RDV4ROUBAIX wrote:Dang, that's actually a really good looking rig! Something about the Belgian colors, and this is really simply done. Very nice. My only questions would be seeing as how they're Belgian, or I should say Belgian themed, I wonder if the Bosberg has enough clearance for 28mm tires. Would be nice if they kept the integrated post for the Crossberg too.
Hey guys, I'm Spencer and I actually own Ritte Cycles. I aim to be very transparent about our bikes and philosophy, so I thought I'd clarify some things. Pedal Force isn't actually a manufacturer, they're a clearing house for the factories, so it's common to find their frames match other brands. (Their previous top-end model was also labeled as a Fondriest, for instance). That said, Ritte doesn't actually make the bikes and we don't own the molds. If we did either of these things, the Bosberg would have to be $3500 instead of $1650. We did, however, play a significant role in the design and testing of the frame, and sharing it with other companies ends up being a good thing for us and our customers. Despite also being available as a "generic" frame from Pedal Force, it's actually an amazing bike. And if you're looking for a new frame and want to save some cash, then you should pick it up from PF. You'll have to also buy the fork and headset, and I don't think theirs has a seat mast, but their price still ends up being lower than ours since we paint the Bosberg and deal in very limited quantities.
To answer your question, RDV4ROUBAIX, The Boserg won't accept 28mm tires, but it does handle 25s. We just raced them at Battenkill and they ate up the dirt. It has a longish wheelbase and chainstays and ends up being a very balanced, stable bike. As for the Crossberg, it won't have a seat mast because it's just not practical. ... maybe I'll cave to the pressure next year.
If you're interested to hear more I wrote a blog entry about all this on my site: http://www.ritteracing.com/2010/02/wheres-your-bike-made/