Ritchey present the new Outback 2, promising to be the perfect partner for asphalt, gravel, trail and adventure riding. We’ve got all the details on the bike below, summarised from Ritchey’s press release.
Tom Ritchey, founder and owner of the Ritchey Design brand, rides 16,000 km a year, most of it off-road. Combine this with more than 40 years of experience in the design and construction of bikes and it is no wonder that, according to Ritchey, the Outback has become an icon in the world of gravel and adventure bikes. The new Outback 2 is said to offer several practical and adaptable features for riders to tackle even longer gravel epics.
Bosses and eyelets for racks and mudguards should keep you dry in wet conditions and allow you to carry all of your gear on long bikepacking adventures. According to Ritchey, the new Outback also has enough clearance for very wide tires up to 700 x 48C or 650 x 51B.
In addition to flat-mount brake mounts, the Outback 2 now also comes with Ritchey’s new carbon Adventure fork. With bosses on both sides, you’ve got plenty of storage capacity for all the snacks you bought at the last coffee stop.
The frame is TIG welded from triple-butted Ritchey Logic steel tubing and designed to offer those legendary Ritchey ride qualities. According to the manufacturer, the Outback 2 is comfortable in rough terrain yet sufficiently stiff and responsive when you get on the pedals.
|Seat tube||440 mm||465 mm||490 mm||515 mm||540 mm|
|Top tube||525.9 mm||540.6 mm||556.5 mm||569.8 mm||580.6 mm|
|Head tube||115 mm||130 mm||150 mm||170 mm||190 mm|
|Chainstays||453 mm||453 mm||453 mm||453 mm||453 mm|
|BB Drop||70 mm||70 mm||68 mm||68 mm||68 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,046.5 mm||1,052.6 mm||1,060.4 mm||1,069.6mm||1,081.1 mm|
|Reach||373 mm||378 mm||383 mm||390 mm||395 mm|
|Stack||531.7 mm||547.7 mm||566.5 mm||587.4 mm||606.3 mm|
When looking at the geometry, you’ll notice a significantly slacker head angle, longer chainstays, resulting in a longer wheelbase, and an increased stack-to-reach compared to the predecessor. The new Outback 2 is clearly designed for downhill fun and a comfortable riding position for long bikepacking trips!
Road, gravel, trail or expedition – the new Ritchey Outback 2 promises to have your back!
For more information on the Ritchey Outback 2, visit ritcheylogic.com
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