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    2019 Ritchey Ultra

    Well after waiting over four months my Ritchey Ultra frame can late afternoon just before the New Year.
    But with no headset I had to wait until Friday afternoon (last delivery of the day).
    I build her up after work Saturday and got to go riding today!
    I love the feel of the bike being alive

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    Stunning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Stunning!
    Thanks

    At last I'm enjoying riding again.

    I was so mislead going with a 3x Jones before hand.

    Well I can say I tried.

    Tom Ritchey's Ultra is great

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZPeterG View Post
    Thanks

    At last I'm enjoying riding again.

    I was so mislead going with a 3x Jones before hand.

    Well I can say I tried.

    Tom Ritchey's Ultra is great

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    Mislead? On three different Jones Bikes? How so?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Mislead? On three different Jones Bikes? How so?...
    I liked all of Jeff Jones ideas about bike design and bike fit.
    But my first Jones LWB 24" was too big! (The smallest 29+ available at the time) and forks too stuff for hardcore mountain biking.
    My second was just too high in the top tube but the unicrown forks were much better.
    This is the one I sadly sold and is no longer available.
    My third Jones LWB Spaceframe 23" 29+ is the right size but the forks are too stuff and 29+ tyres are too heavy and slow riding.
    I have found that Jones Loop H-Bars have too much bent backwards! 45į is not comfortable.
    For me my Ritchey Ultra is the best fit and my Fox forks make hardcore mountain biking so much more comfortable to ride day after day.
    On my Ritchey I'm running with Thomson Titanium 12į handlebars that are just right for comfort day after day.
    I think that a Jones bike is designed for escentric riders.
    A Ritchey is is designed for everyone else.

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    Hmm interesting, well I'm sorry to hear that the Jones and 29+ didn't work out for you, I love 29+ myself but have no experience of a Jones Bike other than owning a pair of the H-Bars once over.

    I use the Thomson Ti bars on my Waltworks, they are perfect.

    Enjoy the bike, it is a beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Hmm interesting, well I'm sorry to hear that the Jones and 29+ didn't work out for you, I love 29+ myself but have no experience of a Jones Bike other than owning a pair of the H-Bars once over.

    I use the Thomson Ti bars on my Waltworks, they are perfect.

    Enjoy the bike, it is a beauty!
    Thanks happy riding

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    Great looking bike! Curious - would 29x2.6 (actual) fit in the back? What rim/tire combo do you run on yours? Any chance you can post clearance in the rear and/or measure widest point at the chainstays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
    Great looking bike! Curious - would 29x2.6 (actual) fit in the back? What rim/tire combo do you run on yours? Any chance you can post clearance in the rear and/or measure widest point at the chainstays?
    I'll have a look once I'm home.
    But I think that Ritchey have the tyre size right with a 650b up to 2.8".
    Theirs room for 29" x 2.4" but I think that's it.
    I'm running Specialized Fast Trak 2.3" with 30mm inside width Rim.
    And there's good room for mud.


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    Thank you - I would really appreciate it. I am looking for new frame and Ultra has my attention, gorgeous bike! I was planning to use Chromag Magna 40 rims which are ~43mm inside but also have Spank Oozy 395+ which are 35mm inside. Ideal tire clearance for me is 29x2.6-2.7 actual when measuring casing, not knob to knob. But given Ultra's tubing and feel - I think I can live with 29x2.6 knob to knob at the back

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    Also - what size Ritchey did you get and how tall are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
    Also - what size Ritchey did you get and how tall are you?
    I have an Ultra built as a 29er with Stans Flow MK3 rims (i29) and a 2.4" WTB Trailboss in the rear. I'd think 2.6" would be real tight, but may *just* fit. I can't say that I've wanted more volume, however.

    I'm riding an XL. I'm 6'1" with a long inseam ~93cm, so HT length really matters for me. Standover is fine. Running a 50mm stem.

    Oh, and if by chance you are running Hope Tech 3 X2 brake in the rear, you can't run a 180 rotor, as the caliper mounted on the adapter hits the seat stay before it can be centered over the rotor. All good with 160 rotor. Ritchey says no problem to run 180 rotor in rear with SRAM or Shimano.

    Hope that helps.

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    Out night riding as it's winter and time to ride at night.
    Starting to train for next year's bikepacking event in New Zealand called Tour Aotearoa.
    From the very top to the bottom of NZ.
    I'm looking forward to my more adventures.

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    Looking for both, casual and professional, thoughts on a 130mm, 29er Ultra build.
    Let me know.

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    Has anyone here ridden both a Ritchey Ultra and a Surly Karate Monkey? I'm wondering how big a difference The Ritchey Logic tubing makes vs. Surly's Natch tubing in rear end comfort, weight and lively feel. I get the impression that the Ritchey uses a better grade of steel, but I haven't seen much written about it.
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