Ritchey Road Logic Comp review

American classic steel steed

BikeRadar score4/5

Tom Ritchey is a frame-building legend. He’s always been an all-rounder when it comes to cycling disciplines, but made his name with the legendary P series mountain bikes, the P-22 being the most famous. That bike was one of the last artisan-built frames to dominate racing before the might of corporations and carbon took over.

The Logic, and its stablemates, are a celebration of those heady 80s days, and while no longer made in Ritchey’s American homeland, the Road Logic is still meticulously put together, hand-crafted with some serious skill in Taiwan. 

With details such as the forged and machined head-tube, which shaves more than 80g from a standard headset/head-tube design, beautifully controlled welds and signature encapsulated Ritchey dropouts, this is a bike built with serious frame-building pedigree.

Ritchey Road Logic Comp frame and kit

The welds are well controlled and extremely neat
The welds are well controlled and extremely neat

In the past the Road Logic has been a frameset-only option, so you’d either build it yourself or get your local shop to build it to your specification. For 2018, it is being offered as a complete bike, with Ritchey finishing kit and Shimano 105, all for a decent price.

The Ritchey components come from the company’s affordable Comp range, and are all very well-designed. The 4-Axis stem is designed to evenly spread pressure, making it harder to overtighten and damage the bar, and the curve shaping of the bar is one of the very best anatomic compact designs around. 

The slender Skyline saddle is well padded and the shape suited most of BikeRadar's testers. Ritchey’s saddles can often be overlooked in favour of the big name brands, but if the Skyline is anything to go by they are worth checking out.

The Zeta wheels have a decent profile and are wide enough at 17mm internally to make a very good match for the 27mm Tom Slick tyres. The name suggest that these are fully smooth road rubber but actually have deep and defined sipes running from the centre to the flanks of the sidewalls. The deep, soft compound grips tenaciously and they run smooth, but don’t feel as rapid as the lightest race tyres around.

The Shimano 105 drivetrain performs superbly, and Ritchey hasn’t deviated from the group so the Road Logic has far superior stoppers than its rim-braked rivals.

Ritchey Road Logic Comp ride experience

The steering response is quick without being twitchy on climbs
The steering response is quick without being twitchy on climbs

This bike has serious go when you want it, but the smooth, lively ride of the steel chassis means the Logic is just as at home as an all-day cruiser as it is a sprinting bruiser. It all comes from the class inherent in a triple-butted steel frame. By minimising the wall thicknesses, where possible, you end up with a bike that’s balanced between stiffness and smoothness. 

It’s approaching the pinnacle of what steel can do, but the glaring omission for us Brits is that the Logic has no provision for mudguards. It’s easy to be seduced by the Logic’s wonderful character during dry summer months, but for damp autumn, winter and spring, a bit of protection beyond quick fixes and quick-release mudguards would be good.

The Logic rides like a naturally balanced bike, the steering response is quick without being twitchy on climbs, the frame feeling alive without being flexy. On descents its full of poise and stability. It’s one of those bikes you’ll immediately feel at home on.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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