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    New Ritchey 29er

    got these off the Ritchey twitter time line...pics from the NAHBS. good looking bike IMO:






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    Wow!, the rigid SS.

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    Sharp! I've been lucky enough to rotate a lot of different bikes through my stable over the years but one I've never been able to get my hands on and have always wanted to try is a Ritchey Plexus.

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    That is indeed good looking. I didn't know Ritchey even made frames... Isn't P-29 what Kona calls their fork or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by max5480
    I didn't know Ritchey even made frames...
    Ritchey got his start as a frame builder. He built the first MTB frames for Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly back in the day.

    Good to see Ritchey and Breezer with some cool new frames out.

    That bike looks nice. I've always wanted a Ritchey.

    Only complaint is with the rear sliders. Don't want an SS rear end on my geared bike.

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    Yeah I don't know what I was talking about. My friend even rides a Ritchey road bike...
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    Wow that takes me back.

    A little history: back in the day ritchey made a line of bikes that ranged from the supercomp to the made in asia Ultra. He always fielded a race team and once he began the component thing in earnest he pulled out all the stops and made a frame called the P-23 for 23lbs. Which at the time was insanely light for a bike. Light tubes minimalistic details and components was its and Tom Ritchey's mantra. The bike was offered in a red white and blue paint scheme and was campaigned under Frishy among others. Later iterations included the P-21.

    As time passed I think that he segued out of frames mostly focusing on his components.

    I would totally love to have this bike. If it was made by TR then doubly so.
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    Damn!
    "Back in the day..."that was the bike!
    I had the poor man's version, a '96 Tange Prestige Stumpjumper. It was welded in Japan just like the Ritcheys of the day (I believe Mr. Ritchey did the finish work on the fillet brazed ones).

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    Oh man! Nice!!

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    It needs a unicrown fork like the p20





    imo of course.

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    1991 flashback.

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    Are these just one-offs for the display ? Who made them ? Looks very nicely done.

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    I'll have one in XL brazed by Tom himself please.

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    That looks brazed...is Tom actually making frames again (vs having them made in Taiwan like his current frames and Joe Breeze's stuff)?

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    if these are FB by himself... Super Sweet Hope it's not a one off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stahr_Nut
    Sharp! I've been lucky enough to rotate a lot of different bikes through my stable over the years but one I've never been able to get my hands on and have always wanted to try is a Ritchey Plexus.
    I always wanted one too. His swiss cross bike was very intriging too.
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    Sweet...I heard rumors of this. Nice to see it. I think that is TIG'd with thick paint, but I could be wrong.

    That moves to the top of my list for a geared 29er hardtail based purely on emotion and memories of Timbercomps and P23s.

    I love how they kept the color fade. That is where Breezer missed the boat...not having a steel version of the Lightning in 29".
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    for the folks asking about brazed vs. TIG, there are some other pics of what appear to be the unpainted frames here at this link. for some reason i cannot copy those pics:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/**************/user/RitcheyLogic

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    <a href="**************/i/8uff" target="_blank"><img src="http://static.ow.ly/photos/normal/8uff.jpg" alt="Owly Images" /></a>
    Brazed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    <a href="**************/i/8uff" target="_blank"><img src="http://static.ow.ly/photos/normal/8uff.jpg" alt="Owly Images" /></a>
    Brazed!
    Very much so...the look of a brazed steel frame is pure delight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster
    for the folks asking about brazed vs. TIG, there are some other pics of what appear to be the unpainted frames here at this link. for some reason i cannot copy those pics:

    **************/user/RitcheyLogic
    Seriously? Wow. Happy to be wrong in some ways, but I bet these will be $$ frames then.
    Still very nice.

    Ahhh...wait a minute...those pics of the brazed seat tube junction do not match the NAHMBS shots at all...cable guides, pinch bolt, etc. I think maybe there is an error here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtroy
    Seriously? Wow. Happy to be wrong in some ways, but I bet these will be $$ frames then.
    Still very nice.
    I'm glad they will be. I'll probably never end up with one, but am happy to see the legacy not being diluted

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    the bare photo doesn't seem to be the same frame as those pictured above...cable stop is on the down tube and the said down tube has no bend in it.

    regardless - it's great to see the Ritchey name on a 29er frame. Now bring on the Ritchey Megabites, Z-Maxs, Tom Slick 29ers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agu
    the bare photo doesn't seem to be the same frame as those pictured above...cable stop is on the down tube and the said down tube has no bend in it.

    regardless - it's great to see the Ritchey name on a 29er frame. Now bring on the Ritchey Megabites, Z-Maxs, Tom Slick 29ers!
    Yeppers...ya caught me in mid-edit. Looks different to me. Frankly the TIG makes sense to me marketing wise/price wise.
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    I am very much hoping this is a production fillet brazed Ritchey and not just a show bike. Frankly I doubt that it is, but I'd love one.
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    I thought Ritchey had sold to Specialized back around 1995 or so. For a while Alot of the components on Specialized were Ritchey. Kinda like how Keith Bontrager sold out to Trek and had his parts all over their bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    I thought Ritchey had sold to Specialized back around 1995 or so. For a while Alot of the components on Specialized were Ritchey. Kinda like how Keith Bontrager sold out to Trek and had his parts all over their bikes.
    nope, still an independent company. Specialized sells a lot of bike so it makes sense that Ritchey or any component make might sign some sort of contract to give better pricing in return for getting most of the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtroy
    Yeppers...ya caught me in mid-edit. Looks different to me. Frankly the TIG makes sense to me marketing wise/price wise.
    Maybe it's this one:

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    So sick, I really hope these make it to market

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    my next bike

    Will be the P-29er

    Pics are from about a week ago prior to NAHBS.
    I was asked to keep it quite by the guys at Ritchey.
    TR appears to be bringing back the SwissCross too.

    These are my Ritcheys (Chicane and 2 SwissCross's)and as much as I want a Plexus (maybe one day have one) but I really want my main mtb to be more modern.

    I love plexus stays!

    I will have more info on the new offerings Monday. Price point and availablity.
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    So you can confirm they are fillet bikes? Who is producing them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    So you can confirm they are fillet bikes? Who is producing them?
    Yes I can and will.
    I too want to know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swisscross
    Yes I can and will.
    I too want to know that.
    More info on the Swisscross too please, I once owned one and it was a fine riding bike but 130 rear spacing and barely enough room for 32C tires was limiting.

    Will the new one have disc tabs (since they are now UCI legal), 135mm spacing, tire clearance for larger tires?

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    My buddy at Ritchey told me he would call me Monday and give me the scoop.
    Will ask any questions you guys want to know.

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    sweet. I like those!
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    found my next bike

    I've been putting off the purchase of my first 29er until I found something that "moved" me. The wait is over, I think. Especially if these are fillet brazed. Looking forward to some more updates and official news - please keep it coming.

    (And, just in case Tom or some Ritchey crew are reading, how about another ST / YBB model??!!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    Damn!
    "Back in the day..."that was the bike!
    I had the poor man's version, a '96 Tange Prestige Stumpjumper. It was welded in Japan just like the Ritcheys of the day (I believe Mr. Ritchey did the finish work on the fillet brazed ones).
    I had a similar Mongoose version...keep your eye open at the Res., it's still being ridden

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    What about those Syncros tires?

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    very nice.

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    Oooh, the Swiss Cross looks nice.

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    Oh to have a true tom ritchey 29er!
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    in a recent interview with Tom, he said he did all the fillet brazing for all his bikes. so if this is FB'd then, no reason to think otherwise.

    "Furthermore, over the last 38 years, all the fillet-brazed (Ritchey) bikes that were ever built, were 100% done by me."
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    Are some of you seriously questioning whether bike is fillet brazed or not.

    Lets see...... a one off Ritchey frame displayed at NAHBS...

    Hmm.. Yea, that just might be a one off TIGed frame disguised to look fillet brazed by one of the premier fillet brazers in the world to display at NAHBS.....

    Sorry, for being a jerk and trying to steer a little towards the obvious . Hopefully you will research TR a little before seriously considering one of his frames (that he has made himself). I will now leave your forum.....

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    That Ritchey is gorgeous.

    Surprisingly some people don't see the difference between what NAHBS builders are doing and what a factory welder in Asia is doing:

    http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...-views_25.html

    I'm puzzled, and trying to understand his perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer

    Sorry, for being a jerk and trying to steer a little towards the obvious . Hopefully you will research TR a little before seriously considering one of his frames (that he has made himself). I will now leave your forum.....

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    OK so besides what I WILL be shelling out for one of these frame as soon as I find a source, I'd like ONE truly good reason for not owning a frame hand crafted by Mr. Ritchey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcrap
    That Ritchey is gorgeous.

    Surprisingly some people don't see the difference between what NAHBS builders are doing and what a factory welder in Asia is doing:

    http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...-views_25.html

    I'm puzzled, and trying to understand his perspective.
    I didn't say there wasn't a difference, I said it doesn't matter as much to performance as people think. Basically, my rant is about the name "NAHBS" and how Asian made bikes are really no less "hand made" than the NAHBS examples are.

    I've seen a lot of crappy "custom" bikes, and a lot of crappy production bikes, and vice versa.

    That's all I'm going to say here about it. I would encourage you to read through the comments on my blog for a better understanding of the discussion. It doesn't merit my re-telling it all here.
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    Aemmer, I wasn't questioning if these bikes were brazed. I was wondering if production versions were planned, and if so are those to be brazed as well. Clearly the ones at the show are. I would love to purchase a modern brazed Ritchey, irregardless of whether or not Tom himself brazed it. The likelyhood of me getting to own an original brazed Ritchey is slim to none. I'd certainly settle for one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    I am very much hoping this is a production fillet brazed Ritchey and not just a show bike. Frankly I doubt that it is, but I'd love one.
    Ben, the Ritchey Twitter feed was showing Tom's fillet work on something new for the past three days. I am betting the likelyhood is very high that he did in fact braze up those 29"ers, but we'll find out soon enough.
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    If the Rich-meister (himself) is actually making frames again, it will be the first time in 3 years I will have any real lust towards a new 29er release. If he does a Plexus version I will really lose my *****.

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    wowzers I have always wanted a P-21 and a SwissCross now here is my chance!
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