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    Ritchey 29"er?

    New Ritchey 29er

    Who's in the know?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    Neat...paint.
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    Gee Eric, your enthusiasm is palatable.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    Haha! I know right?

    I'm just not into the 29'er thing I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Haha! I know right?

    I'm just not into the 29'er thing I guess.

    even after that ride last week??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    even after that ride last week??
    especially after that !

    one could clearly see.....the 29er was painfull slow up..... and down!

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    Haha! True, true.

    These two knuckleheads had modern 29'ers and all I had was my lowly Phoenix to try and keep up!
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    Can a Ritchey be a Ritchey without that classic seat cluster? Its cool he's making MTBs again though.

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    Am I becoming a forum jerk...
    I had to add my two cents to the thread over there....
    Sorry, I tried to hit the delete button but hit submit instead......
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    Beautiful bike...

    Being tall and still not embracing the 29ers....Thats how I know I resist change.....You have seen enough of my projects to know I need em over 20" ctc in order to ride...Not the prettiest size in a 26" forrmat but still prettier than 29"... and except for Nates new passion for fillet brazed Ritcheys, not as much competition as the smaller sizes.

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    the rumor mills are working overtime with this..

    classic cluster on some, handmade sticker on others..
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    I'll just bide my time.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    I'll just bite my nails! I'd love to see something new with the Ritchey cluster. Has anyone heard if its just going to be 29ers or 26ers too? I've given the big wheels a shot and I don't think they're for me but a new fb'ed Ritchey just might convince me.

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    Don't like the bendy down tube, or the 29er thing... other than that, great...

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    Integrated HS is U-G-L-Y
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    That bike is gorgeous! 29'ers are nice out here where there are rocks, If you like hardtails. I still like 26 full sussers...
    Listen, Tom Ritchey is making frames AGAIN!!! I get the feeling some of you luddites would only be happy if he only made retro frames for the 100 people who would by one...

    ....consider yourself BURNED!!!
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    650b dammit!
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    Yes I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by proto2000
    Integrated HS is U-G-L-Y
    I agree. Seeing as Ritchey was the last hold out to go to 1&1/8" this surprised me.

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    The frames will be tigged and Taiwanese in origin. $999 projected msrp. I'm bummed. I was excited about a Ritchey fillet 29er. Sadly it's exactly what I thought it was, a hand built bike to get into the hand built show to pitch a tigged, Asian origin production bike.
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    One of the comments in the thread:

    "I didn't know Ritchey even made frames... "

    Jeez I feel old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    650b dammit!
    'P650B'.... not bad actually, but 'P29' is some damn low hanging fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    Sadly it's exactly what I thought it was, a hand built bike to get into the hand built show to pitch a tigged, Asian origin production bike.
    Well that's consistent with the Ritchey frames of old.
    More bikes than you can point a broken spoke at...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassie Devil
    Well that's consistent with the Ritchey frames of old.
    Yup, I already own one of those. It'll probably ride well, I was just hoping it was going to be something it clearly isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    'P650B'.... not bad actually, but 'P29' is some damn low hanging fruit.

    -Schmitty-
    Yeah, that's true. I guess they could do P27.5 for a B bike?

    And according to FB, Ritchey already tried 650b back in the 70's and only moved away from that size due to sudden lack of availablity of tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    Yeah, that's true. I guess they could do P27.5 for a B bike?

    And according to FB, Ritchey already tried 650b back in the 70's and only moved away from that size due to sudden lack of availablity of tires.

    Have one in my stand right now, actually.

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    No ****? With the old Nokians even? Pictures please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Have one in my stand right now, actually.
    So..... Pics please!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema
    Can a Ritchey be a Ritchey without that classic seat cluster?
    Can a Ritchey be a Ritchey if it wasn't mitered and welded by Tom Ritchey?

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    When exactly did Tom stop making them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    No ****? With the old Nokians even? Pictures please.

    still finishing it up. and yep, with the Nokians... you can read a little about the 650b Ritchey here:

    http://oldmountainbikes.com/catalogs...icycling11.JPG

    and a little here. Jim Merz also had a real light 650b mtb that he made for Tim Rutlege to race the cyclocross nationals.

    http://oldmountainbikes.com/catalogs...bicycling6.JPG

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    Cool, thanks FB
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERK26
    When exactly did Tom stop making them?
    All of them? 1986 I think.

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    I asked the company -- they said these were brazed by Tom himself.

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    The frames at the bike show were brazed Tom, but the production versions will not. Regardless, its nice to see one of the old guard of MTB lore coming back to the market. I assume this will open the door for Ritchey to start making tires as well.

    Having owned Ritchey MTB and road bikes in the past, I'm truely excited about this. While the headtube may look ugly to some, its another example of Tom coming up with creative designs.

    Welcome back Ritchey!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats
    All of them? 1986 I think.
    Thanks. So after that point, what went on? When did he totally cease production? I mean, for the average Joe, not a buddy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERK26
    Thanks. So after that point, what went on? When did he totally cease production? I mean, for the average Joe, not a buddy...
    Tom started importing frames in '85, but continued making them himself as well. In about 1990 he really scaled back on his production. All of the TIG-welded frames were imported, although in some cases Tom did finish work. I believe that Tom did all of the fillet brazed bikes. I'm not sure when the last of the fillet bikes were made, but they were in the catalogs (with very limited availability) until the late 90s.

    For the imported frames, with the introduction of the "break-away" series production moved from Japan to Taiwan.
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    If Tom would build a hardtail built around a 100mm travel fork I would buy it in a heartbeat. If he would build one with an EBB so I could set it up as a single speed or a 1x9 that would be even better.
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    I dig everything about the new p-29 and the Swiss Cross. HT too! Must be a better weld joint that size......

    I'd like curved stays back on the cross but WTF the red with the red post looks brilliant.
    Why are there so many threads about cheap ass bikes?

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    move this thread to the 29er forum
    Why are there so many threads about cheap ass bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Tom started importing frames in '85, but continued making them himself as well. In about 1990 he really scaled back on his production. All of the TIG-welded frames were imported, although in some cases Tom did finish work. I believe that Tom did all of the fillet brazed bikes. I'm not sure when the last of the fillet bikes were made, but they were in the catalogs (with very limited availability) until the late 90s.

    For the imported frames, with the introduction of the "break-away" series production moved from Japan to Taiwan.
    Interesting - I always thought TIG frames (except for certain Ascent frames in certain years) were still made in CA, but just not by Tom himself. Not really sure where I got that, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    Interesting - I always thought TIG frames (except for certain Ascent frames in certain years) were still made in CA, but just not by Tom himself. Not really sure where I got that, though...
    A few models were US made... Some Ultras were US made, and some other models, but most models were not. The P-series frames from the 90s were not. I believe that Toyo in Japan built the majority of the frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Tom started importing frames in '85, but continued making them himself as well. In about 1990 he really scaled back on his production. All of the TIG-welded frames were imported, although in some cases Tom did finish work. I believe that Tom did all of the fillet brazed bikes. I'm not sure when the last of the fillet bikes were made, but they were in the catalogs (with very limited availability) until the late 90s.

    For the imported frames, with the introduction of the "break-away" series production moved from Japan to Taiwan.
    From my understanding the plexus stays on the Plexus, Chicane, the later SwissCross's and Mt Cross's were welded by Tom.
    The front triangle was welded in Japan and shipped over for rear triangle and paint.
    I have a 2002 curved stayed SC. If this is the case he had his hands on them into the early 2000's.

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