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Old 02-10-19, 02:16 PM
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Fleslider 1985 Ritchey Ascent Project

Saved this guy from the recycling bin, it was a mystery frame that had Shimano 600 and Deore XT Deerhead components on it, and a nice set of bars. but no decals as to hint what it was, @cinco and I started looking at the frame and saw some lines from where decals once were, low and behold it was a Ritchey. This is a Ascent model which was the ones that Tom had the frame built in Japan and then he did all of the Braze-ons. its a Late 1985 model, it had been hit of some sort , the rear rim had been bent up and the front rim was missing. the rear derailleur was bent and ground up , and the NDS seat stay was bent. not looking good for this fellow.

Most of the parts were in great shape except for the derailleur. the bent rim was disassembled and the original 6 speed Dura-Ace hub and cassette were recovered. It looks to have had the bars upgraded to Ritchey TwinStrut Model 3's from the original Model 2's .

Now to find the missing parts and some Ritchey Decals ,

now as they say Pics or it didn't happen!


Save me Please! with donor rims on it for the pic.


Deer Head Front derailleur, 600 triple cranks and BB. Suntour XC pedals and Roller Cam Rear Brake

Ritchey Twin Strut Model 3 bars, 600 Headset and Deerhead Shifters and Brake levers.


Whats left of the Deerhead rear derailleur .


Bend in the Seat stay.


@cinco handiwork with a large arbor press some drilled wood blocks and a valve to get around the DS Seat stay. this came back in and is nice and straight again
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Old 02-10-19, 02:27 PM
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Tell this dude fleslider he has my attention!
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Nice job. Wow, this is may be the best dumpster rescued bike I've seen,
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Even bent, how can someone throw it away!
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I bought a new much smaller one in 1988.
Still have it.
Good bike.
The U brake is a task to keep clean.

Mine came with an Avocet triple crank, with Biopace chainrings. I swapped out the large ring for a round one before taking delivery.
Bike required new paint about ten years ago. "spider web" rust trails.
Bottom bracket died within 5 years. Went Phil.
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Holy cow, nice find!
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Find of the year. Nice job straightening the stay.
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WOW!!! NICE SAVE!!!
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Even bent, how can someone throw it away!
That's what we both thought. I was going to grab it just for the sake of saving it, but it's his size and he's more of a mountain guy than I am. Plus the conspicuous display of magnanimity might help in my half-hearted quest to find an early Ritchey road frame .
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
Saved this guy from the recycling bin, it was a mystery frame that had Shimano 600 and Deore XT Deerhead components on it, and a nice set of bars. but no decals as to hint what it was, @cinco and I started looking at the frame and saw some lines from where decals once were, low and behold it was a Ritchey. This is a Ascent model which was the ones that Tom had the frame built in Japan and then he did all of the Braze-ons. its a Late 1985 model, it had been hit of some sort , the rear rim had been bent up and the front rim was missing. the rear derailleur was bent and ground up , and the NDS seat stay was bent. not looking good for this fellow.

Most of the parts were in great shape except for the derailleur. the bent rim was disassembled and the original 6 speed Dura-Ace hub and cassette were recovered. It looks to have had the bars upgraded to Ritchey TwinStrut Model 3's from the original Model 2's .

Now to find the missing parts and some Ritchey Decals ,

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Save me Please! with donor rims on it for the pic.


Deer Head Front derailleur, 600 triple cranks and BB. Suntour XC pedals and Roller Cam Rear Brake

Ritchey Twin Strut Model 3 bars, 600 Headset and Deerhead Shifters and Brake levers.


Whats left of the Deerhead rear derailleur .


Bend in the Seat stay.


@cinco handiwork with a large arbor press some drilled wood blocks and a valve to get around the DS Seat stay. this came back in and is nice and straight again
That's a use for a valve I have never seen. It has at least a 3/8 stem, its not out of a small block! Good job on the seat stay. If it was anything other than a steel bike it would be scrap!
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That's what we both thought. I was going to grab it just for the sake of saving it, but it's his size and he's more of a mountain guy than I am. Plus the conspicuous display of magnanimity might help in my half-hearted quest to find an early Ritchey road frame .
You certainly have good karma heading your way then, @cinco
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