While they thrive on gravel trails, as their name implies, gravel bikes have boomed in popularity as a viable option for commuter bikes. Their bigger frames and tires lend themselves well to a more comfortable ride, while their durability and ability to traverse dirt roads and trails provide riders with more options than standard road bikes alone. Gravel biking has only recently become popular, though that hasn’t stopped bike makers from innovating their products to make an impact on the space. Such is the case with Specialized, whose S-Works Crux gravel bike is marketed as the lightest on the market.
The folks over at Specialized used the design of the Crux’s predecessor, the Aethos, when building their new gravel bike. This build, which features straighter tubes and less curvature resulted in the use of longer carbon fiber sheets, which added strength to the build without adding unnecessary weight. The S-Works Crux also comes with reinforced joints to further add stability and protection when traversing difficult terrain. Tipping the scales at an ultra-light 725 grams, the Crux’s carbon fiber frame weighs less than two pounds. To put that into perspective, that’s less than the combined weight of two cans of soda. Despite its featherweight build, the Crux’s clearance allows tires up to 47c/650b x 2.1”, although the 38 mm-wide Pathfinder Pro tires that come standard with the bike are more than enough to handle tough trails. Moreover, the S-Works model comes with SRAM’s pinnacle RED eTap AXS hydraulic disc brakes and Roval Terra CLX Disc wheels, so riders won’t have to lessen the weight without giving up durability.
All-in-all, this gravel bike is an engineering marvel, and with a price tag of $12,000, you can rest assured that the designers at Specialized spared no expense when making every facet of this bike. The S-Works Crux is available on the Specialized website now, but you can also buy the frame as a standalone if you want to build your own bike.