group, on a 7 day tour or bike packing off the grid, she has that wonderful fit, handling, and ride that made my two previous TK bikes so special. AND now I feel this magic on the wide variety of unpaved roads that I'm exploring, so my "riding joy" can continue for another 20 years.
I would like to start this off saying that this isn't a "professional review" as I don't consider myself qualified to do that. These are my thoughts on the Ritte Phantom based on the 1200 miles I've put on it coming from a bike enthusiast.
Building a steel bike has always been on my list of bikes to ride. Having very little experience with steel bikes, Elijah and the crew at Ritte helped me in every aspect of the way when it comes to building this bike. Their goal is to get you on a bike that you're going to love and enjoy! I feel like you can go on any website now-a-days and just purchase a bike with a click of a button and then it shows up on your doorstep. I've done that in the past and although there is nothing wrong with taking that route, I did not feel any connection to the bike purchased.
During the process of building my bike with Elijah, I've learned a lot more about my bike, the brand, who designed the frame and why it was done in such a way. I've developed a connection with my bike before it was even ready!
The steel Phantom was supposed to join the family but not replace my carbon road bike. I thought I'd still rotate my bikes but in the last 3 months I've been riding my Phantom 100% of the time. The bike feels effortless to ride and each time I go out I end up clocking in more miles than planned. It's very comfortable on long rides and I am able to really enjoy myself and the time spent on my bike. I find myself getting out more than I ever did in the past on any other bikes. The ride is very smooth and this bike handles descents and corners with tons of confidence. When the ride quality, bike quality and build quality all is at 100%, all you have left is just have fun and enjoy the ride. This is my second Ritte and definitely not the last one!
Buying a new bike having never ridden it is always a bit of a stressful experience. Is it going to live up to my expectations? Is the geometry going to react as suspected, Is the finish top notch? Hell, does it even fit properly? I had all these concerns but I wasn’t ready for the care and precision that was shown by Ritte’s customer service. I never felt my questions were bothersome. I never led to feel like I was asking for too much in the details that I wanted addressed to the build. I can confirm my expectations were well surpassed. So I was a lot more at ease while I waited for the bike. I was looking at two sizes and was recommended a specific size that in the end was absolutely spot on! When the bike arrived, I took a moment to check every detail of the finish and it was flawless. I used to paint bikes for a custom bike builder many years ago so my expectations were pretty high. I couldn’t find any faults. Once built up, I picked up the complete bike. I was expecting a slightly heavy and sluggish ride. I was very wrong. The bike came in with pedals at 17.8 lbs. That’s lighter than my previous carbon aero disc road bike that was built on the same group set with similar quality carbon wheels. Once on the road, the bike was extremely comfortable but surprisingly VERY responsive when getting up out of the saddle to accelerate. I’m sold! The best feeling is getting something and then trying it out and satisfyingly thinking to yourself, “Yes, I made the right choice and trusted the right people to guide me through the process”. If you’re on the fence, I can confirm from my own personal experience, you’re at the right place and making the right choice.
From day one RITTE has been incredible, best customer service experience I have ever had in my 45 years of cycling and purchasing dozens of bikes during those years. The Satyr is incredible, so excited to be back on a steel bike after all these years.
I've had my Satyr Ti for about 6 months now and wow. It's so good. Whether you're loaded up with camping gear and mtb tires or flying down a canyon at 45mph on fat slicks this bike is smooth. I've taken it on a few bikepacking trips now and it's stable enough fully loaded to ride no hands. I have a two wheelset setup, generally I'm riding a 700x35 enve AR wheelset for daily riding and light gravel. It's more or less eliminated my need of a road bike. To narrow the underbiking gap off road I have a second wheelset with massive 650bx55 tires which I've used to ride this bike like a complete idiot. For those that know LA area mountain biking I went down El Prieto on this and cleared the rock garden no problem. Is it a mountain bike? No, but fuck you yes it is!
The finish and quality of every weld is absolutely spot on as well. Not a single defect or negative I can point to. I highly recommend going with an AXS build if you can swing it, flawless shifting and helps keep the bike looking minimal and clean.
My point of contact was Elijah as well, good guy, will go out of his way to make sure you get the configuration that fits your needs and budget. It's also nice to have something a little less common than Moots, Firefly, etc...
Enough talk, going to go ride. Get one.
We are a dealer, and it’s always a pleasure to work with Elijah at Ritte. The bikes are amazing and the customer service is over the top. Highly recommend Ritte.