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 Post subject: 650B Ritchey
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:46 pm 
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Tom Ritchey's 30 year old 650B bike

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:20 pm 
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Nice looking bike that even given it is a bit of a gate- what height is Tom?

BTW whats wrong with folk looking at saddles instead of a rare frame???


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:41 pm 
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BTW what is wrong with them not bringing this to Eurobike so we could see it? They brought a breakaway tandem instead - probably filled up less 8D.


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clockworkgazz wrote:
Nice looking bike that even given it is a bit of a gate- what height is Tom?

BTW whats wrong with folk looking at saddles instead of a rare frame???


An awesome bike. I'd heard about it but never seen it. Thanks for posting, Kaiser.

Re. the tall frame: As explained by Tom Ritchey himself - There were no long seatposts available (maybe Cunningham was already looking into it?), so that limited the options for compact frame geometry.


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Devils advocate but if you are capable enough to build your own frame could you not knock up a seatpost in the right size?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:47 am 
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Geometry and seatpost would have been of the time. Apart from CC developing them, when did compact frames/long posts become popular/mainstream? About 10 years after this was built?

I don't think it looks gatey at all, I reckon the proportions look pretty good, but I guess the priority was to develop off road capability rather than aesthetics.


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Devils advocate but if you are capable enough to build your own frame could you not knock up a seatpost in the right size?


or simply just to extend the seat tube? 8)


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it doesn't belong to Ritchey, its on loan



02gf74 wrote:

or simply just to extend the seat tube? 8)


that experiment happened much later


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As also stated in the "film" that "goes with it" on Vmeo, the 650B build was built to order for a customer who'd seen a Cleland... not exactly sloping seat tube on them either!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:40 am 
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Cool bike but a mtb still need 24" or 26" wheels :lol:
29" or 650B are only hybrid bikes, not real mtb :lol:


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