It’s not often that we celebrate a bike breaking in half, but Ritchey’s Break-away Carbon is one clear exception.
This is a bike that can literally split into two pieces for storage within a standard sized suitcase (it comes with its own dedicated one). To make the frame bike-shaped once again involves the tightening of just three Allen bolts.
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Once torqued up, the bike’s cables must then be reconnected, which is an easy thing to do thanks to threaded connectors. Then it’s ready to be ridden like any other carbon road bike.
From experience with Ritchey’s previous Ti/Carbon Break-away road bike, we know that disassembly/reassembly takes around five minutes for those familiar with the system.
The geometry doesn’t stand out awkwardly either, with angles and measurements that sit closer to that of a racing bike than an endurance machine. Unlike most race bikes though, the Break-away uses slender carbon tubes that taper seamlessly into alloy sections where the bike joins/separates.
The Break-away system isn’t new of course; it’s been used successfully on everything from mountain and road bikes to this rather incredible tandem from Ritchey. Yet this is perhaps the most exciting use for it yet.
This model isn’t particularly new either, the keenest of break-away carbon owners may have been riding their bikes for three years already. It’s a rare beasty though and well worthy of its space here on BikeRadar.
The Break-away is sold as a frame only (£2,699 / $2,999.95, if you were wondering). Our size large test bike arrived built with Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 groupset along with what could easily be considered a rolling showcase of Ritchey components. To give some context, the claimed frame-only weight for a large Break-away is 1,810g.
This example was wearing Ritchey’s WCS Apex Carbon 38mm clincher wheels wrapped in the company’s own WCS Race Slick tyres. At 25mm in width they’re hardly pushing the clearance capabilities of this frame though, which should be happy with most 28mm tyres in place.
Other highlights include Ritchey’s Superlogic stem and handlebar, seatpost and saddle.
This size large example weighed just 7.1kg / 15.65lbs.