Ritchey just released the new Outback adventure bike. (And I mean really “just” released…they just took possession of this less than one week ago.) The Outback is designed to be, “equally at home in the dirt as on the pavement.” It’s a gravel racer, but is plenty worthy of your less competitive pursuits, too.
Its geometry features a longer wheelbase than its Swiss Cross sibling, as well as a lower bottom bracket. Of course it does, because that adds more stability and comfort…where ‘cross bikes are all about fast and racing.
Built from beautiful heat treaded Logic steel tubing with direction- and location-specific double butting, the Outback features a 70mm bottom bracket drop that adds some better off-road handling characteristics, but it’s still high enough so as to not hit too much of the stuff we like to ride over. It has enough room in the fork for 40mm tires, and it has front and rear thru-axles.
Let’s take a look, shall we?