Specialized 2018 Crux Elite X1


It's no secret that 'cross doesn't play favourites out on the course—only the strong survive. And when it comes to bikes, this is especially true. That's why our CruX Elite X1 was built to deliver a no-nonsense approach to the discipline of cyclocross.

Beginning with the frame, we implemented our Rider-First Engineered™ technology that was first introduced on our Tarmacs. Using size-specific tubes and layups, this technology allows the CruX to feature the same ride characteristics across every size in the range. Not only this, but it also allowed us to significantly drop the frame weight, so the CruX now comes in at a scant 900 grams for a 56cm—over 400 grams lighter than the previous frameset. A light and stiff frame, alone, isn't useful in a 'cross race if it isn't compliant, however, which is why the new CruX also combines stiffness and compliance in all the right places. And to assist with the latter, we lowered the seat collar by two centimeters for more exposed seatpost and, therefore, cushion for big hits.


  • ColoursGloss cast blue / Rocket Rred / Cool gray
  • Frame: FACT 11r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, 1-3/8" lower bearing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat mount disc, OSBB
  • Fork: S-Works FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle
  • Shifters: SRAM Rival 1, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival 1, mid cage
  • Brakes: SRAM Rival 1, hydraulic disc
  • Crankset: SRAM Rival 1
  • Tyres: Terra Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm