The new Trek Crockett looks perfect for privateer cyclocross racers

Alloy frame with singlespeed capabilities

It’s not even April, but it appears that ‘cross is already coming. Trek has just released details of a redesigned Crockett. This alloy cyclocross bike has been updated with thru-axles at both ends and some clever singlespeed sliders.

Trek Crockett highlights

  • Alloy frame with carbon fork
  • Disc only
  • Front and rear thru-axles
  • Sliding rear thru-axle for singlespeed use
  • Available now

To be fair, this bike isn’t new news. Trek teased it to the public during the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships, in Portland, Oregon, in December. Sven Nys made a surprise appearance at the race with a yet-to-be released cyclocross bike. 

Sven Nys with his custom-painted Trek Crockett SS
Sven Nys with his custom-painted Trek Crockett SS

Also to be fair, a lot of folks, myself included, stumbled away from that event with muddy bikes and blurry memories of what occurred, so here’s a look at the custom-painted Crockett Sven Nys raced at SSCXWC and a glimpse of the organized chaos that went down in Portland.

Back to this bike: the Crockett’s geometry remains largely the same as the previous version. The big news for short riders is the addition an extra-small, size 47cm frameset, which brings the total number of frame sizes up to seven.

The majority of the Crockett revisions keep the frame on pace with the rest of the market. The new frame is disc-only and uses the road direct-mount standard. There are thru-axles at both ends — 100x12mm at the front and 142x12mm in the rear.

Trek's Stranglehold thru-axle system moves the rear wheel with the brake mount to tension the chain
Trek's Stranglehold thru-axle system moves the rear wheel with the brake mount to tension the chain

Trek borrowed some tech from its mountain bike line to include the Stranglehold chain tensioning system, so riders can easily turn the Crockett into a singlespeed, or extend the rear-center for a bit more stability when used as a gravel bike.

I tested the Stranglehold thru-axle system on the Trek Superfly SS and was very impressed with their reliability and ease of adjustment.

Crockett builds and pricing

Trek is launching the Crockett in two complete bikes as well as a frameset.

The Crockett 7 Disc
The Crockett 7 Disc

The top-end Crockett 7 Disc has a SRAM Force 1 drivetrain and comes with tubeless wheels and tires.

The Crockett 7 Disc retails for $2,999 / £2,800 / Not currently offered in Australia

The Crockett 5 Disc
The Crockett 5 Disc

The Crockett 5 Disc looks like a great value for weekend warriors or those getting started in the sport. It has a SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain with Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes. It also comes race-ready with tubeless wheels and tires.

The Crockett 5 Disc retails for $1,899 / £1,700 / Not currently offered in Australia 

The Crockett Disc frame is offered in two paint schemes
The Crockett Disc frame is offered in two paint schemes

Last but not least, Trek is offering the Crockett Disc as a frameset with its ISO Speed carbon fork.

The Crockett Disc frameset retails for $989 / £750 / Not currently offered in Australia 

Here's a look at the Crockett in action at SSCXWC. 

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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