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Specialized Crux Pro Bicycle 2022

Today's gravel bikes can transport you, but potentially also transcend your understanding of how a performance bike can still deliver the thrills of a race bike. Built to ride fast, far, and with disregard for a paved surface, this 2022 Crux Pro Bicycle features a Crux 10R frameset, SRAM Force eTap AXS XLPR HRD groupset, Roval Terra CL carbon wheels, and a smart kit chosen to ideally match the Pro-level name. With gravel ascendant, Specialized has redesigned their Crux-series framesets to be fully capable for fast and race-oriented gravel riding. The Crux 10r is perfectly placed alongside the extreme versatility and compliance of the Diverge to truly balance Specialized's gravel offerings. What is different about the Crux other than geometry and design concept? How about the FACT10r level frame weight of 825 grams in a size 56cm? How about the same tire clearance as the Diverge, at 700c x 47 or 650b x 2.1” tires on contemporary-width rims? This a complete bike to be reckoned with, ridden hard, and appreciated long after the ride is done.

The obvious question is: How is it possible to make such a terrain-capable frameset with massive clearance at such a light weight? For Specialized the answer lies within the engineering and material science that enabled them to build the 585 gram Aethos road frameset. Detailed and diligent analysis, along with innovative dreams and realizations led the R&D team to discover that they could remove certain carbon plies in their lay-up schedule by using longer, unbroken plies. This was accomplished while further making subtle refinements to the roundish conical tube shapes to find a better balance of reduced weight with increased strength by focusing on how to taper the toptube and the downtube, as well as how the Crux design relates the head tube and bottom bracket to create a frameset that exists as ecosystem, not a series of parts bonded together.

The rider also gets the additional benefits of improved ride quality and a frameset that visually more appealing for those who prefer a simpler, classic aesthetic. It is optimal for a wireless electronic shifting set-up in the cockpit, in which only the hydraulic housing is exposed. Otherwise the housing and wiring routing is internal with downtube entry, but not hidden in the stem-bar-fork-frame combination. The frame design delivers the clearance in the rear triangle and avoids the heavier compromise of a dropped chainstay. A more direct route is more effective in delivering power from pedal input, and the straight, lightweight, hollow driveside stay is ideal in this regard. Specialized specifies a 27.2mm seatpost on this sloping frame for increased bump compliance. The 10r frameset carries the same S-Works 12r disc brake fork that weighs just under 400g with the steerer cut for a 56cm frame, with massive tire clearance, a performance-oriented but compliant ride and impeccable front end control.

The geometry is purely Crux gravel. While the race design and rider posture ethos of the cross-oriented Crux was carried over, a more stable design is desired for gravel, so the frame reach was lengthened. The extra 10mm Reach of the frame allows for ideal weight distribution, eliminates toe overlap, and dictates a front end with a shorter stem to create stability and balance with responsive steering. The low Stack reinforces optimal weight distribution and is ideal for an aggressive fit, while the 72mm (54-61cm) bottom bracket drop is the sweet spot to create a low and confident feel while ensuring the bike remains nimble for quick line adjustments and tight, fast tracks. Cyclocross ready? Perhaps not, but ground and pedal clearance can be personal due to rider skill and ability. The result is a deft, nimble feeling that fast gravel riding deserves, one that responsive and supple on every surface. And thanks to the applied Specialized's Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy, this experience extends comparably across every frame size.

Every Specialized Pro level complete bike features a great group and kit package that sits just below the S-Works level. Here you have the Force 1x AXS wireless drivetrain with the massive range of the XPLR 10-44T 12-speed cassette paired with a 40T single chainring for smooth shifting at any speed without the complexity of a front derailleur. SRAM's Force HRD hydraulic disc braking is embraced by those who seek a balance of power, feel, and consistent function. Specialized and Roval deliver an awesome kit otherwise with a carbon bar, post, and wheelset, as well as other competitive-grade parts.

Features

  • Gravel race/fast gravel complete bike with high grade design, materials and build
  • 825 gram frame (56cm) engineered for the requirements of gravel race-style riding
  • Specific geometry for gravel with low Stack, longer Reach, 72mm BB drop, 425mm chainstay
  • Incredible complementary power delivery, compliance, stability, tire clearance, nimble handling
  • Perfect balance of front and rear stiffness combined with exceptional ride quality
  • Aethos strategy derived CCD developed Crux tubes with subtle, elongated conical sections for full frame ecosystem effect
  • Max tire size: 700c x 47 or 650b x 2.1” tires on contemporary-width rims
  • Frame: Crux FACT 10r Carbon, Rider First Engineered, Flat Mount disc, 12/142mm thru-axle
    • Rated for 275lb max rider weight as built
    • Internal routing through downtube only; hydraulic disc, for 1x/2x electronic, 1x only for mechanical
    • Lightweight, machined minimalist dropouts, thru-axles, seatpost clamp, and derailleur hanger
    • Seatpost minimum recommended length is 300mm; 27.2mm diameter, round
    • 3 bottle cage mounts- ST, DT, under DT (no fender, rack, or bag mounts)
  • Fork: Crux FACT 12r Carbon fork, tapered, headset, Flat Mount disc interface, 12/100mm thru-axle
  • Specifications
  • Note: Component Specifications are subject to change due to supply chain challenges
  • Groupset: SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x12 XPLR / HRD
    • Shifters: Force eTap AXS 1x, with DOT based hydraulic braking set-up
    • Brake Calipers/Rotors: Force HRD Flat Mount / Paceline 160mm CL rotors
    • Rear Derailleur: Force XPLR eTap AXS w/ battery, charging dock, USB cable
    • Crankset/BB: Force AXS 1 w/ Power Meter 40T / SRAM DUB 68mm BSA
    • Cassette/Chain: Force XPLR XG-1271 10-44T / Force 12-spd Flattop
  • Wheelset: Roval Terra CL carbon disc TLR, 32mm Profile, 25mm IRW, 30mm ERW; DT Swiss 350 CL hubset straightpull, Star Ratchet 36T XDR freehub, 24/24h, 2x/2x lacing; 1,408g with tubeless tape and valves
  • Tires: Specialized Pathfinder Pro 2BR, Tan Sidewall, 700x38mm w/tubes
  • Cockpit by Specialized & Roval
    • Handlebar: Roval Terra, carbon, 103mm Drop, 70mm Reach, 12° flare
    • Stem: Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt, 6°
    • Seatpost: Roval Terra Carbon, 27.2mm, 20mm offset
    • Saddle: Specialized BG Power Pro, hollow ti rails
    • Tape: Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
  • Component specifics by frame size
    • 49cm Bar width: 38c-c, Stem: 70mm, Crank: 165mm, Post: 330mm, Saddle width: 155m
    • 52cm Bar width: 40c-c, Stem: 80mm, Crank: 170mm, Post: 330mm, Saddle width: 155m
    • 54cm Bar width: 42c-c, Stem: 90mm, Crank: 172.5mm, Post: 330mm, Saddle width: 143mm
    • 56cm Bar width: 42c-c, Stem: 100mm, Crank: 172.5mm, Post: 380mm, Saddle width: 143mm
    • 58cm/61cm Bar width: 44c-c, Stem: 110mm, Crank: 175mm, Post: 380mm, Saddle width: 143mm
  • Colors: Satin Dusty Blue/Ice Papaya, Gloss Coral Lilac Fade
  • Weight: tbd
Specialized Crux 2022
Size 49cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm
Wheel Size 700c or 650b 700c or 650b 700c or 650b 700c or 650b 700c or 650b 700c or 650b
Stack 530mm 547mm 560mm 578mm 598mm 621mm
Reach 375mm 382mm 388mm 397mm 405mm 415mm
Head Angle 70.5° 71.25° 71.5° 72° 72.25° 72.5°
Seat Angle 75.5° 74° 74° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Top Tube Length 512mm 539mm 549mm 568mm 582mm 599mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 115mm 130mm 147mm 167mm 190mm
Standover 749mm 772mm 794mm 816mm 841mm 866mm
Fork Trail 74mm 69mm 67mm 64mm 62mm 60mm
Fork Offset 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 74mm 74mm 72mm 72mm 72mm 72mm
Front Center 594mm 600mm 608mm 618mm 630mm 644mm
Wheelbase 1008mm 1014mm 1023mm 1033mm 1045mm 1059mm
Chainstay Length 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Based around a 700c x 38mm tire (max 47mm)