In the coming months, I plan on completing a full review of this 2013 Specialized Crux Expert Carbon Disc bike. It has been in my possession for a little over a month now and has been a pure joy to ride. I’ve already logged over 500 miles with a generous amount of climbing as well. Even though I already have a number of things to say about the bike, I thought it would be best to wait until I give it a go at its intended purpose, cyclocross racing. The SoCal Cross season starts next month and I’m excited to have a bike this year so I can get out there! I’ll probably be the slow guy in the back taking all the hand-ups. (PS: I like Stella)
So, back to the title of this post. Why a cross bike? A cyclocross bike is a great multi-sport option for those like me who cannot afford a bevy of bikes. With an extra set of road tires, I can easily turn the bike into a road worthy machine and put in the miles. In it’s stock form the bike is as light if not lighter than some competitive carbon road bikes and the combined carbon frame and Crux geometry, keep most of the bumpy road away from your body. Throw the cross tires back on the bike and head out for a race or your favorite dirt trail. Aside from a few technical trails, I’ve seen cross bikes on nearly every trail around here. If you love the dirt but want to get in some road here and there, take a look at some Cyclocross bikes before making your purchase. It could be just what you’re looking for.
FYI: Disc brakes are really really fun
Look for the full review soon and enjoy a few photos from my recent rides.