With Ritchey Swiss Cross Canti Frameset Ritchey started with the same forged-and-machined integrated head tube design found on the P-29er—80 grams lighter than a standard 1-1/8” head tube and just as strong—a design which also provides much-needed shouldering room at the head tube.
Tubing is an all-new triple-butted, heat treated steel designed to Tom’s specifications for a classically lightweight, compliant yet tough-as-nails frame. Geometry has been updated to reflect what cross riders want: race-ready handling and responsiveness that’s still versatile enough to serve as a capable all-around rough road/trail bike.
Tire clearance? Plenty. The SwissCross is designed with cross racing in mind, after all. But with two bottle cage mounts, the SwissCross is perfect for long mixed rides in the off-season.
The Ritchey Swiss Cross Canti Frameset features
- Painted to match Ritchey WCS Cross fork and WCS integrated headset included
- Bottom Bracket: 68mm English threaded
- Front Derailleur Clamp: 28.6mm
- Headset: WCS integrated drop-in 41.8 (included)
- 130mm rear spacing
- Weight: 1941g / 4.28lbs (55cm, frame only)
- Sold as frameset only.
- 49cm size
Tom Ritchey is one-of-a-kind. He continues to juggle his duties as president and lead designer of our company, now distributed in over 40 countries, while still logging 10,000 miles a year all over the world. His latest passion is Project Rwanda, which strives to further economic development in Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle. Inspiration often comes to him while out on a ride, generating ideas that he then processes as three-dimensional design images – in his head. This is followed by the creation of initial concept models, many of which he creates by fillet brazing pieces or scraps of frame tubing. It all comes naturally to a guy who taught himself to build frames as a teenager, and who designed some of the burgeoning mountain bike industry’s first frames and components back in the 1970’s. Every year Tom guides our R&D efforts in pursuit of both subtle improvements to existing products, or large-scale advances leading to new ones.