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    Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?

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    Utilizing SRAM's 10-speed Hydro disc levers (S-700) and the 10-speed SRAM Rival group, the CruX Elite Rival Disc (US$3,200) still gets a carbon frame with a tapered head tube and oversized bottom bracket.Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?-cruz.jpg

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    Here is a review from James Huang regarding the ride of the frame and the geometry.

    Specialized CruX Pro Carbon Review | Cyclingnews.com.

    Here's a BikeRadar review of the Crux Expert Carbon Disc from last winter/spring as well:

    Specialized Crux Expert Carbon Disc - First Ride Review - BikeRadar

    everyone who's reviewed these frames so far has been really pleased with how they ride. In particular I'd trust James Huang, who I happen to know personally. He's the original "Angry Asian" of ye olde MTB shock review website "angryasian.com". If I've learned anything from this industry, it's to trust that James is no industry shill and will speak his mind when he doesn't like something. For him to give that bike a 4.5 star review speaks highly of how it rides and handles.

    Unfortunately his review is from January 2013 and doesn't cover the Big Question, which is: how do the SRAM hydros work/feel. Which is apparently some sort of huge industry secret as I've barely been able to find any info online, just some Specialized early release blurbs, which, well, yea.

    Anyhow, if it helps at all, my husband and I are taking the risks on this one as early adopters - we just ordered the 2014 early release Crux Pro Disc model. I don't know how long it'll take for them to arrive but as soon as we've gotten a few miles on them I can post my opinions here.

    Here's hoping the SRAM Hydro road discs work better than their 10-speed twist shifters anyhow...

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    My opinion based on zero experience with the frame or components -

    The frame and fork are good but heavier than the competition.
    The shifting will be good but nothing spectacular.
    The brakes will be problematic at best, will be replaced free of charge and still won't work.

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    I will add to this discussion my support for going Hydro. The industry is up to speed on disc's, Road and Cyclo are catching up. Sram equipement is made by Avid, reputable brakes on MTB bikes.

    I use a hybrid gravel bike of sorts that I made that uses Shimano XTR levers and XT calipers, 160mm disc's for the past 2yrs and I can report that they are so 'feelsome', powerful and clean running as to leave anything else looking short of performance.

    I welcome this development with open arms, assuming the shifters works well.

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    I also think hydraulic brakes make sense, if they're made by Shimano.

    Avid's hydraulic brake reputation is that they suck. Everyone I ride with/talk to that uses Avid brakes has problems with them. Even guys that work in/own bike stores!

    I use XTR with XT rotors on my mtn.bike and they're awesome. I bet the new Ultegra Di2 disc works great but I have no faith in SRAM getting things right on their first attempt.

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    meh, the 10R "new" Crux frame and fork (2nd gen carbon) have been extensively ridden and tested and are well liked. If you want lighter, you can spend $2.5K extra and spring for the S-Works version 11R frame/fork which is all of 100g lighter.

    now if you're thinking of the prior "Tricross" carbon design (the one with the Zertz stays) then you would be correct, but that design was abandoned 2 seasons ago.

    I mean, once your bike is covered with mud, they all weigh thirty pounds anyhow, right?

    I've seen postings on other boards where the frames at the smaller end of the scale (52, 49, etc...) are easily building out below UCI limits (~16#) with BB7 discs and mostly stock components, meaning you don't have to do much to get them very, very light. BB7 are reportedly heavier than the SRAM hydro system (steel cables weigh more than hoses w/fluid).

    I ran Avids for years (Juicy Ultimates, X9, XX, in the older configuration and the newer taperbore) and never had issues with them. If you know how to bleed them correctly, then they actually work better than Shimanos, which I've found can pump up / overheat on very long tough descents and will often quit working altogether in very cold (under 0C) conditions.

    but don't listen to me, I have only been riding and racing for a couple decades...

    I mean you're exactly right in one respect - the SRAM hydros are untested. And their 10 and 11 speed twist shifters have a known warranty issue (internal plastic bits going to hell; that's just poor design). But I don't get the Avid hate on these forums. Ours were never noisy and the couple times we ever had brake drag it was easily solved by either checking for rotor truing or a quick bleed.

    We opted for Formulas on our Niners for pure weight weenie reasons, and they've been fine too. They've required the same exact amount of maintenance (bleeds, caliper fine tuning) as the Avids we are used to, except that parts are much harder to find when (for example) my husband somehow managed to crack one of his bar clamps during a routine adjustment and tweaked a rotor in a crash.

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    Chalk me up as an early-adpoter as well - I have a 61cm Crux Expert Red Disc on order. I've loved my 2012 alloy Crux (cantilever) for the last year, and I'm stoked to get on the new one. I also run SRAM brakes on the mountain bike, Avid Elixer 9's, and I've had absolutely no trouble with them. Yes, they can be tricky to bleed properly, but once you've done it a few times it's really not that complicated. And mine have been strong with fantastic feel for 2 years now, no complaints.

    I know SRAM has dug itself in a bit of a hole with warranty issues over the last few years, but I'm still hanging in there. I prefer the ergonomics of the SRAM brifters over Shimano and even my Campy Record 11 setup.

    I can't wait to get my new bike!!!! Woohoo!!!

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    I picked mine up this week.
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    I posted some thoughts and pictures on my blog here:
    New Bike Day! 2014 Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc | Cycles In Life

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    Nice bike. I'm waiting for mine to arrive. May I ask what type of wheels your running

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboy85 View Post
    Nice bike. I'm waiting for mine to arrive. May I ask what type of wheels your running
    Thank you! The wheels are the stock Axis wheels with removed decals.

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    for that price it's almost a scam, sorry to say so, but this is what I think. I wouldn't waste my money with branded bikes anyway.

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    Awesome bike. I picked up in on Saturday. First cross bike and I'm really enjoying so far. My local shop has sold all5 they got in immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cujarrett View Post
    Thank you! The wheels are the stock Axis wheels with removed decals.
    Oh ok, I think they look better without the stickers. I've been informed that the Australian shipment is running a week behind, so more waiting for me. Do you know the weight of your bike? I would imagine that the stock wheels are quite heavy

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    I just put mine together today, first ride tomorrow! How do the brakes work for everyone? Mine seem to bottom out a little close to the bars. I think I may bleed them prior to heading out.

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    Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?

    I got the rival version with 10speedhydro. Swapped the stock wheels for some iron cross comp 32spoke build and dropped 1lb 14ozs. Just hit some double track, gravel and chip seal on a short loop from home before dark. I'm initially impressed but it'll take a while to make a fair review.

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    I picked mine up last Monday its a Expert Red Disk. All I can say is awesome. I had a 2011 comp prior to this one and the difference is huge on the brake side and I love the 11 speed shifter. I am accustomed to avid brakes and all I can say is that if bled they work flawlessly, they will make a howling in the wet but for the increase in braking power that already has saved my skin from a collision crossing a intersection I do not mind the howling. The weight is 8.9kg a 2-300g heavier than expected but I am happy with the overall feel. I plan on getting new wheels as soon as I have recovered from this investment.
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    [QUOTE=PTJ;10644794]I got the rival version with 10speedhydro. Swapped the stock wheels for some iron cross comp 32spoke build and dropped 1lb 14ozs. Just hit some double track, gravel and chip seal on a short loop from home before dark. I'm initially impressed but it'll take a while to make a fair review.

    What hubs did you end up using? Did you just reuse the stock ones that came on the old wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonefrontranger View Post
    they actually work better than Shimanos, which I've found can pump up / overheat on very long tough descents and will often quit working altogether in very cold (under 0C) conditions.

    but don't listen to me, I have only been riding and racing for a couple decades...
    I use shimano xt brakes on my snow bike. I havent had any problems with the brakes not working, all the way down to -5F. The lever pull does get a bit harder in cold weather, but, they've been flawless.

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    I got the Rival EVO version which I have upgraded. I wanted lower gearing for the hilly gravel roads I ride, so I went to a 12-32 PG1070 cassette. This required a WiFLi RD and I kind of went nuts going with Red front and rear derailleurs and crankset. I also added Stan's Iron Cross wheels with Clement MSO 40mm tires running tubeless. This all dropped about 2.5 lbs from the stock setup.

    The bike handles great. Very stable on fast gravel downhills, but very responsive to steering around or hopping over obstacles. The CG-R seatpost really works to dull the impact of bumps. Shifting is flawless, though I did get some chain rub with the original Apex front derailleur which is not really compatible with the front shifter which, being designed for a Yaw-capable unit like the Red, has no trim position.

    The brakes have plenty of power, but the modulation is what I really like about them. I can get just a bit or lots of stopping power by varying the amount of lever pull. The levers have such long travel that I was sometimes having the shift paddles lock onto the bar tape until I pointed the hoods inward a few degrees, giving the shift paddles more clearance. I want to try bleeding the brakes to see if I can get actuation earlier.


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    Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?

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    I got the rival version with 10speedhydro. Swapped the stock wheels for some iron cross comp 32spoke build and dropped 1lb 14ozs. Just hit some double track, gravel and chip seal on a short loop from home before dark. I'm initially impressed but it'll take a while to make a fair review.

    What hubs did you end up using? Did you just reuse the stock ones that came on the old wheels
    Stock stans hubs. Planting buy a alpha road set on the same 3.30 hub. Hoping if I use the same rotors(xx) I won't have to adjust the calipers when swapping for road training/racing.

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    Just an update - our first 'cross race will be this weekend, but I wanted to give my impressions after riding the Crux Pro for about a month.

    This bike is insanely fast. It rides like a road bike, and I mean that in a good way. Even with the heavy stock alloy wheelset, the acceleration out of the corners is amazing. It's like a crit bike that you can race in the dirt.

    We first rode them around 40 miles and several thousand feet of climbing in the local mountains (Fourmile - Switzerland Trail - Gold Hill - Boulder), and the next weekend we did nearly 60 miles in a big open space plains loop (Boulder - Superior - Erie - Longmont - Boulder) that included pavement, singletrack, farm roads and lots of rolling crusher fine trails.

    The fit, geometry, handling and comfort on these bikes is out of this world. The brakes are an absolute game changer, especially on the nasty loose washboard dirt descent coming down Sunshine Canyon from Gold Hill. I find myself carrying a lot more momentum on things like loose-over-hardpack switchbacks and descending because there is so much fine modulation in the brakes. They do squeak a tiny bit under hard braking, but no more than my Formulas do on my Niner. The Specialized FACT crankset on the Pro is freaking stout, and has so far been trouble-free.

    The gearing may or may not be a little steep for me although it was fine on the Switzerland Trail. I am 45 and female but it may not matter enough for cross racing to change it, so I'll see this weekend.

    The only thing I've found to quibble with so far is the FACT seatpost design, which has tended to slip, but I got the torque wrench out and nailed it down to spec, so we'll see if that sorts it. I may swap it out for a 3T anyhow, as I'm not a huge fan of single bolt designs.

    I'm running Time ATACS and a Fizik Aliante saddle. Changed out the stock tires for Clements as soon as I got it - the stock tires are wire bead and the Axis 2.0 wheels are pretty hefty, but we just got the Roval carbons glued up this week and they'll drop over a pound off the bike.

    Can't wait to race it, and both my husband and I agree they're worth every penny. I haven't ridden my road bike since I got the Crux. I may just sell it, and rebuild my Powertap into a set of Iron Cross disc wheels :P

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    ^^Oh man is that awesome. I want one of these so freaking bad. Can't decide whether I should by the pro frameset and put my custom Crests into it, or maybe just buy the expert. I'd be close to the price of the expert if I did it that way considering that the Red 22 shifter/brake combo is approximately $1000 for the front and rear alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    The levers have such long travel that I was sometimes having the shift paddles lock onto the bar tape until I pointed the hoods inward a few degrees, giving the shift paddles more clearance. I want to try bleeding the brakes to see if I can get actuation earlier.
    ya the shop actually warned us about that when we got them - they said they'd already canted the hoods/levers to avoid this issue, and they took some time setting them up for me since I'm little (5'4" with small hands) - I'm not sure because I haven't read all the spec on the SRAM Hydro-R brakes, but there maybe some adjustability in the reach / pad contact? idk, I'm not the world's greatest mechanic but I'll snoop around.

    I will also say this: those hoods are enormous, and even with my small hands, this is actually a good thing. It provides a huge amount of stability for dismounts, remounts, and sketchy offcamber things where I'd normally switch to the drops and/or may not have enough time/warning to swap hand positions on something scary. They are incredibly secure and your hands will never slip off the hoods on these.

    They also seem to provide more leverage for popping the front wheel up over roots, logs, steps, etc... I'm no barrier-hopper (not even close) but I've been able to go up things like tall curbs easily on this guy, where I usually hesitate to try it on the roadie, etc... It is just such a nimble, flickable bike, even more so than the 2011 Crux Expert (old Tricross design) that was its predecessor, and which I liked very much already.

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    Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?

    My 14 year old son races on a 54cm Tarmac. Here's a picture of it sitting next to my 56cm crux to compare frame angles and explain why the crux feels so much like a road bike. Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1378488709.977217.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by PTJ View Post
    My 14 year old son races on a 54cm Tarmac. Here's a picture of it sitting next to my 56cm crux to compare frame angles and explain why the crux feels so much like a road bike.
    Yea Spesh was actually pretty forthcoming with their plan for the Crux to be "a Tarmac for the dirt". I've seen that exact language in their press releases and reviews. It certainly works.

    Even with the "racier" geometry on the new one, my Crux Pro handles better than my 2011 Crux Expert, which was a fine bike. The Pro is somehow both more nimble AND more predictable running the exact same tires, like LITERALLY - I swapped the Clements off my Expert as soon as I got the new one in the garage. It handles a lot like a custom built Easton 7005 crit bike I raced a lot about ten years ago, but without the twitchy descending characteristics or the bone-jarring harshness on rough ground (and yes, I rode the crit bike on dirt a time or 2 because I'm crazy like that).

    Pretty sure the handling improvement on the newer Crux geometry owes itself to better tracking and stiffness, shorter wheelbase / front-center / chainstays / lower BB / whatever.

    Enough babbling. Time for bike porn. These are our 2014 Crux Pros. The first pic is my husband riding his at the top of Switzerland Trail before we headed east to Gold Hill. Second pic is mine outside our bike lockers at work (yea I lopped that spacer stack off the top of my stem as soon as I had the right tool to do it with).

    Your thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?-crux-top-switzerland.jpgYour thoughts about the Specialized Crux for 2014 with hydro brakes?-crux-pro-1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    The brakes have plenty of power, but the modulation is what I really like about them. I can get just a bit or lots of stopping power by varying the amount of lever pull. The levers have such long travel that I was sometimes having the shift paddles lock onto the bar tape until I pointed the hoods inward a few degrees, giving the shift paddles more clearance. I want to try bleeding the brakes to see if I can get actuation earlier.
    I Picked up my Expert Red last week and had the first Race of the season today and this bike rocks, Complete mud fest!!! I put it together as I work at the LBS part time and was supper impressed with the brakes! but not so impressed with how they pined the shifter to the bar when you really got on them. I bleed them per the SRAM setup guide, you can watch a video on youtube, and it didn't change anything

    It isn't a bleed/air issue. If you use the spacer blocks like the instructions tell you to do when you put it all back together there is so much room between the rotor and pads it takes half the lever pull just to make contact. Have your bike shop just add a little fluid to the top reservoir in the hood to squeeze the pads down a little while the disk is in the caliper. It makes all the Difference!!! The levers no longer contact the bars

    The only drawback is they now don't have as much clearance for warped rotors and mud. But neither do my Formulas

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKRC78 View Post
    not so impressed with how they pined the shifter to the bar when you really got on them.
    that was discussed upthread actually in 2 different replies. the shop guys who sold us our bikes warned us about this issue. The trick is to cant the levers a bit to the side, not to re-bleed them.

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    I just wanted to know, do the Axis wheels come with rotors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    I just wanted to know, do the Axis wheels come with rotors?
    Both sets of wheels that came with our Crux Pros came with everything to run both sets of wheels, including tires, QRs and rotors. Only thing they didn't come with was a 2nd cassette on the Roval Carbons (which really isn't a big deal).

    All of the other Crux 2014 Hydro-R models I've seen at the shop sell with the Axis fully built and rotors installed, yes.

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    Wow, that's solid. Mine ships tomorrow. Planning on selling both sets of wheels to make up for some of the expense. When you say 2 sets of tires, what clincher tires does it come with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    Wow, that's solid. Mine ships tomorrow. Planning on selling both sets of wheels to make up for some of the expense. When you say 2 sets of tires, what clincher tires does it come with?
    Tracer sport wirebeads that weigh about a million pounds. My husband likes the tread pattern and left them on, but I replaced them with the Clements that came off my 2011 Crux. Between swapping out the Tracers and the weird proprietary angleset stem it came with, I easily took a half a kilogram off the bike before even changing out the Axis 2.0s, which are also fairly heavy.

    The Roval Carbons are seriously nice wheels, but I can understand if you don't want the hassle of tubulars. The Terra tubular tires they came with are very nice as well.

    I'll probably get a nicer set of Stan's wheels as my alloy/clincher set at some point, if only to make mounting the Clements tubeless an easier row to hoe.

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    Picked up my Elite disc a couple of weeks ago and love it. A little bit of brake squeal but the power and modulation are great. I wanted the pads to engage the rotors sooner (as discussed earlier in this thread) and went on Specialized's website but there was no manual for the hydro discs. Took it to the shop where I bought it (West End in Houston) and they were able to adjust via adjustment screw accessed I think by pulling the shift paddle inward. I'm away from home for a few days and have no way to verify on the bike and I wish I would have paid closer attention when he did it, but he adjusted to where the shift paddles don't hit the bars anymore and unless I really need a hard stop, I can basically apply plenty of stopping power with just my index finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Fink View Post
    ...I wanted the pads to engage the rotors sooner (as discussed earlier in this thread) and went on Specialized's website but there was no manual for the hydro discs. Took it to the shop where I bought it (West End in Houston) and they were able to adjust via adjustment screw accessed I think by pulling the shift paddle inward. I'm away from home for a few days and have no way to verify on the bike and I wish I would have paid closer attention when he did it, but he adjusted to where the shift paddles don't hit the bars anymore and unless I really need a hard stop, I can basically apply plenty of stopping power with just my index finger.
    YES!!! Thanks for posting this. When you pull the shift paddle in toward the bar, you can see a screw that takes a 2.5mm allen. Turning that screw clockwise moves the brake lever out. This fixed my problem and I was able to turn my levers back to the normal straight position with no interference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    YES!!! Thanks for posting this. When you pull the shift paddle in toward the bar, you can see a screw that takes a 2.5mm allen. Turning that screw clockwise moves the brake lever out. This fixed my problem and I was able to turn my levers back to the normal straight position with no interference.
    Yep the lever adjust screw moves it away from the bar but if you want an earlier contact you just have to add a little fluid to the top of the system to squeeze the pads down a little. I had to do this to my rear because I didn't like how far out I had to adjust the lever to keep it from contacting the bar.

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    I love my bike so far but the seatpost slippage has gotten so bad that I can hardly ride it anymore. Somebody else mentioned this problem above. I have put paste on the post and tightened to spec and then far beyond spec but still the same issue. No way I can race on it doing this.

    Any solutions? Maybe try a new carbon post?
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    Does anyone know the difference between the Roval CL40 tubular wheelset and the Roval CLX tubular wheelset listed on the Spesh site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie33 View Post
    I love my bike so far but the seatpost slippage has gotten so bad that I can hardly ride it anymore. Somebody else mentioned this problem above. I have put paste on the post and tightened to spec and then far beyond spec but still the same issue. No way I can race on it doing this.

    Any solutions? Maybe try a new carbon post?
    If you use too much carbon paste it can actually make things worse. Try cleaning the seat post and down tube and use just a little paste. I have not had this problem and have raced the bike 3 times and put several hundred more miles on it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    Does anyone know the difference between the Roval CL40 tubular wheelset and the Roval CLX tubular wheelset listed on the Spesh site?
    guess not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie33 View Post
    I love my bike so far but the seatpost slippage has gotten so bad that I can hardly ride it anymore. Somebody else mentioned this problem above. I have put paste on the post and tightened to spec and then far beyond spec but still the same issue. No way I can race on it doing this.

    Any solutions? Maybe try a new carbon post?
    mine's not slipping down, agreed on the too much carbon paste idea. However, it is not holding fore/aft tilt adjustment despite torquing to spec. I don't much like it anyhow as those silly elastomer inserts just add weight and reduce functionality (fortunately I'm not among them but I do know several people who can't drop the post low enough as insertion is restricted by the inserts at a spot that seems ridiculously high especially on smaller frames).

    As an aside, I've hated virtually every single bolt seatpost ever made except the old early (heavy!) Campagnolo ones, and this one is no different. I'm going to trade it out for a 3T or something similar in carbon that's based on the tried-and-true Thompson dual bolt concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    guess not.
    I believe the CLX is actually a carbon clincher rim, not tubular.

    edit: nope, the CLX appears to be the "S-Works" uber-level, the CL40 is one grade below. From a quick Google Search, Bikeradar says:


    The Specialized Roval wheel line has expanded a bit for 2014, with three new CLX carbon options. The new 40mm CLX 40 tubulars weigh 1,240g, and their 60mm counterparts the CLX 60s weigh 1,330g. A tubular disc CLX 40 is also available at 1,340g.

    There are already clincher and clincher disc wheels in these depths, plus the more affordable CL 40 and CL 60.

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    the only difference is the bearings. The CLX wheels have ceramic bearings. Anyone interested in buying a set of brand new, never used CL40 tubular disc wheels? I'll include the rotors. PM me if interested.
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    Going ultra max heart rate on a sand dune runup, arcticcross race #5!

    This bike has been unbelievable!! The brakes and drivetrain have worked flawlessly even with sticks and grass completely wrapped up in the cassette. I threw my roval carbon mtb wheels on it and set them up tubeless. Which made it stiffer and more responsive. Specialized knocked it out of the park with this bike!
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    Gearing options

    Looking for an extra gear I've fitted an ultegra 6800 11-32, it fits fine with the short cage (b-screw all the way in) No need for the wifli, chain didn't need to be touched either.

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    (I thought about swapping the 36T inner ring for a 34T but the shifting is so good I was reluctant to play with it.)

    Loving this bike! (1st cx, fitted 28mm conti 4 seasons for road work and it's simply awesome)

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    its kinda odd that the crux expert doesn't have the swork seatpost, but the crux elite evo does ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie33 View Post
    Any solutions? Maybe try a new carbon post?
    this is ultimately what I did, as I could not get the OEM fact post to hold / retain angle even torqued above spec - the saddle angle would constantly slip back until I was riding something that resembled a dirt jump / BMX bike, which is no good.

    Cashed in some Amazon points on a new fi'zik Cyrano carbon post with fi'zik Arione R1 saddle. Made an already fabulous bike even more amazing, if that is even possible. The carbon rails on the R1 transmit zero high frequency buzz to my butt. I rode a 3 hour dirt adventure cruise after the cyclocross race at Boulder Rez on Saturday - the local county dirt roads have been reopened to traffic after the flood but they are in very rough shape - big washouts, ruts, massive washboards, sections that have been "repaved" with baseball-sized rip-rap, sand pits, you name it. New saddle and post have transformed an already forgiving bike into a magic carpet. You know you're riding over rough stuff, but somehow there's no transmission through to your spine.

    This made for an excellent ride and better than expected performance at Sunday's Boulder Cup race. I'll never be fast, but I was easily able to pass other girls through the rougher off-camber sections of the very technical course, and with over 100 women on the course (SW 3 / 4 / 35+ and Junior Women 15-18) being able to pass in the uphill offcamber bumps was a necessity. I have to say the compliance and handling was a major control advantage. This bike is absolutely a better bike handler than I am.

    I talked to a guy out at last week's cross race who has the 2013 Crux Pro Disc and he said he sold his road bike in May and raced the Crux in crits, road races and hillclimbs throughout the road season. None of our officials ever said boo about the discs. I'm seriously considering doing this because I have ridden my Record carbon roadie exactly once since I got the Crux.

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    Great thread, my Crux Elite EVO Rival Disc is on order and I hope it comes in this week. Really looking forward to getting it built up and go riding

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    I picked up one of the Evo Rival models last week. Replaced the cranks w/SWorks carbon cranks 34x46, SWorks pave post instead of cobble gobbler, and early version Bulldogs on Arch EX wheels. Absolutely love everything but the shifting. SRAM did away with the trim feature on these shifters, which really irritates me. The brakes are great. Way better than BB-7s or the Avid Ultimates I was running.

    The frame will take a 40mm tire with plenty of clearance, even mounted on the Arch EX rims. After racing it once already and having done a couple of training rides with road tires on the stock wheels, I've decided to sell my SWorks Roubaix and use the new Crux as my everything except XC bike. It really is a Tarmac with crazy clearance.

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    Good job! Best Allrounder!

    Just thought I'd chime in with my own aquisition. Recently took ownership of the CruX EVO and after a month upgraded the following: S-Works Post, Enve Stem, Zipp Service Course SL Bar, SRAM Red Crank and Rear Der, FSA Cross Rings, Rival Front Der, Avid HSX and Rolf Prima Ralos CXC 29 Carbon Wheels. I wrapped the tires in GP 4 Seasons (for my commuting) and put Racing Ralphs on the Axis wheels. Best part was I did the whole upgrade while my 16 mo old twins were taking a nap! #fasthands

    So far, after a month of ownership, I would say this is a fantastic bike. I bought it to commute, haul my kids in their Burley, and ride the local trails and gravel. I have a dedicated road race/training bike so this one had to be a hi-performing all rounder. It totally fits the bill.

    The geometry is spot on for long, 20 mile one way commutes and I can still flick it around the local trails. Fast, light, and balanced are some adjectives i'd use to describe it...as for the Hydros...they're terrific. Much better stopping power than the canti's that were on my CAAD 9 Cross bike earlier this summer. They stop as well as the new DA9070 brakes on my race bike and in the wet they are even better. I would like to have them actuate a bit sooner, but that's a small caveat.

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    How much did that cost you compared to the $6300 race crux with rovals and more red parts?

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    If i would have paid retail and had to buy all of the parts probably about the same...but I didn't. Except for the wheels and rotors, I already had all of the parts on my shelf. More important to me is to have the frame I want with the parts I want. I don't want tubulars so the wheels are a wash if I buy the Race Red. Only thing I would want to get in the future is the 22spd drivetrain. But until then, my ride is built to fit my body and riding style.
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