Ritchey Swiss Cross
Wow, a Ritchey SwissCross with cantilever brakes, how cool!
If you’d like to get a little more attention from fellow commuters or other racers at your next cyclocross or gravel event, consider this Ritchey.
This is already a retro-stylish bike, even though the frame was still available, brand new, only two years ago. The steel frame, cantilever brakes and the double crankset may have fallen out of style, but function still beats form in my book. Two chainrings means smaller increments between gears and rim brakes give you a bike that’s a pound lighter and a few decibels quieter when you’re slowing the bike.
The steel frame rides amazingly well, and it’s still quite light at only 19 pounds. The Sram Force component group performs great and is tolerant of dirt and abuse. This is a 53cm size and will work for someone between 5’5” and 5’8” tall. We’re calling this a used bike since it’s an older model and the Sram Red front derailleur has been on another bike, but really this is a new bike.
It’s a good deal too. Only $1849.