When we covered the 2013 Specialized bikes launch, the Crux topped out with the Elite and Comp models, leaving an S-Works model conspicuously missing. Here’s why: they’re waiting for SRAM’s hydraulic disc brakes to make their way to the warehouse so they can have a complete top level spec to go along with the S-Works label.
UPDATE: Specialized has told us they do not currently plan on releasing an S-Works level Crux for 2013.
Looks like this placeholder image for that bike shows a concept S-Works paint scheme and presumably what the SRAM Red hydraulic disc brake system will look like. We were hoping they’d show something official next week at Eurobike, but looks like it’s going to be a bit off.
The knob at the front of the shifter/brake lever is noticeably taller than the mechanical group, presumably to house the master cylinder. Calipers look to have a pretty small form factor, and rotors are two piece designs, much like the current XX level discs. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ve done to handle the heat when this system finds its way onto a road bike.
Thanks to SlyGuy for the tip!