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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Picture by chance?
    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.

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    1998 Univega Alpina 550.

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    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!




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    My 2003 kona Explosif had Rytchey dropouts.
    You can partly see the logo under the disc tab weld (how clumsy is that?)
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    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.

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    I recently bought a bike with no graphics, and have rebuilt it to my chosen spec. I looked for clues and found the Ritchey logo on socket dropouts the same as the first picture in this topic. So I presumed it was a Ritchey frame until I saw this topic today..

    It's brushed steel, lacquered, but it's not like the Specialised above. One really weird feature it has is a twisted effect downtube. It's round tube, but with raised stripes which show up the twist effect.

    As with the drops, the cable stays appear to be cast, and still have file marks in them.

    Otherwise it's fairly unassuming '90s fodder.

    I'd love to know what it is, so I can get some decals made up and give it a bit of identity.

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    It's quite a small frame, 17in/17.5, it has twin bottle cage lugs but nothing for mudguards (fenders?) or panniers.

    Welding is very small and very neat, TIG then, and the serial number is the letter S followed by eight numbers.

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    My Bianchi has the socket type Ritchey drop outs.

    2002 Bianchi Tycoon XL Boron by PeterDSims, on Flickr

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