Cathedral City, CA
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cathedral City, CA
Bikes: 2016 RITCHEY BreakAway (full Chorus 11), 2005 Ritchey BreakAway (full Chorus 11, STOLEN), 2001 Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike (sold), 2004 Giant TRC 2 road bike (sold)
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Originally Posted by greybeard87
I recently read a review on the Ritchie Breakaway (can't remember where, if I do I'll post). The review was quite favorable, only negative suggested was getting the coupler halves ligned correctly to avoid crossthread.
That's curious. I've had mine apart and reassembled 5 or 6 times and that's not an issue. Actually I don't see how you could crossthread the clamp. The tapped hole for the screw has a regular fit and if you have to force it, you've really done something wrong. If it feels tight, back up and start again. To me the problem is not in the screw. It's holding the front and back together to get the clamp in place. It's easier if you put the seatpost in first and tighten a little bit to stabilize the assembly. Actually, in reading it again the quoted statement seems to apply more to the S&S units as I think they use a fine thread on the coupler.
While I'm not a racer or pedal real hard, I have been riding on some rough streets. The Taiwanese do a pretty decent job of paving, but not patching. Consequently many of the streets are quite lumpy. I tend to ride relatively fast, so I hit some bumps at 20 to 30 kph. As far as I can tell, my BreakAway doesn't feel that much different from the aluminum Giant TCR-2 that I had previously. As far as I can see, the only real drawback to the Ritchey system is that it is proprietary. Therefore you are limited to the Ritchey offerings or the Dahon Allegro which uses the Ritchey frame. If you go the S&S route, you have the choice of a bunch of frame builders and the possibility of retrofitting steel and titanium bikes.