Interbike 2012 – Ritchey P-650b

650b gets real on steel.

Ritchey built its first 650b bike back in 1977, and now, keeping with the trends and going full circle, it’s producing a frame, tires and wheels in this wheel size.

The Ritchey P-650b’s frame takes the successful P-series platform and adopts it to fit medium-sized wheels. This frame is set to retail for $1,100, and should be available in December.

The wheels are based on Ritchey’s Vantage II wheels, which will have a proprietary tubeless-ready rim, weigh in at ~1,550 grams and will retail for about $800.

The tires are the Z Max Shield, which were developed with the help of the powerful Scott-Swisspower mountain bike team. The tubeless ready, 2.1-inch tires are set to come in at 533 grams.

The Ritchey’s straight steerer uses internal bearings for a super-clean look.

Designed by the mustached legend, Tom Ritchey.

Staying up-to-date in the details, the Ritchey P-650b uses post-mount disc brake tabs.