260g Carbon Tubular Mountain Bike Rim from Ritchey Logic, Other New Components

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SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2010 – If this doesn’t take the cake as the lightest mountain bike rim on the market, I don’t know what does.  Weighing in at a confirmed 260g per rim, the new Ritchey Carbon SuperLogic tubular rim is molded onto a “disappearing” mold so that no bladder is left inside to weigh it down.

The result is a rim that contributes to the ridiculously light 1,320g SuperLogic wheelset that will retail for $1,900 with CenterLock hubs.  Separately, the front will be available with either 9mm or 15mm axles for $899.95, and the rear is rear $1049.95.

But that’s not the only new goody Ritchey showed off. They have lots of new WCS level items in carbon and white, all for making your go-fast bike go faster and look better.  Check it all out after the break…

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Here’s what the wheelset looks like, though this prototype had 6-bolt disc mounts rather than the CenterLock.

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The only downside to running these is the currently limited number of options for tubular mountain bike tires, but Geax and others have some things in the works.

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Ritchey’s WCS mountain bike wheelset now comes with optional white rims.  740g front / 829g rear.

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This prototype is pretty close to the final version of Ritchey’s new WCS Shield Tire, a 550g tubeless-ready low profile tire.  Pricing is TBD, and there will be Pro and Comp level versions, too.

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The WCS Carbon Logic Curve with round bars comes in at 210g for $285.

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Ritchey’s new EvoCurve handlebars improve ergonomics by using a flatter top section on standard round tubes. From above, you can also see they curve backward slightly to align with the natural angle of your hand.  Black version is $97, white is $120.

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The top section is slightly flatter for a more comfortable hand perch.

Two other new things that I didn’t get photos of from Sea Otter are the new white WCS Carbon Streem saddle and Pro-level Zeta wheelset.  The saddle uses Ritchey’s “Vector Wing” design to dissipate vibration, has superlight foam covered with Lorica and full carbon fiber rails.  It’s been available in Black for a bit, and both colors retail for $179.95 adn weigh in at 145g.

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The Zeta Pro wheelset steps down a lot of the features of the WCS version introduced at Interbike last year.  It does away with the Trifecta spoke lacing, gets an aluminum rim rather than vanadium alloy, steel skewers instead of titanium and Pro-level hubs rather than WCS.  The rim profile remains the same despite the material difference and uses their OCR (Off Center Rim) design to reduce dish and create a stronger wheel.  They retail for just $499.  730g front / 994g rear.

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Lastly, there are some new colors (above) available on Ritchey’s Breakaway folding road bikes.

Comments

Harry - 05/05/10 - 9:21pm

Ritchey should make a steel 29er frame modeled after the old P21 and call it the P29. I’d buy it. I loved my P21 from back in the day.

TOM - 05/06/10 - 10:20am

Hopefully they didn’t glue that Dugast tyre on…they’ve got it on there backwards! Bikerumor, keep up the good work! You guys are doing and awesome job of following whats new and great!

Tyler (Editor) - 05/06/10 - 12:53pm

Thanks! We’re fools for shiny new things and love sharing the news!

CR - 05/07/10 - 8:18pm

Actually Innolite makes the lightest MTB rim, at 250g for the clincher model and 230g for the tubular model. As someone who runs a 710g rear rim and 670g front rim (729 and MTX), this blows my mind.

Tyler (Editor) - 05/08/10 - 1:10pm

…and there’s a chance Formula has something even lighter coming in a tubular rim later this year. They’re being pretty tight lipped, but rumors are floating around.

Mariusz - 05/09/10 - 3:05am

AX Lightness makes tubular MTB rim weighting 215 g. and a set of MTB wheels at 995 g, That is THE lightest MTB rim in the world. In comparison 260 g. seems to be quite heavy.

[...] new WCS Sheild mountain bike tire (top) was shown as a prototype at Sea Otter. It’s a 2.1 low profile tire with their Vector Force Analysis tread patterning with high knob [...]

Ben - 11/29/12 - 11:43am

Yeah sure they used a programme to create an exact replica of the continental Raceking tyre… then added tiny ritchey symbols on it. Ofcourse. Looks a good tyre, but it’s a complete copy.

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