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I’ll start by saying that working with Elijah from Ritte led to the best buying experience of my life. He communicated quickly with me through the whole process, explaining the bike’s geometry, my sizing needs, options, pricing, and even let me demo a model since I’m local. I’d been waiting until I put road tires on to write my review because I got the Satyr to satisfy my road and gravel riding in one bike. I picked the right bike. On gravel, the steel frame eats up the chatter from chunky descents and other bumps, making it a smooth ride and leaving riding buddies chasing me as they bounce along. The geometry allows me to rip singletrack and the 40 mm tires it accommodates are all I’d ever need with the stability and precision handling on offer. On road, I feel great climbing, as if the steel is springing me toward the next pedal stroke and it’s an overall comfortable ride which makes it easy to put in long miles. I loooovvvveeee the mullet set up with a 44t oneby sram force chainring/crank in front and a 10-50t sram eagle cassette/derailleur in the back. It gives me the range to clear 20% dirt climbs and also stay in a fast group on the road, no longing for a bigger gear or spinning out. I’ve come across no problems with the frame or build and it stokes me to get out and ride, knowing it will be a fun time. I occasionally have to wipe friends’ drool off it from their gawking, but other than that I couldn’t be happier with the decision to rep Ritte and rip the Satyr.
I don't even really know where to start. We could go over the ride / performance first, since that's likely why you're looking at this. It's near perfect - the only void being left unfilled for the bike of the future, not yet made, using what steel can deliver. The geometry is legendary - perfect road snap for cutting corners, and angles that make singletrack feel like you're tracing a line with a sharpie. Easy, nimble, and aggressively confidence inspiring. The bike feels alive, like it's along for the ride with you. It's just fun. I've never ridden a bike with this much personality. 725 is perfect for this bike - the Enve fork matched with whatever hoops you want to throw on it - have changed the way I ride. I ride this bike for all my rides. My daily city spins (asphalt/mixed), my weekend long rides (asphalt, long climbs), and with a wheel switch to 40s, I've recently bike packed with this bike - feeling the same confidence and speed, fully loaded with gear, flying up chunky logging roads. I can't say enough good things about the ride quality. Feels like a magic carpet, feels dialed. The ONLY thing to note here. It's not a 15lbs super-six-evo. But it's not supposed to be. It lacks a touch of acceleration, if you're chasing an attack - but it makes up for that in strong top-speed. Honestly I can't believe we're talking about speed, with this bike, but hey, it delivers. Looks: lol it looks so good. RItte in general: These dudes are real people, and real riders. Elijah gave me the greatest customer service I've ever experienced. Something this personal would make you think I was spending $12K on a custom geo. From lightening fast turnaround, to calling me to talk components, and geometry, Elijah helped me out, and communicated everything, every step of the way. When I had HUB issues, he sent videos so I could repair, then, ultimately got me a new HUB, all with full communication. You are going to get your dream bike worry free. Get this bike, I know you kinda want it. Send it.
I've been trying for a while now, but I can't seem to find anything this bike can't do, and do well. Toss some saddlebags on, and we're bikepacking and cruising around for day-long trips to breweries and bacon festivals. Local club rides? - no problem. 2nd wheelset with 32c road tires, and now we're flying with the fast guys and chasing down strava segments. Oh, and yeah... Gravel. You almost forget the Satyr's a gravel bike after riding it for a while, because it does everything else so well. Lace up the gravel wheelset and go rip through some of the gnarliest gravel events around, like Monkey Knife Fight, Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo and Gravel Grape Crusher, with a smile ear to ear.
I love riding this bike, almost as much as I love looking at it. The paint and attention to detail are amazing. It's classic, with a little flash and crisp, clean lines.
Ritte hit a home run with this one. I'm not sure what can be next, it's gonna take one hell of a bike to top this!
Lively, super fun, all around, super well-made 'all-road'/gravel frame. Corners like its on rails. Planning on keeping it for a decade or two!
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.