Karim rips on trails around Ottawa.
This is his custom Ritchey Ultra build, including specs and what he likes about the bike, in his own words.
2020 Ritchey Ultra Custom
A great looking build around a 2020 Ritchey Ultra frame.
I wanted a bike that would be versatile for riding in my area of eastern Canada (Ottawa region) where we have rough rocky and rooty trails, but not the kind of terrain found on West Coast.
The geometry is amazing for climbing and pedaling efficiency and control but the plus tires, burly fork and 150mm dropper post make it very capable for downhill and steep technical gnarly trails.
I have no troubles hitting big drops and jumps and steeps. The geometry angles and reach etc is misleading as it looks like an XC bike but it handles rough steep terrain way better than the numbers suggest.
Reminds me of a Norco Torrent 7.2 I had a few years ago but a lot lighter and faster.
Lastly, compared to a RS revelation and the new RS 35 mm SID with similar travel, I must say the Pike is in a league of its own in terms of plushness, comfort, control and capability.
Well said, Karim!
It is amazing how capable modern aggressive hardtails are, especially when they are paired with a burly fork!
I can’t wait to upgrade mine this winter!
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