Ritchey Outback gravel frameset review

A stable gravel partner offering versatility and comfort

Cycling Weekly Verdict

So how to best sum up the Ritchey Outback? In simple terms it’s a joy to ride. It handles like a dream and is supremely comfortable, making it above all else fun to ride. And isn’t that pretty much the point?  I’d also add that the considered nature of the Outback’s nuanced design make it one of the finest examples of a bike company’s ability to create a frameset that responds to and reflects the multifaceted ‘gravel experience’. As gravel riding continues to evolve new questions are asked of bike manufacturers. For me, Ritchey’s answer, in the shape of the Outback, is an emphatic success. 

Reasons to buy
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    Incredibly comfortable and stable ride

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    Very versatile, allowing for several build options

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    Exceptional build quality 

Reasons to avoid
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    Only available in one colourway

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If you were looking for someone to design you a gravel bike frameset you’d be hard pushed to find anyone more suited to the task than Tom Ritchey. After all this is a man who started riding drop bar bikes off-road decades before it became a ‘thing’. He continues to log tens of thousands of miles on such terrain, feeding back a lifetime of reconnaissance into the frames and products he designs under his own name. So it’s safe to say that my expectations for the Ritchey Outback gravel frameset were very high indeed.

If this were a movie review I’d need to issue a spoiler alert here. The Outback met and in fact surpassed these expectations. The reason I'm declaring this here is that I would have found it next-to-impossible to bury my admiration for the Outback deeper in the review.

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