I am curious about the manufacturing origin of this bike. I know most Ascents were partially built by Toyo Japan and the stays and finish work were done by Tom in Palo Alto. I’ve read that there were a few TIG welded frames either made in Tom’s shop or by other local frame builders. It seems Toyo frames had a fairly consistent serial number format Letter – Number – Letter – followed by 4-5 numeric digits. A few, like mine, have 3 numerals hand stamped under the bottom bracket. The other difference I have noticed is in the seat tube lug. All of the longer serial format bikes have a pointed lug and the 3 digit bikes use a straight cut lug. That is one clue to these bikes being built in different places. I would love to know if anybody has more information on what might be going on here. I e-mailed Ritchey’s contact us address through their website and got a fairly generic answer (Toyo tig’d the front triangles in Japan and Tom finished them in his shop).
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|Cable Routing:||under the BB with brazed on guides|
|Decals:||Ritchey / USA|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano XT Deerhead|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano XT M730 SIS|
|Cogs:||Shimano UG 12-28 6 Speed|
|Brake (front):||Shimano XT Cantilever|
|Brake (rear):||Suntour XC Sport Rollercam|
|Brake Levers:||Suntour XC Sport|
|Shifters:||Shimano XT M730 Thumbshifters|
|Cranks:||Shimano 600EX 28/38/48|
|Bottom Bracket:||Shimano 600EX Threaded|
|Pedals:||Suntour XC Compe|
|Handlebar:||Nitto Heat Treated Alloy Bullmoose|