Ritchey P-29 29er Hardtail

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)

Product Description

Using a Tange tubeset, new internal headset head tube and Tange sliding dropouts, the paint scheme is still up in the air.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bembry45 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2017

Strengths:    frame is custom quality, full XT build, Ritchey WCS finishing kit

Weaknesses:    $3,000+ MSRP steel hardtail, integrated derailleur hanger, Ritchey ZMax Comp tires

Bottom Line:   
I have the more recent P-29er that comes in a black & yellow paint job and switches over to a integrated derailleur hanger. The bike is incredible out of the box. Rockshox SID, XT drivetrain, XT brakes the build fits the rugged frame. Logic steel has a truly custom feel, MSRP is $3,200.00 dollars which is steep for someone not appreciating steel but the Ritchey quality is clear & apparent in the saddle. Bike is incredibly balanced perfect for endurance racing/riding & bikepacking. The bike screams Epic Race/Rides

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco State Park

Price Paid:    $2350.00

Similar Products Used:   Niner AIR 9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by always_last a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2016

Strengths:    Solid, simple, hardtail design.
Fairly light for a production steel frame (4.35lbs for medium)
QR rear hub- because it works and do we really need anything more?
Threaded bottom bracket- same reason as above.
Tapered headtube- even though I don't think it's necessary the fork industry has pretty much made this necessary.

Weaknesses:    It took a while for the black/yellow colors to grow on me, but I'm into it now.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the latest version of the frame- black/yellow with tapered head tube. I don't ride a lot of different mountain bikes, I tend to buy a frame and ride it to death. I still own, ride, and like my '94 Kona Kilauea which I haven't killed yet, just for perspective. I did a lot of research before buying a steel hardtail and I'm glad I didn't get lured by the hype of the latest frames with super slack angles, longer travel forks, plus tires, etc. Think about the type of riding you really do and maybe a classic steel frame like the P-29 is the perfect all around bike. For me it hits the important marks- it goes up as well as it goes down, it's playful enough to be fun but not slow or sloppy when the turns are fast and tight, it's light enough to race but sturdy enough to not worry about breaking. I'm looking forward to putting as many years and miles on this frame as I have on my Kona.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Birger a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2016

Strengths:    Steel, looks, tri-color paint is perfect, build quality.

Weaknesses:    Relatively soft frame especially in XL/21". Sliding rear drops adds complexity and weight, and is a mess.

Bottom Line:   
Got the bike in February 2012 and rode it 4 seasons, primarily 1-2 hour trail rides. It is a great bike that handles really well in the trail. This bike can take a beating, no doubt. Had it set up with 2x10 Shimano gears and a Reba fork. The bike/frame flexes quite a lot, which can be good and bad. My brother has a Cotic Solaris, which is a more rigid frame. So if you want a steel frame and really want to hit the trails hard, I think the Cotic is a better choice. It just does not come close to the Ritchey looks and quality wise. Ultimately I got tired of the sliding drops and was considering the 2015 version with fixed drops and tapered front end. I think these changes are very welcome, since I believe this bike belongs in the trail geared and with a suspension fork. Just a shame Ritchey changed the paint as well. In the end I decided to try a carbon frame, but often find myself missing the Ritchey. Overall a really nice bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Rude

Similar Products Used:   Cotic Solaris, Singular Swift

Bike Setup:   Ritchey p-29er frame 21", Shimano XTR gears 2x10 M985, Reba fork, DT Swiss 240s hubs with Stans Arch Ex rims, Maxxis Ardent set up tubeless.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by letac a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2016

Strengths:    Handling, acceleration, weight, BB type, build quality, cool factor

Weaknesses:    Wish the rear end would absorb a bit more, for a steel bike it is extremely non compliant.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic frame. Handles great on just about everything. Geometry is spot on. Under 5 lbs for a steel bike is really good. I have the non slider version and it weighs 23-24 lbs depending on what tires I run. I tent to favor squeezing in 2.4s @ about 20psi for some extra cush because it is a harsh ride by steel standards. Same reason I run a ti post and a carbon rail saddle... the more I can mellow the ride yet still reap the benefits of a snappy hardtail, the better.

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Favorite Trail:   Womble

Duration Product Used:   a while

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   leshop

Similar Products Used:   So many bikes.

Bike Setup:   1x10, suspension up front, tubeless 2.4s front and rear, flexy ti post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2013

Strengths:    Climbing, agile, light, comfortable, fun, solid, always gets compliments on the trail,tracking, cornering. This bike is the complete package for XC. I'm thing about getting another frame and building it up with gearing.

Weaknesses:    Maybe price but considering the way the thing rides it ain't a big deal.

Bottom Line:   
If you had of asked me when I first started riding mtb's that 7 years down the road I'd be riding a rigid steel single and loving it more than anything else I have owned. I wouldn't have believed you. For the last two years prior this I've been riding a Pivot Mach 4 and have loved every minute on it. Then I bought this frameset and begun the build, ever since the first ride I haven't ridden the Pivot at all. I actually sold it last week.

Every time I get off this bike I'm more and more impressed. Whether it's a short 20km blast with mates or a 6 hour enduro this thing is super comfy.

Steel is real. Just went and bought myself self a steel roadie.

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Favorite Trail:   Lyserfield

Duration Product Used:   5 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   pushys.com.au

Similar Products Used:   Pivot Mach 4
Cannondale Caffeine 2
Giant Anthem
Giant Trance

Bike Setup:   P29 frame, Ritchey WCS carbon fork, Ritchey WCS carbon bar stem and seat post, XT brakes, XT crank, 32 x 18 gearing.
Stans Crest SS wheel set laced with Maxxis Crossmarks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Antonio Areno

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2013

Strengths:    Very Durable!!! Lightest Steel! Really fast both trails and road.

Weaknesses:    It make me sleep very late at night. Coz I cant stop staring at it!!!

Bottom Line:   
I have been searching for the perfect bike for years, I tried road, i tried dh full sus bike, but I still have upgraded to another bike. Until I finally bought my P29er. From classic looks to superb performance, the frame itself dances in the trail even if your tires are quite hard. It feels like you are riding a fullsus. This hard tail does it ALL! Thanks to John Wilkie Bike Shop for bringing this beast to the P.I. Thanks Tom Ritchey. I will keep this bike till the end of time. :)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Wolf a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2013

Strengths:    Solid, predictable, rides like a 26er, but smoother than my full suspension Cannondale Scalpel. 23.3 LBS.

Most people complain about the red, white, and blue paint, but I remember watching the Grundig WC races and like the colors. Called my old school, but better than some of the "in" color schemes around. Classical!

Buy this if you are looking for a light hard tail that is different from the mainstream.

Weaknesses:    So cool I ALMOST hate to get it dirty.

Bottom Line:   
I built the P-29er (21” frame) with Ritchey WCS saddle, seat post, bars, and stem. I used the 2013 Sram XO 2 X 10 group, and Stan’s EX Flow wheel set matched to a set of Ritchey WCS Shield tires (tubeless). Shop scales said 23.3!
It is smooth as my full suspension bike but six pounds lighter. I was thinking that there would be a draw back or an adjustment to riding on the 29 inch wheels, but it felt just like my first Bridgestone MB-1. Smooth climbs, better than my Slingshots, and the XO four piston brakes are better than I hoped for.
This bike is light, dances through ugly stuff, and craves the twisty singletrack like a Jedi using the force.
Very happy I bought it!

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Favorite Trail:   Dirty South Knoxville

Duration Product Used:   less than 100 miles

Price Paid:    $4900.00

Purchased At:   Fountain City Peddle

Bike Setup:   Fox Float 32 -- 29er

SRAM 2013 XO group 2 x 10

Everything else is Ritchey WCS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2012

Strengths:    Stiff rear end, comfortable, nimble. Retro-cool factor...

Weaknesses:    Integrated headset, this frame deserves a Chris King.

Bottom Line:   
Wow, just built up my 19" P29'er SS from a mix of old and new parts. The bike is way beyond my expectations. Coming from a succesive line of Fisher Rigs (3 broken frames, all replaced at no charge/no question) I was ready for something different. This is a well made, well thought out frame that really works. It accelerates like no other mountain bike I've ridden. Its handles twisty single track really well and descends like a dream.

The geometry fits my longer torso well. The paragon sliders make for easy and solid chain tensioning and allow you to make tweaks to the chain stay length.

It's only flaw is the "Made in Taiwan" sticker, but money matters and you'd be hard pressed to find a better frame for less.

Thank you Mr. Ritchey!

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Favorite Trail:   Black/White (IMBA) at Harmony Hill

Purchased At:   Bicycle Doctor USA

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Rig, Vassago Jaberwocky, Niner EMD

Bike Setup:   Stan's/Hope wheelset, xt cranks/pedals, Reba RL fork, Hayes Stroker Trail brakes, Thomspon Setback post/WTB Saddle, Easton EA90 stem, Titec Carbon bars, Ergon cork grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ignazjr

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2012

Strengths:    Great feeling steel, sliding dropouts are great for SS for for adjusting geometry and ride quality of the bike. Love the integrated seatpost clamp. Stiff where it needs to be but comfy for all day in the saddle.

Weaknesses:    Not a huge fan of the Campy style drop in headset

Bottom Line:   
About 1000 miles on this bike and so far, it's been the perfect hardtail XC machine and race bike. I've got miles in on everything from pavement to dirt roads and jeep roads to technical singletrack. It's all I have ever wanted from a bike of this caliber. Fast, comfy, smooth and laterally stiff. Raced it in the Breckenridge 68 and wouldn't have had any other bike. With an X9 drivetrain and a Reba 100mm fork with light wheels, it's right around 26lbs for a large. Pretty good IMO. The P29er is a snappy handler but is capable of handling some pretty raucous descents under a confident pilot. If I'm going to ride all day, this is my bike of choice. It's a precision instrument and an all around fantastic bike.

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Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   www.redstonecyclery.

Similar Products Used:   too many to list. Been riding and racing for 20 years.

Bike Setup:   large, Truvativ carbon post and bars, Ritchey 80mm stem, XO shifters and rear der, X9 crank and ft der, AC hubs and WTB i19 rims, Reba 100mm 15qr fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by wes a Racer

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Steel, price is steep for a frame but that retro look of the old P-21 is worth it. Great ride quality & perfect handling. Set up as a single speed, the drop out hasn't moved at all since I set it up, rock solid slider for SS application.

Weaknesses:    About a pound more than my old aluminum frame but not noticable on the trail.

Bottom Line:   
I have about 80 miles of single track on this bike and love the ride quality, I'm 6' riding a 19" frame, the geometry fits just like my old bike (VooDoo Bokor), no handling traits to learn just get on and hold on. I have it set up as a single speed, weight is 20 pounds.

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Favorite Trail:   Highland Rec

Price Paid:    $990.00

Purchased At:   Sweet Bikes

Similar Products Used:   VooDoo Bokor

Bike Setup:   American Classic wheels & seatpost, Truvativ crank & handlebar, Avid brakes, Ritchey stem, Niner carbon fork, 32x17 gears.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JP

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2012

Strengths:    Steel IS real, welds are clean, paint is way cool lookin.

Weaknesses:    Are u Kidding?

Bottom Line:   
Just picked this up last night so still getting it adjusted, but managed a 20 mile ride on local trails. Had it built up with solid stuff, not lightweight weenie stuff. Stans Flow rims, full XT 2x10, Rock Shox SID XX. This bike reminds me of a 29er version of my old Fat Chance Yo Eddy. Just totally solid and tracks like it's on rails. Gives you the confidence to just throw into twisty singletrack at crazy speeds and it will figure it out for you...drama free. Great ride and worth it. Yeah it's a bit retro, compared to a 18lb Carbon Niner, but the feel is just like butter, as opposed to peanut brittle...Get it?

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Purchased At:   Red Stone Bikes, Lyo

Similar Products Used:   Uhhhh?

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT 2x10, SID XX, Maxxis Ignitors, Stans Flow laced to Chris King hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ripperme48 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2012

Strengths:    Creamy steel ride quality. Climbs like it should. Descends like a precision instrument.

Weaknesses:    Na- freaking- Da.

Bottom Line:   
I just built it up with a rigid steel fork. I have ridden it with knobs and with slicks...Just a few rides in and it rides much like a 29er version of my old 1990 Bridgestone MB1. Steel is definitely still real. Tom Ritchey is a legendary frame builder and this frame is another classic. This frame is supple yet stiff. It really holds a line and absorbs texture in the trail very well. My bike mechanic bumped me in front of the line because he wanted to build it so he could experience it, if only in the parking lot. It is definitely a head turner as well. Lots of sincere compliments. I plan on riding her until I die baby!

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Excel Sports Boulder

Similar Products Used:   Bridgestone MB1, MB3, RB1, Gary Fisher Paragon 29er

Bike Setup:   Full rigid. A mix of driveline stuff...Shimano and Sram goodies. Mary on one bars. Stans tubeless Flow Hope wheelset. Rock Shox suspension seatpost. Avid Juicy5 disc brakes.

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