Specialized leaks 2016 range including new Crux cross bike
German Specialized site accidentally reveals details of revamped Crux cyclocross bike and new aero road helmet.
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.
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.
>>> Buyer's guide to cyclocross bikes
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.
>>> Buyer's guide to cycling helmets
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.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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