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2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset
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What Ritchey is calling their “most requested frame”, the modern Road Logic Disc is now available, shipping out to cyclists for custom bike builds. We got an exclusive look at the classic build potential for the new Ritchey Road Logic Disc frame back in September. Now we dive back into the details of this modern reinterpretation of a classic steel road bike, so you can plan your own custom build…

Ritchey Road Logic Disc modern steel road bike frameset

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset photos c. Ritchey

A mix of classically & modern Ritchey detailing, the new bike adds all the latest disc brake performance improvements to the long-running steel Road Logic road bike. This classy silver Campy Centaur build, the personal bike of Ritchey’s US marketing manager, is what really drew my attention. With polished aluminum components, leather saddle & tape, and skinwall tires, it’s hard to imagine a more classic look for a modern steel bike.

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

But this is no retro road bike…. All the key tech details are modern, and it builds up just as nicely with carbon wheels and an all black build kit for a more stealthy look. That’s the beauty of the Road Logic Disc being available only as a frameset. Every build is custom suited to the desires of the person who will ride it.

Road Logic Disc road bike – Tech details

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

This Road Logic evolution sticks with core Ritchey principles. The frame is TIG-welded & brazed from Ritchey’s own specially developed heat-treated, triple-butted Logic tubing with relatively small diameter tubes for a classic look. The forged, then machined headtube remains narrow, thanks to its integrated Ritchey headset cups that still allow a full-sizes 1.125″ straight steerer. And it builds in a pinch bolt seatpost clamp into the fastback seatstays.

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

Up front a full carbon WCS Road Disc fork with relatively thin fork legs ensures confident handling while matching the style of the classic steel frame. Both front & rear, the Road Logic Disc frameset features 12mm thru-axles and flat mount disc brake mounts. Overall the addition of thru-axles was said to have noticeably increased handling stiffness over the rim brake Road Logic, while keeping the classic steel ride quality and only adding about 70g in the end.

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

The new frame keeps a standard threaded bottom bracket, a 27.2mm seatpost, and traditional road external downtube cable routing. Claimed frame weight is 1840g for a 55cm including its thru-axle, plus 440g for an uncut carbon fork with thru-axle.

Ritchey Road Logic Disc geometry

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset updated geometry

The frameset comes in six sizes, with quick-handling, proven Road Logic geometry. And thanks to the upgrade to disc brakes (even with the same chainstay length as the rim brake Road Logic), the new frameset has room for up to 30mm wide tires.

Road Logic Disc – Pricing & availability

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

The Road Logic Disc comes in two color options – black with gray logos, or gray with blue logos – each including color-matched WCS forks. The frameset including frame, fork & semi-integrated Ritchey headset sells for $1400 / 1450€. The Road Logic Disc is available now in Europe direct from Ritchey.

2020 Ritchey Road Logic Disc road bike, modern triple-butted steel disc brake road bike frameset

The first bike frames in the US are expected in shops in January through distributer BTI in limited quantities, and with broader availability in the spring through QBP. Reach out to your local bike shop now if you need to get one in that first wave.

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threeringcircus
threeringcircus
4 years ago

That’s a great looking bike.

Dingo
Dingo
4 years ago

30mm on a disc bike that is coming out in 2019? Jeesh. Missed a key feature there Ritchey.

Scott
Scott
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

Not everybody wants a gravel bike. Also, you can pick up a Ritchey SwissCross frame with 38cm clearance for like $900. Save yourself some money!

Man, the gravel booster crowd is e’erywhere.

Craig
Craig
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

It’s a road bike mate.

Dingo
Dingo
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

Nearly every disc road bike can take 32s these days. This is now status quo.

DINGDANG
DINGDANG
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

Really? Name a few. Genuinely curious.

Chai McKee
Chai McKee
4 years ago
Reply to  DINGDANG

DingDang
AC mr pink, new AC zigzag, surly pacer, midnight special, straggler, salsa colossal, warroad etc etc etc

DingDang
DingDang
4 years ago
Reply to  Chai McKee

Ah, so QBP bikes. Got it.

Seraph
Seraph
4 years ago
Reply to  DINGDANG

The new Venge will also fit a 32c tire.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

Tire width greater than 30 is not a “key feature” on a dedicated road bike.

People forget that wide tires on steel or aluminum bikes start to introduce some design challenges that can affect weight, ride or cost. This is still a fairly affordable steel frame designed as a road bike. Ritchey, and many other brands, have options if it doesn’t work but I’d wager most of the market is fine at that 30mm clearance limit.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

While greater than 30 mm maybe not a key feature for a lot of people, 32 mm is a very reasonable and desirable width for others.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

Well there we go: some want clearance for a 32mm tire, and some don’t. I guess that shows how status quo a 32mm tire on a road bike isn’t.

drjwbriand
drjwbriand
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

yep,30 on a nice steel road frame that rides like a classic is plenty wide enuf for me! that width would handle alot of gravel in my neckof the woods!

mrbiggs
4 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

No way in the universe would I not choose a road bike because it’s “limited” to 30 rather than 32mm tires. Glad QBP is covering that overlap with their brands, but it certainly doesn’t make this bike lacking anything.

Chai McKee
Chai McKee
4 years ago
Reply to  mrbiggs

A few years ago the roadies were saying “no way in the universe would I choose a road bike with disc brakes”…

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

They’ve always been good looking bikes. But it’s funny to see Tom adding flat mount dropouts to an otherwise 25 year old frame design and calling it a “modern” road bike.

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K-Pop is dangerous to your health
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh

Flat mount because what modern road group comes with post mount calipers? Think of it as a mod-classc.

Joe Plumber
Joe Plumber
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh

What make a road bike modern other than disc brakes and thru-axles?

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh

What would make it modern?

Internal cables? Not everyone wants them, and it doesn’t make the frame perform “modernly”

1.25″ tapered fork allowance? Maybe that one, but I also feel this doesn’t always help steel bike ride quality and there is an visual impact. Very few large steerer tubes visually match the smaller diameter tubes used on steel bikes.

Maybe a better question is what makes in not modern?

Greg
Greg
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

I’d like to see them using a 1-1/4 lower bearing. Minimal visual impact for what you get. Certainly not 1.5″ though.

Celest Greene
Celest Greene
4 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Ritchey makes the case on their gravel bike that the straight steerer adds compliance. Seeing as road bikes are almost always sold as frame/fork sets (if not bikes) I think that’s its probably not a bad way to help a carbon fork match the feel of the rear.
Will be watching the reviews but I dig it the look and bet that, like my Mason, it gets a lot of compliments.

Dinger
Dinger
4 years ago
Reply to  Greg

“for what you get”

What do you get with a larger lower H/S bearing? Or Through-axles, for that matter?

Lester Binegar
Lester Binegar
4 years ago
Reply to  Dinger

modern “standards” are the best thing but some would argue thru axles and larger diameter add “performance’. It seems like a nice frame for many people.

Linc
Linc
4 years ago

When will those polished aluminum zeta disc wheelsets be available?

Mac
Mac
4 years ago

Still waiting for the break away version of that bike.

JustSomeGuy
JustSomeGuy
4 years ago
Reply to  Mac

That or a steel breakaway Outback would be just about perfect.

GMO
GMO
4 years ago

Frame & paint job look great! But there is nothing modern about outboard cables and zip ties everywhere. I’d be sold on a sleek steel road bike. Not the same over and over again just in discs and wrapped in the respective fancy colours of the season

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  GMO

External cables are a fine option, doubly so since external cables are a doddle to route and don’t suffer from the problem shifting that the tight turns in some internal cabling can cause. My next bike, one that will have a Ti frame, will have external cable routing.

Soaklord
Soaklord
4 years ago
Reply to  GMO

If you want a sleek, steel road bike, you can always check out steelworks dot bike from Thyssen Krupp. They know a thing or two about steel and that bike is about as modern as you can get in terms of looks.

Jason West
Jason West
4 years ago

I don’t think it’s that great. I don’t like the colors. But maybe I don’t get it.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
4 years ago

You do know that 32 mm is actually a tire labeled 28 mm fit on a wide rim?

Dr_LHA
Dr_LHA
4 years ago

I’ve had a Road Logic for about 4 years, and it’s literally the best bike I’ve ever owned, just a joy to ride. I currently only 5 bikes (including 2 road bikes and a gravel bike), the Ritchey gets the most time in the saddle.

I’m glad that Ritchey waited for road disc brakes to be mature before putting this out, meaning that it comes with flat mounts and thru-axles as standard, and given that I can barely fit anything bigger than 700x25c on my current logic, clearance up to 30 seems fine for me. It’s not a gravel bike.

Basically this updates everything that needed to be, and nothing that didn’t need to be (steer tube). I guess internal cable routing might have been nice, that doesn’t bother me.

Sorely tempted…

cyclofunk
cyclofunk
4 years ago

Well done. Nice balance of modern and classic. Ritchey with another hit!

William Riley
William Riley
4 years ago

Purchased my first Ritchey Road Logic in 1992. It took me everywhere for the next twenty five years and still put a smile on my face on every ride. In 2017, my lovely wife said “you need a new bike”! So I researched and test rode a dozen “modern bikes” and while they were nice, they did not put a smile on my face. So, my LBS said they’d build build me a new one, Happy to say the smile on my face is permanent after putting ten thousand miles on my new Ritchey Road Logic. Ride what you love and follow your passions.

Silvio
4 years ago

I finally received my new Ritchey Road Logic Disc frame kit and components to build my new bike. The plan was to put together the bike over the weekend…but surprisingly I found the bike already assembled when I returned home from work today!

Enjoy my latest short film – I do hope you like it.

W Lander
W Lander
4 years ago

Nice bike… Does anyone know the make of the shorts the model is wearing?

Edgar Allen DudeBro
Edgar Allen DudeBro
4 years ago

They took a great bike in the Logic, and made it heavier and more of a hassle to own. The marginal benefits of 2mm of tire clearance, added stiffness from thru axles, and better braking modulation/confidence are not worth the weight penalty and maintenance hassles of disc brakes, in a road application. The Outback makes way more sense for someone looking for a capable and classic drop bar bike. I own the v2 rim brake version of the Logic and it is probably the best bike I’ve ever ridden. With R8000/R9000 mixed groupset, carbon cockpit, and nice alloy wheels it weight 16.5 lbs and climbs and descends like a dream.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Hi All, I just built a 58cm Ritchy Road Logic Disc, running foldable Continental Grand Prix Urban Tire 35mm, granted I ran the calipers over the inflated tire and they measure 33mm on Mavic Askuim wheels. Plenty of room front and rear, I would not go wider on this frame. These Conti’s fit perfectly. The only issue with the build is the rear brake holes. The frame, as stated, is 142mm wide, Mavic builds their wheels 138mm (Why?) when you tighten down the thru skewer the outside of the disc kisses the brake caliper rear mount hole. I had to add a 1mm shim to the axle on the non drive side.

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