Ritchey has unveiled an updated version of its popular Outback steel frameset, providing gravel grinders, adventure cyclists and bikepackers with increased tire clearance, flat-mount disc brakes and additional mount options.
“We’ve added several practical and adaptable features to the Outback including a few subtle changes to the geometry such as a taller headtube and a shorter reach and wheelbase,” says Ritchey.
Good news, for those who loved the original Outback, the frame construction has remained the same, comprising Ritchey’s minimalist, heat-treated triple-butted TIG-welded steel tubes, a 1 1/8in Ritchey WCS drop-in headset and a traditional, hassle-free threaded bottom bracket.
However, the new Outback is now compatible with 650b wheels with enough clearance for tires up to a 51mm, as well as 700c wheels with room for 48mm tires – up from the previous 41mm.
The updated Outback also gets mounts galore, including three bosses on each fork leg, along with mudguard eyelets along the axle. Moreover, there are two bottle cage mounts, as well as an additional cage mount on the underside of the down tube, while the rear triangle gets eyelets for both a mudguard and a rack.
Additionally, the Ritchey Carbon Fiber Gravel fork get’s sidelined in favor of the brand’s new Adventure Fork, offering more tire clearance albeit with a slight weight penalty at 446g uncut.
The Outback sells for $1,399.00 as a frameset only, which is available in four sizes ranging from XS to XL.
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