Thanks to all for the kind words I really enjoyed this one and very happy with the finished product. Had a chance last weekend to get out on a proper ride in fairly dry conditions and it did not disappoint. I really could notice a difference in the feel and ride. These bikes from 87' and older being longer wheelbase geometry, bit slacked steering. The chainstays are only about 1/2" longer but the steering/trail is about 1" longer compared to my 90s bikes. My circuit includes two very steep climbs which I managed to pull off. My early to mid 90s MTBs handle the climbs a bit better but the Ritchey really shines on the (smooth) downhills and flowy stuff. Super happy its back in my stable and will go into my rotation. Here's a couple pics. Note the beautiful views of Burrard inlet/North Vancouver around Confederation Park and Capitol hill in Burnaby
Thanks Jaychen! Headset looks NOS from the outside but it's seen some miles. It came off the Diamond Back Arrival I used for a lot of the donor parts along with the wheels, etc. Unfortunately the headset races are a little pitted but not too bad, feels plenty smooth while riding.
The seatpost QR is not Shimano except for the aluminum nut. Note that all QR nuts have new O Rings sourced from ebay that are slightly big but a pretty good fit, a thin layer of vinyl electricians tape underneath keeps them from rotating while I ride . The XT QR pulled from the DB has a bolt that is way too short for that cool Ritchey fast back seatstay arrangement. I'm sure there are longer bolt versions but I had a same period copy version that looks almost the same with a long enough bolt which I used after trying to source one with no luck.