In the mid 1990's, Ritchey was well known for their TIG welded P-series steel mountain frames. These frames could be built into complete bikes weighing in the 20-23 pound range which was quite light for a steel mountain bike at the time. Though light, Ritchey mountain frames had a balanced ride quality with just enough compliance to take the edge off the bumps while being sufficiently stiff for power climbs. With the introduction of the P-29er, Ritchey brings their heritage of TIG-welded, light and strong mountain frames to the 29er world. The instantly-recognizable tri-color fade is a tribute to the classic Ritchey P-series racing mountain bike.
Tom Ritchey applied over 40 years of racing, designing and building steel mountain bikes into the new P-29er. Like any Ritchey, this bike is born to go fast without sacrificing comfort or durability. Heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic II tubing in Ritchey's unique butting profiles results in a frame that balances rough trail compliance with sprint-winning stiffness.
The 29er-specific geometry was defined by countless hours of saddle time under Tom Ritchey and other racers. The result is nimble handling that captures the benefits of the big wheels, stable but not sluggish, equally at home on all-day epics or tight, technical singletrack race courses.
The P-29 has a slider type dropout system making the P-29er geared or single-speed compatible. Each dropout is held in place with two stout bolts. Beefy adjustable dropout screws keep the dropouts precisely in place with no slipping.
Build information: requires BSC (English) threaded bottom bracket cups, 27.2 seat post, 1 1/8" integrated headset, 100mm travel fork and 28.6 clamp-on, top pull front derailleur
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Agree completely with review 1. Have a Niner MCR also (awesome). Would prefer a P-29 for nostalgia at least. HATE the adapter kit mentality ass end. Tom? Really? Check the price while you're at it.
I love Ritchey's stuff and who doesn't? The only about this frame is the the adjustable real dropouts. I understand them and where they came from but just too many pieces. they could be much simpler and thus lighter too. I still think its a awesome frame. I love 29ers. I own a MCR by Niner. Steel is Real. Its in the same league of can do almost anything bike.
Cons: Real Dropouts.. Not modern enough.
I worked with Phil at Excel to build the trickest/geekiest 29er Mountain Bike in Boulder. If you live in Boulder you know that's saying something. And in spite of being such a gear head machine the P-29er is by far the most capable two wheeled machine under $5k I've ever had the pleasure of riding. It delivers on all the typical Ritchey steel claims. Stiff but compliant, amazing climber but still competent on the downhills etc-etc.