Is the new Specialized Crux the lightest gravel bike in the world or the most capable cyclocross bike?

The Crux has been rebranded as a gravel bike, but cyclocross riders need not fear

Specialized Crux
(Image credit: Specialized)

Is it a gravel bike? Is it a cyclocross bike? Is it an endurance road bike? More importantly: who actually cares? Far too many words have been dedicated to picking apart the differences that go into pigeonholing bikes into neat categories to fulfil the needs of the online retail website builder. 

According to the lengthy marketing material provided by Specialized, the US brand has reinvented the Crux cyclocross bike as a gravel bike. However, we'll be largely ignoring the buzz word laden explanation as to how and why, because the reality is that the Crux has just got more capable - regardless if you want to ride it fast over to your local gravel trails or race it between the tapes. And if you're more about going fully laden and taking in the views? Then the Diverge is probably more suited.

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Specialized Crux geometry: old vs new (all in mm or degrees)
Row 0 - Cell 0 Specialized Crux outgoing, 52New Specialized Crux, 52Specialized Crux outgoing, 56New Specialized Crux, 56
Stem length9080100100
Head angle71.571.257272
BB drop71746972
Fork Rake50505050
Front centre593600611618
Chainstay length425425425425
Seat angle747473.2573.5

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.