Ritchey Swiss Cross gonna make you jump, jump

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Swiss Cross

Not so many years ago GritCX had more of a cyclocross focus. ‘Cross was boss not just because it’s ace, but also because gravel bikes hadn’t really become a “thing” yet. Us enlightened ones were riding trails and gravel tracks on the bikes that got raced on a weekend (maybe with a swap of tyres).

Ritchey Swiss Cross
We don’t often go gooey eyed over a bike. We have completely fallen for this though

In the intervening years, more brands have merged their ‘cross and gravel offerings – some more successfully than others. It’s refreshing to see some companies staying true to ‘cross, and few have the long term pedigree of Ritchey.

Ritchey Swiss Cross
Classic by any definition

Swiss Cross

Thomas Frischknecht swung his leg over the first Ritchey Swiss Cross in 1994 and went on to claim countless wins and championships atop the legendary bicycle. To celebrate the birth of this historic CX bike, Ritchey has a new version of its race bike out.

Ritchey Swiss Cross
The new Swiss Cross comes in black as standard

The fully modernised bike is also available with a limited Swiss Cross Anniversary Edition paint job. Adorned with a gorgeous red to white fade paint scheme, the Anniversary Edition is limited to 100 individually numbered framesets, and we can’t think of a better looking bike out there at the moment.

Ritchey Swiss Cross
But there is a special 30th anniversary frameset – limited to 100 numbered frames

This newest version of the Ritchey Swiss Cross continues its evolution as a thoroughbred race bike. Ritchey has taken care to maintaining the racy ride characteristics for which it has been known for decades. Those that know Ritchey will already know that the bike is made out of steel (Ritchey Logic triple butted tubing to be precise), but it is worth reiterating for the uninitiated.

Ritchey Swiss Cross
Identifiable as a Ritchey from, even in the cut and thrust of a race

There’s something joyful about a bike that has been developed with such a race focus still using steel. It may not be the lightest material choice, but we adore the way steel rides. We’ve talked a bit more about Ritchey’s approach in our review of its gravel offering – the Outback.

Modern accoutrements – bolt thru axles and flat mount brakes

The new Swiss Cross features the modern standards we’ve come to expect, like flat-mount disc brake compatibility and thru-axles. Its race-ready geometry will keep those who live for an hour at the weekend in winter happy, while clearance for 40mm tyres will appeal to those who want to explore beyond the course tape.

Plenty of mud clearance, or the option to run up to 40mm tyres for non-race days

The details

  • Material: Triple-Butted Ritchey Logic Tubing
  • Includes Ritchey WCS Carbon Disc Cross Fork
  • Accepts 140 or 160mm rotors
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Colour: Black
  • Price: £1259
That integrated seat post bolt, though – love it

Anniversary spec

  • Limited to 100 numbered framesets
  • Ships with a Swiss Cross-branded authentic mini Swiss Cowbell for mounting on the handlebar
  • Colour: Red to white fade
  • Price: £1349
Long live steel

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