Trek's new carbon cyclocross bike - sneak peek

New bike spotted with IsoSpeed decoupler and integrated seatmast

We speculated a few weeks ago that Trek has a new carbon fiber cyclocross bike in development and it appears we now have some evidence that our speculation was well-founded. We're still awaiting official details, but it looks like our guesses were spot-on based on a photo of the new bike posted to the Instagram account of Megan Pura Porteous.

We hypothesized that Trek's new as-yet-unnamed carbon 'cross bike would feature the company's long-running no-cut integrated seatmast plus a variant of the remarkably effective IsoSpeed seat tube 'decoupler' to smooth out rough courses and indeed, both are visible in the image along with internal routing for electronic drivetrains, flattened seatstays, dual bottle mounts, and a rear disc brake mount mounted to the chainstay.

We've only seen disc-specific versions of the new bike to date but rim brake versions are almost guaranteed to be available, too. Current Trek Cyclocross Collective racer Katie Compton has mostly been racing on her rim brake-equipped Crockett in European World Cups and we're guessing fellow 'cross superstar Sven Nys will also continue on with rim brakes once he officially joins the team on January 1.

Trek's new carbon fiber cyclocross bike was inadvertently revealed in this instagram photo: trek's new carbon fiber cyclocross bike was inadvertently revealed in this instagram photo

The fork looks to be borrowed from the current Crockett, complete with its more radically raked blades that supposedly boost front-end comfort

Not surprisingly, Trek road brand manager Michael Mayer was noncommittal when we asked about the new bike.

"We are always in development on new products and testing new products and will officially release information on new product when it is available," he told BikeRadar.

Regardless, Trek's new 'cross bike is arriving much too late for amateur riders to enjoy it this season – but it sure looks to be something to look forward to come next September.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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