In early 2019 I wanted to rebuild my Ritte Snob Disc by replacing the mechanical 10 speed SRAM Red groupset and mechanical TRP Spyre brakes with a SRAM Red eTap HRD groupset. Ever since I had to change the lower headset cup after the Enve fork recall, there was a small paint damage at the bottom of the head tube. When I went about to remove the clear protective 3M tape I had applied, the whole paint came with it. The headset removal and new installation must have been enough for the paint to separate from the stainless head tube. No primer had been used under the original paint.
I searched the web for a professional paint repair shop and ended up getting in touch with Stefan at CycleWorks.ch. He was going to give it a shot at repairing the area in question. Once he started working on it, he quickly realized that a quality repair wasn't possible and recommended a full frame repaint. While I liked the original dark blue and clear paint, I used the opportunity to do something else. On March 12th 2019, I built up the bike in its new color and with the SRAM eTap gruppo.
The bike looked stunning but I somehow had a change of mind and wanted to put a second big tire road bike together for the harsher times of the year. This lead to the Nordest Albarda. Having decided in the summer to move at the end of the year, finances were tight, so parts came off the Ritte Snob Disc to build the Nordest Albarda. I was going to sell the Ritte and its wheels to put money back into my cycling piggy bank, but held on to it to put it on the market after our move. Once settled into our new home, I changed my mind. The Ritte is just too nice a bike, especially with the new paint, to let it go. In early September the eTap groupset went back from the Albarda to the Ritte and the bike got a new saddle since it needed one. In February of 2021 the set of aluminum Rotor Aldhu cranks was replaced by the newly released carbon version of the crank set. Orange Hope lockrings are holding SRAM Centerline rotors on the wheels.
|First Ride||Oct 29, 2015|
|Bike Weight||8.4 kg|
|Fork||Enve||RD 2.0 Disc 1 1/2"|
|Stem||Zipp||Service Course SL|
|Wheels||Industry 9||Torch C41 Centerlock|
|Pedals||Crank Brothers||Eggbeater 3|
|Brake Rotors||SRAM||Centerline XR, 160mm|
|Bottom Bracket||Chris King||Pressfit PF-30|
|Crankset||Rotor||Aldhu Carbon, 175mm|
|Chainring||Rotor||Aldhu DM Oval Spidering, 52/36|
|Groupset||SRAM||RED eTap HRD|