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what's your opinion on the Rithcey Swiss Cross?(5 posts)

what's your opinion on the Rithcey Swiss Cross?Max11
Sep 20, 2002 11:08 PM
Can anyone tell me what they think about the Ritchey Swiss Cross frame/fork. I own a Ibis Hakkalugi but didn't get it with braze on's for racks or fenders. Now I want a frame with them and the Ritchey looks good. How do they ride? Has anyone ordered them with rack braze on's? Is it worth getting for use as a light touring/commuter bike? Any help will be appreciated.
re: what's your opinion on the Rithcey Swiss Cross?Drupa
Sep 21, 2002 7:45 AM
Expensive, moderate weight, great ride, very cool - hard to find.
I LOVE mine.seamus
Sep 21, 2002 11:17 PM
I LOVE mine. Had it for about a year and a half. It's about 19lbs flat with all Ritchey components including deep sect. wheels and Pauls brakes. It's very traditional cross geometry, which means high bottom bracket, shortish top tube, slack angles. Great for cross racing and trail riding and decent all around---I've done group road rides on mine.

As for craftsmanship, the welds, paint and finish work (threading and facing) is as good as anything I've seen, including Steelman, Ibis and Independent Fabrication, and Tom Ritchey himself still does the final inspection and finishing touches, bottle braze ons, rack mounts, seat cluster. The major welding is done by two dedicated Ritchey framebuilders in Japan, which isn't as sexy as your local custom builder, but the work is real, real good.

All this oozing aside, I'd probably steer you away from the SwissCross for what it sounds like you'll be doing..it's a pretty straightforward cross bike, and you could spend the same about of cash and get something more suited to your needs. I'd recommend a Waterford RS12, which is their sport/touring machine with cantilever bosses, cyclocross-ish tubing, rack mounts and if you want, custom geometry, which might be the way to go if you're going to do more than just cross (specifically, a roadish BB height would be good). Or if you want to spend less, Surlys are very nice bikes, a little heavier, but far more affordable with many of the features you're looking for.
I LOVE mine.Max11
Sep 22, 2002 10:46 PM
Thanks for the informative reply. I'll look into the RS12 to see if it's for me. Maybe I should be looking more at sport tourers than cross bikes.
Echo Seamuspeter in NVA
Sep 23, 2002 9:31 AM
Its the one bike I ride more than all the others. At least for my '98 model, I don't believe rack or fender mounts were an option, but maybe they are now.