NAHBS: A Look Back – Ritchey P-29er


In continued preparation for the 2012 NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show) next week (March 2-4) in Sacramento, we are taking a look back at some of the most popular bikes from last year’s show in Austin.

The Ritchey P-29er was definitely one of the most popular bikes from the show and the production version is now available for purchase. The 17″, 19″ and 21″ frame sizes are readily available but availability on the 15″ still seems a bit limited. Tom himself, will be in attendance at the Sacramento show, as he is building 40 frames this year to celebrate his 40th year as a frame builder! Also on display at NAHBS will be a pre-production model of his Breakaway Tandem. Tom will be giving a seminar called ‘The Way We Were’ (a retrospective about the US handmade scene in the 1980s).

If you have a chance to attend the Sacramento NAHBS show, stop by the Mtbr and RoadBikeReview booth and say hi! We’ll be doing our best to once again produce as many builder interviews as possible.

A Look Back – Ritchey P-29er

In this video from last year, Sean Coffey from Ritchey shows us the new P-29er steel hardtail. This one-off frame was fillet brazed by Tom Ritchey himself.

The production frame features:

  • Differentially and directionally butted tubing
  • Tig welded
  • Tange slider dropout
  • heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic II tubing
  • Forged headtube is stronger and lighter
  • 29er specific geometry
  • Tri-Color Fade (a tribute to the classic Ritchey P-series racing mountain bike)

MSRP: 999.95 (frame only)

Rumors still abound about whether or not there will be a limited run of special brazed frames for the general public (at an upcharge).

From the manufacturer:
“The return of the legendary Ritchey Mountain Bike. Tom Ritchey applied over 40 years of racing, designing and building steel mountain bikes into a new model—the P-29er.”

“Like any Ritchey, this bike is born to go fast without sacrificing comfort or durability. ”

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For more general info about the North American Handmade Bicycle Show:

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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