Old Skool x New School – Tom Ritchey Video

Video by Alex Rankin

The first in the upcoming series of ‘ Old Skool x New School ’ events created by The Bicycle Academy. A collaboration between the legends of the framebuilding world and some of the new wave of framebuilders.

Tom Ritchey, an icon of the sport and a framebuilding legend, visited The Bicycle Academy in September 2016 to spend some time hanging out, teaching students and to build a bike with us over a few beers…


Supported by Ritchey, Shimano, RockShox, Fabric

Event shots by Adam Gasson


Custom designed and fabricated 27+ steel hardtail mountain bike. Custom machined Ritchey replica integrated tapered headtube, Columbus ZONA 29er Downtube, and Top Tube, Reynolds 631 Seat Tube, Dedacciai DM ZEROUNO Chainstays, custom bent 4130 seat stays and BTR Fabrications bolt through dropouts and disk mount.

Designed by: Tony Corke and Andrew Denham
Built by: Tom Sturdy
Brazed by: Tom Ritchey, Andrew Denham and Tom Sturdy
TIG welding by: Paul Burford (dropouts and disk mount)
Assembled by: Tom Sturdy, Gavin Buxton, Aaron Ward and Adrian Bedford


Forks: RockShox SID RL 27+
Wheels: Ritchey WCS Trail 40 650+
Tyres: Ritchey ZMAX Evolution 650x73b (tubeless) Groupset: Shimano Deore XT M8000 1×11 (boost) Pedals: Shimano Deore XT M8000
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT M8000
Bars: Ritchey WCS Bullmoose Carbon Bar/Stem Headset: Ritchey WCS Integrated 1.125-1.5
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
Saddle: Fabric Scoop Ultimate

Studio Shots by James Hoppe