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When it comes to cyclocross, the CruX Expert X1 has everything you need and nothing that you don't. It features the same World-Championship-winning geometry and carbon layup as its S-Works cousin, so ultra-responsive handling and punchy accelerations are covered. You'll also find that these traits are accentuated by the lightweight and extremely stiff FACT 11r carbon fiber construction, while course control is furthered through its one-by design, hydraulic disc brakes, and front/rear thru-axles. Altogether, it's a bike that's guaranteed to take your performance to new heights this season.
Beginning 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 at a scant 900 grams for a 56cm—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, therefore, 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 design 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. It also comes with a reliable SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc groupset, lightweight and durable Roval SLX 24 clincher disc wheels, and 2Bliss Ready tires.
|FORK||S-Works FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle|
|FRAME||FACT 11r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, 1-3/8"" lower bearing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat mount disc, OSBB|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||SRAM BB30, 68mm, no spacer|
|CHAIN||SRAM PC-1170, 11-speed|
|CRANKSET||SRAM Force 1|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM Force 1 hydraulic, 11-speed|
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG-1170, 11-speed, 11-32t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM Force 1, mid cage, 11-speed|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Phenom Expert, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm|
|TAPE||Specialized S-Wrap HD|
|SEATPOST||S-Works FACT carbon, 20mm offset|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Force, hydraulic disc|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Force, hydraulic disc|
|PEDALS||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors|
|REAR WHEEL||Roval SLX 24 Disc, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h|
|INNER TUBES||700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve w/ extender|
|FRONT TIRE||Terra Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm|
|REAR TIRE||Terra Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm|
|FRONT WHEEL||Roval SLX 24 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h|
|Top Tube Length, Horizontal||501mm||509mm||534mm||550mm||563mm||578mm||597mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||75.5°||75.5°||74°||73.5°||73.25°||73°||72.5°|
|Head Tube Angle||69.5°||70.5°||71.5°||71.5°||72°||72.5°||73°|
|Seat Tube Length||470mm||490mm||510mm||530mm||550mm||570mm||600mm|
|Head Tube Length||100mm||115mm||125mm||140mm||155mm||170mm||190mm|
|Bike Standover Height||763.5mm||781.5mm||794.5mm||808.5mm||824.5mm||840.5mm||861.5mm|
|Fork Length, Full||400mm||400mm||400mm||400mm||400mm||400mm||400mm|