First look: Ridgeback Flight Ti commuter

Flat-barred titanium urban speed machine

British company Ridgeback are known for their workhorse commuter bikes but at their 2010 launch they had something special on show – a titanium addition to their top-end Flight lineup.

The Flight Ti looks similar to the existing Flight 05 and shares its proven geometry, but in place of that bike's triple-butted aluminium chassis it has a frame made of cold-drawn 3V/2.5AL titanium.

This is topped off with a Ti post and bars, a carbon fibre fork, 10-speed Shimano Ultegra 6700 drivetrain, Alex R475 wheelset and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

At £2,299 it ain't cheap, but it's likely to have been created as a showcase for Ridgeback's designers rather with the intention of actually shifting many bikes.

Ridgeback flight ti:

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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