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    P-29er custom build with cool mods

    I built up this P-29er at the beginning of the summer and it's been nothing short of amazing.


    I've got quite a few rides in on 'er so far. Everything from rocky steep technical to paved roads and dirt roads and everything in between. The P-29er is pretty much everything I could've asked for from a hardtail.

    Sooo, how to improve it? Thru Axle! Fortunately, I had converted my REEB singlespeed to thru axle earlier this year so I had some dropouts laying around. The Paragon sliders on my REEB are an exact fit to the sliding dropouts on the Ritchey.



    Plus, doing this you can kill 2 birds with one stone and git rid of your brake adaptor as well. Post mount slider!



    The ride? Doesn't change the comfort of the bike at all, but noticeable is stiffness under power and instant power delivery. Definitely worth it if you're looking for a little something extra out of your Ritchey. Do it!

    Ritchey Dave, I know it's more expensive, but this is definitely an option that you guys should explore
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    fantastic! - can you comment what size thru axle is that? 12mm?

    Which paragon model # dropouts is that?

    Also - have you experimented to exactly where on the P29 sliders is the axle best suited for? You seem to have your about 5mm from full front. I had mine pushed all the way forward, but I'm looking for a bit more stability.

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    It's the dropouts for 12x142 DT Swiss. I've played around with thru axles on a few bikes and prefer the DT. Dropouts are B4027 and B4028.
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    Thanks for posting. That's a cool modification and good to know that that option is out there for people.
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    Not really a mod - but managed to squeeze some Surly Knard 29x3" tyres on P29er:


    About 0.5mm clearance on rear meant there was constant slight tyre rub just due to tyre squirm. Took it for a 50 miler in sandy conditions just to enjoy extra grip.

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    and the fact that the red rims match the seat, stem and bar ends are a bonus!

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    The original post might be a few years old now, but I just did this to my original RWB P-29er in an attempt to futureproof it a little.

    It's worth noting that the part numbers from Paragon Machine Works have changed slightly - The dropout parts you want are B4027 and B4137.

    Anyway big thanks to ignazjr for sharing this info way back in 2012!

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    I just got one of these frames and am excited to build it up. Found a Niner carbon fork with a straight steerer to pair it with. Going to build it as a 29x3 single speed.
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    Look forward to seeing some images of it - I love mine, but really wish they'd made it with a tapered steerer - finding forks for it these days is pretty hard. I've got a straight steerer reba and a niner fork, but if something happens to one of them I don't know what I'll do!

    Be interested to see if you can clear 29x3.0 - I'll try the same if it works!

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