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.

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

 Crux gets thru-axles

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

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

The specialized airnet blends retro styling with modern features:
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

The airnet is no slouch when it comes to ventilation :
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.

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

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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