Bike Update: 2014 Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc

IMG_0060Earlier this fall I was fortunate enough to add a cyclocross bike to my collection. Since getting the Crux, it’s been the primary bike I’ve pedaled. I’ve ridden it in several cyclocross races, around town, and a gravel ride. My initial impression of the bike was stellar. I loved it! Since then the time passed, races completed, and general riding have only strengthened the impression.

Since purchasing, I have made some changes to further align the bike with what I want. The total weight as pictured is down two pounds from stock weighing in at 18.12lbs. I have added black Sram bar tape. I like the feel of the tape and much prefer the black color. I think it helps balance the look of the bike with so much white on the frame.

IMG_0076 IMG_0072I added a (black) Specialized Phenom saddle with titanium seat rails and an S-Works carbon seat post. The seat post made a pretty noticeable difference in ride quality, making an already nice ride even better.

IMG_0079The biggest change is a set of Specialized Control SL wheels being added. I have the Control SL’s on my S-Works Epic, and love them. They are feathery light, have great engagement, and have held up to a full season of mountain bike racing without any issues. I like the added flexibility having this wheel set allows me to have. I plan on swapping them between my hardtail mountain bike and my cyclocross bike.

IMG_0068 IMG_0066 IMG_0064I love this bike. If you are in the market, do yourself a favor and test ride one.

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2013 Dan Ryan Woods Cyclocross Race

20131013_141138_IMG_9993This past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the third race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The weather was great, much better than the previous race in the series. My awesome wife and I took a few pictures, admittedly the awesome ones all came from her this week!

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2013 Hopkins Park Cyclocross Race

IMG_2798sThis past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the second race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The weather was a little colder and there were far less turns on the course than the previous weekends race at Jackson Park. I took a few pictures of the early races, but less than I did the previous week. Without my wife at the race, I was unable to split my time between taking pictures and preriding the course effectively.

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2013 Jackson Park Cyclocross Race

IMG_2299sThis past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the first race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The event was a blast! The course was fun and included a rumored 72 turns. My wife and I took a few pictures of the team and a few friends.

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New Bike Day! 2014 Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc

I remember the first bicycle I saw under the Christmas tree growing up. One of the few similarities between that day and present day, is the feeling you get when you get a new bicycle. There’s something special about it…

My beautiful, loving, understanding :), and supportive wife surprised me on our wedding anniversary this year with a cyclocross bike a bit earlier than I was expecting. I was planning on picking it up in October, but she’s just that awesome!

Enter the newest member of the fleet, 2014 Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc.
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I love it so far! The bike is stock save for a set of Shimano XTR pedals and a set of Salsa skewers from previous builds. I really like the group so far. I have a 2012 Sram Red group on my Roubaix and I like the direction Sram has moved to with the new 22 group choices. It shifts quickly and crisply. I’ve grown accustom to double tap interface and it feels like an old friend on the new group. The hydraulic brakes feel good. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as power or modulation, but I think the first real difference I can feel is a lack of effort to use them. I’m sure I will have a more opinionated reaction after a few races on them. My only concern is longevity of the brakes performance. Over the years some of the Avid brakes I have used seem to be good when new, but seem to have some performance fade as time passes.

On to some more pictures! For full resolution versions, click the image, be patient, they are large :)

Taller hoods on the new 22 group add some more surface area to hold onto where the master cylinder is housed. I’m sure when they are covered in mud, I’ll appreciate the increased size.
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I love the internal housed cables and brake lines!
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As always, everything you see me riding on comes from the best bike shop around, Bloomington Cycle & Fitness
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IMG_0444sBike Update! (11-01-2013)

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