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Many of the folks at Transition are long time cyclocross racers so it was only natural to come out with our take on a cross bike that can not only shred dirt but be extremely competitive come race day. We choose steel for the same awesome feel as our TransAM models. The frame is packed with awesome details like a custom dropout that gives you the option for singlespeed or geared builds. On the Transition Rapture you can make fast singlespeed wheel changes with a QR wheel and no need to retension. The dropout's compact and easy to use Swinger Tension System allows you to set and forget.

The frame comes with an ED coating inside and out so it is rust proof all over. The top tube features internal brake cable routing so nothing gets in the way of shouldering your bike. If you are running singlespeed, the downtube cable stops are removable for a cleaner look. All framesets come standard with our steel disc cross fork for a balanced feel. The headtube is 44mm to run tapered steerer tube carbon forks (We are huge fans of the ENVE Composites disc cross fork which saves over a pound on the build). Dropouts come standard with a derailleur mount but if you are running a singlespeed we do have a hangerless dropout available for a super clean look.



WHEEL SIZE: 700c
FRAME MATERIAL: Founderland Co. LTD Race Butted 4130 Seamless Chromoly with ED Rust Proof finish
SIZES: 48 (sm), 52 (md), 55 (lg), 58 (xl)
COLORS: Matte Black, Neon Green
FRAME WEIGHT: (Size 55) 4.7 lbs / 2.14 kg | Fork 2.2 lbs / 1.0 kg(Uncut Steer Tube)
COMPLETE WEIGHT: 18.5 lbs. / 8.39 kg (Pictured Green Bike)
WARRANTY: 2 year defect warranty, lifetime crash replacement.
SEATPOST/CLAMP: 27.2mm Seatpost/29.8mm Clamp
HEADTUBE/HEADSET: 44mm Upper / 44mm Lower (Does not come with headset)
BOTTOM BRACKET: 68mm BSA
REAR DROPOUT: 10 x 135mm (With Swinger Tension System)
FRONT DERAILLEUR: 31.8mm High Clamp (Bottom Pull)
BRAKES: Disc Only
FRAMESET PRICE: $599 US* (Comes with Matching Chromoly Disc Fork)


*Prices are shown for the United States only. Prices vary for countries outside the United States.


Frameset with Matching Rapture CX Steel Segmented Fork   $599 US


PinkBike.com Review
"Transition's first lightweight full-suspension bike fills the niche of aggressive cross-country or 'trail' bike. It isn't supposed to be the most versatile bike on the mountain, but it does offer potential for those few tricky spots where cross-country bikes fall short. Riders from an XC background that are looking for something that's a little more fun yet still efficient will not be disappointed with the Bandit. The ideal Bandit trail covers rolling hills with little elevation change, lots of trees and twisty trail, and rough, technical roots and rocks (no coincidence that that's exactly the type of trails that surround the area where Transition is based out of). Seated spinning offers the most efficient and smoothest ride out of the Bandit. Sustained steeps are not the Bandit's crowning achievement, nor is it the bike's intent, but the nature of the Transition brand means that technical features and small bits of aggressive terrain are more easily negotiated than with other bikes of its class. Given the spec and geometry of the Bandit 26er we tested, we're betting the 29-inch-wheeled version suits its purpose even better. -Brad Walton, PinkBike.com"
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BikeRadar.com Review
"Incredibly fun but far more usable than bigger bikes, the Bandit just makes us want to ride" - Bikeradar.com
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MTBR.com Pro Review
"To summarize, Transition hit the sweet spot for trail bikes with the Bandit. The Bandit is best described as playful. Super poppy but which you can throw around. These are hardly characteristics that you'd associate with the 130mm rear suspension that is now considered to be short/medium travel. The Bandit's downhill fun factor does not detract from its uphill ability and it is a competent climber. Couple these positive traits with a comparatively reasonable price and you have a high-value package for a rider that wants one bike to do it but with an uphill bias." - Lee Lau MTBR.com
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SINGLETRACK MAGAZINE
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Bandit; I'd say it was an all rounder tipped very slightly downhill – the kit got a complete battering in France and came back unscathed – I held on to it for a long as I could have and at the end I was grateful it hadn't been sent in the Lime Green. If it had I'd have almost certainly ended up making an offer for it." - Matt Letch, Singlestrack Magazine
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