Specialized CruX cyclocross bikes 2014 - first look

SRAM hydraulic disc brakes, plus top bike with both tubulars and clinchers

From the US$2,450 CruX E5 Sport Apex Disc to the US$6,300 CruX Pro Race Red Disc, BikeRadar obtained the following sneak peek at part of Specialized's 2014 cyclocross bike range (the S-Works models are notably absent here). UK pricing is not yet available.

Notably, the California company has heartily embraced SRAM's hydraulic disc brakes for 2014, but kept a few cantilever models in the mix too.

Specialized 2014 coverage on BikeRadar

CruX Pro Race Red Disc 

In what could be a first for a major manufacturer, Specialized is selling this top-end race bike (US$6,300 and shown on the right) with tubular wheels for race days and clinchers for training days. 

The carbon disc frame comes with the Specialized Roval Rapide CL 40 Disc Tubular wheelset, Specialized Terra (wet/muddy conditions) tubular tires, and an AXIS 2.0 Disc clincher wheelset.

Other highlights include the new SRAM Red 22 Hydro disc group, with a Specialized Pro FACT carbon crankset that uses Red 22 rings.

CruX Expert Red Disc 

Also featuring the SRAM Red 22 Hydro disc group, the CruX Expert Red Disc (US$4,200) is built up from a carbon frame, tubeless wheels and tires, and a Specialized cockpit.

The specialized crux expert carbon disc: the specialized crux expert carbon disc

Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc

CruX Elite Rival Disc

Utilizing SRAM's 10-speed Hydro disc levers (S-700) and the 10-speed SRAM Rival group, the CruX Elite Rival Disc (US$3,200) still gets a carbon frame with a tapered head tube and oversized bottom bracket.

The specialized crux elite carbon disc rival: the specialized crux elite carbon disc rival

Specialized CruX Elite Rival Disc

CruX E5 Sport Apex Disc 

The E5 moniker for the CruX E5 Sport Apex Disc (US$2,450) signifies Specialized's aluminum frame line. The bike comes with SRAM's wide-gear-range Apex group. As with the Elite Rival Disc, the E5 Sport Apex uses S-700 Hydro levers for 10-speed hydraulic performance.

The specialized crux sport e5 disc apex: the specialized crux sport e5 disc apex

The aluminum Specialized CruX E5 Sport Apex Disc

Alloy and carbon framesets

Specialized is also selling a few cyclocross framesets in aluminum and carbon, in disc and cantilever brake models. They include the US$2,200 CruX Pro (carbon) and US$990 CruX E5 (aluminum).

The specialized crux pro carbon disc frameset: the specialized crux pro carbon disc frameset

One of the many CruX Pro frameset options

Specialized is holding its annual global product launch next week, and we will be bringing you all the details from the event.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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