Although the biggest news from Specialized’s 2016 range is the new S-Works Venge ViAS, the German Specialized site seems to have inadvertently leaked full details of the American brand’s new products for next year.
The biggest news looks to be a revamp of the Specialized Crux, the brand’s cyclocross bike that’s ridden by recent Tour de France stage winner Zdenek Stybar when on one of his rare sojourns back into the cyclo-cross world.
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Although for the most part the new Crux looks to be the same as the model it will be replacing, the big news is that the two models at the top of the range, the S-Works Crux and the Crux Pro, will come with thru-axles as opposed to the quick releases from last year. However the less expensive Specialized Crux E5 will keep its quick releases for 2016.
The bike look to only be available with disc brakes for 2016, with a selection of SRAM, Shimano, and Tektro brakes in both hydraulic and mechanical versions across the range.
The only other thing we were able to spot that might be new for next year is the Airnet aero road helmet, a lid that looks like the lovechild between Specialized’s existing Prevail helmet and the Giro Synthe.
Unlike the company’s flagship Evade, the Airnet looks to be a semi-aero helmet, with good ventilation for day where you still want an aero advantage, but are also in need of the cooling effect of a decent number of vents.
The new helmet uses the same Mindset retention system as the Prevail, Evade, and S3 as well as a similar cooling system with Merino pads.
We expect to receive full details on the full range over the coming months.