Last year we introduced the Satyr Ti - Ritte’s first titanium bike. Though we had the guidance of Tom Kellogg’s decades of expertise and an excellent fabrication team with thousands of titanium bikes under their belts before we ever started - playing with cheat codes turned on, if you will.
But this story isn’t so much about the Satyr or it's development, as it is about Anthony's bike and how he equipped it for his riding in Pennsylvania and all over the eastern seaboard. He was one of the first to say “lets do it!” and we started putting the pieces together for his build. Loads of text messages, emails, ideas, and excitement later…we’ll jump into the details and recap this awesome ride.
Anthony’s fit is pretty dialed on a stock geometry Medium, the tubeset is our standard gravel selection as well - providing the right blend of on-road and off-road manners with a stiff front and and a more forgiving rear triangle for traction over loose surfaces.
But that’s where the standard treatment ends with this one, as Anthony had a design in mind immediately.
This Stayr Ti is finished with a two color Cerakote treatment over bead blasted titanium, done by Titanium Finishing in Pennsylvania. Anthony came up with with scheme drawing inspiration from a familiar pattern used in mid-century Eames furniture. This pattern has been applied to fabrics for couches and in plastics for office and home accessories. We worked with Anthony, Titanium finishing, and our friend Mr. Drew Gonyer to create a frame specific appliqué so that the frame could be successfully masked for this intricate Cerakote work.
Anthony intended on using this bike for long days, rolling terrain, and a mix of road and dirt - more fast dirt road than super technical singletrack. Anthony’s Phantom has AXS and we decided to go with a similar 2x SRAM AXS drivetrain for this bike - opting for a mostly Rival level groupset with some upgrades.
The Rival group shifts quickly and reliably, has a lower replacement cost than Force or Red (important for off-road riding), and with a few substitutions can be made quite light.
An eeWings titanium crankset from Cane Creek paired with 48/32 Sufferings from Ogle Component Design shave over 300g from the Rival crankset. A 10-36 cassette provides lots of range. Hope RX4+ brake calipers top off the groupset with some extra stopping power and a little bit more CNC bling.
What’s a bike without a great wheelset? Enve’s G23 rims are always an easy choice - they provide a supple ride and light weight for the quick accelerations that the riding in Anthony’s locale requires. Rolling terrain stands no chance against these hoops.
White Industries’ CLD hubs were selected for their simple beauty and durability - laced together with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Enve's brass nipples.
A wheelset like this deserves a tire that’s equal parts grippy and supple - Ultradynamico’s Rosé and Cava tires in 700x42 were our pick here.
All the small details matter, and matching your bottom bracket and headset to your hubs is a classically stylish choice. An easy one here too with White Industries.
The bar, stem, and post are from Enve - the G series handlebar providing a wide platform for rougher terrain.
And lastly, a small touch to round out this build - a set of titanium disc rotor lockrings from Ogle Component Design. Grams matter, but so does style.
No garage ornaments - our unofficial tagline. We want these bikes to be ridden, and Anthony's Satyr Ti is certainly being put through its paces.
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