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 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.
Twenty-five years later, the Swiss Cross is still a staple of the Ritchey fleet - now featuring modern standards such as 12mm thru-axles, flat-mount brakes, and higher-volume tyre clearance. Yet one thing has remained unchanged: it is still a no-holds-barred race-ready dirt ripper. Whether it's leading the charge on bell lap or ticking off the gruelling miles of a gravel grinder, the new Swiss Cross is more than capable of tackling it all.
In honour of its 25th anniversary and namesake, Ritchey has created 100 limited edition framesets, crafted in homage the frame Frischi rode to European Cyclocross Championships. Each frame is numbered for added uniqueness and ships with a special miniature cowbell that attaches to the handlebar.