Ritchey p-29er is it hype?
You seem to have a misunderstanding of the purpose in getting a Ritchey steel frame. It’s not that they’re necessarily better than cheaper equivalents (though they may be in a lot of cases). It’s that it’s a Ritchey hand built frame in the original Ritchey colours so enthusiasts in their 30s/40s/50s+ can have the frame they always dreamed of having back in the day, when Ritchey was making frames the first time round, but couldn’t afford at the time. I’m sure they’re great frames but mostly they’ll be bought for nostalgia and coolness value as opposed to because they’re better than the competition.
Now if I could only convince keith Bontrager to build me a modern interpretation long travel steel hardtail like the frames he made back in the day….Posted 4 years ago
I very nearly bought a P29er, but when I asked the LBS what they’d give me off the nine hundred quid purchase of frame plus headset they said “a fiver off the headset that’s it”. (Bloody daft all they had to do was charge my card, make a phone call and receive a box for me, I didn’t use any of their ‘resources’ at all. 50 quid and I’d have bought it).
So I bought something else. I still think they look damn nice tho.
There’s a video “review” of them on Youtube done by a South African chappie, it doesn’t say much helpful though. He says he thinks it’s marvellous but doesn’t say why so really you’re none the wiser.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a P-29er and it is fantastic, a complete revelation in my riding and I’m not bullshitting. Glentress 2 weeks ago and I was hammering up behind guys on full sus trail bikes and overtaking them. and they weren’t slow riders either. I was absolutely flying!! It just rolls faster and is so capable for a 100mm travel hardtail
Plus I’ll be honest a big thing is that its a Tom Ritchey frame. A true pioneer of MTBing and guaranteed to be a future classic.Posted 4 years agoCrellMember
I got one of the last Bontragers made and trust me a good steel frame is nothing like a cheap steel frame.
I have one of the early bontragers, and a couple of others, and this makes me 😆
There is no magic. It’s just a well considered and engineered collection of (not very special) tubing and geometry, with some interesting attention to detail and for its time innovation. Price has got nothing to do with it.
What’s more scary is that a bonty frame in 1989 cost £1100 IIRC (Chipps can get his NTI price list out) which back then was a phenomenal amount of cash, and still is for a steel frame.
The P29er is a nostalgia-fest of a paint job. For that I like it. It’s also cheaper than a Bontrager and probably rides better.Posted 4 years ago
And the 19″ version which I have looks just fine size wise with its clown wheels thank you very much 😉Posted 4 years agodeejayenSubscriber
I think they look great, although I’m not sure about the sliding dropouts on some of the frames. I also think it’s a shame they’re not fillet brazed – I saw a Youtube video of a pre-production frame which Tom Ritchey himself had fillet brazed, and it looked stunning.
Has anyone tried one with the WCS Pro rigid carbon forks?Posted 4 years ago
That’s a bit more like it. I wasn’t best impressed with “a fiver off the headset” on a 900 quid sale that basically involved them making a phone call.
It’s tough in the bike business, I hear.
Good to hear you like your Ritchey.
I bought a Singular Swift for < half the cost of the Ritchey, which I have just sold, then a Salsa Selma which is fantastic for fast rides/races then a Yelli Screamy which is a brill bike for just riding and having fun. It all worked out in the end.
Still like the look of those P29rs though, the fade gfx are iovely. I think the solid gfx on the 27.5 are ugly.Posted 4 years agotimburMember
Only £800 for the frame? Makes my Jones steel look cheap.Posted 4 years ago
Was it worth it? Most definitely :O)
Not light, not necessarily pretty but well stacked in the handling department which is why I bought it.
I’m like a kid in a sweet shop every time I ride it which is what ridings all about for ME.
Oh, and the P29 look lovely.
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