2012 Specialized Crux Comp disc brake cyclocross bike with SRAM Apex component group

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.*

UPDATE: Obviously, it’s official now – check the full coverage here.

Anyone bets for a 2013 carbon fiber version?

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



  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

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

    By all accounts, Specialized has actually missed the boat.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


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