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    need help evaluating my rocky mountain/ritchey bike

    i have an old mountain bike id like some help with. from what ive researched ive learned that tom ritchey used to make frames for rocky mountain back in the day. ive also heard that the serial number on the frame can help to determine the age of the frame as well. the serial number on the frame is 97071404 if this helps. from what i gather, ritchey frames are fairly sought after and relativly rare. any idea of a ball park guess at what it might be worth? thanks in advance

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    Pictures. It does not exist without pictures.
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    ok easiest thing for me is to post a link to the classified ad with multiple pictures

    http://www.usednanaimo.com/classifie...store_15898985

    any help would be great thanks

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    Rocky Mountain used to distribute Ritchey mountain bikes in Canada (mid eighties) and if I recall, these were labelled as A series models that were mass produced albeit very well made... these frames say Ritchey on them and are not as sought after as the models like the Team Comp and Anapurna which were personally built by Tom Ritchey.

    Ritchey dropouts and tube sets have been used widely by other manufacturers like RM but this does not make them a Ritchey... my handbuilt Moulden has Ritchey dropouts and a Ritchey seat tube which is identifiable by the oval shape where it meets the bottom bracket. The actual tubing was Tange Prestige double butted.

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    hmm... so it would be more proper to call it a rocky mountain with ritchey components? when i got this bike 10 years ago i just kinda thought the previous owner just had rm decals made to make it look cooler. any way you slice it, this bike seems to be of very good quality with alot of quality shimano components. i think im gonna fix it up and make a runner out of it

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    Rocky Mountain bicycles used to have their frames and wheel sets signed by the respective builders... the only frame they still make in house is the Blizzard steel hard tail while the rest of the production has moved overseas.

    A hand built Rocky Mountain bicycle is a beautiful thing and worth keeping.

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    is there any way of telling if it was hand made? from what i can see the welds on the frame imho are very nice. im almost thinking i should email pictures to rm and see if they know anything about it.

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    Honestly, I highly doubt this frame was made by Ritchey. As was stated, Rocky began as a shop that sold Ritchey's and later did begin to produce bikes with the help of Ritchey and used Ritchey brand drop outs on many bikes but from what I know Ritchey NEVER worked for or built any Rocky Mountain frame, if so it would be a very early/ old, mid-late 80's era frame. I own a 1992 Team Comp and I love it but I'd be lucky if DeKerf built it. As far as I know he built higher end Rockies up until 91. Frames perhaps like the custom Tantalus etc. Both Brodie and DeKerf worked at Rocky and Kona was a split off. The decals could be anything, if the paint is original, my guess is its a Blizzard-a damn good bike. Unfortunately I cannot see the seat collar area. This would help to define the year because up until 93 Rocky had a brazed on collar directly to the frame and later used the common separate collar.If it has a separate collar (94 and up) than I can quite confidently say it was not built by Ritchey. Another hint to age is that many Rockies used a wishbone style seatstay in the 91,92,93 era bike then went back to the common A style. Bottom line: my guess is this seller is blowing smoke to sell it or thinks its a Ritchey based on the drop outs which is ridiculous because many brands used them. I think its a nice Blizzard frame with so-so parts hanging off it.
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    It looks as though it does not have a cable stop for cantilevers at the back which helps with defining the era of the frame. If so, then this was designed for V brakes. Most definitely not hand built by Tom Ritchey. He probably rarely hand builds bikes anymore. Still, if it is a Blizzard, its a good Canadian made frame although they were made in Taiwan briefly when ProCycle bought them out(1997?). Some argue that post Procycle Rocky Mountain is not of the same quality but I think the quality control is still there.

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    did you get it?

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    My understanding is that the lugged "Ritchey" frames sold by Rocky Mountain were buult by Toyo in Japan. Not shabby by any means, but not built by Tom Ritchey either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xmessenger View Post
    Honestly, I highly doubt this frame was made by Ritchey. As was stated, Rocky began as a shop that sold Ritchey's and later did begin to produce bikes with the help of Ritchey and used Ritchey brand drop outs on many bikes but from what I know Ritchey NEVER worked for or built any Rocky Mountain frame, if so it would be a very early/ old, mid-late 80's era frame. I own a 1992 Team Comp and I love it but I'd be lucky if DeKerf built it. As far as I know he built higher end Rockies up until 91. Frames perhaps like the custom Tantalus etc. Both Brodie and DeKerf worked at Rocky and Kona was a split off. The decals could be anything, if the paint is original, my guess is its a Blizzard-a damn good bike. Unfortunately I cannot see the seat collar area. This would help to define the year because up until 93 Rocky had a brazed on collar directly to the frame and later used the common separate collar.If it has a separate collar (94 and up) than I can quite confidently say it was not built by Ritchey. Another hint to age is that many Rockies used a wishbone style seatstay in the 91,92,93 era bike then went back to the common A style. Bottom line: my guess is this seller is blowing smoke to sell it or thinks its a Ritchey based on the drop outs which is ridiculous because many brands used them. I think its a nice Blizzard frame with so-so parts hanging off it.
    My 2001 Blizzard is an insanely nice bike built on a Reynold's 725 tubeset... many will tell you that these are the finest steel hard tails made.

    Already noted that my handbuilt Moulden uses Ritchey dropouts but was built right here by a local builder and Ritchey did a good business selling components.

    The Ritchey A series was a Canadian model that was sold by Rocky Mountain and is nicely tig welded and has a lugged seat post... the build quality is excellent and I passed the one I had on to a friend as it was too small for me.

    The OP was the owner of the bike but just was not sure what he had... the sales listing is still up and looks to be unchanged.

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    Judging by the serial number and the fact it doesn't have the stop for canti's, I'm pretty sure its a 1998 Rocky and likely a Blizzard.I looked at the BikePedia site and the 97 is red/cream where the 98 is white so it was probably a 98 model build in 97. Unfortunately I am unable to take another look at the add(sold?), but I don't recall seeing anything special regarding parts. Anything Syncros would be sweet. Was he asking $300? If so, I think thats a bit much unless its in real good shape component and frame wise. Really what you are buying is the frame because its no secret Blizzards have an excellent rep and are sought after. Its kinda hard to know the condition of it when the seller is so willing to spin a story that just isn't fact. I say $200.If someone else hasn't already bought it believing the story.

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