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 been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.