Taipei Sneak Peek: Ritchey’s 35mm Bars and Stems, Swiss Cross Disc Frame, New Wide Tubeless Wheels, More

Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (1)

As a company steeped in tradition, Ritchey looks like they have no problem keeping up with the latest componentry as illustrated by the number of new products tucked away in their booth in Taipei. Most of the new goods will be new for 2015, but it gives you a taste of what’s to come. In addition to disc brakes for cross, Ritchey also had 35mm bars and stems, new 220° stems, and super wide, fully tubeless rims for mountain bikes on display.

Details after the break.

Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (3) Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (2)

Built as a disc specific frameset, the Swiss Cross disc uses post mount disc tabs that are tucked into the rear triangle. Both the frame and the WCS disc cross fork are capable of using 140mm rotors with a 160mm max using an adapter. While the frame is modern in the brake department, the rest of the standards stick with tradition using quick release front and 135mm rear axles, a threaded bottom bracket, and a 1 1/8″ straight head tube.

Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (4)

The Swiss Cross Disc uses the same geometry as the current Swiss Cross and will be offered in 49 to 59cm sizes.

ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (2)

ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (3)

If Ritchey and other companies at the Taipei show are any indication, 2015 will be the year where 35mm bars and stems will be widespread throughout mountain biking. There are a number of companies that have already adopted the standard, but there have been a number of hold outs as well. It seems like after Taipei, the number of companies who don’t offer a 35mm option will be few. We all groan when new “standards” are introduced, but with how wide bars have gotten lately, the added strength makes some sense.

Ritchey will be joining in on 35mm with a WCS Carbon Trail Rizer and WCS Trail Low Rizer, which will be 760mm and 780mm wide respectively. Each bar will have a 15mm rise and 9/2° back/up sweep. Claimed weights are 210g and 290g for carbon and aluminum. The WCS MTN Trail 35mm stems are constructed from 3D forged aluminum and will be offered in 45, 60, 80, and 90mm lengths. Only offered in zero rise, the stems use the new 220º handlebar wrap instead of the 260º clamp of previous stems.

Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (8) Ritchey 35 bar stem disc cross frame (7)

Also getting the 220º treatment are a line of road and mountain stems for 31.8mm bars. The C220 stems offer similar benefits to the c260 design but allows for easier bar installation and the front access bolts simplifies installation.

ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (9) ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (7)

ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (10) ritchey 35mm mtb bars stem wider rims wheels 275 29 (11)

The other big surprise hiding in their booth were these WCS Trail V2 and WCS Vantage wheels which both feature impressively wide rim profiles with a full tubeless rim bed. In the case of the Trail V2 wheels, the aluminum rims have a 25mm internal and 29.6mm external width while the rim bed is fully sealed for tubeless use that only requires a valve. The Vantage wheels carry a 21mm internal and 25.6mm external width and stand 24.4mm tall. Both sets of wheels will be available in 650b and 29″ sizes, and will fit most axle standards and Shimano/SRAM or XD freehub bodies.

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Comments

Yerma - 03/16/14 - 12:55pm

Big fan of Ritchey’s components but what happen with the rear disc brake tab weld! Ugh.

mudrock - 03/16/14 - 2:45pm

I like it. First post mount I’ve seen on a steel frame. Tom is one of the most innovative thinkers in the sport.

K11 - 03/16/14 - 2:57pm

CX bike – threaded bb, smart, very smart. that cross bike looks incredible.

just wish ritchey would source an american manufacturer for these frames. not saying the asian made is poor quality or will break, it is an american company that looks to have a smart design and long history…would only be that much better with a patriotic american manufacturer. just my opinion. if they start making these here, i would pick one up for sure. (also the mtn frames!)

K11 - 03/16/14 - 3:07pm

sorry for the USA rant above, but if any of the powers that be at ritchey see it…

ritchey USA made steel bicycle frames. has a nice ring to it!

tom - 03/16/14 - 6:51pm

@K11: I would love that. It sort of irks me that these bikes also get debuted at NABHS as fillet brazed versions made by Tom, yet the production models are always TIG welded in Asia. I’ve lusted after a SwissCross for a while, but can’t get myself to pull the trigger in their current state!

Wil - 03/16/14 - 7:29pm

I have a Ritchey Logic 2.0 frame, absolutely love it. While the welds don’t look as tidy as my friends wifes Cielo, they are by no means sloppy and holds its own visually. The cost between the Cielo and other USA made frames vs the Ritchey was the deciding factor. So I am happy Ritchey decided to make them in Tiwain, lowering the costs to potential buyers like myself.

Daniel - 03/16/14 - 10:12pm

Cool stuff, but does anyone know if that bike rack in the first pic is something that is available to buy and fro whom?

suede - 03/16/14 - 11:24pm

@Daniel looks like a modified Topeak storage rack to me. we use the floor to ceiling version in the shop for display, well made with enough adjustment to fit anything we throw at it.

bikeguy717 - 03/17/14 - 5:41am

@mudrock-Salsa had post mounts on their first generation Fargo. You typically had to use a cut off 5mm hex to mount the rear caliper. The mounts often needed some creative “realignment” to make everything work correctly. They went to an I.S. mount later to get around these issues and probably some involving cost, as all the bits were cold forged. But for the most part, good stuff. Still riding a couple, to this day.

K11 - 03/17/14 - 11:57am

@tom. agreed. it is a clever “way around” the hand built idea, to show their products. yes the frames on display are handmade, but the consumer could never get their hands on one.

i still like ritchey products, but their steel frames have the history and a solid name and reputation the the bike community to justify producing all (mtn, road, cx) their frames in america. If not, maybe offer a team or whatever label they want to put on it, for each category of bike. With special graphics and/or coloring available only as a frame set. a special higher end steel, made in the usa! with a higher price tag. sounds good to me.

kurti_sc - 03/17/14 - 1:19pm

Ritchey bike products have always been innovative. I agree with Tom and K11, US made is a large part of the appeal and it used to be a reason to buy one.
The tubeless rims are exciting. That looks like something to consider.
The larger handlebar diameter is lame. Citing strength issues is a copout. I’m not saying to go back to Hyperlites with a 25.4 diameter that would snap on the 10th DH run, but the current crop have moved soooooo far beyond that, its ridiculous. 31.8 is awesome and it allows for good strong bars for DH, XC, and the SS crowd without having to have yet another standard.
I run a 760 wide 31.8 on my SS and its plenty stiff and durable. There are plenty of more durable bars available for the gravity set, and shaping with rises and such go a long way to that durability. So please tell me what problem are you trying to solve here other than marketing and sales.
Stop the nonsense, please.

aaron - 03/19/14 - 10:59am

Press Release: Ritchey 2015 will introduce the 180º handlebar wrap stems. (another 40º drop from the previous 260º and 220º, to ease handlebar installation even further!)

Sevo - 03/30/14 - 12:20pm

agree, US made Ritchey frames would be great….but you’re looking at adding $700 easily to the frame price with no change in quality or finish. Sucks, but it’s how it goes.

Plus side is plenty of framebuilders out there that can make you a custom bike though for that end cost a stock frameset would end up costing you. Plus you’re supporting a small biz and in the right town, a small local biz.

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