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    Anybody Here Have A Richtey Breakaway?

    I am thinking of getting one and would like to hear any pros and cons.

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    Look also at some of DaHons. use of their licensing the BAB stuff , and selling a whole bike.
    700c
    http://us.dahon.com/bikes/1672/tournado
    26" hardtail mountain bike.
    http://us.dahon.com/bikes/1652/flo.

    advantage ... Price..

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    Carry a spare downtube clamp. They are light, small and very occasionally get damaged.

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    I have a Dahon Flo. The Breakaway system works well, no problems. The Flo is light and fast.

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    I wouldn't categorize the Ritchey as a folding bike. I consider it a travel bike. When I think of a folding bike, I think of:
    -folding/unfolding and riding in about a minute, without tools
    -small diameter wheels, compact frame
    -easy portability, either hand carrying or rolling on it's wheels

    The Ritchey takes considerably longer time to breakdown/put together, requires tools and it's a full size 700c bike. I like my Dahon because of it's simple single speed drive train and all of the pros I mentioned. It fits my needs. That said, if I needed a road bike that was easy to travel with, I'd consider the Breakaway.

    Can you do the same ride with a folder that you can with the Breakaway? Certainly if it was equipped with a proper drivetrain, but you have to contend with the small wheel clown bike look and quicker handling of the small diameter wheels.
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    Just completed build up of a Ritchey Ti Breakaway. Rides every bit as well as my carbon road bike (older Kestrel frame). Have no reports yet in travel-ability, since yet to go anywhere with it. But, a nice ride!

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    I have had one since 2005 and it's been a love hate relationship. I finally figured out why 6 months ago when I took all the parts off and got ready to sell the frame but somehow couldn't. The vast majority of issues I had were with the build kit. When I took my Campy Record/FSA carbon crank off of my Dean and installed them on the Ritchey frame the bike was literally transformed. My takeaway is this - buy just the frame and suitcase and then buy a build kit that is really good. I have had too many problems with Ritchey parts, including a broken stem, bent cranks, and a sloppy freehub, to recommend anything but their frame and fork.

    I have their steel one by the way. The Ti one is ridiculously expensive and has a dated carbon rear stay design. The top tube is longer than my Litespeed Xicon and Dean El Diente, so a shorter stem helped. I have gone through 3 couplers and their latest design coupler is better with a small rubber o ring. You need to buy the Ritchey dedicated torque wrench as well that I think is set at 4 nm. Not the one set at 5 nm, that's for stems.

    I have won races on this bike and have flown maybe 15 times with it and never been charged. I've raced it in Brazil and Mexico but it is not a racing frame - it is perfect for fast day rides and is a bit more laid back I think.

    If you have to travel with a bike you need to take a hard look at the economics of it. If you build it right it may cost $2000 or so. Compare that to simply throwing your current ride in a Trico box or even, if within the US, simply using Fedex ground to send it to your ride site. Or borrowing or renting a ride.

    I think it is best for people who would have it as a second bike and are passionate about the sport.
    Roadie since 1982, former Cat 1 and still racing but much slower. Dean El Diente, Ritchey Breakaway, Litespeed Xicon, Bianchi Milano, Motobecane Fly mountain bike, Lamborghini Viaggio tandem for riding with my kids. And the best job I ever had was as a 16 year old kid prepping frames and building wheels at Performance for Richard Snook (now at Wabi Cycles).

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