Ritchey dropped a number of new components on us at Eurobike, but the updated steel Logic road bike really stuck with us. Mixing classic with modern, this frameset-only Logic just opens up our imaginations of how we’d want to build a modern Ritchey road bike. Beyond that, the Zeta Disc wheels get polished in silver for your own retro modern build, the shapely VentureMax gets a new WCS carbon option, and much more…
Ritchey Road Logic Disc modern steel road bike frameset
When the Ritchey team showed me that Classic silver & Campagnolo build – the personal bike of their US marketing manager (up top), they kept reiterating that the new Logic road bike is being sold as a frameset-only. But that’s probably the best part about their new modern disc brake, steel road bike. How you build it is completely up to each rider. This one here is more of a contemporary build with the non-nonsense Ultegra R8020 mechanical groupset and WCS carbon & alloy components. But the frame would be just as happy with a 105 or even Tiagra build, as it would with a new SRAM eTap AXS groupset. Use your imagination.
Ritchey Logic Disc road – tech details
The latest evolution of the Ritchey Logic delivers on the same style, detailing, and ride quality that the model has built-on over several decades. The frame is TIG-welded from heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic tubing and comes in two color options, including the painted to match full carbon WCS fork: black with charcoal graphics, or this slate gray with blue graphics.
The new Logic comes in six frame sizes, with the same quick-handling & proven geometry the Logic road is known for. And now thanks to disc brakes, the bike has room for up to 700x30mm tires (real width).
But now the Logic finally commits to modern flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and no rim brakes anywhere in sight. The frame gets a threaded bottom bracket, a 27.2mm seatpost, and a drop-in WCS headset for the 1 1/8″ fork, plus classic road external cable routing.
Frame weight is claimed to be 1840g for a 55cm with its rear thru-axle, plus another 440g for the uncut carbon fork with its front thru-axle.
The new Logic will sell for $1400 / 1450€ for the frameset, including: frame, fork & headset. Availability is slated for later this year, most likely in December 2019. So start planning your complete bike spec now, and hound your local bikeshop to be ready to build it up.
Ritchey Zeta Disc Classic modern polished silver tubeless road wheels
Ritchey’s WCS Zeta Disc wheels are always popular, especially when building up a disc brake Ritchey road or gravel frameset. But if you want a Classic look to your modern bike, nothing beats polished silver. So here are the Classic Zeta Disc wheels that make that Logic+Campy road bike build pop, together with the rest of the polished alloy Ritchey Classic kit.
If you were searching for a silver disc brake road or gravel wheelset, look no further. They aren’t super light at 1715g for the pair, but the $380/340€ price is right, and these tick most all the tech boxes too. The polished, tubeless-ready 6061 alloy rims are 20mm internal (24.4mm external) & 23.8mm deep, with 3mm offset at the rear for a stronger, more balanced build. Of course they get clear anodized hubs (forged, sealed bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 6-bolt, Shimano or soon this XDR freehub) and silver DT Competition spokes with silver DT brass nipples.
Zeta Disc Comp alloy wheels
In addition to those Classic silver Zeta wheels, there is also a new Comp level of the regional all-black wheels – with a 19.5mm internal 6061 alloy offset rim and 6-bolt forged, sealed bearing hubs. At $300€ and 1750g for the pair, they’ll make a solid, affordable tubeless-ready update for a lot of disc brake bikes.
Ritchey VentureMax WCS Carbon gravel bike handlebar
First glance at the wide flared, wavy drops, and the VentureMax seems like a wacky bar. But apparently once people start riding it off-road, they can’t get enough. So, Ritchey has given their shapely alloy gravel bar a proper WCS carbon upgrade, bringing with it a wide aero top for even more comfort.
The new WCS Carbon VentureMax handlebar takes off-road ergonomics one step further, now adding the 38mm deep x 20mm thick flattened top for drag reduction, and more importantly a more comfortable place to rest your hands.
The $280/290€ UD carbon bar has a very precise claimed weight of 228.5g (42cm). It comes in 38, 40, 42, 44 & 46cm widths, but is actually much wider than you would expect as those are measured on the top, just in front of the first bend. Beyond the flat tops, shaping is the same as the alloy bar, with 6° backsweep on the tops, 24° outward flare to the drops, then 102mm drop & 76mm reach in the ergo bend drops. The bars get a 31.8mm clamp (90mm wide to mount accessories), internal cable routing channels & Di2 drilling.
Butano WCS alloy bar
We already spotted the subtly flared, slightly backswept alloy Butano handlebar back at Taipei this spring, with a shallow 118mm drop & 73mm reach. The round topped $95/100€ Butano isn’t a very dramatic shape, but that just makes it more versatile from pavement to gravel to dirt.
I spent a couple months riding mixed surfaces on the 7050 alloy bar (available from 38-46cm wide, 275g in a 42) and loved the more traditional feel, subtly tweaked for more off-road comfort & control. The WCS bar is drilled for Di2. There’s also a more affordable $43/45€ Comp version from 6061 aluminum that’s just 20g heavier.
Kyote Comp alloy bar
We caught the Kyote bar back in Taipei too. The 800mm wide, dramatically 27.5° backswept bar is perfect for getting a new feel for your mountain bike, with a forward offset so you don’t even need to change your stem.
The 355g, 6061 aluminum Kyote Comp is pretty cheap too at just $35/37€ (even more affordable that when we first spotted it), so why not give it a try?
WCS XC pedals in black & a lower price
We’ll wrap up Ritchey Eurobike coverage with a small, but worthy update to the Olympic Gold & XCO World Championship winning WCS XC pedals. Nino’s pedals now get a more stealthy all black version & a drop in price. The tech is still the same with a steel axle, a bushing, a needle bearing & a sealed cartridge bearing for a weight of 298g. But now the compact little XC race pedal drops to just $123/130€.