2013 Ritchey road components - First look

Carbon cockpit products from SuperLogic range

It's that time of year again where next year's products precipitously flood into the office and these new Ritchey Superlogic road components from do nothing to stem the tide.

All three - stem, bars and post - arrive in a new matte black finish, a change from the previous gloss aesthetic. The only addition comes in the stem, which is the first carbon version from their C-260 range. It's a design that sees the bar clamp wrap 260 degrees around the handlebar - a method that is said to distribute clamping stress more evenly through all the components.

The first thing that grabs you with the C-260 Carbon SuperLogic stem (£230) is its size. It packs some real heft into its lightweight 132g (120mm length) and its makers reckon it's the stiffest they produce - definitely one for the sprinters. It comes in 90-130mm sizes, 28.6/31.8mm steerer diameters and 84/6 degree angles. Along with the bars and post, it will be available from UK distributor Paligap from late August. 

Filling out the matte black cockpit range are the SuperLogic Logic II bars (£275) and SuperLogic Carbon seatpost (£225). The bars, as with the post, are - aside from the finish - unchanged from the previous model and come in 40, 42 (192g) and 44cm widths and compatible with 31.8mm stems.

The carbon post (350mm/163g) comes in 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, and 300, 350 and 400mm lengths. Unlike many fiddly seatposts it uses a single 5mm bolt for clamping, making it undoubtedly easier to install. 

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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