Traitor Cycles Revamps the Crusade Disc

Traitor Disc 1

As the latest evolution of their disc equipped steel frames, Traitor’s Crusade Disc is getting some upgrades. Looking to add more versatility to a their steel CX bike, the Crusade will be geared or SS compatible with the addition of a new dropout.

More details after the break.

Traitor disc 2

The rear vertical dropout is adjustable, but Traitor says there will be an additional dropout available without a hanger for a cleaner SS look. The benefit to the adjustable vertical dropout is obviously that you can run standard wheels even when running single speed with a QR for fast wheel changes. You should be able to drop the wheel without having to retention the chain while running SS as well. The Dropouts adjust by loosening the two set screws and then micro adjust via the two small allen grub screws on the front of the dropout. Rear spacing is set at 135mm with disc only brake options.

Traitor Disc 3

Like the original Crusade, the rear brake routing is internal through the top tube to improve shouldering. A standard 27.2 seatpost is used to keep your butt in place. The frame is manufactured from Founderland Seamless Race Double Butted Chromoly with a 1 1/8″ steerer (though frame has 44mm head tube), 68mm threaded BB, and a max tire width of 38mm.


Offered in 4 sizes; 49, 53, 56, and 59 the Crusade will be offered in the Bright Green shown here and a Matte Black. Price for a frame and fork is an impressive $599 making the Crusade an extremely appealing bike for anyone looking to get into cross, or for that matter anyone already addicted to CX looking for an awesome steel frame.


MA - 05/15/13 - 9:01am

Um.. yes!

NotAMachinist - 05/15/13 - 10:11am

Personally I use a seatpost to keep a saddle in place, not my butt, but whose judging?

Okay I am, you’re doing it wrong.

Rob - 05/15/13 - 10:26am

Chain tension how?

Alan - 05/15/13 - 10:47am

“The Dropouts adjust by loosening the two set screws and then micro adjust via the two small allen grub screws on the front of the dropout.” Reading is hard!

nathan - 05/15/13 - 11:02am

Rob: the picture showing the dropout you can see two small adjusting screws on the frame, looks like they go through the frame and but up against the dropout, which can actually pivot for and aft and you can use that to set the position, then tighten the dropout in place. Kinda cool.

Rob - 05/15/13 - 11:02am

I did read it. But it makes no sense. Chain tension sometimes needs about 10mm travel to work properly. And I don’t see how that would work at all….

Tom - 05/15/13 - 11:23am

Rob: I have had the same concerns of some of these “swinger” style drop-outs. A lot of them don’t have all that much throw. I have an SS CX bike with an EBB, and even on that, there are some gear ratios (44×18), where there is no other way to get the chain tight aside from using a crappy half-link. The horizontal sliding drop outs on my mtb offer way more throw. Not saying there is anything wrong with this design (Soulcraft, Blackcat, and Salsa use a somewhat similar setup) so it must work, just curious if there are a bunch of ratios that require using half links?

patrik - 05/15/13 - 12:08pm

Half-linkers rejoice!

WannaBeSTi - 05/15/13 - 12:57pm

It isn’t how much throw you have, but how you use it.

Rob - 05/15/13 - 1:43pm

Thank you guys, especially Tom. I guess there is going to be a workable range that would give acceptable tension. I have only ever ridden horizontal dropouts so would need to have a try with these types.

Again, thanks for the help explaining it. Appreciate it.

Ralphy - 05/15/13 - 2:53pm

Always nice to see new stuff from Traitor. Definitely underrated.

Jason - 05/15/13 - 5:47pm

Do Traitor frames have mounts for two water bottles yet?

Rubens - 05/16/13 - 8:33am

nice. can i have one please!

revart - 05/16/13 - 8:43am

Do any of the bike designers actually do some racing, because a lot of these new disc forks do not have adequate mud clearance. I started racing years ago with a fork with more clearance than this one and still had to stop and clear it during the race. All you need is the right consistency of mud and you will be slowed down to a crawl.

Ryan - 05/16/13 - 11:01am

Put a belt on it.

…stupid chains.

filibuster cash - 05/16/13 - 11:20am

revart- cx bikes have passed into the post-hipster land that fixies also inhabit. . .functionality is not in the design. you buy this bike once you’ve “made it” with some functionary job in downtown pdx, and you commute on it once a month from your st johns condo (five days a week during “bike to work month”) so you can justify having it, when in reality, it’s just another wall hanging. the only pupose is to pretend you’re still in the thick of whatever it is you thought you were in right out of college. that said, nice work making a good looking frame at a near-surly price point. we could use more of this.

Jordan - 05/16/13 - 12:28pm

I’d love to see a belt-drive version of this… anyone?

askar larkinyar - 05/16/13 - 3:25pm

no clearance+mud=no fun

looks like the fork was an after thought to making the frame work because the design was botched……

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