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Follow Brian Vernor at Three Peaks

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Follow Brian Vernor at Three Peaks

There’s a bigger story to be told here, about one cyclist’s journey into photography and chasing life-long dreams. For now, here’s all I can share…

Our buddy Brian Vernor is taking his first stab at the legendary Three Peaks Cyclocross race over in the UK this Sunday. For more follow @vernor and stay close for something bigger from Brian about his connection to this event.

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Cadence and Ritchey

This, as both a concept and a advertisement for the brands is highly successful. Way to go guys.

“An inside line to the “left” and “right” brains of creative founders Tom Ritchey and Dustin Klein. Merging the two together through process and approach resulting in the first limited Cadence x Ritchey bar and stem combo to hit the market.”

Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar

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Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar

Over the years Cadence has worked on some really great collaborations with Ritchey and this latest drop might be their best yet. Available now is a gloss white with black geometric overlay cockpit. The C220 Keta stem features a chevrons down the side with a “Keep Going” reminder on the top, while the EvoCurve bar repeats the pattern at the clamp. Both are in stock now at Cadence.

Ask a Founder with Tom Ritchey at Mission Workshop

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Ask a Founder with Tom Ritchey at Mission Workshop

This Saturday, May 30th Tom Ritchey will be at Mission Workshop in SF for one of their Ask a Founder events. Here are the details:

“The Founders Event was created in effort to pull the curtain back and learn more about cycling brands that we respect. We as an industry tend to focus on the stunning finished parts but not as much on the struggle it takes to get there. For the event we simply turn the cameras on, step back and watch the story unfold. We cover the inspiration behind ideas, the projects that never got off the ground and everything in between.

For the third installment of the Mission Workshop Founders series we are honored to have Tom Ritchey on our stage to learn about the massively influential brand that shares his name. Ritchey’s love with all things two wheels started early. He built his first frame when he was just 16 years old and started his first company in his early twenties. The shape of cycling would arguably look very different without his involvement. Join us this Saturday May 30th at 7PM PST to watch Tom spin his tales live on Bikemag.com. Be part of the event by asking Tom a question via Twitter using “#AskRitchey” as the hashtag.

Live audience space is limited, if you can make it, email RSVP@missionworkshop.com for a seat.”

Ritchey Master P-29er – Kyle Kelley

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Ritchey Master P-29er – Kyle Kelley

Ritchey Master P-29er
Words and photos by Kyle Kelley

Have you ever seen a bike that makes you wanna say uhhhh! Uhhhh! Na na na na! Na na na na!!!

Well… that’s kind of what this Ritchey P-29er did for me. So I took a picture and put it up on Instagram to see if I could get a nice call and response going. Next thing I knew I had 1,000 people on Instagram screaming “uhhhh! Uhhhh! Na na na na!!!” so of course I decided it’d be best to take more photos of this amazing bike to share them here.

Graham, the colonel of this muthaf<3kin' tank is definitely pulling rank! XTR everything. He's even rocking XTR Safety Wire on those disk brakes. Thomson this and Thomson that, Ritchey where many lack. But the wheels, I'm in love with the wheels! White Industries hubs tied to the Blunt SS (full polish) and some 2.40 gumwall Ardents! I don't think anything could make this build any better. From the nips to the grips, it's dialed. The only thing Graham says he'll be changing down the road will be a wider Ritchey Classic Handlebar - this one was cut down to look and feel more classic. Time to get faded(Red,white, and blue foo), pass me the dojah and say uhhhh! Uhhhh! Na na na na! Na na na na!!! ____ Follow Kyle on Instagram

Ritchey Now Offers Their Disc Swiss Cross in Custom Commando Paint

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Ritchey Now Offers Their Disc Swiss Cross in Custom Commando Paint

Since the beginning, Rick at D&D Cycles has painted the Ritchey frames that found their way to him, including the popular Commando mountain bikes. This irregular pattern was something that the Ritchey factory overseas couldn’t emulate, so the team brought this new Swiss Cross straight to D&D Cycles for the appropriate treatment.

For 2015, Ritchey will now offer up any steel frameset with this paint option. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an older Swiss Cross or a new Break-away, any of their steel frames can be painted like the old Commandos. Simply contact them for more information.

See more photos of this beaut in the Gallery.

Jah Blessed 1989 Moots Zerkel MTB

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Jah Blessed 1989 Moots Zerkel MTB

Sky at Velo Cult has the full scoop on how this bike came to be, but I’ll do my best at paraphrasing.

Back in 1988, Chris Kostman was in the throes of the Race Across America, when his mechanics stopped at a little shop called Sore Saddle Cyclery in Steamboat Springs, CO. Inside, there was a frame builder named Kent Eriksen who spent his time crafting Moots bicycles.

Later, Eriksen made Kostman this 1989 Moots Zerkel – originally in a zebra stripe paint, which Chris didn’t like, so he recoated it in a crazy “rasta” paint job. It was built for Chris to race Iditabike and later, to take a crack at the first-ever 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Record.

Built with full Ritchey Logic components and American Classic hubs, it’s like a specimen from an almost forgotten age. The double fork ends, “gator jaw” gussets, custom stem and insane chainstays make this a truly unique shred sled. Look, this thing is insane and if you’re into the full, in-depth story, you should head to Velo Cult to read it all!

I went over the top documenting this one…

Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon C260 Now Comes in High Vis Yellow

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Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon C260 Now Comes in High Vis Yellow

These look super slick!

“For a limited time, get the SuperLogic Carbon C260 Stem in one of cycling’s most popular accent colors. Bikes from Pinarello, Ibis, Masi, Jamis, etc… all have models to match.

The full carbon C260 stem was designed to meet the needs of high-wattage European Classic Specialists. The SuperLogic Carbon C260 maximizes Strenght-to-weight through the use of high modulus carbon fiber, increased boom diameter, a wide clamp and our patented C260 clamp design.”

Lengths: 90/100/110/120/130mm
Stem Angle: 84/6 degree
Weight: 125g (110mm)
MSRP: $297.95

In stock now and ready to ship at Ritchey Logic!

Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015

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Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015

This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

2014 NAHBS: Ritchey’s New Breakaway Carbon Road and Swiss Disc Cross

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2014 NAHBS: Ritchey’s New Breakaway Carbon Road and Swiss Disc Cross

Two production bikes that I was rather keen on at this year’s NAHBS came from the Ritchey booth. The Swiss Cross received what seems to be an industry-wide upgrade for cross bikes: disc brakes and a new addition to the family: a carbon Breakaway road bike.

Both come in black paint (not safe for non-metal heads) and aren’t too far off for production. I don’t recall what the MSRP was on the Swiss Cross but the Breakaway will retail for $3,199 – frame, fork and headset included. For the weight-conscious, the Breakaway comes in at exactly 15.10 LBS as shown.

One note: the Breakaway was made by Tom Ritchey and production will have clearances for a 28c.

See more in the Gallery!

Cadence and Ritchey: Airflow C260 Stem

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Cadence and Ritchey: Airflow C260 Stem

This collaboration has been in the makings for quite some time and it coincides with the new Airflow line from Cadence. Ritchey’s C260 stem got a wet coat with “Keep Going” painted on the top, along with the Airflow graphic.

In stock now at Cadence in various lengths.

Dustin Klein of Cadence Painted this Ritchey Swiss Cross

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Dustin Klein of Cadence Painted this Ritchey Swiss Cross

To commemorate a forthcoming collaboration with Ritchey, Dustin Klein from Cadence took the time to personalize his new Swiss Cross frameset. I love seeing projects like this unfold, especially with companies like Cadence and Ritchey, both of which make exceptional products.

Personally, I think the Cadence x Ritchey stems look great and I can’t wait to see what else they’re cooking up!

Until then, check out the process and completed bike photos below!