Up top is the 2017 Specialized S Works CruX, which continues with the Fact 11-R carbon frame using a 1-3/8″ lower bearing tapered headtube and their OSBB bottom bracket shell. Other than updated spec, the only real change beyond colors is the increase in rear axle spacing. Specialized reported the decision was made to to maximize “compatibility with aftermarket wheels and to allow racers access to neutral support wheels. 135 SCS specific to Specialized provides a better chainline and slightly better performance in that respect but it also means riders have limitation on wheels. The Specialized goal is to support riders as best they can by providing the absolute highest performance bikes and equipment, but also need to be cognizant of all the variables and in this case Specialized felt access to neutral support wheels and industry standard compatibility edged out the incremental performance benefits of SCS ands 135.”
The only other new feature found on the 2017 bike is a third water bottle bolt on the downtube. This combo lets you go gravel adventuring with extra water.
Spec highlights for the $7,500 CruX S Works will include Shimano’s Dura-Ace mechanical derailleurs paired with RS685 hydraulic shifter levers and brakes, Praxis chainrings on Specialized carbon cranks, CeramicSpeed BB bearings, a CG-R carbon seatpost and Specialized alloy bar, stem and carbon CLX 32 tubeless ready disc brake wheels. Those wheels are brand new and have a large 21mm internal width and come in at just 1,340g for the pair and will feature heavily on Specialized’s new road lineup. They have interchangeable endcaps, so you could run them as QR or Thru Axle, and they’ll be available aftermarket also.
All of the bikes in the CruX lineup are disc brake only, no more cantis, and most all of them come with 1x drivetrains, while however the highest and lowest levels are the exceptions.
Next down the line is the Specialized CruX Expert X1, which has the same frame shape but uses Specialized Fact 10-R carbon and a SRAM Force 1 group with DT Swiss alloy wheels to get the price down to $3,900.
The Specialized Crux Elite X1 line uses the same Fact 10-R carbon frame and comes in two color options. It knocks another grand off the price ($2,900) by using SRAM Rival 1 and a standard 27.2 alloy seatpost.
The CruX Pro frameset includes an Enduro bottom bracket, CG-R micro-suspension seatpost and thru axles for $2,500.
Two alloy models will also be offered and carry over exactly the same save for spec and colors, so they’re still 135mm QR disc brake in the rear. The fork is carbon, same as it was, too, with QR dropouts. Above is the CruX Sport E5, with an E5 alloy hydroformed tubeset built with a Praxis 2x crankset, Shimano 105 derailleurs and cassette and RS505 hydraulic shifters and brakes. Retail is $2,000.
The standard Specialized CruX E5 also uses double chainrings, but drops down to a Shimano Tiagra 2×10 group with Praxis Alba 2D crankset. They gave the E5 all-purpose tires and Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes. Both alloy bikes get FACT carbon forks, though. Retail is $1,400.
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