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    My First Real Ritchey.

    I have been reading and hearing about how great fillet Ritchey's are for some time so when this came up semi local(I am sure some of you saw this) I thought I would go for it.
    It is a 1 owner 1985 Timberwolf. What is funny about this bike is that the original owner bought it from an old account of mine in Corvallis Oregon and the fella that sold it to him is a friend and owner of the store.
    Anyways, it is in okay shape for being 28 years old. Paint is good but has plenty of scrapes. Front wheel and headset are not original nor are the pedals and saddle but hopefully that can easily be fixed.
    My main question is sizing. It is a 20" with a 22.5" top tube.
    Maybe because I have ride my 29er and Cross bike so much I feel huge on the Ritchey. Any thoughts? I am 6-1. Would a 21-22 fit better?
    I have ridden it around the hood and it just feels different but not bad.
    It sure does ride smooth.
    Thoughts and comments welcome.


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    Generally speaking, it might be too small for you based on the year/size of the bike.

    I'm assuming that saddle height is where you'd run it?

    Also, if you don't swap out to a correct headset soon, you're fired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Generally speaking, it might be too small for you based on the year/size of the bike.

    I'm assuming that saddle height is where you'd run it?

    Also, if you don't swap out to a correct headset soon, you're fired.
    Yes, the headset kinda drives me crazy. What was he thinking?
    What would be the correct Headset? Would Dura-ace/600 work?

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    My First Real Ritchey.

    Nice bike, love the patina and that classic Ritchey metallic blue. I'm 5'10 and like the 20" Ritcheys. Top tube length of 22 or 22.5. 19" works for me too, but 18 just feels too small.

    I've had 21" bikes with top tubes closer to 23" and I find them too big. A slightly longer stem will help if you feel too cramped. That's such a nice bike; give it some time on the trails and see if it works for you. By the way, is that a fillet Bullmoose?

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    I'm 5'10" and a 20" Ritchey fits great, although it feels small compared to "modern" bikes. Oddly my seat is about where yours is...
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    No fillet Bullmoose and the seatpost is about 1" too low I think. Still trying to work out where I want it.
    Going to ride it tomorrow so I will report back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    Yes, the headset kinda drives me crazy. What was he thinking?
    What would be the correct Headset? Would Dura-ace/600 work?
    The 600 with the star nuts is what you're after. Two 32mm wrenches will tighten those dudes up if you don't know already.

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    Is the Seatpost 26.0? Is the headset 26.4?
    Thanks,
    LJ

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    LarryJo, thats a beautiful bike. The last bike I want to add to my vintage collection is a "real" Ritchey as well. I am at the other end of the height spectrum and just need to locate one in my area that GOB hasn't found yet. Love the blue. I don't think it is too rough looking at all. Luv the patina.

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    Beauty, really dig the rear canti's, a true NW Beast.
    The mind wanders +see's this steed climbin McKenzie Pass dirt,Mt Jefferson +3 Sisters lava fields.
    Excellent showing, ditto on the longer stem to help w the fit, be sure+have some good rise in the extended stem, as that'll somewhat reduce potential lower back-sacrum muscle spasms.

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    26.8 seatpost
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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    Yes, the headset kinda drives me crazy. What was he thinking?
    What would be the correct Headset? Would Dura-ace/600 work?
    He was probably thinking the same thing when he put those pedals on there. Basicly he was thinking **** it. Nice bike. Needs a matching Araya up front. Should be easy to find one and a decent headset and some pedals.
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    Would it be blasphemous to put a WTB Chris King headset on the Ritchey?

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    Nice bike! (the WTB/CK headset would be too new--I'd stick a DA or 600 headset on it)

    I am the same size as you and I found a 20" to be a bit small side as well. 21-22" would be better.
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    My First Real Ritchey.

    You can easily find the Shimano 600s on eBay, probably for the same cost as a Chris King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Nice bike! (the WTB/CK headset would be too new--I'd stick a DA or 600 headset on it)

    I am the same size as you and I found a 20" to be a bit small side as well. 21-22" would be better.
    Nate,
    I figured it would be on the small side but it is just a "starter" Ritchey.
    It will stay till I find something bigger.
    Looked on ebay and found the right headset so.....just waiting at this point.
    What about Black Bullmoose from a Ritchey Ascent? Chrome better?

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    Shimmy 600 all the way

    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Chrome is catalog spec.

    The bike felt small to me, too. I'm the same height as you, but I have a long torso and typically ride 23.5" top tubes.

    The owner thought everything on the bike was original except the front wheel and tires. I'm guessing he was just a forgetful old dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wxflyer View Post
    Nice bike, love the patina and that classic Ritchey metallic blue.
    X2...looks great in pics...I'd love to see it in person. Great simple color.

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    Love the color!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    Would it be blasphemous to put a WTB Chris King headset on the Ritchey?
    Yes. 600 Arabesque. You should be able to find one pretty easy. $30-50 range I'd say. I have them on several bikes and they're rad.
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    LJ nice bike, congratulations...as you said, Aemmer you and I will do a Ritchey ride soon.


    600 Arabesque headset.... I have an NOS one...send me your address and I will get it off to you. No charge. You wll need the wierd starfish wrenches but those headsets look cool.

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    Hope the frame size works out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sq_root_of_2 View Post
    600 Arabesque headset.... I have an NOS one...send me your address and I will get it off to you. No charge. You wll need the wierd starfish wrenches but those headsets look cool.

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    The offer of a true gentleman and a scholar.

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    Can I have a NOS free headset too???? ha welcome to the TR owners club. As with fine wine over time your appreciation of that bike will become more apparent. cheers

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