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    Sizing an '86 Ritchey Timber Comp?

    Hey Everyone,
    I have a disassembled, mid-80s 20" Ritchey Timber Comp. Before I put it back together, I'm curious to know if it's too small for me. How do you determine how these old mtbs should fit?

    My usual ride is a 61cm/24" Rivendell Atlantis (my pbh is 90.5cm/35.6"), and I really think I could've gone to a 62, if they had made one.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Probably too small. They have short-ish TTs. I had a 20" Team Comp and found it too small at 6'1" -- I tend toward a 58cm road ride.
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    First off, is it 20" base on a measurement that you took, or base on the serial number? A 20" Ritchey would have a zero as the first number of the serial. Just an off the cuff, but if you're riding a 61/62 Riv, a 20 is likely going to be too small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Probably too small. They have short-ish TTs. I had a 20" Team Comp and found it too small at 6'1" -- I tend toward a 58cm road ride.
    Yep, I'm the same height as Nate (and think that he should sell him his Chance road bike) and agree that a 20" Ritchey (measured center to top) would be small for you. I fit on a 21" but prefer a 22" Ritchey frame of that era.

    Frame sizes ranged from 17" (smallest frame) to 25" (very large). A 20" is a medium(ish) sized bike in that range.
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    could you post a picture? always love to see another Ritchey even if it is just a frame thanks R

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Yep, I'm the same height as Nate (and think that he should sell him his Chance road bike) and agree that a 20" Ritchey (measured center to top) would be small for you. I fit on a 21" but prefer a 22" Ritchey frame of that era.

    Frame sizes ranged from 17" (smallest frame) to 25" (very large). A 20" is a medium(ish) sized bike in that range.
    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Probably too small. They have short-ish TTs. I had a 20" Team Comp and found it too small at 6'1" -- I tend toward a 58cm road ride.
    +1 My 21" Team Comp - similar PBH to you - was far too small. Back in the day I would have remedied that with a 150+ low-rise stem (in this case that would have meant a fork too) and miles of seatpost. You riding a Riv may make you less inclined to do that.

    If I were buying an old Ritchey today, I'd be looking at 23"-25". Definitely 25" if it had the low-rise bullmoose bars. In short, I'd size it like a road bike.

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    All of the above.
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    Thanks a lot for your input everyone. Yeah, I measured the frame center to top. I'll post some photos this wkend, too. I suspected it might be too small. I'm 5'10", but with a 90cm PBH; I like relatively short top tubes. Well, I guess I won't be building it up to be my commuter. Maybe I'll hand it down to Jr.

    Thanks again.
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    5'10" with a 90cm pbh??? Wow, you are all legs! With an upright stem a 20" frame might fit you - at least in the top tube. You'll be showing a lot of post.
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    There are inherent problems with trying to making a small frame fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    There are inherent problems with trying to making a small frame fit.
    Sometimes it kinda works okayish....

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    The Great Pumpkin!!!
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    Drop the seatpost a foot and it would work for me. Spinner bike, MMMM
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