The upper mid-range aluminium Trail WCS wheels – available in 26in, 27.5in and 29in sizes – were unveiled at the Riva del Garda bike festival earlier this month, along with the Trail WCS saddle.
The rims accept universal tubeless tyres and have a slightly broader internal width than those in the WCS Vantage II range, which the Trail series will complement. The wheels are laced with DT Swiss Competition spokes and nipples, and the standard 26in set weighs a claimed 1,574g.
The hubs are sold with standard quick-release skewers but are easily modified to a 142x12 thru-axle at the rear. Adapters are sold separately to support 15mm and 20mm front axles. SRAM XD and Shimano freehub versions are available, and the guide price is €599, with UK and US prices to be fixed closer to the 2014 release date.
The Trail WCS saddle looks like a well-padded number suitable for longer rides. According to Ritchey it employs the same low profile shell and CrN/Ti alloy rails as the slightly more expensive Streem. Guide price is €109.
Ritchey Trail WCS saddle, new for 2014
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