The Ritchey Break-Away has arrived for review here at road.cc, a carbon-fibre road frameset that you can split in two for travelling. The frameset is priced at £2,699.90.
The frame splits at the top of the seat tube (the clamp doubles as the seatpost clamp) and at the bottom of the down tube, just in front of the bottom bracket, doing a similar job to S&S couplings but at a lighter weight.
The idea is that you can separate the frame in two and pack it into its own case (you use splittable connectors for the external cables). That case is small enough to carry as standard (as opposed to oversized) luggage when you fly.
Ritchey reckons that an experienced user can pack the bike down or reassemble it in about 20 minutes.
The frameset has a claimed weight of 1,810g. Our review Break-Away, built up with high-end kit including a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and Ritchey’s own WCS Apex Carbon 38mm wheels, weighs just 7.15kg (15.8lb).
The Break-Away comes in quite an aggressive road bike geometry. We have the large sized model here with a 566mm effective top tube, a 170mm head tube and 73.5° frame angles. The stack (the vertical distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube) is 580mm and the reach (the horizontal distance between those two points) is 394mm.
As well as riding it, we’ll be taking the Break-Away apart and putting it back together to check out the packing process. We’ll let you know how we get on in our review.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.