Specialized chose the 2012 Road World Championships in Valkenburg to officially unveil the new S-Works CruX Carbon cyclo-cross frame.
It’s built on the wishes of multi-time ‘cross World Champion Zdenek Stybar for a ‘Tarmac for the dirt’, with a FACT 11r carbon frame, race-optimised geometry, tapered headtube and internal cable routing.
It’s available as a frameset with cantilever or disc brake mounts, with the specs for both versions marginally different. On the disc brake frame, the seat stays are beefed up near the dropouts to withstand against the forces produced while the seatstays on the cantilever model strengthened near the bosses to reduce flex.
We had a first ride on the Expert, the bike just below the S-Works model, at Specialized's 2013 launch in Utah earlier this summer. Built with the lower grade FACT 10r carbon we found it improved on all our criticisms of the previous version, the alloy E5.