It's not intended to replace the Diverge, but to sit happily
alongside it in a complementary position. The Diverge is the gravel
bike for endurance riders, bikepackers, load luggers. The Crux puts
the emphasis on speed and agility.
The Crux has traditionally been the cyclocross-specific model in
the Specialized range. That cyclocross influence hasn't been left
behind, but the new bike is intended to cover a far wider range of
There's now more tyre clearance, allowing for tyres up to
700x47c (depending on tyre profile), and it'll also happily run
650b wheelsets, with tyres up to 2.1in wide.
The geometry is still race-informed, but has been
comprehensively tweaked to give a blend of stability and agility.
Reach has been extended, but the stem lengths have been
correspondingly shortened, and there's shorter stack at the front,
too. All this combines to give a slightly longer, lower riding
position than before, but with precision handling.
Likewise the bottom bracket sits 3mm lower than the previous
generation Crux, but is still a fair bit higher than the Diverge.
This is a bike intended to be ridden hard and fast, whatever the