Transition Rapture — first look

New geared and singlespeed-compatible steel 'cross bike

Transition Bicycle Company may be better known for its heavy-hitting dirt jump, gravity and trail bikes, but the staff of this small Ferndale, Washington-based company also knows how to have a good time between the tape of a cyclocross course.

The Rapture is Transition’s first cyclocross offering. The disc-specific frameset can be run geared or as a singlespeed thanks to interchangeable, rockered dropouts.

The frame is constructed from butted 4130 chromoly tubing and features a 44mm head tube for compatibility with tapered steerers. The rear brake line is routed through the top tube for snag-free shouldering and the downtube-routed derailleur cable guides are removable for a clean look in singlespeed mode.

Transition’s Rapture is offered in four sizes. The frame with matching steel retails for US$599. (UK pricing TBA.) Claimed weight for a size 55cm frame is 4.7lb/2.14kg. Claimed weight for the matching fork is 2.2lb/1kg (with an uncut steerer).

Perhaps the best thing about the Rapture is Transition's promotional video, which includes a wealth of coaching advice from reigning Singlespeed Cyclocross World champion Adam Craig.

For more information visit www.transitionbikes.com.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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