I bought the Specialized Crux Pro 6 months ago (when I started cycling) thinking I can do both dirt and road. But I am now hook on road and like to ride & climb for long distance. I am thinking of getting a new bike (S5 or Infinito) but have another thought...maybe I can convert the Crux!!!
What is your thought? Is Crux Pro a decent long distance bike eventhough it's not built for this purpose.
Will invest better components on the Crux to make it more of long distance bike or just sell them and get a real road bike (I am leaning towards Infinito Ult)
2011 Specialized crux comp, 2013 Specialized Rockhopper Pro
I use my crux as a road bike.
It's awesome just for that because the head tube is shorter than in many actual road bikes and allows for a lower position.
I could have used the stock wheels but decided to build new ones for the fun of it.
I run 21mm hutchinson intensives tubeless and the ride is great. (They should be 25mm but what do you know...)
I seriously doubt i could spot a difference between a "real" road bike and my crux. And haven't had the need to upgrade the group either since it's the sram apex and so far works perfectly. Time will tell the true durability but when something breaks ill justupgrade to red
Even in 2012 pro teams were still using cross bikes and box section rims at Paris Roubaix, and will be again this year.
More and more companies are coming out with "pave specific" race bikes, but cross bikes make just as much sense (unless you really hate cantilever brakes, but that's more of a theological argument than anything).
But isn't the longer fork also compensated in a higher rear triangle?
The Crux has a very road-like bottom bracket drop.
In any event, you have to take everything into account--bottom bracket drop, seat and head angles, length of the fork, length of the head tube--when comparing road and cross bikes. The easiest way to compare is with stack and reach, but not every company publishes those numbers.