In the 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 The instantly-recognizable tri-color fade is a tribute to the classic Ritchey P-series racing mountain bike Thomas Frischknecht rode to numerous World Cup wins.
Tom Ritchey applied over 40 years of racing, designing and building steel mountain bikes into the new P-Team (26"). Like any Ritchey, this bike is born to go fast without sacrificing comfort or durability. Advancements over the 1990's version include the totally redesigned, heat-treated, triple-butted Logic II steel tubeset, proprietary forged and machined integrated head tube and gram-shaving, chainstay-mounted disc mount that allows the use of lighter seatstays for a little more rough trail compliance.
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