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Triple-butted frame is designed for long days in the saddle

Ritchey are offering a new Road Logic steel road bike frame for 2013, and here it is.

Tom Ritchey built his first road frame in his parents' garage way back in the 1970s. The 2013 Road Logic is said to carry many of the subtleties and details gleaned from Tom’s vast experience with steel frames.

He designed an all-new, heat-treated and triple-butted Ritchey Logic tubeset for the frame, featuring aggressively short-butted sections that have been optimized for TIG welding, designed to save weight and improve ride quality.

 

Ritchey’s proprietary forged and machined integrated head tube uses standard drop-in bearings and saves 80g over a standard head tube design, according to the manufacturer.

“The Road Logic is ideally suited for long, epic days in the saddle on roads that are not always paved, and still nimble and stiff enough to take the county line sprint at the end of the day,” say Ritchey.

The Road Logic is built in six sizes from 49cm to 59cm in classic Ritchey geometry. The 55cm version, for example, comes with a 525mm seat tube, 560mm effective top tube, 16cm head tube and 73.5° frame angles. There’s enough clearance to fit tyres up to 28c.

The Road Logic isn’t nearly as light as some of the feathery speed machines out there; that’s not the main point here. The 55cm version is 1,769g plus 345g for the matching fork. They come together, along with a Ritchey WCS headset, for £950.

Ritchey’s UK distributor, Paligap, reckon the first stock will arrive mid-December. Get more details from the website.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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step-hent [723 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks lurvely. Always like Ritchey frames - quite fancied a breakaway for a while.

Long top tube on these, considering the 'all road' intended use. Be interesting to see a review at some point if Road.cc can get one in!

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STATO [509 posts] 3 years ago
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step-hent wrote:

Looks lurvely. Always like Ritchey frames - quite fancied a breakaway for a while.

Ditto, the problem tho is getting one as Paligap stopped bringing them into the country.

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thereandbackagain [172 posts] 3 years ago
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Proper nice.

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othello [379 posts] 3 years ago
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That is going on my (ever expanding) new frame wish list.

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice and understated.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 3 years ago
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Band-on front derailleur clamp, but what diameter? They can be a pain if they are not 32 or 35 mm. If the tubing is 28.6 mm, I'd prefer to see a brazed on bracket.

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TimC340 [75 posts] 3 years ago
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STATO wrote:
step-hent wrote:

Looks lurvely. Always like Ritchey frames - quite fancied a breakaway for a while.

Ditto, the problem tho is getting one as Paligap stopped bringing them into the country.

They actually don't make them any more. I have a BreakAway Ti/Carbon and it's an excellent frame - and it can go with me wherever I go! Bit of an expensive beast to trust to Ritchey's soft-sided case, but no problems so far. If my experience is anything to go by, this steel frame will be a great ride.

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monty dog [459 posts] 3 years ago
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I had a steel Breakaway that was a great bike - replaced it with a custom titanium CX with Breakaway-style couplings because it gives extra versatility - just need to put an extra pair of CX tyres in the case for twice the fun! I have a Ritchey P29er too - Tom knows how to design a great frame.

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STATO [509 posts] 3 years ago
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TimC340 wrote:

They actually don't make them any more.

Yes but this is the first year they stopped, Paligap or whoever never brought the steel ones in to the country in the last 3 years at least. Ruddy annoying when importers dont even bother importing half the stock.

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stealth [254 posts] 3 years ago
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That really is a properly nice looking bike, I still remember Frischnecht troucing everyone on a P21(?) MTB. Lovely.

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kie7077 [879 posts] 3 years ago
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Frames are obviously made for all weights of people, couldn't they make the frame lighter if they specified for example a 12 stone (76Kg) weight limit? Or does it not work that way?  39