2019 Specialized CruX cyclocross race bikes - First Look

Ready to race, the Specialized CruX is a privateer cyclocross racers dream. Since the launch of the updated Diverge last year, the CruX has been free to pursue a much more race focused approach, so there are no compromises.

That means no concessions to versatility or having to be practical, it's a thoroughbred racer. A full carbon fibre frame and fork weighing 900g and 400g respectively, with thru-axles and flat mount for the disc brakes, provide unparalleled control in the competitive world of cyclocross racing.

All the modern details you'd expect are present. Full internal cable routing, a tapered head tube, internal seat clamp, a scuff guard on the chainstay in case of a dropped chain. Specialized has also applied its Rider-First Engineering technology to the CruX, so each size frame is specifically tuned with the carbon fibre layup and tube profiles refined for different height and weight riders.

There has been a gradual but noticeable shift towards 1x drivetrains in cyclocross racing, at professional and amateur levels. Specialized has recognised this with a full range of 1x-only CruX models.

The S-Works CruX combines Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic brake levers with an XTR Di2 mountain bike rear mech and 11-32t cassette. Plus it is specced with Specialized's own S-Works Carbon Power Cranks (the single-sided model) so you can seamlessly work power measurement into your training and racing.

It's a compact range, just four models, with three carbon and one aluminium version to choose from. The range is spearheaded by the racer's favourite, the S-Works, but all the carbon frames use the same high-grade FACT 11r carbon fibre in the construction, so they are good starting points for upgrade projects.

If you want to build your own perfect cyclocross bike Specialized is offering the S-Works CruX frameset in a cool Satin Battleship/Gloss Hyper/Clean paint job.

Both the frameset and the complete bike come as standard with special hydrophobic paint, which sheds mud much more easily, after all the last thing you want on a bike this light is an extra layer of weight.

If you want to talk to us about lining up a CruX for the upcoming cyclocross season please get in touch.

See the full spec of the S-Works CruX here