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Old 03-04-18, 02:55 PM   #1
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Ritchey Double Breakaway tandem?

In our interest in having a gravel/light mountain tandem built I came across the Ritchey Double Switchback Breakaway. Has anyone ridden this bike? I remember Ritchey frames being highly regarded from my mountain bike racing days but never owned one. Apparently these are welded up in Asia instead of the USA now but they look great. They claim you can build it with 700c road wheels or 650c mountain and maintain good handling with either. Pricing seems reasonable and it's obviously something that you aren't going to come across out on the road! For these reasons the bike also makes me weary, is there just so few built they don't come up on anyone's radar screen or do they kinda suck and that's why? Any thoughts?

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I have no personal experience with them, but they look cool and the write up on the Ritchey page makes them sound very interesting. I also found this on the Tandemgeeks blog -
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I considered the Double Switchback before my latest tandem build, but ultimately went full custom for a host of reasons. The Double Switchback is an interesting beast. I really like that it fits reasonably wide tires, packs for travel, and takes disc brakes.

The geometry is somewhat limiting, however. The stoker top tube is on the short end for production bikes ó 710mm versus a more common ~725mm. The captain position is off the charts, though ó itís very long and low in both sizes. I personally happen to ride bikes that are similar in stack and reach to the M/S. I think the L/S would only fit most captains with flat handlebars. The geometric trail is somewhat high with the 71.5degree head angle and 47mm rake fork. Some folks would like that feel, others want much lower trail. I havenít seen a published frame weight, but I suspect itís around 12lb for the bare frame. The frame construction passes an eyeball test for reasonable frame stiffness, but I havenít ridden one.
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