2012 Specialized Crux Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike Spotted

2012 Specialized Crux Disc brake cyclocross bike prototype

2012 Specialized Crux Disc becomes the first recent disc-brake equipped cyclocross bike from a major manufacturer. Photo by Matt Phillips.

Aaaahhh, we knew this was coming, we just didn’t think one of the biggest manufacturers in the world would get one into the open this year. Short of the 2008 Lemond Poprad (Trek) which is no longer made, this is first disc brake crosser from a major manufacturer (update) that a) has real production potential, b) has launched since the UCI’s rule change and c) should be available in the U.S. markets soon.*

Bicycling’s Matt Phillips just spied this prototype 2012 Specialized Crux Disc cyclocross bike outfitted with an all-new carbon fork and Avid mechanical disc brakes pulled by SRAM Red levers.

According to his post (which has a couple more photos), the bike is darn near production looking, meaning you should see this pop up in the summer for your 2011-2012 ‘cross escapades. The fork is said to be “very light” and has post-mount tabs. The bike above was outfitted with 140mm rotors, but should accept 160mm if we had to guess.

The wheels have Zipp’s 285v4 rim – also used the 303 wheelset – with White Industries disc hubs. Since White doesn’t list a 130mm disc brake rear hub, that means the Big “S” has done as we’ve been predicting and push 135mm as the standard for disc brake cyclocross bikes moving forward. Further speculation on the frame is that it uses BB30 and a tapered headtube, and visual confirmation is that cable are run internally for shifting and rear brake, with small covers like on the Venge to ease cable installation.

Anyone bets for a 2013 carbon fiber version?

*See Editor’s comment for clarification of this update.

Comments

BROKYN SPOKE - 05/20/11 - 2:42pm

UMM REDLINE HAD ONE AT INTERBIKE THE YEAR THE UCI DECIDED NOT TO LEGALIZE DISC BRAKES FOR COMPETITION. YEARS BEFORE POPRAD. 2003 I THINK

BROKYN SPOKE - 05/20/11 - 2:43pm

CONQUEST DISC IN PRODUCTION FOR A FEW YEARS ACTUALLY

gillis - 05/20/11 - 4:32pm

Not sure what you define as “major manufacturer” but Redline introduced their Conquest Pro in a disc version 5-6 years ago. I think they still offer it too. They probably would have been the first.

Superstantial - 05/20/11 - 7:41pm

Does anyone know if Redline ever made a disc-equipped Conquest.

John - 05/20/11 - 10:51pm

Cannondale also had a disc cross bike for awhile.

Matt - 05/21/11 - 12:06am

First disc brake cyclocross bike by a major manufacturer??? Have you heard of a little company called Cannondale:)? They started doing a disc brake cross bike in 2003–almost 10 years ago!!!

Nick Burklow - 05/21/11 - 2:04am

I was always partial to the Salsa la Cruz. I know it wasn’t produced by one of the major manufacturers, but it was pretty awesome.

Chipollini - 05/21/11 - 5:04am

Mmmm while I’d love one, I’m going for high end steel w/disc brakes, and S&S couplers… but still a hot ride none the less. I wish they’d make a singlespeed cross bike again and ad discs to it – I’d buy that tomorrow.

adam - 05/21/11 - 4:29pm

And BikeRumor just published an article a month ago about Felts new carbon cross bike… with a disc option.

fred - 05/21/11 - 8:01pm

+ there was/is Stevens that Hanka rocked in races last year.

By all accounts, Specialized has actually missed the boat.

Ben G - 05/21/11 - 9:12pm

Marin, at least a year ago, and Novara at least 4 years ago also had disc cross options

Ben G - 05/21/11 - 9:13pm

Not that I would consider Novara a major manufacturer…

NYMETZ - 05/23/11 - 1:36pm

Check the 2003 Cannondale Cat. for a disc cyclecross bike. It’s retraction time.

Anthony - 05/23/11 - 3:06pm

You can also fit a 130 axle and re-space that white industries hub. I have the mi5 hub spaced to 130 so I could have the more durable bearing spacing/size for my hed Belgian build. Pretty easy when you have a knowledgeable wheel-builder like Lyle at Spin-Lyte.

Tyler (Editor) - 05/23/11 - 8:25pm

OK, probably time to chime in. Post is clarified a bit…what I meant was that it’s the first production-looking disc brake cyclocross bike to come from one of the big four (Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Giant) brands with a U.S. presence since the UCI’s rule change allowing disc brakes. As for foreign markets, the Stevens is pretty sweet looking, but they really don’t have much market share here in the states and the disc equipped bike is not listed on their website for sale, meaning it’s in probably still in prototype stages..

I don’t have an ’03 Cannondale catalog laying around to verify, but they don’t have a current model available for the U.S. market. As for anything they might be working on, I’m sure it’ll be sick light and a joy to ride – their SuperX is flat out amazing.

The new Redline Conquest Pro unveiled at Sea Otter this year has disc tabs but comes on the the showroom floor with canti’s.

The Felt we showed from Sea Otter is a prototype with no clear agenda, though if we were betting folk, we’d say you’ll see it sometime in 2012.

All that said, yes, there are some smaller brands making them now, and custom builders like Moots, etc., can add disc tabs to any bike they make (I know because I have just such a frame on order), but for things to really take off on the component and aftermarket side, the major manufacturers will have to take the leap, so it’s encouraging to see Specialized bring it to the table under one of their pros. None of the other “major” brands have their pros on them…at least not that we’ve seen. We bet it’s in the works, though.

Gillis - 05/23/11 - 11:19pm

I’m just glad this isn’t running those ghetto trp hydraulic adapters. Cables, its all you need.

jerm - 05/24/11 - 3:37pm

looks an awful lot like todd wells’ prototype cross bike. especially b/c of the dugast tires…wells’ bike even had white ind. hubs…

see links below…

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/disc-brakes-and-cross-bikes-coming-soon-to-a-store-near-you/145113

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/disc-brakes-and-cross-bikes-coming-soon-to-a-store-near-you/145111

SuperDave - 05/25/11 - 6:20pm

Tyler, I’m curious about the criteria you use for the “big four” Who do you think sells more ‘cross bikes Globally? Trek or Kona? Stevens or Giant?

As for production disc ‘cross bikes, I think the dealers who have been selling ‘cross bikes the past 6-10 years will have many brands that offer disc options, as well as a couple from the “big” latecomers to the ‘cross market.

Sneak peeks are great, let’s not cloud them with hyperbole.

-SD

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