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!