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Bridgestone RB-1

It took a while to find a small one, but I'm happy to have found this example in what I've decided is the best color scheme of the whole lineage. Purchased from a friend of My Man Grant, all original except for the tires. Now featuring a fun, $0 9-speed conversion. My small legs love big cassettes

Frame:
1992 RB-1, 50cm

Fork/Headset:
RB-1, 600

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
600

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
600 53/40, XT 11-34

Derailleurs/Shifters:
600, Deore II, Microshift

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto Noodle 177

Saddle/Seatpost:
Thomson, Romin Team

Brakes:
Dia Compe, 105

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Ritchey Vantage Comp, 600, GravelKing 28mm

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Ritchey Vantage Comp, 600, 9-Speed Freehub Swap, GravelKing 28mm

More Info:
The frame clears tires measuring 32mm, barely. The old ads say "fits 32's", but in the '92 RB-2 copy, it clarifies that the RB's actually clear 28mm clinchers, "typically labeled 700x32c". Did measurements mean something different back in the day?

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2
  3. Stage 3

Added by Kyono. Last updated 7 months ago.

5 Comments

nightstalker

nightstalker says:

howd you manage to find a 27.0 thomson post?? Could not even find any for my bridgestone..

Posted 7 months ago

Kyono

Kyono says:

I got lucky and found a 27.0 x 250 for cheap on Ebay

Posted 7 months ago

Pedalboy75

Pedalboy75 says:

Nice!!!...I'm looking to pick one up soon myself. Remember a guy riding one of these around when I was a Senior in HS and I wanted on BAD!!!

Posted 11 months ago

vstkrc

vstkrc says:

These things are so timeless and classic; they always look good. Interesting bars, very deep drop it looks like (is that what "modified" means?).

On a side note, Sheldon Brown once said (with a degree of cynicism) that tire manufacturers would intentionally mislabel tire sizes so that their tires would weigh less than a competitor's tire in the same size.

Posted about 1 year ago

Kyono

Kyono says:

tire sizing faker than pant sizing :(

Bridgestone noted them as modified, it might be the 26.0 vs 25.4 clamp size

Posted about 1 year ago