Constant innovation drives big brands in first place, and this has been the rule since always. Ritchey doesn’t stray from this and continues its plan to get as much as possible from the trail segment of mountainbike. This time, by two new and important components.
The WCS Trail wheelset is meant to be as stiff as possible, equally strong, yet not too harmful for the weightscale. Mostly, this tricky balance has been reached, and a certain type of aluminum alloy, aerospace graded according to the manufacturer, is the one responsible, although no word upon its denomination has been released. Tipping the scale at 1.574 grams, Ritchey’s new product costs 599,90 euros and is available for 26, 27.5 and 29 inch mountain bikes. Other specs include UST, tubeless ready and all tube type 21mm wide rims, rear hub convertible between Standard QR and 142×12 Thru-Axle, Shimano Centerlock disc brake mount, and Shimano or SRAM DX freehub body.
Next up is the WCS Trail saddle the has the same low profile design and narrow carbon fiber injected shell as the Streem for stiffness and minimal weight. Some aid comes from the Vector Wing design which is said to dissipate pressure more evenly. Additional features are the high-density superlight foam, CrN/Ti alloy rails, micro fiber cover with Kevlar® abrasion resistant sides, just to handle the demands of a serious trail ride better. The WCS Trail saddle will set you back 109.90 euros.