Wold Ranger wrote:
I thought it was 98 with the graphics, but the serial number says 97 and it has the original stickers "signature series" and Ritchey Logic tubing on it.
Size is 17 inch. frames were often made in one year, then painted in following year's graphics.
What's the 4 and 5th number, I forget the setup, if it's the latter months number then certainly a 1998, and everything else points to it.
Also at this time their new owners will have been properly kicking in. Hence the whole top end of the steel frames being ripped out of the line up and this with standard ritchey tubing (not RL prestige iirc) was the top of the range steel. Suspension and Alu was the way forward from this point on.
It is certainly a 98 frame then, I was just puzzled by the detail differences. Most frames for the 98 model year will have been built in 1997, and they certainly wouldn't put Ritchey Logic stickers on a 97 frame made of Tange Prestige. Canadian consumer protection laws are much too tough to risk anything like that.
Ritchey Logic would have been considered a step up if anything from the Tange Prestige mix of 97. It is Ritchey's reworking of Tange Prestige, just as Ritchey Logic WCS was his version of Tange Ultimate Superlight. I think you are unfair to ProCycle Ben. They have been better owners than Grayson Bain, who was no angel. Just about everybody was dropping their steel frames at this time, for the simple reason that the market only wanted aluminium. What was exceptional was that they continued with the Blizzard and Hammer, when some other companies dropped steel altogether.
I am sure it is a size 17.5. There was no size 17, it went 16, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21