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Ritchey Road Logic steel road bike frameset gets 2018 updates & new build

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Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike complete

After almost five years since the bike’s production debut, Tom Ritchey’s classic steel road bike gets an update for 2018. Most of the classic tech remains, as do the small unique Ritchey touches on the TIG welded frame. But the new steel Road Logic frame and matching full carbon WCS-level fork both get slightly expanded tire clearances for even more versatility. The new Skyline Blue frameset is available on its own so you can build it as you wish, but Ritchey has also added a new Comp 105-level complete build to make it even more affordable to get on a modern steel classic. Check the details & pricing for both frameset & complete bike after the break…

Road Logic steel road bike frameset

Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike frameset

Inside the frame itself Tom Ritchey designed a completely new heat-treated & triple-butted steel Ritchey Logic tubeset (bringing this up to the 3rd iteration of the tubing) that incorporates shorter butted sections at the joints. Ritchey says this has both lowered the overall weight of the frameset and imparted an even more lively ride, all while not affecting costs. The bike carries over the forged, then machined headtubes that let them directly drop in a set of 1 1/8″ WCS bearings while maintaining the classic small diameter tubing look (and trimming off 80g of headset cups.)

Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike dropouts Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike bottom bracket Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike integrated headtube headset

Besides updating the tubing, tire clearance was a driver of the design overhaul. The old Road Logic was already generous clearing most 28mm tires, but the new bike gets extra room for true 30mm rubber, when used with brakes that match the clearance.

Comp Road Logic complete steel road bike

Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike tire clearance

The complete bike was built up to satisfy direct feedback from shops looking for a more affordable finishing kit then the previous generation’s Ultegra. With a new Shimano 105 group & compact road gearing, paired with a set of Ritchey Comp Zeta II wheels and 27mm Tom Slick tires, it should be plenty capable for all road surfaces & budgets. Ritchey finishes out the bike with their Comp-level alloy cockpit components that do a solid job of matching the performance of their WCS kit at a relatively small weight penalty. The complete bike opts for slightly narrower tires to stick with Ritchey offerings since their road tires essentially jump from 27mm up to 35mm. The standard 105 dual-pivot brakes though will comfortably clear a 30mm tire, so many riders will end up sticking a little fatter rubber in there.

Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike designed by Tom Ritchey Ritchey Road Logic modern classic steel road bike Logic tubing

The new Road Logic is rim brake only, and is available six standard frame sizes from 49-59cm. (Those looking for disc brakes and even more clearance will find both in the Ascent or Swiss Cross, although curiously we don’t see the Outback available?) The frameset including the 1770g (55cm) frame, fork, headset & integral seatpost clamp retails for $1180/1300€. You can even add a Heritage fade or camo paintjob in the US for an extra $450.

The Comp Road Logic complete bike at a claimed 8.7kg/19.2lb (55cm) with its 105 groupset & Ritchey Comp cockpit sells for $2200/2400€ (EU pricing, including VAT.) Both have already made their way out to dealers, so check in with your local shop to get one today.

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Chader
Chader
5 years ago

That is one pretty bike. The only change I would make would be to use the black 105 kit.

Person
Person
5 years ago

I could be wrong, but I don’t know what modern, quality headset cups (Just the cups) weigh 80 grams. Even so, you’ll be gaining back some weight with the fact that your previously alloy cups are now a part of the steel headtube. Maybe I’m off, but the headtube would have to lose a fair amount of weight to really equate to 80 grams IMO.

Robo
Robo
5 years ago
Reply to  Person

Fair point. And furthermore, the target buyer of this bike probably doesn’t care about 80 grams.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

That’s the weight of headset cups including bearings. I assume this bike runs without bearings, you just stick the fork straight into the headtube without bearings, that’s how you get the 80g figure.

jednobiegowiec
jednobiegowiec
5 years ago

Nice one.

Kept with silver bits, as it should be on the classical build.

Cheers!
I.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago

Hey, who wants non-replaceable bearing races of potential dubious surface finish quality?

Really…who says “yes, I do”. And for 80 grams?

Dinger
Dinger
5 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

They are not bearing races, the head tube accepts cartridge bearings, same as any modern frame.

I’ve always liked these bikes, I bet it rides really nicely. I like the silver parts too, but the look doesn’t quite work with the black aero rims, blackwall tires, and all those black cockpit parts.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago
Reply to  Dinger

HA! my mistake! Then this is fine
For some reason I also revert to my old threaded headsets when I see skinny HT steel frames, completely forgetting everyone is running cartridge bearings on threadless

Enter-net
Enter-net
5 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Hehe. Non replaceable bearing race. Haha. That’s awesome. Thanks, jbikes. Hahahaha. I needed that

Robo
Robo
5 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Agreed. And I don’t think the buyer of this bike cares about 80 grams anyway.

Mo
Mo
5 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

The frame uses cartridge bearings, so they are not ball races. Many carbon and aluminum frames use drop-in bearings as well. Why would this be any different?

matt
matt
5 years ago

I like the move to 105. This really is all the bike anyone needs for daily riding, and at a respectable price. I wish I saw more of these on the road.

whatever
whatever
5 years ago

Nice looking frame, though IMHO overpriced for a steel frame. I went with a competitor that included a carbon fork, disc brake mounts, and allot more tire clearance, for ALLOT less. Not saying it’s not nice, or not a good ride etc. Just think the value is not there. JMHO.

E-Legs
E-Legs
5 years ago
Reply to  whatever

What did you get? I’ve been thinking the Road Logic 2 is right up my alley…but if there’s something that’s similar but a better deal, I’m interested!

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago
Reply to  E-Legs

Gunnar Roadie puts you in the same price range and is US made with good quality tubing (853 or Platinum OX if they have any left). An extra 350 gets you custom geo among other options.

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago
Reply to  E-Legs

Also light for any steel let alone in that 900-1500$ price range, my frame was 1600g with integrated hanger, cage bolts, and seat collar.

E-Legs
E-Legs
5 years ago
Reply to  Morgan

That’s like a good quality aluminum MTB frame weight…pretty damn impressive

#yourbikehatesyou contributor
#yourbikehatesyou contributor
5 years ago
Reply to  Morgan

morgan, you failed to mention a few important details, in your skewed comparison.

2018 gunnar roadie frame $1100
steel fork $300
carbon fork $450
fork you already own $0

2018 ritchey road logic $1180 with a full carbon fork and headset.

i’m not sure why you’d mention a hanger, cage bolts, and a collar, as though they’re some special extras. most modern steel frames include those.

2018 gunnar roadie 1600 grams

2018 ritchey logic 1680 grams (which includes all of those extras like a hanger, cage bolts, and a collar)

2018 gunnar roadie tire clearance 25 mm

2018 ritchey logic tire clearance 30 mm

i’ve built several, of each of these bikes this year and the logic tubing offers a ride, closer to new (S3 or Spirit) steel tubesets, with thin walls and large diameters.

whatever
whatever
5 years ago
Reply to  E-Legs

I bought a Soma FogCutter for ~$650 frame/fork from Western Bike Works. Don’t remember the exact frame weight, but it was probable a bit heavier due to disc brakes, threaded bottom bracket, extra tire clearance etc. But I wanted it a little more heavy duty as I was setting it up as a gravel bike. Set up with 35c tires, CX wheels, mountain bike triple groupset etc, Hardly a light setup, but came in at 22.4 lbs complete. Ride great BTW.

Soma also has the ES (Extra Smooth) that is a much closer direct comparison to this frame.

May, or may not fit what you are looking for.

Joe Bond
Joe Bond
5 years ago

$1020 for a 105 build kit seems really steep given that groupset’s current price of around $400 at UK websites.

Daniel Hawley
Daniel Hawley
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Bond

Joe, you do understand that $1,020 pays for the groupset, wheels, tires, handlebars, post, saddle, tape, stem, etc, right?

Person
Person
5 years ago
Reply to  Daniel Hawley

It’s also worth mentioning that the UK websites are selling parts at or below shop wholesale. It’s not quite a fair comparison.

Robo
Robo
5 years ago

I really want to love this bike, but I feel like they could have included some modern features and still retain the classic aesthetic. I would love to see a tapered headtube and thru axels. Those would go a long way to stabilize the “playful” ride of steel without sacrificing comfort. I ride a steel 2009 Jamis Eclipse, and I just don’t see any advantage to this bike. Internally mounted headset bearings will not enhance my ride. And I currently run 28mm tires mounted to HED Belgium+, so the ability to run 30s is only a marginal improvement (and assumes that the new Shimano brakes can even accomodate them.) I would LOVE to see a disk brake option, but that obviously is a larger divergence from the classic appeal.

Michael Myers
Michael Myers
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

Thru axles, or a completely aestheticically wrong tapered head tube, won’t enhan your ride either.

Robo
Robo
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael Myers

My Jamis is a wet noodle, laterally speaking. An tapered fork and a thru axel would really help shore up the front end. I’ve demoed some custom steel with this set up and it makes a considerable difference. And I’ve seen some builders pull off the tapered or oversized head tube well without it looking out of place when mated with an otherwise slender tubeset.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

So the custom steel was the same as the jamis except for tapered fork and thru axle?
Maybe, but I doubt it.

IMO, a tapered fork and thru axle won’t do much for lateral frame stiffness unless they use the larger HT to run larger downtube as well.

PabloE432
PabloE432
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

Thru-axles on a rim brake bike? Nope. Nope. Nope.

Robo
Robo
5 years ago
Reply to  PabloE432

Point taken. But in my mind I was dreaming of thru-axels AND discs. But again, I concede that disc is probably blasphemy to the people who prefer a classic design. I do not consider myself one of them.

PabloE432
PabloE432
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

Ritchey has been showing off a steel gravel bike for ages that I believe had disc + t/a. Not sure why it’s taking them so long to get it out the door though.

Tom’s whole deal is ‘classic design + cleverness.’ That’s why there’s no tapered ht, pressfit bb, etc.

Deaner
Deaner
5 years ago
Reply to  Robo

A classically styled steel road frame should not have a sloping top tube. Change that and I like it much more.
thru axles and discs would be interesting too even if they don’t keep the traditional aesthetics

MGK
MGK
5 years ago

I’ve fractured 2 different SOMAs in the bottom bracket welds. Customer service was sh!+….as was the frame quality, obviously. Both times they claimed, “this hasn’t happened before.”

whatever
whatever
5 years ago
Reply to  MGK

No ideal. Mine has been fine. No ideal about warranty service either. Mine is excellent so far, then again, it’s only a few months old, and will not be exposed to rain etc. Do know that the frames are supposedly made by MaxWay out of Taiwan, and that MaxWay and Taiwan builders as a whole, have a good reputation.

Who know, maybe a noob welder on yours, or someone with a raging hangover that day or something else. Things happen.

lop
lop
5 years ago
Reply to  whatever

Soma frames are built in the Tange factory, which is a conglomerate who bought the Tange name after the old company went belly-up. Maxway has a much better reputation (all the QBP steel and alloy bikes, Jamis, Trek, Specialized, etc.).

https://www.tange-design.com/

PabloE432
PabloE432
5 years ago

I wish Ritchey would focus their energy on updating their steel break-away bikes instead of the Road Logic which was updated more recently already.

Loren (@loren_ch)
5 years ago

Why not steel fork? This carbon fork looks ugly….

aquilaaudax1S
5 years ago

Would love to see a horizontal top tube and a steel fork. Carbon fork on a steel frame defeats the point.

Bryin
Bryin
5 years ago

I bought a Logic a couple of years ago… my mechanic went though the build process and was cabling it up when he discovered that the cable guides were too small (they were also on the top of the top tube like a cross bike and not on the bottom as the Logic had them in pics) to accept normal cables.

The online retailer tried to make excuses- the frame needed special cable ends…) but eventually said that he would get me a new frame. But he refused to pay for the extra labor I incurred because the frame was defective. I requested a refund upon return, he refused to reimburse me for shipping!

Needless to say, I have nothing good to say about Logic frames.

Kris Kahl
4 years ago

3 broken Swiss Cross canti frames here in Tulsa in the last year. Mine, and two others, all 59cm. All broke top tubes by the front cable stops, and one the top and down tube both broke, by the cable stops. Ritchey hassled both of us on warranty. They made excuses about better, new production. The fact is, their Taiwan heavy handed welders were overheating the thin tubes past the butted sections, and the tubes crack and break. I’ve owned a Gunnar Roadie for a while, no issues with it, and it much more efficient climbing and sprinting, different tubing, tube shaping, much better welding and finish work.

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