The Specialized S-Works Crux is designed to be the ultimate gravel race machine, combining cyclocross and gravel, minimal weight and maximum tire clearance. To find out whether it can master this balancing act, it had to prove itself against 18 of this season’s best gravel bikes.
For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best gravel bike 2022 – 19 models on test Specialized S-Works Crux | 7.15 kg in size 56 | Manufacturer’s website Many associate the name of the Specialized S-Works Crux with the biggest cyclocross events, Belgian fries, Trappist beer and crazy fans, as that’s what the bike was originally all about. But that’s set to change as the Crux, originally designed specifically for cyclocross duties, now also serves as a super-light gravel racer. The lightweight technology of the S-Works Aethos (review here) and the cyclocross genes of the previous Crux were combined to create the lightest gravel bike on test, weighing in at just 7.15 kg in size 56. The bike borrows a few of its design elements from the Aethos. As such, the Crux isn’t as big on integration as many of its competitors, leaving the cables exposed around the cockpit and not integrating the seat post clamp either. Regarding the components, Specialized have reached for the top shelf, speccing the wireless SRAM red eTap AXS groupset, including Quarq DZero power measurement. The 1×12 drivetrain consists of a 40 t chainring and a 10–44 t cassette, offering sufficient range […]