CrossWorx Announces the Lite290 Trail Bike

Oct 19, 2022
by Crossworxcycles  
CrossWorxCycles' Lite290 - Our short-travel trail bike with 130 mm of travel

PRESS RELEASE: CrossWorxCycles

CrossWorxCycles is a rider-owned company based in the green heart of Germany. Our frames are all designed and built in Thuringia, Germany, and manufactured almost exclusively in-house. After teasing our Lite earlier this year, the Lite is officially available for the market.

We have already built the first batch of Lite frames and they can be ordered directly in the webshop - ready for delivery.

Trailsurfin' on the new Lite290

The smaller brother of our Dash290 Enduro Bike

Fast, agile and playful trail bikes are a must have these days. Our short-travel trail bike Lite290 with 130 mm of travel is the perfect bike for local trails and all-day exploring adventures. It benefits from all our experiences with our Dash full-suspension and Zero hardtail frames and countless rides and tests.

And of course it includes all those experiences and impressions that we could collect personally through our CrossWorx RADT factory team or through our lovely customers.

We have combined already approved and tested features with new DNA. Modified tubes, a new link, and a nimble and fun geometry are just a few new ingredients for our new model. Of course, we remain true to our philosophy - modern steering angles combined with a steep seat angle and low center of gravity.


Key Facts - Frame

• 29“ wheels
• 140 / 150 mm front travel
• 130 mm rear travel with 210 x 50 mm shock
• 29 x 2.5“ tire clearance
• Aluminium frame, completely handmade in Germany
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Frame kit available with several build kits

• Threaded BB (73 mm BSA)
• ISCG05
• 2 bottle mounts
• Easy to reach bottle cage mount
• PM 180 mm (max rotor size: 203 mm)
• 12 x 148 mm boost rear
• Tapered headtube
• Internal cable routing

Pricing and Availability

• Available now (first batch already built and ready for delivery)
• 2.100 € without German tax
• Colours: Radiant Raw, Yawning Yellow, Ruby Red, Obese Orange, Viral Violet, Grateful Grey, Peaceful Petrol

Click here for more information about our Lite.

LITE290 in Radiant Raw with a 150 mm Fox 36 Factory

Handmade in Germany - Manufactured Performance

The Lite presents itself with a clean look. In addition to the familiar features, which can be found on the big brother Dash too (for example internally routed cables, integrated post mount, double sealed bearings), there are some new and interesting features.

- Long(er) dropper posts and optimized tube sets -

For more freedom of movement and the use of longer dropper posts, the sizes Small + Medium come without seat tube gusset, the sizes L and XL have a smaller gusset compared to the bigger brother Dash. With optimized tubing, we could further reduce the frame weight by 200 grams.

Railing turns on the Lite290 is just pure fun

- Trail bike geometry as a guarantee for fun - Frame sizes: S, M, L, XL -

The geometry got adapted to the requirements of the intended use of modern trail bikes. The Lite is designed around 140 mm travel in the front and generates a 66° steering angle with a seat angle of 78 °. If you want to ride the Lite with a 150 mm fork, you end up with a steering angle of 65.5 °.

Steep seat angle help to save power on the uphills to enjoy longer days in the saddle and they ensure optimum power transmission and prevent the front wheel from rising even on steep climbs.

Geometry of the Lite 290 with 551 mm forklength

- New Link -

We’ve completely redesigned the Link of our Lite trail bike to match the demands of a modern trail bike. Compared to the Dash, the Link has become little bit longer. The platform is thereby more active, because at the beginning of the suspension travel is a higher travel ratio. Towards the end of the travel, the progression increases more than on the Dash, which underlines the trail character of the new Lite.

Positive side effect: the already very drive-neutral Lite becomes even more drive-neutral. The shock length is 210 x 50mm and optimized for the use of air shocks.

Comparison Linkage Ratio Dash vs. Lite

- Details and storage options -

We have further developed our previous chainguard, which now got adapted to our complete model range. The soft chainguard is made from the material TPU and 3-D printed to protect even better, while having even more noise damping.

For all the riders out there who love to carry large water bottles, the Lite offers two bottle cage mounts, which provides several options for storage (bottles, toolsets etc). One cage mount can be found in front of the shock and another on the downside of the toptube.

Frame kits, bikes and delivery times

We offer our Lite as a frame kit or complete bike.

Besides the aluminum raw look (surface polished), you have the choice between 6 colors – of course without any upcharge for the paint. In addition, the frame kit and full bikes offer a number of choices for suspension and parts.

Yawning Yellow [RAL1021]
Obese Orange [RAL2003]
Peaceful Petrol [RAL5018]
Viral Violet [RAL4005]
Ruby Red [RAL3032]
Grateful Grey [RAL7016]

Special colors, custom frames and special specs can of course still be requested. Short delivery times are extremely important to us. Because we all hate waiting for our new bike to come... Through a regional production and good supply chain we can assemble and deliver our frames & bikes in a few days. And of course, we ship worldwide.

Our Lite 290 is already available and can be ordered. Prices start at 2.100 € for the frame kit or 4.739 € for the complete bike without german VAT.



CrossWorxCycles is a rider-owned & rider-operated company based in the green heart of Germany. Our frames are "Designed and Built in Thuringia" Germany and are manufactured almost exclusively in house. In our production halls in Thuringia, we bring our frames to life - each by hand.


The idea of making our own frames has been in our minds for a long time. At the end of 2019, we took the step and established CrossworxCycles GmbH. We are an innovative team with a lot of experience and knowledge in frame building and at least as much experience from countless national and international competitions. This enables us to combine the engineering art of bicycle construction with our knowledge of the tracks of the world. It is our ambition to create a race-ready bike that will delight our customers.

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  • 30 2
 "Peaceful Petrol" has to be the most ironic paint name I've heard so far.
  • 2 1
 They are all pretty ironic, why you single out petrol
  • 3 0
 @zyoungson: there's been lots of blood spilled over oil. Not a very peaceful
  • 2 0
 @zyoungson: ruby red is kinda meh tbh
  • 22 0
 Obese orange. One way of calling it a fat bike
  • 21 3
 Orange man bad
  • 8 1
 @Kmccann137: Cheeto dust orange
  • 1 0
 ill take one
  • 3 0
 Annoying Orange lives.
  • 19 0
 Killer looking bike! I like what Crossworx is doing at the moment Keep it rolling Respect
  • 17 2
 Cannot unsee a Supreme v2
  • 9 0
 Sunn Kern. My friend had the purple one. Was wondering where it ended up.
  • 9 0
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: yeah, this one too!
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: at the bottom of the sea?
  • 18 4
 Obese orange. Triggering warning for Americans.
  • 12 0
 Obese Orange with Type 2 Diabetes Dandelion decals
  • 12 0
 Missed opportunity for Grateful Red as a color name.
  • 11 0
 Lite but no mention of weight at all..
  • 6 0
 3.8kg for the frame. So maybe not that Lite for a trail bike.
  • 3 0
 rather heavy indeed
  • 4 0
 Placebo light
  • 1 0
 @littleskull99: if they call it Lite we will come.
  • 1 0
 @dglobulator: how much ??? i had my payment details to hand
  • 1 0
 @littleskull99: we've built one up, came in at 13.24kg... that's not super light weight, but also not bad for an all aluminium bike that's not trying to break any weight records but be a durable and dependable companion ...
  • 1 0
 @dglobulator: 8.35 freedom pounds. Damn, does that include the shock, because I noticed the frame price didn't?
  • 12 2
 Siri, give me some terrible adjective-color pairings, please!
  • 5 0
 Let's not forget Ragley and their "Chip-shop-curry Green"
  • 9 1
 I can feel the rear end flex through my phone
  • 2 0
 If it's anything like the Dash290 it is decidedly not flexy. The Dash290 is one of the most solid-feeling bikes i have ever ridden.
  • 3 0
 @Olaal: I have no real experience on it, but I’ve seen some shaky rear ends in my day and this thing belong in a music video.
  • 2 0
 @Olaal: same main pivot / bearings to the DASH, and yes agree, definately not flexy, those 32x25x10mm main pivot bearings are HUGE and provide ample stiffness...
  • 5 0
 Odd pairing of 66*HTA with 78* least on paper. I've never ridden one and I'm sure I'll never get the chance but it seems like it would be a handlebar humper with those TT lengths also.
  • 8 3
 "peaceful petrol" - pro global warming activist group
  • 5 0
 ahh yes, the grassroots movement of people that just want to watch the world burn
  • 3 0
 glad to see frames trending towards really prioritizing longer droppers, and even more glad to see a new frame without headset cable routing. also love the color names
  • 2 0
 i dig the colors. and great that these bikes are for sale without the VAT. german consumer support to it's best extent

  • 5 0
 My favorite color is ham
  • 12 12
 Interesting bikes, after taxes duties, fuel surcharges due to military blowing up the pipeline your bike should cost a insane amount of money. Not your fault just Team America and the WEF.
  • 9 1
 You forgot Covid and crypto
  • 11 1
 Go home Putin
  • 4 1
 Blaming the Nord explosion on; "Team America and the WEF." ??

Comment section be spicy today.
  • 2 0
 Damn Team America invading Ukraine and blowing up pipelines. They are incorrigible!
  • 2 0
 @olly76: F*** Yeah!!!
  • 3 0
 That's one hell of a mud trap, down by the bottom bracket.
  • 1 0
 Have you noticed the big holes in the bottom of the CNC BB housing which allow any mud and water that end up there to just fall through? ;-)
  • 2 0
 @Santacruz817: "Just fall through" never seems to happen when it comes to mud...
  • 1 0
 I like the Yawning Yellow but I think I’m more suited to Obese Orange.

Bikes look nice though. Loving the short seat tubes and space inside the front triangle.
  • 1 0
 The Germans and the Japanese engineers and designers are the best! Could you imagine a German bone with shimano components? It would be the most practical thing ever made!
  • 1 0
 German bones are available to view online. Dunno how many are Shimano equipped though.
  • 3 0
 Is that a levitating potatoe in the third to last photo?
  • 2 0
 Asteroid about to impact earth and end the age of the dinosaurs.
  • 3 1
 How is this bike comfortable to climb, with such short top tube lengths?
  • 3 0
 You need to ride a bike with a steep seatangle to understand. The feedback on the 79deg seatangle of the DASH (Their Enduro bike) was excellent so they followed the same philosophy for the trailbike, slackening the seat angle from the DASH by 1 deg to 78 on the LITE. It climbs brilliantly, I've ridden it, good pressure on the front wheel even with a short 50mm stem on a size large frame and your back will thank you for it... I got up some steep and familiar pinches better than on previous bikes.
  • 8 1
 Based on my personal experience with a short top-tube: It´s not!
Top-Tube of a large Lite290 is shorter than a V2 Spitfire size M from 2013, for example.
The steep seat-tube might help, but the front wheel ist too far in the front and the very upright seated position is not beneficial to weight the front enough for traction.
Again: My personal experience. I´m not convinced with seat-tube-angles steeper than 76-77 deg for Trail-Bikes.
  • 1 0
 @nostyle: Are you daring to say that a seat tube can in fact be too steep, and longer reach isn't always better?

I'm 6' 3'' with a 38'' inseam and even I like a slightly slacker seat tube around 74-75 and prefer a shorter reach than they say I aught to. But my trails are very up and down, up and down. Maybe I'd feel differently riding the PNW.
  • 2 0
 @mildsauce91: I think it depends on your personal preference, the trails you ride the most and what you want a Trailbike to be. I´m 180cm/84cm = 5`11"/32" tall,riding a V2 Spitfire 27.5 size L and it still feels pretty comfortable for both up and down. I wouldn´t mind a slightly steeper seat-tube (same effective top-tube 615-620 mm) and therefor slightly longer reach and wheelbase. But for my taste a 77 deg ist the steepest seat-tube angle I like to go. Otherwise the bike as a whole gets too long, as my trails in western Germany are more tight/technical, always up and down. Probably comparable to PNW, but with less elevation. It means 70% riding-time is pedalling up technical singletracks or flat transfers. So a comfortable non-cramped seating-position is more important to me than having the most downhill-compability.
Again: I´m talking short/midtravel TRAILBIKES and certain modern low/long/slack geometries are too much and don´t work for me personally.
So, if you feel comfortable on a bike with more conservative geometry (like me) it´s still fine!
  • 1 0
 @nostyle: not dissagreeing with your personal experience, that is your personal experience on which ever short top tube bikes you've ridden... also the bike you mention is a small wheeled bike with very different geo ...

Having ridden the Lite290 I have to disagree with your statement: "...the front wheel ist too far in the front and the very upright seated position is not beneficial to weight the front enough for traction."
You're in Germany, why not just take the opportunity to test ride one when you get the chance... that's my recommendation ... ;-)
  • 1 0
 @nostyle: That 2013 bike didn't have the steep seat tube angle though. So it's actually far shorter once you scooch forward as one is wont to do on a steep climb. Look at the difference in Reach between this and that 2013 bike. The front end of the bike is much further ahead of the bottom bracket, and your body is going to position itself relative to the bottom bracket as you try to keep your weight over the pedals on a steep climb.
  • 2 0
 So... Does it have a seat tube gusset or not??
  • 1 0
 size S and M no, size L and XL do...
  • 1 0
 I don't like the way the visual line of the top tube stops and is never continued into the rear triangle. /shrug
  • 3 2
 Some great looking frames with some questionable paint names
  • 5 4
 Obese means orange in German.
  • 5 0
 No it doesn't
  • 3 0
 The RAL Colour is called Pastellorange in German
  • 1 0
 @DonEnrique: google translate disagrees with you.
  • 2 0
 @kingbike2: haha maybe. It's a mistranslation somewhere. But it would be kinda badass if they actually called their colours like this.
  • 3 1
 I want one
  • 2 0
 Two bottles!
  • 2 2
 The fake Ancillotti…
  • 3 6
 pretty tough time to be talking about "Lite trail bikes" with RAMPAGE going on
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