Ritchey Road Logic first ride review£2,699.00

Innovation meets old-school

Tom Ritchey is cycling’s serial innovator. Even before building one of the first mountain bikes in 1978, he’d been forging road frames for six years. And, it's those 45 years of framebuilding experience that are brought to bear on the Road Logic.

Ritchey Road Logic spec overview

  • Frame: Ritchey Road Logic tubing
  • Fork: Ritchey Road WCS carbon
  • Wheels: Ritchey WCS Zeta II
  • Transmission: Shimano Ultegra 50/34, 11-28
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra

Ritchey Road Logic frame and kit

The bike's forged and machined tapered head-tube saves 80g compared to a conventional design with external headset cups. That tubing dexterity ensures the Ritchey is light, helped by its full Shimano Ultegra compact groupset and by the all-Ritchey component list.

Neat touches abound, from the cast dropouts to the split seatpost clamping sleeve that strengthens the top of the seat-tube, and also holds the seatpost firmly by squeezing the seatstays together with an integrated bolt. But if that slender tubing gives the impression of being too spindly to perform, think again.

A split seatpost clamping sleeve strengthens the top of the seat tube
A split seatpost clamping sleeve strengthens the top of the seat tube

There’s a particular feeling that comes with riding steel, and even though modern incarnations are tempered by having a carbon fork — and seatpost, too, in this case — it’s undeniably unique.

Ritchey Road Logic ride impressions

The frame communicates road-feel well
The frame communicates road-feel well

When seated, it feels similarly efficient to carbon, if a little more talkative, but when standing, you feel the inherent lateral flex more. Climbing out of the saddle accentuates the frame’s natural spring as you push through the power phase of each revolution.

Ritchey’s WCS Zeta II wheelset has shallow, slightly aerodynamic rims, asymmetric at the rear, with bladed spokes and a wide stance up front. They’re usefully responsive and, although just 22mm wide externally, increase the volume of the own-brand 25mm tyres to a plump 27mm, just within the frame’s recommended 28mm maximum. That extra size equals more grip, and the Logic seemingly conforms to the road surface in corners, pushing against the tyres before firing out again.

The WCS Zeta II wheelset has bladed spokes
The WCS Zeta II wheelset has bladed spokes

The frame communicates road feel well, with sharp bumps and excessive vibrations smoothed by the tyre volume, carbon seatpost and carbon bar. Ritchey’s Streem saddle is a good shape and very supportive, but lightly padded and on the firm side.

Ultimately, the Logic wants you to take that extra loop, and rewards you with a ride that combines old-school know-how with modern sensibilities.

Ritchey Road Logic early verdict

Ritchey’s Road Logic is a beautifully evolved classic that still more than holds its own.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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