Transition Introduces the Rapture CX, Enters Cross with Versatile ED Rust Proof Steel


You don’t have to worry about the Transition crew taking their cyclocross too seriously ( ™ Stevil Kinevil). With the cross season just winding down, the guys from the Pacific Northwest have introduced a cyclocross bike of their own, the Rapture CX. Built with distinct Transition DNA, the Rapture borrows the steel from their TransAM hard tails for a versatile steel cross bike that can operated geared or without.

Jump past the break to check out one of the best bicycle launch videos ever.

With a little help from Adam Craig, the Transition crew gets a crash course in single speed cyclocross racing. Lars n Bars looks cold.


We all know cross is notoriously muddy and wet, which are both bad when it comes to steel and rust. To keep the frames happy, the Race Butted 4130 seamless Chromoly tubes have been ED coated inside and out. That means you can put away the can of frame saver. Internal brake cable routing is offered for the rear brake through the top tube to keep the hose out of the way when shouldering, and the rest of the cabling is routed along the downtube with removable cable stops if you prefer single speed.



Equipped with a custom swinging dropout, the frame is shipped with the geared dropout which still allows for single speeding. If you prefer a super clean single speed aesthetic, hangerless dropouts are available aftermarket. The vertical swinging dropout allows for quick wheel changes even when running singlespeed without having to retension the chain.


A 44mm head tube works with the included steel disc cross fork from Transition, but it also allows for the use of tapered carbon forks like the ENVE shown here. Frames have a claimed weight of 4.7 lbs/2.14 kg for a 55cm, and 2.2 lbs/1.0 kg for the steel fork with an uncut steerer tube. The green bike in the first photo has a total weight of 18.5 lbs/8.39 kg. The rest of the frame uses a 27.2mm seat post, a disc brake only design, and a 68mm threaded bottom bracket with a 135mm rear dropout.



Rapture CX frames will be offered in 48 (sm), 52 (md), 55 (lg), 58 (xl) sizes in Matte Black and Neon Green, with pricing set at $599 which includes the matching chromoly disc fork.





30 thoughts on “Transition Introduces the Rapture CX, Enters Cross with Versatile ED Rust Proof Steel

  1. No real news here. This is the Crusade that is made by Transition’s sister company Traitor Cycles. Same frame, same colors – just a different logo.

  2. @Reality Check – I was thinking the same thing. It’d be nice to have someone outline the differences for us.

    That being said. Tire clearance?

  3. Tire clearance is the same – 35mm. Only difference I see is the a2c measurement on the fork is different, but that is because Transition is including the headset in the a2c length.

  4. It’s the Traitor Crusade for sure, but it’s not like they “stole” the frame design or anything. If you ever have the chance to talk to the guys at Transition, or the guys at Traitor, you’ll quickly realize you’re talking to the same dude (Sam). More than likely it’s just a marketing thing. When was the last time you heard of Traitor Cycles?

  5. Nice bike, especially for the price but I do have two nitpicks:
    1) Internal cable routing really does nothing to improve performance but does add weight and potentially is a PITA for cable installation.
    2) Down tube cable routing isn’t the most mud friendly way to go.

  6. So disappointed in you all here. No one is going to chirp about the recalled TRP Spyre brakes in the money shot? Oh, right, it’s not a SRAM product.

  7. @Case: the main money shot that opens the article is running the TRP Hylex, not the Spyre. The Hylex hasn’t been recalled as far as I know. The black bike on the other hand….

  8. The Video = perfect.

    The Frame = we have one hanging in Mellow Velo right now, waiting to be built. The green apple paint cannot be done justice in a photo. It is drop dead gorgeous.

    Nice job, guys!

  9. So is the geometry designed for drop bars as in the photos or MTB bars of the video? Not a serious question, just an observation.

  10. the BB’s are different between the two also. The Traitor version is a PF30 and the Transition is 68MM BSA. Which is better in terms of single speed?!

  11. BB gear cable routing – smart move. Some seem to over-estimate the resistance of a bit of cable on a small plastic BB guide compared to a longer outer with open ends along the top tube that gets sticky very fast. Under the BB with outer-ends facing downward at the RD / HT end is about as hassle-free as it gets, pretty much on par with fully enclosed cables ime of shtty UK conditions. Quick spray lube now and then and forget it.

    All that is less important than the fact Transition make great promo videos. Klunking is a classic.

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