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    Ritchey P-650b build

    Yip I got one
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    Fork: Fox F100 RLC FIT 2012 15mm QR

    Headset: Cane Creek 110 drop in
    Stem: Pro XCR 110mm
    Handlebar: Pro XCR 20mm Carbon riser

    Brakes: Hope Race X2 & saw tooth 160 floating rotors- blue ano

    Shifters: XTR M970 9 Speed & Hope matchmakers
    Front Derailleur: Dura-ace & Spleen adapter
    Rear Derailleur: XTR M970GS
    Derailleur Cables: XTR
    Cassette: XT m770 11-34
    Chain: XT
    Cranks: XT 180mm m770
    Chainrings: 24 & 38t e-13
    Bottom Bracket: Chris King ceramic-blue ano
    Pedals: ATAC XS

    Hub Skewers: Hope/ Fox
    Rims: Stans ZTR crest 32 hole
    Hubs: Hope Pro 2 Evo- Red ano
    Spokes: Wheelsmith XL custom cut/threaded & Alloy nipples
    Tyres: Kenda Karma 2.0 650b

    Saddle: Charge Knife ti
    Seatpost: Enve 27.2 straight.
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    Very cool. Can't wait to see it built up.

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    Cool! What size frame and how much does the frame weight?

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    Wow, a true dream bike. Never noticed the interesting disc mount and the slight bow of the seatstays just before the dropouts...beautiful work for sure. Congrats, and be sure to update pics of the build!
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    She's a 19" frame with a 65L0012 serial number so she's pretty special.

    Weight sits around the 2kg range, I tried measuring her on the wife's digital kitchen scales but not very accurate. Built up she should be in the 11kg ball park. Pretty sweet for a steel frame 650b hardtail .

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    F'in sweet gorgeous lady, this is a girl Roy Orbison would sing about.

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    front wheel built & in the forks.

    have my front wheel build up with weights on the digital scales.

    xtr crest 650b hope Rro 2 Evo 15gr 723g
    with kenda karma 2.0, 160mm hope rotro, maxxis tube & cloth rim strip 1457g
    the old m717 disc rim hope pro 2 15gr it replaces weighs744g with a cloth rim strip.

    Pic of the wheel in the fox forks 10mm clearance from the top of a knob to the botton of the fork arch. so not really a winter ride, I don't mind that's what I have my single speed for

    a few more pics it begs the question could i have done all of this with my KHS frame, once the rear wheel is build I will check the clearance on the seat & chain stays. From all accounts it raises the BB by 20mm.
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    Man, I love those Ritchey frames. I should've got one when I had the chance (the P-29er). I have a SwissCross for CX and it's one of my favorite bikes. Beautiful.

    Good luck with the build, and make sure to post progress pics!

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    Never noticed the interesting disc mount and the slight bow of the seatstays just before the dropouts.

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    pics of the rear brake mounts on the chain/seat stays. Sweet drop outs too.
    unlike the ritchey web site pics the brake hose is run along the LH side of the top tube and down the seat stay.
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    Cool!

    Where'd you source the frame. LBS? Online?
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    through the LBS where I work Saturday mornings.

    I wanted a new frame to but didn't want a 29er so when I saw this I just had to get one. There are a few left at the importers here in NZ. But I bet they go pretty quickly once word gets out they have them.

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    curious what the frame weights?

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    well she is almost there,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Waiting for the headset, and the rear wheel to be built. The pics are less the head set & with the hope Pro 2 blue 26" rear wheel in. The new wheel will match the front red Hope Pro 2 Evo with the blue 160 rotor & blue QR.

    She feels sub 11kg............... Pretty good for a 19" steel frame. Once completed she will be going on the electronic scales
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    Looks super sweet!! I wish they did them in other colors - my wife needs a new frame and she won't go for a red white and blue scheme.

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    Big pimpin' points for the alternating red and blue hubs/qr's and the blue chainring bolts/bb cups. Well done, sir!
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    More Pic's ? What's it weigh ? Great build !

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    I have a 90's era P-23 with the rwb paint and I have to say, I'm impressed. Congrats!

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    Very nice. I rode with someone who was demoing the P- 29 version and they said the frame was not noticeably flexy, impressive for steel, they really liked it. Post up a ride report when you have some time on it.

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    finsihed the build weight 10.5kg

    will post an update once I have a few miles on her

    She's an impressive 10.5kg or 23.1lb
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    Have you taken it off any sweet jumps?

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    Nice bike and also from an extraordinary man. Tom Ritchie is about the opposite
    of Steve Jobs, yet as much popular icon one can be. He is very generous and offers frames (like the one you have) for many charity rides and events.

    Ritchey spear headed the Project Rwanda organization which does fund raising for poor
    Rwanda farmers whose families must walk for miles to water, the market and for medical attention.. It helps provides bikes and parts for those who cannot afford such luxuries.
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    Man, that turned out really nice, and at a really good weight for a steel hardtail. Only thing that could make the bike look better would be dirt plastered all over her from a long trail ride, which I'm sure you'll remedy in the near future!
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    she has been on a gravel road already so dust coated now, A session on the local single trails this pm. No mud at the moment as we are in summer in NZ 30+C everyday.

    First ride impressions she is surprisingly stiff for such small tubes, I sit more in the bike than my 26ers, yet she is very nimble and the weight or lack of it can be felt.

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    man that bike turned out SWEET. great weight, great look. Probably rides like a dream.

    My buddy just got a P29er he is building up too, going to send him this thread for inspiration.

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    Yep, I'm pretty sure that's what I want. But maybe with a different fork. I'm envious. Really nice build...

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    Quote Originally Posted by conrad View Post
    she has been on a gravel road already so dust coated now, A session on the local single trails this pm. No mud at the moment as we are in summer in NZ 30+C everyday.

    First ride impressions she is surprisingly stiff for such small tubes, I sit more in the bike than my 26ers, yet she is very nimble and the weight or lack of it can be felt.
    Tires? Are those 650 Karma's I see or was it a pic before you got your 650 wheelset built?
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Yes they are 650b Karma's, lite fast rolling tires!!

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    the Fox fork is pretty sweet, an Enve carbon rigid one would be an option that I may look into in the future if I want to drop some weight. But at the moment it's summer here and the trails are hard, fast and dusty. The enve or a niner would be perfect for winter

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    Well that's one way to eff up a good thread. Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by conrad View Post
    Yes they are 650b Karma's, lite fast rolling tires!!
    Yeah I have one in 29".

    Do you mind where you got them? Thnx
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Nice frame!
    I'm waiting to see it in person, but it hasn't arrived to Spain yet!
    It's one of the candidates for my next bike. Anyone knows the standover and BB height?
    Thanks!

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    Another Ritchey P-650b ;-)

    The steerer tube needs still to be reduced...and then it's ready!
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    Nice bike, always interesting to see a chromoly frame build.

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    I love seeing these bikes out in the wild! Handsome ride, cyclechris.

    Anybody see the fillet brazed one off at NAHBS? NAHBS 2013: Ritchey Shows Unobtanium Fillet Brazed Steel Hardtail, Plus 650B Wheels & Tires - Bike Rumor
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    Here is another one I found on the internet, this one was in Craigslist in Baltimore. It didn't have a seat in the original picture, so I photoshopped one in. I really like the all-back components look, it is what I plan to do when I pick up mine. Although my plan is for a suspension fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Yeah I have one in 29".

    Do you mind where you got them? Thnx
    I got them through my LBS where I work sat mornings. 534g per tire They are quite wide for a 2.0 tire like most kendas, but they are very sticky and g8 for dry trails.

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    After a four- or five-month wait, my 19" lobbed into the proverbial mailbox a couple of days ago. Really torn between a new school 2x10 XT-esque build-up, or pulling apart an old stager that's got some XTR M900 on it, plus a set of very old RaceFace Turbines. Didn't realise the headset was Campy drop-in, though - not a drama, but it does mean there's an extra flavour of headset in the family fleet now. Pics as I go...
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    Bump for updates on the ride, BB height, etc ...... thanks.

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    The BB height from ground to centre of the BB 310mm. 5mm lower than my steel 26" SS.
    Updates I have swapped the front Kama for a 2.1 Nev (100g heavier) with the trails now getting rain a more aggressive front tire was needed.
    I'm looking into getting a proper 650b fork for it as the Fox 32 RLC only has 12mm of clearance for mud, not enough for the sticky clay stuff I have here and there are no narrow mud tires as yet to stick on in 1.8 sizes.

    The ride is even better the more time I put on it. Blissful single track all day weapon of choice, climbs like a rocket, quick to get up to speed and it gets lots of attention being steel.

    Long term I may look at some enve rims, if my banker/wife will let me, it would benefit from stiffer wheels than the crests.
    All in all a fantastic ride.
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    Ritchey P-650b build

    I run the White Brothers Loop 120mm 650B fork on my Jamis Dragon 650. It's a great fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalmunky View Post
    I love seeing these bikes out in the wild! Handsome ride, cyclechris.

    Anybody see the fillet brazed one off at NAHBS? NAHBS 2013: Ritchey Shows Unobtanium Fillet Brazed Steel Hardtail, Plus 650B Wheels & Tires - Bike Rumor
    It was lovely in person!

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    Conrad. I am deciding whether to order a 17 or a 19 inch frame. How tall are you and does the 19 fit you well? Thanks.

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    Conrad- how tall are you? I'm 5.11 and not sure whether to order a 17 or 19. Any help is appreciated.

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    me I'm 6'2" 90kg, the stem is a 110mm Pro xcr and the post an Enve zero offset. My xt cranks are 180mm m770 with 26/38 rings.
    I like to be centred over my bike (all my bikes are 19" ers), it's what I like/how I ride.
    The local fox importer is not bringing in any straight steerer float 32's in 650b. He will have to swap a crown etc over to build me up a fork. no white importer here, I could get some sids or maybe some DT swiss????????????????
    I might just save the $ for the enve rims. or I could get a get of demo 26" enve xc's with king hubs for my SS for $2200nz complete with 5 year warranty......................... decisions decisions

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    My 19-inch P-650b

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    Love my long-awaited P. Build one; 11-34 9spd SRAM with an ancient ESP 9.0 rear mech and X9 twisters, 38/24 Wick Werks rings on XT cranks and BB up front, some old Juicy 3s with fresh pads and fluid, Fox Float RLC 100mm w/ 15mm axle, Sun rims on Dice hubs, Ritchey stem and post. King cages, Ritchey headset. Now running Schwalbe RR 2.5s front and rear.

    Whipped up in a hurry with a heavy old SDG seat and freeridey Syncros bars, comes in at 11.7kg (25.7lb) - at 105kg, I'n not too concerned about ultra-light weight! Can easily take a kg off that, I reckon - in fact, I'm swapping the seat out for a Ritchey Marathon and the bars for some flatter Answer carbons tonight.

    First couple of rides have been great! Such a characterful bike. With a carbon post and about 26psi in the (tubed) rear, it's nowhere near as savage on my arse as I feared. It's nice and stable, too - apparently you go go 120mm on the fork, but I don't think I'd want to. Gas and go, basically... there's definitely some spring when you sprint it, but it's all part of the package. It's like driving a Lotus as compared to the WRX-esque Santa Cruz Blur XCc I've come off.

    I've always wanted a tri-colour Ritchey, and now I'm gonna ride the sh#t out of it.
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    Well done, Robbo, you've just made a bunch of us exceedingly jealous! Beautiful bike, with a well-executed build of old and new components. Have fun getting her dirty!
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    Me I;m 1.83cm or 6 foot 2 I ride with a 110mm stem & 20mm rise bars. with a 0 off set enve post. Your 3" shorter than me i would go for the 17"

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    wow that rear brake hose is hanging out there. I'm running hope race x2 and the banjo fitting makes it easy to follow the seat stay.
    G8 build enjoy it I'm running 26/38 rings on xt 180mm cranks.

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    Yeah, I know... no drama with that hose so far, but will switch to new-gen XTs with their fancy pivoting banjos when funds permit. Offends my aesthetic sensibilities, too, but waddya gunna do...
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