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New bike build in the works: Ritchey Ascent 650B

Old 09-13-21, 08:17 PM
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New bike build in the works: Ritchey Ascent 650B

My new "do it all" bike is going to be a 2021 Ritchey Ascent with 650B wheels. The only component being transferred from the current bike is the brakes so there are lots of new parts on the way. I am excited!

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Parts are startng to trickle in!

The best part arrived first.



then the Atlas cranks and BB, BB tool, 34t oval chainring and Salsa Deluxe Bend 2 bars

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Let us know how you like the bike when done. I've been on the lookout for a rigid mountain bike, this one has the look, but not sure how it would be on trails.

A Kona Unit would probably be a better option for me, but the Ritchey Ascent looks so much better.
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Will do!

The wheelset arrived with the wrong hub installed but still got most of the assembly done today. It is a very straight forward build. LOVE the thru axles (my first expereience with them) and also the drop-in WCS headset that comes with the kit because no headeset press needed.



When my butt saw this new wider Brooks Cambium c67 on the internet it said "oh yeah" so here it is. Just sitting on the bike I can tell its gonna be a good saddle for me.



Wheels are carbon and setup for tubless and these Re-Fuse 27.5x2.0 tires should roll nicely. A fairly light combo.



Installed a stubby Hussefelt stem, the Salsa deluxe bend 2 bars and my favorite Tektro Orion brakes.

I am happy with the way it sits



Trying out these fenders and a $12 frame pack bag



I like the bag but the fenders are a 'no-go' with 650's, too much air underneath. The ad said they work for 29's AND 650's but its stretching the truth.




Just waiting for the hub to go on the maiden ride!

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Will do!

The wheelset arrived with the wrong hub installed but still got most of the assembly done today. It is a very straight forward build. LOVE the thru axles (my first expereience with them) and also the drop-in WCS headset that comes with the kit because no headeset press needed.



When my butt saw this new wider Brooks Cambium c67 on the internet it said "oh yeah" so here it is. Just sitting on the bike I can tell its gonna be a good saddle for me.



Wheels are carbon and setup for tubless and these Re-Fuse 27.5x2.0 tires should roll nicely. A fairly light combo.



Installed a stubby Hussefelt stem, the Salsa deluxe bend 2 bars and my favorite Tektro Orion brakes.

I am happy with the way it sits



Trying out these fenders and a $12 frame pack bag



I like the bag but the fenders are a 'no-go' with 650's, too much air underneath. The ad said they work for 29's AND 650's but its stretching the truth.




Just waiting for the hub to go on the maiden ride!

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Looks like a fantastic build.

Please provide feedback on this bike and also on your saddle.

I have been eyeing off that Cambium model.
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Neat bike, I dig the color; I have a Swiss Cross and I really love the ride.

According to Excel Sports, a large Ritchey dealer, this frame has a max combined weight of 264 lbs, which is lower than most commercial bikes. I only bring this up because this is posted in the Clyde sub. Hopefully you already knew this and are within the weight limit. Generally, I would not consider Ritchey to be a very Clyde friendly source for frames.

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Neat bike, I dig the color; I have a Swiss Cross and I really love the ride.

According to Excel Sports, a large Ritchey dealer, this frame has a max combined weight of 264 lbs, which is lower than most commercial bikes. I only bring this up because this is posted in the Clyde sub. Hopefully you already knew this and are within the weight limit. Generally, I would not consider Ritchey to be a very Clyde friendly source for frames.
That is a surprisingly low weight limit for a 2.4kg framed bike.
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Neat bike, I dig the color; I have a Swiss Cross and I really love the ride.

According to Excel Sports, a large Ritchey dealer, this frame has a max combined weight of 264 lbs, which is lower than most commercial bikes. I only bring this up because this is posted in the Clyde sub. Hopefully you already knew this and are within the weight limit. Generally, I would not consider Ritchey to be a very Clyde friendly source for frames.
Oh the challenges of being a Clyde!

The frame was purchased from Excel and I did see that. My body is right at the weight limit and Im not carrying any luggage or doing any aggressive riding. Smooth street and gravel canal paths only. Im not worried.

It does seem low tho' when most manufacturer's touring, commuter and mountain bikes are rated to 300, and some up to 355 (ex: Kona Sutra). Ritchey is an expert builder and I doubt there is something lacking with "his" frames. Could be a liability/protection thing? (JIC).

Something from Salsa regarding rider weight limit:

Is there a rider weight limit on your frames?
No, but we do suggest that you use common sense. After all, your frame is an important part of keeping your body intact and in good working order. Think about what you weigh? Think about your riding style and where you ride? Then look at the frame offerings before you and decide what makes the most sense in the long term. This doesn’t just apply to Salsa brand frames. The smart end user considers this no matter which brand of bicycle he or she is choosing.

To me, common sense in this context =
"Don't use a road bike for downhill runs at the ski resort",
"Expect to encounter additional maintanance requirements if you weigh 350 and are riding across the country on 25c tires"

I believe its the extremes the manufacturers are concerned about

JMHO

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Oh the challenges of being a Clyde!

The frame was purchased from Excel and I did see that. My body is right at the weight limit but Im not carrying any luggage or doing any aggressive riding. Smooth street and gravel canal paths only. No worries.

It does seem low tho' when most manufacturer's touring, commuter and mountain bikes are rated to 300, and some up to 355 (ex: Kona Sutra). Ritchey is an expert builder and I doubt there is something lacking with "his" frames. Could be a liability/protection thing? (JIC).

Something from Salsa regarding rider weight limit:

Is there a rider weight limit on your frames?
No, but we do suggest that you use common sense. After all, your frame is an important part of keeping your body intact and in good working order. Think about what you weigh? Think about your riding style and where you ride? Then look at the frame offerings before you and decide what makes the most sense in the long term. This doesnít just apply to Salsa brand frames. The smart end user considers this no matter which brand of bicycle he or she is choosing.

To me, common sense in this context =
"Don't use a road bike for downhill runs at the ski resort",
"Expect to encounter additional maintanance requirements if you weigh 350 and are riding across the country on 25c tires"

I believe its the extremes the manufacturers are concerned about

JMHO
Weight limit is not an indication of frame quality. A 265lb limit frame is made for different purposes than a mass produced Trek with a 300 limit. As a 155 pounder, I appreciate the ride quality and lower weight of the lower weight limit frames. Ritchey P20 had a 145lb limit at size M IIRC.
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You need to put on some weight to be in this forum
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B17 on the left, C67 on the right

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you need to put on some weight to be in this forum
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10 mile shakedown/maiden voyage tonight. This is a very comfortable and responsive frameset, very happy!


Trying Microshift products for the first time. The bling appeal is very low but super easy to set up, the shifts are crisp and the force at the thumb is very light. Will see how it holds up.



Older Tektro Orion brakes from a previous build feel/work excellent


Cheap beef


Got a pair of these on another bike and they have been holding up well. $27 on Amazon






The only thing Im scratching my head about is this oval chainring thing. I cant tell a differnce, even on climbs.

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After 50 miles so far the bike is doing great. Its very smooth, comfortable and quiet. Loving the saddle and tires too.





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After 50 miles so far the bike is doing great. Its very smooth, comfortable and quiet. Loving the saddle and tires too.





Damn, that bike really is calling my name.

Love the way it looks, the proportions are so attractive.
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that is beautiful!!!!!
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Originally Posted by tdipail View Post
Oh the challenges of being a Clyde!

The frame was purchased from Excel and I did see that. My body is right at the weight limit and Im not carrying any luggage or doing any aggressive riding. Smooth street and gravel canal paths only. Im not worried.

It does seem low tho' when most manufacturer's touring, commuter and mountain bikes are rated to 300, and some up to 355 (ex: Kona Sutra). Ritchey is an expert builder and I doubt there is something lacking with "his" frames. Could be a liability/protection thing? (JIC).

Something from Salsa regarding rider weight limit:

Is there a rider weight limit on your frames?
No, but we do suggest that you use common sense. After all, your frame is an important part of keeping your body intact and in good working order. Think about what you weigh? Think about your riding style and where you ride? Then look at the frame offerings before you and decide what makes the most sense in the long term. This doesnít just apply to Salsa brand frames. The smart end user considers this no matter which brand of bicycle he or she is choosing.

To me, common sense in this context =
"Don't use a road bike for downhill runs at the ski resort",
"Expect to encounter additional maintanance requirements if you weigh 350 and are riding across the country on 25c tires"

I believe its the extremes the manufacturers are concerned about

JMHO
Their website can say what it wants. According to the owners manual included with every new Salsa bike at purchase, the limit is 300 pounds. It's the same 300 pounds listed for every make/model/style of bike Salsa makes.

I know a guy with a Salsa mountain bike. He rides aggressively. He is 350 pounds. His full suspension bike is broken weekly. I take it that they are pretty serious about the 300 pound limit.
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the 350 pounder should not be surpised then.
Im loving my bike!
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~150 miles in and the bike is performing well for me. It's whisper quiet and tight. Kudos to the Microshift Advent derailluer: it is as smooth as butter and hasn't needed any adjustments since the initial install. Advent= Shimano Deore IMO


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~150 miles in and the bike is performing well for me. It's whisper quiet and tight. Kudos to the Microshift Advent derailluer: it is as smooth as butter and hasn't needed any adjustments since the initial install. Advent= Shimano Deore IMO
Looking good, and I still want one. I ended up buying a hardtail mountain bike, so it's difficult to justify the Ascent for my use. Maybe if I come across a used one...
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A two hour ride today. Despite the heat, it went well. The front sprockect is a 34T and I find I need more speed. The top granny is just silly slow. There is only one larger of this make/model and it is a 36T. 11/34 vs 11/36 isnt much difference though, hmm

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Here is mine.
Ritchey Ascent Breakaway by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr
700c
It rides like a drop bar conversion. As well it probably should. Ritchey lists the frame in their "mountain" category. But, the follow it up with marketing copy to "build it any way you want."

The above pic is version 1. For version 2, the cable routing moved around a bit. It looks like a 1x, but it's really not. For version 2, I installed a Paul Components 31.8 to SRAM shifter adaptor & SRAM mountain 3x shifter on the handlebar adjacent to the stem so that I could operate the hub.

To route the 3 speed hub shifting, I used the front derailleur cable stop on the underside of the downtube & routed the cable to the under bottom bracket cable guide, then to a Problem Solvers brand pulley located near the seatpost clamp cluster so that the "front" shift cable could run to the Sturmey-Archer CS-RK3 hub along the seat stay. You see a hint of that in the pic above where I used a vintage cable stop clamp & ran the cable along the top tube. (I didn't like the cable slack situation in overdrive, hence the routing change.)

With the 11-42 cassette & XTR rear derailleur operated by short-pull Gevenalle 1x mountain shifters I have 20-140 gear inches on tap.

It's nice to have near mountain bike low gears & still be able to put down meaningful power at 35mph should a good descent present itself.

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Looks like a great bike!
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