Tom Ritchey built his first frameset in his dad's garage in the early seventies. He subsequently rode this frame to many local victories around the northern California circuit. Winning became somewhat synonymous with his frames. A young Bobby Julich and Freddie Rodriquez rode these frames to much acclaim in their junior road years. These road frames were considered the American Cinelli. At the same time, Henrik Djernis and Frishy won 4 World Championships on Tom's P-series mountain frames. The point is, the man knows how to build a frame.
Fast forward a few years and Tom is not producing the frames in his shop, but overseeing the design and production process. The Road Logic 2.0 receives modern appointments like an integrated headset and a heat treated, short butted tubeset that is specifically designed for TIG welding.
Features that Ritchey frame owners have become accustomed to are still there like the Fastback design. This design feature uses the seatstays and seatube junction to create a seatpost clamp. It is a great way to lighten up the frame while providing extra clearance for wider tires (The Road Logic fits up to 28mm tires). The Ritchey Drop-In rear derailleur hanger is both beautiful and minimal. It helps tuck the rear derailleur in nice and tight, out of harm's way. Simple and eloquent cable routing with brilliant welds and a stellar paint job complete the frame. A painted-to-match WCS full carbon fork with matching rake rounds out the package.
You would be hard pressed to find a better value for a high-end steel road frame on the market today. If you are considering ordering a custom steel frame from a domestic builder, you may consider purchasing a Road Logic designed by the master and commander himself and save a few G's to boot.
Build details - Requires 27.2 seat post, BSC (English) threaded bottom bracket and 28.6mm clamp-on front derailleur.
Classic looks. Smooth ride. Great paint job and logos. Frame is lighter than I expected. Built up with Shimano Ultegra 6700 and Ritchey WCS seatpost, stem and handlebars. Only negative is it won't accommodate downtube barrel adjusters. A great bike for the money. Perfect for longer rides.
Pros: Ride quality, classic looks, great value
Cons: Wish it had downtube barrel adjusters
I love this bike and is my favourite in my stable right now. I bought from Excel Sports last year and built up a size 51 with an NOS Dura Ace 9 speed group along with Ritchey carbon seat post, WCS Classic road bars and Comp stem with Selle San Marco Regal saddle, Mavic Ksryium Elite wheelset and Panaracer "A" 25c tires. Fit and ride is the most comfortable of all the road bicycles I have owned and have nicknamed it "Cadillac". This is my 3rd Ritchey bicycle purchased having owned two mountain bikes (and my 1991 Ultra is still in rideable shape!). Thanks Excel Sports and Tom Ritchey!
Pros: Ride quality of steel!
Amazing frame! Steel is real...and that carbon fork is awesome. Built up a 57cm with SRAM Red and Force and HED Belgians 28/24 and the bike weighs 17.4. Not bad!