1983 Ritchey “Faux Lugs” Competition
This Competition model Ritchey, later known by the name Annapurna, was built for Tom Ritchey's neighbor in exchange for painting Tom's house in 1982. In 1983 Tom delivered this bike to him. Considered by many vintage enthusiasts to be one of the prettiest frames ever made, it was also one of the most time consuming to construct. At each tube intersection is a faux lug reinforcement that is then fillet brazed. The craftsmanship is obvious, and much extra time was spent perfecting the fillets. Special attention was paid to the bottom bracket to give it a beautiful melted or fluid look. This bike is unique in that it is nearly completely original. The only parts swapped out during restoration were the grips and brake pads. All the parts and paint have been carefully polished to bring back their original shine while preserving their patina and history.