My Ritte Vlaanderen at 16 lbs

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CippoForLife
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by CippoForLife

Whattup kids,
Here is the rig I rode for the last few months of 2014:

Ritte Vlaanderen
Campy Chorus 2015
3T Rotundo Team Stealth with ARX II
Tune Concorde saddle
Xentis Squad Silver Line 5.8 tubulars
Mavic Zxellium SLR Ti pedals
Handlebra leather

I recall weight being right around 16 lbs and change.

Side view:
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Fast view:
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Faster view:
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Old build with clinchers and Brooks Cambium, which I LOVED:
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She is now stripped and back on the wall, but was a good companion!!
Can't wait to test out an Ace in the future as well.

Thanks,
Mike
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by kgt

Very nice build!
brooks is out of place...

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by Grill

How do you like the Xentis Squad?

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by bura

Aside the spacers tower this is a refreshing ,superb bike. I like it with the new saddle.
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CippoForLife
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@Grill - love em. Weight, braking, stiffness and ride quality are top notch.
Only improvement needed is a wider profile for those who run 25-28 mm tires.
Stay tuned on that front....

@bura - thanks. She is not quite the perfect size for me, hence the spacer stack.
My next rig is a custom Scapin Ivor though :)

Mike
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Nice ride... and refreshing (as others have said) to see something different.

How are the Mavic pedals, BTW?
Road bike: Cervelo R3, Campagnolo Chorus/Record mix...
Supercommuter: Jamis Renegade...pastatrails.blogspot.com
And you can call me Macktastik Honey Pete Kicks, thank you.

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by NilesCrane

Love Rittes graphic design!

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by Valbrona

Powerful Pete wrote:How are the Mavic pedals, BTW?


I would think every bit as good as the Time ones.

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by Frankie - B

Nice looking machine, thanks for posting the metric weights. :)
'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'

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by nestornnk

Very nice bike.
I would love to hear a review of the wheels..
Enjoy it

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by WheresWaldo

I am impressed with what Ritte has done, going from reselling open mold frames to their own designs. They seem to have a bit more panache than PedalForce does.

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Hey Guys,

Ritte have indeed come a very long way!!!
Great bikes, Vlanderren and Snob included, and the new Ace is damn hot.

As for the Mavic pedals, I love em!!
I'm a long time Look / Keywin / Speedplay user so I have tried em all.
I dig the Mavic's float, low weight, good feel under foot, and easy release.
Veeeery similar to Time, admittedly.

Finally, here is a quick Xentis Squad 5.8 review...
- Weight: at 1390 grams, they are about 150 grams lighter than an ENVE 6.7, 60 grams lighter than 3T Mercurio LTD 60, which is nice - they feel snappy and accelerate really well.
- Stiffness: we have had all manner of rider aboard these, and not one has complained about a lack of stiffness...brake rub has never been an issue for me, and power transfer feels great, especially with the straight pull hubsets on the Squad series.
- Braking: mixed reviews online, admittedly, but I firmly believe it is the best carbon braking surface in the industry, and yes that is even compared to the new Campy and Zipp brake surfaces. You do NOT need carbon specific pads, which is quite incredible, though we do recommend the SwissStop Xentis pad.
- Aerodynamics: The 42 mm wheelset (Squad 4.2) tested number two behind the new Zipp Firecrest in this summer's VeloNews carbon clincher shootout, beating ENVE, Mavic, Reynolds and many others. Enough said.
- Width: Maybe the one downside, they are not super wide profile, so best suited to 23 or 25 mm tires, though I have run 27's on them and don't mind that setup at all. That being said, Active Turbulator aero feature does make the wheelset handle more similarly to a wider wheel in crosswinds.
- Variety: we make the Xentis wheels in 3 series:
XBL - glossy 12K rims, j-bend hubs, removeable decals, priced from $1999 per set;
Squad 12 K - matte 12K rims, straight pull hubs, painted decals, priced from $2399 per set;
Silver Line - UD superlight rims, straight pull ceramic hubs, painted decals, priced from $2799 per set.
- 4 depth options: 25, 42, 58 and 75 mm...so that gives you tons of options based on riding style and your clincher vs tubular preference [75mm is clincher only though].

Where to buy em?
Shoot me a PM or check out either of the links in my signature, and be sure to let me know you are a WW member for a special deal!! Check out the entire range http://www.stage-race.com/xentis-store and worth noting that we have started doing custom builds with Tune, Chris King Extralite, and White Industries hubs!

Best,
Mike
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by mike

nice bike. seems quite heavy for a modern bike.

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by dadoflam08

which version Cambium do you have there - C17 or C15 - can't quite tell. Tossing on which way to go myself - the C17 looks wide for a road bike but is only version with cutout
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