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    My first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.

    Having ridden 26" hardtails since I started riding in 1990 and absolutely loving (great) steel frames, I decided it was time to try a 29er to see what all the fuss is about.

    Loving steel and having seen so much about the new Ritchey frames, I almost bought a frame a year ago, then as luck would have it one showed up locally on ebay recently in my supposed size, small or 15"

    Managed to win the frame and collect a bargain at the same time Then it was time to order a fork (Sid XX) and wheels (Stans Race Gold 29er)

    Just waiting on the seatpost (Bontrager carbon x 400mm) and she will be ready for action.

    I am a little unsure as to how the bike will ride and whether the frame size will feel "right" being a small, I am 170cm with an 81cm inseam.

    Here are some pics of the build so far Oh and the 29er should look nice next to my P-23 Hopefully be out riding the new bike in a week or so
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    Seems the pics didn't all upload well so here are the others.
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    others didn't load from where I'm sitting...but the ones that did are sure nice. Can you try and reload?

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    Sizing?

    Just curious on your height and the sizing. I'm not quite 5'7" so I always seem to fall into that grey area on frames. Are you happy w the 15"? How's the ride?

    This and the niner sir are on my short list. So any help is appreciated.

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    Haven't had time for finished pics but will post asap

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    I haven't had a chance to ride offroad yet as we have had massive rain falls and ridiculously wet weather, not wanting to ruin the trails, or the new bike just yet
    Hoping to get out this week depending on our weather. I did ride the bike around home and it felt perfect for my 5'7" size body

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    Built my small p-29 up this weekend. I'm 5'7& change. I found a great fit with a 90mm stem and a thomson zero set back post (and lots of it )with the seat rails centered fore/aft. It is built for 100mm front suspension. I found the steering noticably floppy at low speeds but wakes up big time the instant you go for it. Plenty stiff laterally. Amazing paint in person. So good in fact, it's the first time I've ever contemplated where to stash proper frame polish in my camelbak.

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    After having the bike completed for near on two weeks and still no ride, I decided today was the day come rain, hail or shine it did two of the three with no hail thankfully.

    The bike is incredible, rolls over obstacles much better and I feel the front seems more planted when climbing could be the longer rear stays

    I remembered today why for twenty + years QUALITY Steel frames have been such a favourite of mine for my style of riding, which is cross country.

    A few small adjustments along the way and I am pretty close to where I want to be

    Will post pictures once my stupid computer lets me resize to a smaller postable size

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    Love the old school paint job and build on this bike, need some pics up though!

    Happy new bike!

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    here are the first pics enjoy.My first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-025-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-026-857x1280-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-028-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-029-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-030-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-033-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-034-857x1280-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-036-1280x857-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-037-857x1280-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-038-857x1280-.jpg

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    Very freakin sweet Shane! The bike looks just absolutely awesome. Have you put 'er through the paces yet? Looks like you've got good weather where you are.

    Also, have to ask...What does it weigh?

    I'd love to ride one of these to see how it rides. Don't know anyone around that has one though.

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    I got to put the bike through it's paces yesterday, wet and muddy and great fun as you can see in the following pics.
    Oh weight wise she is 10.3kg ready to ride My first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-042-1280x960-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-043-1280x960-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-045-960x1280-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-046-960x1280-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-050-1280x960-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-051-1280x960-.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-ritchey-p-29er-052-1280x960-.jpg

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    Very impressed with that bike and the weight Shane. In pounds it comes out to 22.6. Very good for a steel ride. Enjoy it man!

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    Sweet sweet ride, that length of carbon seat post would give me paranoia though! Mint!

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    I was a little worried about the seat post too but so far so good

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    So great. Thanks for the sizing input. Ritchey doesn't measure standover height (bc they say it varies depending on parts used). Have you measured yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csoskin View Post
    So great. Thanks for the sizing input. Ritchey doesn't measure standover height (bc they say it varies depending on parts used). Have you measured yours?
    Will measure standover for you once the rain stops pelting down and I can get the bike out of my van. Was all set for another ride this morning, then the rain started last night and hasn't really stopped

    I will also post full build spec for anyone interested.

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    Okay, so standover height at mid top tube is 78.5cm/30.91" which I never noticed during my ride as being "close". I did have to get off in a hurry a couple of times too

    Spec is as follows for the bike

    Frame: Ritchey P-29er size Small/15"
    Fork: 2013 Rock Shox Sid XX 100mm travel, remote lockout, 15mm axle.
    Wheels: Stans Race Gold 29er
    Handlebar: Easton EC70 620mm
    Stem: Easton EA70 100mm
    Seatpost: Bontrager Carbon 27.2mm x 400mm, single bolt clamp.
    Seat: Specialized Romin Gel 155mm
    Crankset: XTR-985 175mm, 28T/40T
    Chain: XTR-985
    Cassette: XTR-985 11-36T 10 speed
    Front Derailleur: XTR-985 high mount, multi fit, dual pull.
    Rear Derailleur: XTR-985 mid cage.
    Brakes: XTR-985 with 160mm rotors front and rear
    Shift levers: XTR-985 2 x 10 speed.
    Grips: Lock-on generic from another build.
    Tyres: Specialized S-Works Fastracks 29 x 2.0 set up with Stans Latex.
    Pedals: Time Atac Carbon.

    Total weight 10.3kg/22.7lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesbw View Post
    Okay, so standover height at mid top tube is 78.5cm/30.91" which I never noticed during my ride as being "close". I did have to get off in a hurry a couple of times too

    Spec is as follows for the bike

    Frame: Ritchey P-29er size Small/15"
    Fork: 2013 Rock Shox Sid XX 100mm travel, remote lockout, 15mm axle.
    Wheels: Stans Race Gold 29er
    Handlebar: Easton EC70 620mm
    Stem: Easton EA70 100mm
    Seatpost: Bontrager Carbon 27.2mm x 400mm, single bolt clamp.
    Seat: Specialized Romin Gel 155mm
    Crankset: XTR-985 175mm, 28T/40T
    Chain: XTR-985
    Cassette: XTR-985 11-36T 10 speed
    Front Derailleur: XTR-985 high mount, multi fit, dual pull.
    Rear Derailleur: XTR-985 mid cage.
    Brakes: XTR-985 with 160mm rotors front and rear
    Shift levers: XTR-985 2 x 10 speed.
    Grips: Lock-on generic from another build.
    Tyres: Specialized S-Works Fastracks 29 x 2.0 set up with Stans Latex.
    Pedals: Time Atac Carbon.

    Total weight 10.3kg/22.7lbs
    Total cost to you?
    I saw one one ebay (frame only) and was tempted. It was a 17" and I need a 15" like yours. You have a beatiful bike!

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    Not sure of my total cost as I haven't worked it out yet. Working in the industry helps though with wholesale pricing

    I picked this frame up on ebay au for $565 shipped, brand new and couldn't believe my luck

    Thanks for the kind words.

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    My New P-29er

    Just built up today-18lbs. 12 oz. Enjoy! Frame weight is what Ritchey claims 4.75lbs.My first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-img_2679.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-img_2683.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-img_2682.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-img_2680.jpgMy first 29er, Ritchey P-29er build.-img_2684.jpg

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    I've been riding since the early 90s as well and recently jumped on the 29" band wagon as well. I went ahead and build me a Ritchey P-29er. Posted some pictures here.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=c677cac93b

    Weighs in at 12.32, but rides lighter than she weighs. LOL! If that makes any sense

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    Hi All,

    I'm scoping out the 2015 P-29 when it becomes available.
    Interested regarding frame size.
    I'm 5"11 so probably could go either the 17" or 19"

    My last MTB - 07 Hardtail was a medium at 16.5" which is too small and had to push it out with a 400 post and 120mm stem to get comfy on it.
    So I was always thinking the 19" frame would be the go.
    But after shanesbw thinking the 15" is spot on for him at 5'7" Im now in limbo as to what frame size I should lean to.

    Any thoughts?

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    I am 6', and ride the 19" frame, but the seat post is set @ max height. I am long legged, and tend to run a lot of seat post, but my guess would be go with the 19" frame? And, by the way, it's a great bike!

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    Indeed it is awesome! Mine is 18.5 lbs. (SS) and I raced it all last year and podiumed at every race, so I highly recommend it. Best riding bike I have ever had. 19" would be fine. Here is an entry from my blog to shed a bit more light on it.

    Tales of a Singlespeed Moron: Ritchey P-29er First Impressions

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    I just ordered my 2014 P-29er and really excited to build it up and ride. New to this site but been riding 26 since 1982. This is my first 29er and am worried about size. I am 5'10" with a 32-inch inseam and purchased a 19-inch large. It sounds like its the right size based on this thread but would like some experienced feedback. I've tried different brands but because I am at the boundary size of so many, they all feel totally different. I ride only cross-country, almost a roady but on dirt. Avg. ride is 70 to 100 miles with an occasional epic single track. I will be taking it on my second tour of the Great Divide ride. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek4fun View Post
    I just ordered my 2014 P-29er and really excited to build it up and ride. New to this site but been riding 26 since 1982. This is my first 29er and am worried about size. I am 5'10" with a 32-inch inseam and purchased a 19-inch large. It sounds like its the right size based on this thread but would like some experienced feedback. I've tried different brands but because I am at the boundary size of so many, they all feel totally different. I ride only cross-country, almost a roady but on dirt. Avg. ride is 70 to 100 miles with an occasional epic single track. I will be taking it on my second tour of the Great Divide ride. Thanks
    You are on that cusp for either. It will depend on the fork you decided to use as well. 100mm travel will be a little tighter. Rigid with an axel to crown of 470ish will give you a bit more clearance. I am running the niner on mine. Iit has a racer oriented feel to the top tube length, so you will be a bit flat backed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superfly29erguy View Post
    You are on that cusp for either. It will depend on the fork you decided to use as well. 100mm travel will be a little tighter. Rigid with an axel to crown of 470ish will give you a bit more clearance. I am running the niner on mine. Iit has a racer oriented feel to the top tube length, so you will be a bit flat backed.
    Sounds like I will be stretched on a 19 with a 100mm? Does it makes sense that a 120mm travel will raise the front and offset the flatback reach feeling making it not so race oriented? This is the tough part about buying with out being able to try beforehand. Its all on faith it will come together. I have tried that on some rides and didn't get back till midnight. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek4fun View Post
    Sounds like I will be stretched on a 19 with a 100mm? Does it makes sense that a 120mm travel will raise the front and offset the flatback reach feeling making it not so race oriented? This is the tough part about buying with out being able to try beforehand. Its all on faith it will come together. I have tried that on some rides and didn't get back till midnight. lol
    Midnight…nice. I would definitely not put a 120 on there. It will really mess up the handling. You could (gasp) throw on a riser bar and that wouldn't effect the handing much at all, it will just push back on the climbs a bit more while seated. I think the 19.5 will be fine, I run a 120mm stem, which is long by todays standardsI suppose, but I race and I have been riding that way since 1991. I would throw either a 90-100mm stem (run it 7° up instead of inverted and use the 100mm fork. It may take a few iterations to get ti where you want it, but once you set the sag at 30%-ish, you should be just fine. Trust me, you won't be disappointed with the ride.

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    thanks for your feedback. These sound like good recommendations. I asked a similar question with Dave from Ritchey, found that thread at about the same time.

    So based on your feedback a 100mm travel with a 100mm stem 7-up and a slight riser bar, although they look eeh, but quality of ride is more important than a jacked-up neck.

    After doing a geometry analysis, its the 19-inch is actually smaller than my 2008 Stumpjumper FSR.
    Thanks

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    Awesome…the guys at Ritchey are very good indeed.

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    Does a 2014 P-29er use a tapered steer tube fork, or a straight, or both? I want to put in a Fox Float 100mm or Reba 100mm. The rep told me it was straight and the website says its tapered? Would the frame appear tapered or is more about the headset? How can I tell? I am a little out of my league. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek4fun View Post
    Does a 2014 P-29er use a tapered steer tube fork, or a straight, or both? I want to put in a Fox Float 100mm or Reba 100mm. The rep told me it was straight and the website says its tapered? Would the frame appear tapered or is more about the headset? How can I tell? I am a little out of my league. Thanks
    The 2015 model (black and Yellow) does use a tapered head tube, but it is not set up to run as a SS. All of the RWB ( the way THEY should be painted!) models are 1 1/8.

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    thank you, I assume SS means straight steer tube? Not sure what RWB means though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek4fun View Post
    thank you, I assume SS means straight steer tube? Not sure what RWB means though...
    Sorry, SS means single speed and Red White Blue are the colors of the Ritchey frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superfly29erguy View Post
    Sorry, SS means single speed and Red White Blue are the colors of the Ritchey frames.
    right, I knew that, lol

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    Hi All,

    built my v2 up a few months ago and its been put through its paces in a few races, local trails and the south australian flinders ranges

    What can I say, its brilliant.

    Bathroom scales says its around 11.3kg.
    2015 P29er V2 19"
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    that looks great....what does it weigh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hacker12 View Post
    that looks great....what does it weigh?

    around 11.3kg

    still need decent saddle, bars and stem to finish it off.
    save a few grams there.
    and they tyres are not the lightest, but I've gone for aesthetics there over all out race weight.

    could get it down to maybe 10.5kg in its 2x10 form if I wanted to lash out on few bits and pieces.
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    Hi from.spain. Some can tell me any adapter to put tapered fork in my ritchey p29(blue -red-white)with original diameter 1/8?Thanks

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