They say all good things come to an end. In this case, that means the Ritchey Heritage paint program will soon be coming to a close. Offered on current Ritchey mountain, cross, and road frames, US customers could have Rick Stefani of D&D Cycles paint their frame in one of four Heritage themes. The custom paint option was provided at a charge of $450, but the program will cease to exist in 2018.
That means if you are dying to own a Ritchey in Heritage colors you have two options. Either buy a bike before the end of 2017 and select the custom paint through the site, or go directly to Rick Stefani in the new year to repaint your ride (Ritchey will no longer be processing Heritage Paint orders).
In other Ritchey related news, their KITE WCS dropper post has finally landed. Priced at $349.95, the dropper post is designed to be easily serviceable with cir-clip pliers, a 5mm allen, and 7mm open ended wrench, and should be able to be torn down and reassembled in less than 15 minutes according to Ritchey. The post is also light for the price, coming in under 500g including the remote and the housing. Available in 125mm and 90mm drops, the travel adjusts in three increments with stops at 0, 35, and 125mm. Posts come in 30.9 or 31.6mm diameters with stealth cable routing and a number of brake lever/bar mount options for the thumb lever style remote.