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Ritchey MTB

Old 08-21-16, 05:05 PM
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Ritchey MTB

I was wondering if there is much collector value in this bike. Previous owner said it was a repaint by D and D,he was going on info from the original owner .I am not sure what model or year .The previous owner removed paint from the BB looking for the serial number,with no luck. I don't see it either,maybe more paint needs to be removed ? Any thoughts on this one? Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-21-16, 08:52 PM
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Assuming the Mountain LX group is original, that would put it at 1989.

Sad to say, there's not much love for 26" MTBs these days unless they're really rare or unusual; I think it's from the recent 29er craze and the more recent 650b mini-craze. Ritchey is great stuff, but it might take awhile to find the right buyer. So from a collectible standpoint, it would have been more collectible a decade ago. These days, not so much.

The different color fork makes me suspect it may not be original. I'm not a Ritchey expert so this is only speculation, but if it isn't the original fork, that drops the price, since any potential buyer may think it was crashed and replaced, even it if wasn't.

Fully overhauled and parts replaced, anywhere between $200-300 depending on your market and how badly someone wants a Ritchey. Other than the name, there's not much to distinguish it from all the other 26" MTBs out there.
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Old 08-21-16, 11:28 PM
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Also no expert here. I will strongly second the Ritchey being great stuff and submit thats an understatement. That is also providing it is a Ritchey. All that being said Ritchey is the top of the heap for these and the one to have IMHO. More pics of the BB top and bottom, seat lug, fork, headtube and downtube joint will get much better info
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Old 08-22-16, 06:59 AM
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Maybe some photos of the seat stay cluster, drop outs with no wheels attached and the head and tube top tube point. If it's a repaint then you obviously can't go by colour. Here is a catalogue from 1989, assuming it is a 89, as the components may be been replaced as Bargain Guy has already pointed out.

The link above has many other catalogues that may be of help trying to figure out the model, then the worth.
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Old 08-22-16, 10:04 AM
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Frame is pointing to the Ascent model.
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Old 08-23-16, 04:13 AM
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Thanks folks,I will get some pics up.
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Old 08-23-16, 07:13 AM
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More pics,sorry about the quality .I had no idea the pics would be so bad,I can take more later if necessary. Thanks for all the help so far.
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Old 08-23-16, 09:23 AM
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Well I think Repechage called this one. It certainly looks like the Ascent. According to the catalogue it come with XT and your is LX so maybe someone else could shed some light on this one (Though they could have been replacements after the repaint)
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Old 08-23-16, 12:17 PM
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If its a real Ritchey its worth 2X what a non Ritchey is worth.
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Old 08-23-16, 07:59 PM
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There is a huge demand for vintage mountain bikes in good condition.
You can get some expert assessments here also:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/927406034014215/
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Old 08-24-16, 09:52 AM
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Thanks again everyone.TXSLEDS I just joined(pending) the Facebook group,thanks for the link.
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Old 08-24-16, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
If its a real Ritchey its worth 2X what a non Ritchey is worth.
+1 and if it is a real one I would not let it get away.
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Old 08-24-16, 11:08 AM
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The Ritchey's that are worth big coin are the fillet brazed ones. This is a tig welded in Japan version. While a nice bike, it isn't up there on the collectors must have list.
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Old 08-24-16, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mparker326 View Post
The Ritchey's that are worth big coin are the fillet brazed ones. This is a tig welded in Japan version. While a nice bike, it isn't up there on the collectors must have list.
Thanks for the info,was not aware it is not sought after like the brazed frames. Looks like I will just put it on CL and see what happens,maybe a local college student will want it.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
+1 and if it is a real one I would not let it get away.
Don't get too excited. That only means its worth $150 instead of $75.
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Old 08-25-16, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
Don't get too excited. That only means its worth $150 instead of $75.
Are you saying my bikes value is about $ 150?
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I would say it's worth about $200 these are very nice bikes but there just a tone of nice hard frame MTB's around in most markets for fairly cheap prices. I like the fact that this one has the full LX mountain group which is about the nicest of the 7 speed groups functionally with supper smooth sealed bearing RD and nicely indexing shifter's with on demand friction overide. I would suggest keeping the bike It's worth more as nice rider than you can get in the current market.
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Old 08-25-16, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dale Alan View Post
I .The previous owner removed paint from the BB looking for the serial number,with no luck. I don't see it either,maybe more paint needs to be removed ? Any thoughts on this one? Thanks for any info.



I can almost read the serial number. Its next to the plastic cable guide on the last pic you posted.
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Old 08-25-16, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
I can almost read the serial number. Its next to the plastic cable guide on the last pic you posted.
I see it in the pic now that you point it out,I will take a look when I get home .My eyes are bad without bright light,I should have used a flashlight.Thanks
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Old 08-26-16, 01:57 AM
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Thanks to all that helped me out,much appreciated.
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