Ritchey Swiss Cross 50th Edition Anniversary Bike

Man riding the Ritchey Swiss Cross cyclocross bike.

Tom Ritchey welded up his first bicycle in his parent’s 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 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 the 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 frame-building 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.

50th anniversary Ritchey Swiss Cross


  • Material: heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic steel tubing – TIG welded 
  • 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)
  • Bottom bracket: 68mm – English threaded
  • Can accommodate 1X or 2X chainrings


  • Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross Disc Fork included 
  • 1-1/8” straight steerer with the integrated 45-degree crown race 
  • 100mm spacing
Ritchey Swiss Cross in red
Ritchey Swiss Cross in Red


  • Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL 
  • Wheel and tire compatibility: 700 x 40c tire clearance (depending on tire/rim manufacturer) 
  • Frame weight: 1.95Kg (size L – w/o thru-axle) 
  • Fork weight: 430g (with uncut steerer / not including axle) 
  • Color: Ritchey Red
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