Leaked: 2016 Specialized road bike products

New aero road helmet; Crux gets thru-axles

Whether it’s a glitch with the company’s website or a deliberate slow-leak, Specialized’s German website has several noteworthy 2016 road items on display that don’t appear on the US, UK or Australian versions.

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We reached out to Specialized to ask about the product, but Specialized representatives declined to comment.

 Crux gets thru-axles

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For 2016 the crux gets updated with front and rear thru-axles:

Ahead of this year’s cyclocross season Specialized has given the Crux a makeover. The lines are the same, but the frame and fork now sport thru-axles. While disc brake axle standards are in flux on the road, it seems that Specialized has chosen to go with 142x12mm for the rear and 100x15mm for the fork.

Related: The road disc axle shuffle

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While the carbon versions of the crux get thru-axles, the alloy bikes retain quick-release axles:

While all the carbon versions of the Crux get thru-axles, the alloy bikes appear to stick with quick-releases for the time being. It’s also worth noting that cantilever-equipped models are out for 2016.

Specialized Airnet

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The specialized airnet blends retro styling with modern features:

Specialized is adding a new road helmet to its line-up. The aptly-named Airnet incorporates design cues from the leather ‘hairnet’ style of headwear of the ‘70s and early ‘80s into a sleek modern helmet.

Much like Giro’s Synthe, the Airnet looks to balance clean lines with aerodynamic gains. (Although, data from our recent wind tunnel tests indicate that Specialized’s traditionally-shaped S-Works Prevail is no slouch when it comes to slicing through the wind.)

Related: Best aero road helmets

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The airnet is no slouch when it comes to ventilation :

The Airnet has 20 forward-facing vents and three massive exhaust vents to keep air moving through the helmet. It uses the company’s Mindset system to dial in fit. Additional features include dri-release merino wool pads, and reflective detailing.

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The Airnet will come in small, medium and large sizes. Pricing, weight and availability have yet to be announced.