When we set out to design a new 'cross rig, we didn't just want to make another adventure bike with added tire clearance—we knew we had to create a purebred racing steed that was fast, confident, lightweight, and rides like no other 'cross bike out there. And sure, with multiple Cyclocross World Championships to its name, the CruX has more than proven itself in 'cross, but we're proud to say that this CruX takes the legacy to a whole different level. This CruX Expert comes spec'd with a reliable and smooth-shifting SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc groupset, lightweight and durable Roval C 38 Disc carbon fiber wheelset, and 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm Trace pro tires that hookup over nasty terrain.
- Starting with the frame, we implemented our Rider-First Engineered™ technology that was first introduced on our Tarmacs. Using size-specific tubes and layups, this technology allows the CruX to feature the same ride characteristics across every size in the range. Not only this, but it also allowed us to significantly drop the frame weight, so the CruX now comes in around a scant 900 grams for a 56cm (*dependent on frame size and color)—over 400 grams lighter than the previous frameset. A light and stiff frame, alone, isn't useful in a 'cross race if it isn't compliant, however, which is why the new CruX also combines stiffness and compliance in all the right places. And to assist with the latter, we lowered the seat collar by two centimeters for more exposed seatpost and cushion for big hits.
- We also know that cyclocross races are often won in the corners and over the barriers, which is why the CruX geometry takes this into account. The top tube has been designed for easy shouldering when you're hopping off to clear barriers, as it features a large opening to the front triangle and a flat bottom. For stability in the corners and on off-camber sections, the geometry has a low bottom bracket and a sharp front-end. This combination also helps to initiate corners, regardless of the terrain.
- With maximum mud-shedding ability in mind, we included eight millimeters of clearance on all sides of a 33mm tire, providing plenty of clearance for muddy conditions. After all, frame weight becomes irrelevant when it's covered in 10 pounds of mud.
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Praxis M30|
|CHAIN||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|CRANKSET||Praxis Zayante Carbon M30, 1x direct-mount|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM Force 1x hydraulic disc|
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG-1130, 11-32t|
|CHAINRINGS||Praxis Wave Tech, 40T|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM Force 1, long cage|
|FORK||S-Works FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base|
|SEAT BINDER||Included w/ frame|
|TAPE||Specialized CX Pro Gel|
|SEATPOST||S-Works FACT carbon 27.2mm, 20mm offset|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop x 75mm reach|
|STEM||Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt|
WHEELS & TIRES
|REAR WHEEL||Roval C 38 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, 38mm depth, 24h|
|INNER TUBES||Presta valve, 48mm|
|FRONT TIRE||Tracer Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm|
|REAR TIRE||Tracer Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm|
|FRONT WHEEL||Roval C 38 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, 38mm depth, 24h|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Force, flat-mount disc|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Force, flat-mount disc|
|FRAME||FACT 11r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, 1-3/8" lower bearing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
* Specifications are subject to change without notice