Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc Frameset, 50th Anniversary, Limited Edition



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Tom Ritchey welded up his first bicycle in his parents’ garage more than 50 years ago – when he was only 15-years old. Since then, he has continued riding, researching, designing, and building legendary bicycle frames and components that have inspired generations of cyclists to experience great rides, influenced legions within the bicycle industry, and have won countless championships.

Possibly the most iconic frame associated with Ritchey, the Swiss Cross draws its name from early factory rider, cyclocross and mountain bike legend Thomas Frischknecht. The first iteration of the Swiss Cross in 1994 was a no-holds-barred race machine designed for one thing: ripping through dirt like no other. Captained to numerous victories under Frischi, the Swiss Cross went on to become one of the most revered frames of the Ritchey offering – proving itself a winning combination of Tom’s framebuilding mastery and Frischi’s dominance in racing.

To honor Ritchey’s 50th anniversary, we are excited to present this special 50th Anniversary Edition of the Swiss Cross. Enrobed in the iconic Ritchey Red paint, this limited-edition Swiss Cross is also adorned with Ritchey logos that reference the company’s history and the influence Palo Alto, California has had on Tom.


  • Special 50th anniversary Ritchey Palo Alto decals and a 50th anniversary logo Frame comes in a one-off color of red not to be produced again
  • A go-to race ready Cross or Gravel machine capable of tackling any terrain
  • Built from Ritchey’s own triple butted Logic tubing Includes WCS carbon disc brake fork with 47mm rake
  • Compatible with flat mount disc brakes, accepts 140 or 160mm rotors
  • Thru-axles front and rear using a unique Tom designed cast flat mount dropout Fits up to 40mm wide 700c tires
  • This frameset can be purchased as a full build with a Shimano GRX 800 or other groups, but please contact us for a full build estimate for other groupset options [email protected]



  • Material: heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic steel tubing – TIG welded
  • Ultra-light forged and machined straight 1-1/8″ headtube
  • WCS headset included (IS42/28.6|IS42/30)
  • 142mm spacing (12mm alloy thru-axle included)
  • Replaceable stainless-steel derailleur hanger
  • 27.2mm seat tube with integrated seat collar (max torque setting: 6Nm)
  • Front derailleur clamp size: 28.6mm (max torque setting: 2.5Nm) – not included
  • Bottom bracket: 68mm – English threaded
  • Can accommodate 1X or 2X chainrings
  • Crankset min/max ring size – single: 36 to 46t / double: 46/30t to 50/34t
  • External cable routing
  • Bottle mounts: 2


  • Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross Disc Fork included
  • 1-1/8″ straight steerer with integrated 45-degree crown race
  • 100mm spacing (12mm alloy thru-axle included)
  • Steerer length: 300mm
  • Axle-crown: 383mm
  • Rake/Offset: 47mm

Tire Compatibility

  • Wheel and tire compatibility: 700 x 40c tire clearance (depending on tire/rim manufacturer) // 650B x 48mm
  • Frame max spacing: 49mm
  • Fork max spacing: 53mm

Brake Compatibility

  • Flat-mount brakes front and rear: 140mm (160mm max – adaptors available separately)
  • Frame flat-mount bracket height: 10mm


  • Sizes: XL
  • Frame weight: 1.95Kg – w/o thru-axle)
  • Fork weight: 430g (with uncut steerer / not including axle)
  • Color: Red

Frame Geometry

Full Build Option Component Specifications

  • Groupset: Shimano GRX 800, Hydraulic Disc,  2x
  • Crankset: 172.5mm
  • Chainrings: 48-31
  • Cassette: 11-34
  • Wheels: GRX 700C Alloy (Optional Upgrade to GRX Carbon Wheels)
  • Tires: Maxxis Rambler 700C x 38mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano BBR60, BSA, threaded
  • Handlebar: PRO Discover Medium Flare, 44 C-C
  • Stem: PRO Discover
  • Seatpost: PRO PLT
  • Pedals not included

Additional information


M, L, XL

Frameset / Fullbuild

Frameset Only, Shimano GRX 800




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