Podcast: Tom Ritchey on the Birth and Coming of Age of the Mountain Bike

Cover photo: Tom Ritchey with his “first good bike.” Courtesy Tom Ritchey.

Tom Ritchey is credited as the first production mountain bike frame builder in the world, and has introduced countless bike designs and products over the years that are considered standard in the industry today. His company, Ritchey Design, where Tom is still actively involved, designs high performance bikes, handlebars, seatposts, grips, tires, and everything in between.

Tom talks with Singletracks about the history of mountain biking, wheel sizes, the pros and cons of industry standards, and even electric bikes.

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