Hey all from southern Germany,

since the Ascent Model 2015 Break-Away frames have appeared in the distribution channel, I thought it would be a good time to start a "build" thread similar to the Salsa Vaya over at Vaya Builds.

To get your imagination going, here's a nice early build photo that Ritchey has also used in his 2016 catalog: http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdn...650b-setup.jpg

I am building my own break-away do-it-all hardtail over the coming few months. For me for the first time from ground up, all by myself with exception of the wheels, so I know how to fix stuff while on the road. I'd love to see other component lists and finished builds from you people.

Anyway here is my laundry list (number in brackets is item count):


  • Ritchey Ascent Break Away frame (1)
  • Ritchey Break Away Quick Disconnect Brake (1) and Derailleur (2)
  • Ritchey Break Away Hinge Clamp 34.9mm (1) as spare
  • Ritchey Break-Away Travel Bag (1) To save airline fees
  • Thomson Elite X4 stem OS 1 1/8" black 10° 100mm (1) Guessing angle und length and going by photos published so far
  • Shimano Ultegra shifters STI ST-6703 3-/10-speed (1)
  • Salsa Cowbell 3 OS cross bar 44cm (1) I am 1.83m tall, guessing size here, sizing of everything to be finalized shortly
  • Salsa Gel Kork bar tape black (2)
  • Brooks B15 Swallow Titanium black saddle (1)
  • Thomson Elite 27.2mm black seatpost (1) Length? Setback yes/no?
  • Shimano XT FC-M782 Hollowtech II 175mm 22-30-40 black crankset (1) 175mm crank length probably okay
  • Shimano crankset tool TL-FC16 (1)
  • Shimano crankset tool TL-FC33 Hollowtech II (1)
  • Syntace Torque tool 1-25 Nm (1)
  • Shimano XT derailleur FD-M780-A / FD-M781-A 3-/10-speed black (1) Guessing 28.6mm down swing dual pull here
  • Shimano XT cassette sprocket CS-M771-10 10-speed 11-36Z (1) Yep, I am a Shimano fan. I chose XT for their price/performance ratio, also durability; gearing is optimized for 27.5" tires so very steep climbs with heavy luggage should be doable
  • Shimano XT rear derailleur Shadow RD-M772 9-speed long (1) Can be used with 10-speed cassette, can take a lot of dirt before malfunctioning
  • SRAM PC 1091R 10-speed chain (1) Funny enough they make the better chain
  • Shimano BR-CX77 brakes with G01A resin (2) I hear fixing hydraulics in the middle of nowhere could be a pain...
  • Shimano disc brakes SM-RT86 6-hole for XT 160mm (2) Guessing the frame will only support 160mm? Would go for 180 or 203 if possible.
  • Shimano Click´R pedals PD-T420 (2) Will ride with normal sneakers first, decide better footwear later
  • WTB Frequency Team i25 27.5" rims (2) Need the durability, because heavy rider ;-) Going for 27.5 to fit into travel bag better than 700c with tires deflated
  • Ritchey Shield WCS 650BX2.1 tires (2) I like the Race King knockoff profile, should roll fast, corner well
  • Schwalbe Doc Blue Professional tubeless liquid 500ml (1) Quality same as Stan's only much cheaper and at least in Europe, fresher
  • NoTubes Tubeless Sclaverand Universal Mountain valve (1) contains 2 pieces
  • NoTubes Stan's Yellow rim tape 9,2m 25mm (1)
  • NoTubes refill needle (1)
  • DT Swiss RWS QR MTB steel with aluminum lever (2) front: 100mm, back: 135mm; going all-QR like Ritchey has intended for a long time ;-)
  • SON Son 28 Disc 6-hole hub dynamo black 32 hole (1) I like the idea of renewable electrical power for gadgets
  • Hope Pro 4 Disc 6-hole back hub model 2016 black 5x135mm 32 hole Shimano (1)
  • Topeak Modula Cage 2 for water (1) and Java Cage for insulated coffee mug (1) This is a little crazy but I already got the mug for it
  • Rohloff Oil of Rohloff 50ml for the chain (1)
  • Shimano bearing grease 125ml (1) and Shimano fitting grease 50ml (1)
  • COBI plus with Universal Mount and Style Kit Urban black cockpit see COBI. The smartest upgrade to your bike. (1) Now this is nice for many reasons: Backlight is wireless, which is nice for break-away type frames. Front light, battery and smartphone holder all in one device. Replaces odometer, also replaces clumsy lighting setups with dynamo powered light, for which I simply could not find an elegant enough mounting solution. Smartphone app will use Open Streetmap maps, available for offline browsing. Charging capability through hub to be added, package available Q1 2016. I will be touring through unknown cities, also at night, so I want very good lights to not get run over.
  • Scosche Rhythm+ arm wrist HR monitor to attach to COBI (1) Sadly those in-ear phones/HR monitors e.g. Jabra Sport Pulse are not reliable yet; poor battery life as well so I give them another 2-3 years for refinement.
  • ABUS u-lock Granit X-Plus 540 with USH54 holder, 230mm (1)
  • I figure I will need some spacers below the headset, not sure how many.


There you go, this will be my adventure set up far for small to medium tours (1-2 days). Bags and stuff will come later for multi-day trips, fitness is not there yet. I would be very happy to read your comments or read about your own Ascent 2016 setups.