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    198? Ritchey/Rocky Mountain

    I got curious about this Ritchey with the Rocky Mountain sticker that I picked up several years ago. Being more of a roadie, the Dura-Ace hubs are what attracted me. It's being used a kid hauler so probably not living up to its pedigree. What started out as a "5-min search" on the history of the bike led me to hours of reading and wondering, 'what bike did I pick up???'

    The closest I've come to is:
    - 1986/7 TIG-welded Toyo frame imported by Rocky Mountain but with specs provided by Ritchey
    - the bike most closely resembles the 1986 Ascent, with the clear exception of the fork colour (mine is white)
    - parts seem exactly the same as the 1986 Ascent, as seen in old catalogue scans

    So, is that what this is?? Any insights would be much appreciated and acknowledged in treating the bike with the requisite respect!198? Ritchey/Rocky Mountain-2011-06-18-21.08.12.jpg
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    Bitchin' wheelset!
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shin_splints View Post
    I got curious about this Ritchey with the Rocky Mountain sticker that I picked up several years ago. Being more of a roadie, the Dura-Ace hubs are what attracted me. It's being used a kid hauler so probably not living up to its pedigree. What started out as a "5-min search" on the history of the bike led me to hours of reading and wondering, 'what bike did I pick up???'

    The closest I've come to is:
    - 1986/7 TIG-welded Toyo frame imported by Rocky Mountain but with specs provided by Ritchey
    - the bike most closely resembles the 1986 Ascent, with the clear exception of the fork colour (mine is white)
    - parts seem exactly the same as the 1986 Ascent, as seen in old catalogue scans

    So, is that what this is?? Any insights would be much appreciated and acknowledged in treating the bike with the requisite respect!
    Canadian market, Panasonic-made (if I'm not mistaken), Ritchey distributed by Rocky Mountain. Did it have a name? I believe the Rocky Mountain stickered version of this frame was called a Sherpa. I got a slightly down-spec, maroon, Canadian Ritchey called a K2 the following year with the same sticker.

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    Thanks for the info, mf. Thought I might have had something special but nevertheless, it's a nice addition to my stable and it really hauls the kid trailer quite well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shin_splints View Post
    Thanks for the info, mf. Thought I might have had something special but nevertheless, it's a nice addition to my stable and it really hauls the kid trailer quite well!
    Beautiful and bombproof. After the apocalypse - or when all the bushings, hoses and sealed bearings have changed standards again - you'll be free to ride around with your trailer and pick up scrap metal/roadkill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
    Canadian market, Panasonic-made (if I'm not mistaken), Ritchey distributed by Rocky Mountain. Did it have a name? I believe the Rocky Mountain stickered version of this frame was called a Sherpa. I got a slightly down-spec, maroon, Canadian Ritchey called a K2 the following year with the same sticker.
    This is a Sherpa. The bike in question was the result of Tom Ritchey and Grayson Bain going to Japan (Toyo) in 85 to pool resources/distribution on a low cost production bike. They were called Rocky Mountain Ritcheys here. Acents in the States. Have one hanging in the garage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DFA View Post
    The bike in question was the result of Tom Ritchey and Grayson Bain going to Japan (Toyo) in 85 to pool resources/distribution on a low cost production bike.
    I don't doubt that you know more about this than I do, but I've read several times that Toyo was the tig shop and Panasonic the lug shop in those early days of Japanese MTB. production. Is this just internet rumour?

    I had one of those Fat City Flyers too. I sold to a Romo collector out in BC.

    (Duh... Looks again at Ritchey, obviously not lugged... Toyo FTW!)

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