Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc frameset review

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Just Landed - Ritchey has updated its classic Swiss Cross frameset. It's now disc brake ready, and we've built it up as a full on race machine

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Ritchey's legendary Swiss Cross frameset has been around for many, many years. The cantilever equipped frameset, often seen in fire engine red, now has a sister model, this all black Swiss Cross Disc.

We got our hands on a frameset recently from Ritchey's UK distributor, Paligap, and we've taken our time putting together a nice build. We present it here for your viewing pleasure, before we take it away and completely cover it in mud.


The paint and decals are all nicely finished

The material is Ritchey’s own - a triple-butted Logic II CrMo steel that is expertly welded, and beautifully finished in a deep black. The price for the frameset and carbon fork: £975. We’ve specced SRAM’s new CX1 groupset, with hydraulic disc brakes. 140mm front rotor and a 160mm rear.

For rolling duties, Zipp provided their 202 disc clincher wheels and we wrapped them with Specialized’s excellent Terra mud tyres. The finishing kit was all provided by Paligap too.  It includes  a Ritchey WCS bar/stem combination, with an interesting Vector Rail Evo saddle/seat post system.


Ritchey frame and finishing kit, topped with SRAM hydraulic disc brakes

Everything on the bike is here at CW for review, and we’ll report back in the New Year with full feedback of the Ritchey frameset; the WCS Vector Evo saddle and seatpost system; the CX1 groupset and Zipp 202 Disc wheels.

For now, admire the following photographs...


The seat post clamp is integrated in to top of the seat stays


To accommodate a rear disc brake, the non-drive side seat stay is elegantly curved


Swiss Cross: a respected name in the world of cyclocross


Designed by Tom Ritchey. The moustache in the illustration is 98% accurate


The non-drive side of the Swiss Cross Disc frameset shows off the skinny tubing


We fit Specializeds Terras because they're a great mud tyre. Perfect for this time of year


The Ritchey WCS Vector Evo Zeromax saddle introduces a new mounting system. A single chunky carbon rail replaces the traditional double rails. We'll report back on its performance


SRAM's CX1 groupset finally arrives here at Cycling Weekly. Those tall hoods house the hydraulic system within the lever body


The rear mech is all-new. A clutch system has been introduced, which helps keep the chain taught.


Single ring heaven. It's a good weight saver, and the clutched rear derailleur ensures the chain doesn't jump off in lieu of a front derailleur


We fit a 160mm disc to the rear of the Swiss Cross (the front has a 140mm).


The non-drive side crank arm of the SRAM CX1 groupset.


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