RIH Vienna from beater to classic beauty

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  • Hi all,

    so last year I bought this piece of shit fixie skidder on ebay for next to nothing, because I saw potential. It's a RIH super made in Vienna (not the dutch builder)

    I always wanted a nice steel track frame drilled front and back for singlespeeding purpose. In fact the original fork wasn't drilled, that's why the previous owner installed the road fork you see below, however the original fork was ready to be drilled.

    How I got it:

    Original forks drilled and installed + a couple of new parts fitted I rode it around like this for a couple of months:

    It was nice but the paint was in really bad condition and the rust needed some treatment. The headset was knackered, the cranks were shit Miche ones and the brake cable routing zip tied to the top tube was pretty ugly.

    So I decided to rebuild the whol thing, get internal cable routing brazed and a new paint job.
    Off to Krautscheid Junior (Krabo) Bochum it went:

    I wasn't really bothered what paint to get (shocker), so I asked him what he had in stock, he said Ferrari red. Okay why not:

    New headset (Tange NJS) and BB fitted

    The parts:

    SG 75
    Paul Levers
    Sram calipers
    pearl stem
    VO Milan bars
    brooks tape
    izumi chain
    WI freewheel
    pedals are going to be some simple MKS platforms
    maybe a wald front rack which I have lying around
    wheels are the same (Mavic open pro, phil wood hubs)

    I still need a seat post bolt and the I'll assemble it all:)

    And still looking on decal options, might get some simple vinyl plots

  • Looks like a very tastefully SS build, only thing I'd change would be that snappy DA seatpost

  • ^ +1

    question: did RIH build in Vienna? to my knowledge, RIH built in Amsterdam, and had a retail shop in Vienna (Radsport RIH)

  • Are the easton seatposts really prone to fail?? Never heard anything negative about them so far...

    RIH Amsterdam and RIH Vienna are two different builders / companies.
    The same name is just a coincidence

  • Are the easton seatposts really prone to fail?? Never heard anything negative about them so far...

    They're famous for it, the clamp de-bonds from the post.

  • well, shit..

    I was looking for a nice 27.0 setback seatpost which was long enough forever..

    any suggestions?

  • ah, fearmongerer. i have one which ive used for two years and its fine although im a fattyboy; 83 kg..

    youll be fine!

    *everything fails!

  • I told Dimi3 about them breaking and his broke this next day. At least you're not riding fixed

  • still curious about the red in daylight

  • I'll see how far the seatpost is going to take me:)

    The colour is really nice in the flesh

  • It keeps reminding me of your krabo lo pro

  • sorry for the utterly shit pic, just to get an impression.

    The BB axle is somewhat misplaced, and because I don't have the BB tool at hand I can't insatll the cranks yet :(

  • changed a few things and finally manged to take some half decent pics, sry for the lack of update.

  • very nice! straight to functional >>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Where did you get the basket from?
    Thanks and great job!!

  • Thanks! It serves me well as my short distance commuter, semi grocery getter and pub bike:)

    The basket is a bog standard Wald I got from a friend for free who didn't want it anymore, so I thought I'll throw it on this build:) I think it's the smallest one you can get, have a look here, they're pretty affordable: http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/storĀ­e/front-baskets/1372-front-basket/

  • Indeed, I might get one for the missus Gazelle. If she likes it :)

  • When my knees give out from brk8less I will be building something like this, it looks great.

  • Rad

  • perfect.

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RIH Vienna from beater to classic beauty

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