In celebration of the 25th year of the Ritchey Logic Swiss Cross cyclocross bike, the brand has launched a limited edition bike based on the original but with disc brakes and room for larger volume tyres. We, well road.cc, have got one of these, new, modern beasts in for review, we took it out for a quick first look before they get it all dirty... dig in.
We are Ritchey fans here at off-road.cc, having just tested the new Ultra frameset and had a shed load of fun. With regards to this new bike, limited edition means, yep you guessed it, there's not going to be many of these around. There will be two versions, one with red to white fade paint and another, like this, in black. With only 100 red ones produced it's likely that one is going to be super tricky to get hold of!
The new bike is still a CX race bike at heart but it's also capable of some gravel smashing! It now is for disc brakes only with flat mount brake tabs ready for 145 or 160mm rotors. There are also 12mm thru axles (142mm rear spacing) and you'll also be able to fit up to 40mm tyres, given the CX nature of the bike, that extra room is supposed to be for mud clearance but if you did have other more adventure or commuting based plans for the Swiss Cross you've now got room for a wider range of tyres.
The bike uses Ritchey Logic steel tubing and still uses a mix of brazing and TIG welding. There is still the neatly integrated seat clamp and the bike also comes with the full carbon Ritchey WCS Carbon Disc Fork. It keeps a standard 1.125" straight steerer and the thin forged and machined headtube with integrated headset cups. There is a threaded bottom bracket, a 27.2mm seat post and external cable routing, with space for two bottle bosses inside the front triangle.
Aside from those spec tweaks the bike also gets different geometry adding a slightly longer reach, a lower stack, a small bottom bracket drop and longer chainstays to account for the wider tyre clearance. Head angle is still 72 degrees and a 74 degree seat tube angle. There are six sizes to choose from - XS to XXL with the smaller sizes getting more sloping top tubes for better standover for shorter riders.
The bike will be available as a frameset only in black for £1259 and for the limited time the red and white anniversary version is £1349 (inc. a colour matched Cow Bell). So get in touch with your local Ritchey dealer quickly if you want a red one. Or if you are happy with the black bike then you can get that online here - www.ritcheylogic.com
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