Ritchey / Commando / 1985


The Commando first made its appearance in the 1984 catalogue. It was marketed as a true battle companion that would take you anywhere in all conditions. Original paint is by Rick Stefani of D & D Cycles who painted all of the Commandos. I used Bullseye cranks and hubs - while not catalogue spec they have the same kind of work ethic that Commando does - and they are period correct. Commandos are rare to see in this condition - I think they were perceived as indestructible - since this was not the case many of them ended up bent beyond repair or rusted out. The matching handlebars were a factory upgrade - costing an extra $120 - as a result many shipped with the stock black Ritchey aluminum bullmoose. 

Year: 1985 

Frame: Ritchey / Commando 

Fork: Ritchey / Unicrown 

Stem: Ritchey / Twinstrut 

Headset: Shimano XT M730 

Bottom Bracket: Action-Tec / Titanium 

Handlebar: Ritchey / Twinstrut 

Shifters: Shimano XT M730 

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M730 

Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M730 

Brake Levers: Tommaselli 

Front Brake: Scott Pederson SE Brake Calipers 

Rear Brake: Scott Pederson SE Brake Calipers 

Crankset: Bullseye 

Chainrings: Shimano SG 

Pedals: Suntour XC-II 

Hubs: Bullseye 

Rims: Mavic 217 

Tires: IRC Mythos XE 

Wheel QR: Shimano XT M730 

Seatpost: Shimano XT M730 

Saddle: Selle Italia Anatomic 

Seatpost QR: Suntour 

Grips: WTB 

Chain: Shimano XT M730 

Cogs: Action-Tec Titanium 

Owner: Mike Berlin’s Mountain Bikes