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Specialized CruX Elite X1

Specialized CruX Elite X1
  • Color: Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White
  • Color: Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray
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It's no secret that 'cross doesn't play favorites 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.

We also know that cyclocross races are often won in the corners and over the barriers, which is why the CruX geometry takes this into account. The top tube has been design for easy shouldering when you're hopping off to clear barriers, as it features a large opening to the front triangle and a flat bottom. For stability in the corners and on off-camber sections, the geometry has a low bottom bracket and a sharp front end. This combination also helps to initiate corners, regardless of the terrain.

With maximum mud shedding ability in mind, we included eight millimeters of clearance on all sides of a 33mm tire, providing plenty of clearance for muddy conditions. It's awesome to have a light bike, after all, but frame weight becomes irrelevant when it's covered in 10 pounds of mud.

The CruX Elite X1 comes equipped with a spec that lets you stay focused on the race—a SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc groupset, lightweight and durable Roval SLX 24 clincher disc wheels, and 2Bliss Ready tires.

- The FACT 11r carbon frame features a race-ready 'cross geometry, and comes equipped with thru-axles, 142mm rear spacing, and takes advantage of our highest quality carbon production methods in order to create a bike that's as responsive as it is lightweight.

- The internally routed S-Works FACT carbon disc fork features a thru-axle design that increases steering response and rider input for the tight turns and the all-out efforts 'cross demands.

- SRAM Rival shift levers deliver reliable shifting in nasty conditions, which is furthered by a one-by shift setup that makes dropping chains on the course a thing of the past. Say goodbye to front derailleurs and hello to hassle-free racing.


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
Axles Front: 12x100mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
Rims/Wheels Roval SLX 24 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h
Tires Terra Pro, 2Bliss Ready, 700x33mm
Crankset SRAM Rival 1
Chainrings Alloy, 40T
Bottom Bracket SRAM BB30, 68mm, no spacer
Chain SRAM PC-1130, w/ PowerLink
Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival 1, mid cage
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM PG-1130, 11-32t
Shifters SRAM Rival 1, 11-speed
Handlebars Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
Tape/Grips Specialized CX Pro Gel
Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Brake Levers SRAM Rival 1
Brakes SRAM Rival 1, hydraulic disc
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Post Alloy, 2-bolt clamp

* Subject to change without notice.

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 46cm 888818310531 91418-4046
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 49cm 888818309153 91418-4049
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 52cm 888818309573 91418-4052
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 54cm 888818309047 91418-4054
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 56cm 888818309184 91418-4056
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 58cm 888818310395 91418-4058
Gloss Acid Pink/Tarmac Black/White / 61cm 888818309658 91418-4061
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 46cm 888818309962 91418-4146
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 49cm 888818309283 91418-4149
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 52cm 888818310630 91418-4152
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 54cm 888818308767 91418-4154
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 56cm 888818309627 91418-4156
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 58cm 888818309016 91418-4158
Gloss Cast Blue/Rocket Red/Cool Gray / 61cm 888818308798 91418-4161