Specialized have released the 2022 Crux, a model that was formerly their top cyclocross platform.
“Formerly?” some may ask. Yes, the Crux now sits alongside the Diverge as the companies flagship gravel bike.
Available in five spec levels, weight is one of the impressive headline figures with the high-end S-Works frame weighing in at 725grams. This equates to a total of 7.25kg for the S-Works build, making it the lightest gravel platform in the world.
But that weight – or lack there of – comes at a cost with the S-Works model being listed at $18,000.
For that you get new Roval equipment including 1296-gram Terra CLX wheels, 200-gram Terra handlebars, and a 136-gram Alpinist carbon seatpost. Other Roval carbon components feature on each Crux model.
An Evolution Of The Crux
Specialized say the bike is an evolution of the Crux, a bike developed as a straight-up cyclocross race machine. Using the fundamentals of that frameset, with lightweight technology as seen in their Aethos model, the company say the updated model is a game-changer and ‘a gravel bike that climbs like a dream and floats over nightmarish terrain.’
The range feature tyre clearances of 47c x 700 or 650b x 2.1” along with what Specialized describe as ‘performance gravel geometry.’
Clearly aimed at the one-day, point to point gravel market – and particularly races and events – the framesets do not include mud guard mounting points nor top tube caddy bag mount points.
Is the Crux a cyclocross or a gravel bike?
The previous generation Crux was focused on CX racing. With this generation of Crux, we’ve focused on the gravel experience. The bike’s incredible light weight, massive tire clearance, and responsive feel are a package that many gravel riders have been asking and waiting for. At the same time, the Crux retains the performance fit and feeling that cyclocross racers appreciate.
What is the Crux tire clearance?
The Crux has clearance for 700 x 47c or 650b x 2.1” tires on modern, wide rims. This is the same tire clearance as on the Diverge. Claimed and actual tire sizes do vary, so always check that there is proper tire clearance when installing a new setup.
Is the Crux UCI-approved?
Yes, the Crux is UCI-approved.
What does the Crux frame weigh?
The S-Works 12r frame weighs 725g, and the 10r carbon frame weighs 825g (lightest paint job/56cm). The S-Works 12r fork is shared with all models and weighs just under 400g with the steerer cut for a 56cm frame.
What does the complete Crux bike weigh?
Weights of complete 56cm Crux bikes in each model are below. These weights reflect an out-of-the-box, tubeless setup.
• S-Works – 7.25kg
• Pro – 7.6kg
• Expert – 8.1kg
• Comp – 8.5kg
How many bottle cage mounts?
The Crux has mounts for three bottle cages—two in the usual spots in the front triangle and a third under the downtube.
Does the Crux have any other accessory mounts besides bottle cages?
Keeping with its minimalist nature, the Crux does not have rack, fender, or TT bag mounts.
Pricing in Australia