What did I find?
I found a frame with Ritchey dropouts that really has me confused. The owner thought it was a Specialized but wasn't sure.
The confusing thing is that the original paint was stripped and sprayed with silver spraypaint, but the paint was pealing off and the metal underneath looked much more like brushed titanium than steel.
Also, the frame had been exposed to the elements but didn't have a speck of rust anywhere, which is unheard of here in the pacific northwest.
However, the owner had a small magnet and it did stick to the frame.
I'm still not convinced it's steel and now I'm wondering if the silver spraypaint could have enough metal to attract a magnet? Did Ritchey even make titanium dropouts? Any ideas???
By the way, I didn't buy it but it's still driving me crazy!
Picture by chance?
Originally Posted by Sizzler
Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.
Unfortunately no, after realizing I wouldn't buy I didn't want to be a weirdo and ask to take a picture. Any additional info you would like?? It had 1 1/8" headtube, cable stops on the downtube, rack eyelets on the chainstays and eyes on top of the dropouts. The seat collar was part of the seat tube.
Originally Posted by gm1230126
1998 Univega Alpina 550.
Below 10 posts so I can't post photo unfortunately.
Curiosity got the best of me, so I went back and bought the frame. I stripped the spraypaint and what I found was a bit ironical. I use that word because it's not actually a word, but then again neither is Nitanium. So, mystery solved: mid-level frame from the 90's with some illogical tubing. On the flip side, I do like the paint job, really does look like titanium!
My 2003 kona Explosif had Rytchey dropouts.
You can partly see the logo under the disc tab weld (how clumsy is that?)
"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordly evidence of the fact." George Elliot
Yeah, for a few years back in the mid to late 90's, Specialized and Ritchey had a bit of a symbiotic arrangement. I don't know if it was some sort of holding company deal owning both of them, or they just had a business agreement to design and market together, but Specialized spec'ed a lot of Ritchey stuff on their bikes for that period. After a few years of that, they decided it would be better to go their separate ways.
My old M2 had a Ritchey bar and seatpost for example. For a couple years, Specialized built Rockhoppers with Ritchey's Nitanium tubing, as you've found here. Supposed to be a pretty nice tubeset.