In 1984, Tom was the first to appropriate road tire technology for mountain bike tire design by introducing higher TPI and more compliant rubber compounds. While he pioneered trail-specific tread patterns, Vector Force Analysis technology for mountain bike tires was developed. The result was the first ever rotation-directional specific tire; soon thereafter he applied this technology to the first front and rear tire specific treads. 30 years later, Tom refined this technology and applied it to the Ritchey Trail Bite tires. Featuring a wider, reinforced casing to handle a more aggressive terrain, the Bite is great for all mountain riding.
- Bite: front or rear, rotational specific tread that bites into the terrain for excellent control in all conditions
- 7mm Casing width - a true 2.25 wide trail tire