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  • Simon

    Good article, thanks. I’ve always admired this guy and his approach to innovation and life. So much so I had a Ritchey Breakaway fitted to a custom bike because like his philosophy it was simple, elegant and it works.

  • Lyrebird_Cycles

    Nice article.

    BTW the machine in Pic 9 is a lathe, not a mill. Looks like a Moriseiki MS 850.

    • Sean parker

      Actually, I think that it is the 852, but I’d have to see which turbo-encabulator is fitted to be certain…..

    • caliente

      Haha, as soon as I saw that I thought the same thing… funny. Now, back to editing wikipedia.

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  • Sean parker

    Nice article. Tom Ritchey is the real deal.

  • Geoff

    If I could get away with another bike without getting divorced first I’d be putting together a Ritchey Road Logic frameset (matched with the Ambrosio rims I’ve had hanging in the shed for years now). Tom pretty much sets out the reasons why here. I wish I’d bought one a while back when the AUD$ was stronger

    • sss

      One of the earlier ones with a matching steel fork.

    • Sean Doyle

      Any of the modern day custom builders can build a similar bike. Unless of course you set on having Ritchey on the down tube and there is nothing wrong of that.

      • suspectcredibility

        A custom frame is typically around 4 times the price though. If you can fit the off the shelf geometry it’s a pretty good option. I’ve been stoked with the Road Logic I built up, the ride is sublime.

        • Sean Doyle

          Not necessarily. There are a few builders in Australia who are selling about 2x the price of what Pushys are selling. ie custom for $2500

  • jon

    As a Material Scientist, I’m all sort of fuzzy when material science was mentioned.

  • MattF

    Thank goodness for innovative and entrepreneurial Americans like Tom Ritchey, Chris King, Richard Byrne (Speedplay) and Gary Fisher. If we had left bike design and innovation to the Europeans one wonders whether the likes of MTB would even exist.

    • Stian Pollestad

      Thanks to the Europeans the bike exists.

      • perru77

        Amen

      • Sean parker

        Thanks to American and japanese engineers driving forward innovation better bikes exist.

  • winkybiker

    Ritchey Logic is exactly that. A brand and a statement. I have always found his bikes and components to be no-frills, good value and based on sound and clever engineering principles. He was making 21-pound steel mountain bikes years and years ago. In some ways we’ve gone backwards from there. But what is up that ‘stache? It’s perhaps a trademark of sorts, but I still don’t get why he would think it looks good.

    • Sean Doyle

      I think that’s where the Ritchey brand has it’s strength. Honest, hard working components. Not always of their own engineering etc. but if rebranding someone else’s product ie. some stems were not of their making, then they followed the same ethos.
      The P-21 was a rigid fork skinny tubed noodle compared to today’s bikes and they would not allow the sort of speeds and handling that a modern bike would. I own a Ritchey Soft tail and it’s a handful in rough steep terrain. Some days down right scary when you are chasing someone in a race.

  • velocite

    I knew nothing of any of that, so thank you. And now I’ll appreciate my carbon bars more than before, though of course they have not changed!

  • Kendb001

    Nice piece on Tom. One important thing that was not in the article, was. Owner of Specialized, purchased a bike from Toms garage. He took it to Japan to copy it. Have it made in China and call it Rockhopper.

  • takethattakethat

    this guy gets it

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