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.
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.
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.