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The story of Tom Ritchey – and his eponymous bicycle company – reads like a history of modern American cycling. As a road racer in the early ‘70s, young Tom, the son of an engineer and avid tinkerer, was often found winning on bicycles that he himself had made. As he experimented with frame building and component fabrication he maintained a focus on making lighter weight parts both strong and reliable. As that decade faded into the 1980s he and his buddies were already spending considerable time riding dirt roads and mountain trails and making the tougher equipment needed for them – in turn innovating what we know now as the mountain bike. His ideas were so good that many major bicycle brands sought to put his Ritchey Logic stems, bars, pedals and more to build their own complete bicycles. Mr. Ritchey then steered away from frame building to concentrate on great quality components to be used at the highest levels of the sport.

While being deeply involved in the bike industry, Tom still finds the time to log thousands of miles and claims that many of his best ideas come to him while pedaling. When inspiration for a new product comes to mind, he can be found back in the workshop making the initial prototypes come to life. Anything he creates is thoroughly tested by Ritchey team riders and independent facilities to ensure that his new products exceed industry standards. Years ago he added the word Logic to his company’s name because he feels that anything bearing the Ritchey mark has been developed out of necessity and not just following current trends in the bike world.


"Logic"al Travel

Being a constant traveler he quickly put his design experience to use in developing the Ritchey Break-Away frame that easily folds into a carry-on size bag. Its unique design is so simple and easy to use that only an engineer well versed in bicycle design and an avid cyclist could invent it. For many the Break-Away bicycle is their ticket to avoiding steep airline fees while offering the ability to bring their bike wherever they may travel. We have many Contender Bicycles customers happily riding their own Break-Away bikes the world over. Now the Carbon Break-Away is leading the way for the lightweight traveler wanting the ultimate ride regardless of destination.

Ritchey Logic Carbon Fiber Break Away


P-650B, P-29, Timberwolf, Commando

Keeping with tradition, Ritchey’s re-entrance into non-breakaway frame manufacturing focused on the classic ride quality and aesthetics of steel. His frames are far from traditional steel. Tom uses special heat-treaded, heavily butted tubing to ensure a spirited ride quality and even developed his own forged headtube to reduce weight. The original P-29 29er hardtail frame has evolved into a lighter, geared-only version and is accompanied by the P-650B (27.5″ hardtail), Commando fat bike frameset and the new Timberwolf, a 140mm trail hardtail built for the rowdiest of days.

Ritchey Timberwolf Mountain Bike

Road + Cross

Road Logic, Swiss Cross, Swiss Cross Disc

Like the Ritchey mountain bike frames, Tom Ritchey designed his Road Logic and Swiss Cross to offer classic steel-frame aesthetics with modern performance.  Again, Ritchey uses his own Ritchey Logic tubing and his forged-and-machined integrated head tube to create frames that have beautiful steel ride qualities but don’t weigh you down on climbs or on the cross course.  Steel is still considered the gold-standard in great riding bike frames, and Ritchey’s Road Logic, Swiss Cross and Swiss Cross Disc are some of the nicest production frames on the market.

Ritchey Road Logic Frameset


Gold-Medal Proven

A frame is just a frame without parts to go on it.  Ritchey has been creating a wide range of components to compliment any bike build, from the most advanced carbon creation to a classic L’Eroica inspired beauty.  From the Superlogic Carbon C260 stem to the new Bullmoose bar, Ritchey has innovative, high-quality parts to complete any frame.  And if there’s any doubt of the quality, Gold-medal-winning Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds ride Ritchey components on the Scott Spark – a testament to the strength and quality of the Ritchey’s design.

Ritchey SuperLogic C260 Carbon Stem

Ritchey WCS MonoCurve Integrated Carbon Road Handblear

Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon 1-Bolt Seatpost

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If you’d like to discuss options on a new Break-Away build or choose the right Ritchey parts to lighten your current bike, contact us at info@contenderbicycles.com or give us a call at the shop.