Super73 may sound familiar to you as the members at autoevolution have done a great job covering this manufacturer's works. Considering they started hitting the market with iconic e-bikes around 2016, it's been hard to miss their work.
However, most of our readers may be asking themselves about Tom Ritchey. Well, Tom's story is one of those you're only exposed to if you have business with professional cycling. This gentleman has been a staple of the cycling scene ever since he started fixing bicycles in his community at the fragile age of 11. At 14, he was received by the Belmont Bicycle Club and began his career as a racer. From there, his passion snowballed, and Tom soon built entire frames. By 1979, he was responsible for 1,000 personally crafted frames.
Marin Museum of Bicycling, from 1980 onwards, Ritchey bikes became the bikes that would ultimately lead to the success of Gary Fischer and Charlie Kelly, other renowned names of MTB.
As for how the ZX Team e-bike came into existence, it may have a lot to do with the fact that Super73 and Tom Ritchey both hail from sunny California. Sadly, this is a machine that Super73 does NOT sell, but that doesn't even matter; it's a beautifully crafted machine that showcases the peak of what the urban electric cycling industry has to offer, all the while sporting colors and components from Tom Ritchey.
The ZX is built using the frame that Super73 has come to be known for, and the same electronics are in place too, but modifications include Ritchey clipless pedals, grips, and a low-rise handlebar. The name Hope is in there somewhere too. However, the most significant change to the ZX is the color.
EV is meant to represent, that impression is spot on. Sure, these color tones were developed and used by Ritchey Design throughout their market presence, but the way Tom and Super73 chose to color this machine really gives off that American feel.
Honestly, if I saw this bike in a sea of other cycles, I'd bet the manufacturer is from the U.S.A. Gunwall tires and a white perforated leather seat complete the two-wheeler. Oh, there's also a 10X drivetrain on this bugger, but that doesn't matter as you'll never ride this unless, of course, you know the CEO of Super73 or Tom Ritchey himself.
Sure, it bears the whole forbidden fruit label on it, but the Super73 XZ Team e-bike is the sort of machine that's a unique addition to a company's portfolio. Moreso, this one represents a part of cycling history - Tom Ritchey's influence and legacy - that is sure to never die or be forgotten.