2014 Ritchey WCS Trail Wheels, Saddle Popping Up
Last summer, Ritchey Logic unveiled their new Trail component line with stems, handlebars and seatposts in both carbon and alloy iterations. Now, the Trail line grows, getting you close to having a complete group save for Trail grips and tires.
The new Trail WCS Alloy Wheels passed their final QC testing under Tom Ritchey himself at this year’s Cape Epic. Here’s what the folks at Ritchey just emailed us:
“(The new wheels will be) QR9, 15mm or 20mm thru axle compatible, QR or 142x12mm rear of course. Standard or XX1 drivers available. 29er or 650B….possibly 26”. This wheelset is designed as a wider, beefed-up and 20mm compatible version of our Vantage II wheels, for riders who tend to be on the abusive side but still want a comparatively light wheel.
Tubeless rim, 21mm internal width. Proprietary Ritchey OCR (off center rim) design. 28 spokes, DT butted. Weight will be under 1700g for a set (20mm axle) and the price will be very competitive.”
No word on a carbon rim version yet, but we wouldn’t rule it out. Like the Vantage II, these appear to be designed around CenterLock brake rotors.
The WCS Trail saddle looks awfully similar to the current Marathon saddle, which takes their minimalist Streem and adds padding and abrasion resistant corners. The flatter tail should make sliding off the back of the saddle for steeps a bit easier.
Look for more new goods from Ritchey in July!