Monday, September 06, 2010

Mine at last!

This morning I won the ebay auction for this lugless Tom Ritchey road frame.
I have been looking for one since about 2003 but this is the first one I have found in my size.
According to the vendor, it dates to the late 70s. With fully lugless, fillet brazed construction and a sloping fork crown it bears a strong resemblance to the lugless Ritchey frame from the Palo Alto Bicycles catalog.

Now that I have won the auction, I can start accumulating parts.
My plan is to use a set of original Suntour Cyclone deraillers that CTB gave me, with early Suntour Superbe cranks, brakes, shiftlevers and hubs.
The rear dropout spacing is 125mm, so a 7 speed drivetrain should be possible.
I have a dilemna regarding bars stem & seatpost, whether to go for period correct parts; or to use my 1990s Nitto-made Ritchey WCS stem possibly with a Nitto S83 seatpost.



Stephen B said...

I've got a pair of Suntour Superbe hubs built up with Mavic GP4 rims - could be just what you need???

David Benson said...

That is tempting, but I have too many wheelsets already.

Oli Brooke-White said...

That's HOT!

Oli Brooke-White said...

...but what's the blemish that's being pointed at in the last photo?

Did I mention it was hot?

David Benson said...

I think that the blemish is where the front derailler clamp scratched the paint. My cunning plan is to obscure it with another front derailler.

Oli Brooke-White said...