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Specialized CruX Pro Race Red Disc - Just in

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While it's not the most expensive model in Specialized's cyclo-cross bike lineup, the CruX Pro Race Red Disc is perhaps the most raceworthy of the bunch with its smart parts mix and two sets of wheels included in the purchase price - one for training, and one for racing.

While it's not the most expensive model in Specialized's cyclo-cross bike lineup, the CruX Pro Race Red Disc is perhaps the most raceworthy of the bunch with its smart parts mix and two sets of wheels included in the purchase price - one for training, and one for racing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The SRAM Red hydraulic disc brake calipers are paired to a 160mm rotor up front and a smaller 140mm one out back.

The SRAM Red hydraulic disc brake calipers are paired to a 160mm rotor up front and a smaller 140mm one out back. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The included carbon race wheels are wrapped with aggressive Specialized Terra tubulars.

The included carbon race wheels are wrapped with aggressive Specialized Terra tubulars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sure, SRAM Red 22 derailleurs would save a few grams but Force ones are much cheaper to replace in the event of a wreck. Internal cable routing protects the lines from mud and water, too.

Sure, SRAM Red 22 derailleurs would save a few grams but Force ones are much cheaper to replace in the event of a wreck. Internal cable routing protects the lines from mud and water, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Specialized trades out the SRAM Red 22 crankset with its own FACT carbon arms.

Specialized trades out the SRAM Red 22 crankset with its own FACT carbon arms. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Purists have decried the shape of SRAM's new Red hydraulic levers but they should be great for cyclo-cross.

Purists have decried the shape of SRAM's new Red hydraulic levers but they should be great for cyclo-cross. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Such an enormous down tube would typically be tough to grab so Specialized includes a slight indentation on the bottom to give your fingers something to hold on to.

Such an enormous down tube would typically be tough to grab so Specialized includes a slight indentation on the bottom to give your fingers something to hold on to. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Much of the frame's shaping is cribbed from the Tarmac, including how the top tube and down tube sort of 'wrap around' the hourglass-shaped tapered head tube.

Much of the frame's shaping is cribbed from the Tarmac, including how the top tube and down tube sort of 'wrap around' the hourglass-shaped tapered head tube. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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With no need to accommodate rim brakes, tire clearance on the disc-specific Specialized CruX Pro Race Red Disc is excellent at both ends.

With no need to accommodate rim brakes, tire clearance on the disc-specific Specialized CruX Pro Race Red Disc is excellent at both ends. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Few cyclo-cross riders would want to train on their race wheels and many making the switch to disc might not have a good wheel inventory built up already. Specialized takes away some of the headache by including a set of aluminum training wheels and a set of carbon wheels for race day, both with tires, rotors, and a cassette for easy swaps.

Few cyclo-cross riders would want to train on their race wheels and many making the switch to disc might not have a good wheel inventory built up already. Specialized takes away some of the headache by including a set of aluminum training wheels and a set of carbon wheels for race day, both with tires, rotors, and a cassette for easy swaps. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

Many seasoned cyclo-cross racers looking to make the switch to disc brakes are faced with a dilemma: they want the better braking performance but what about race wheels? Specialized takes some of the guesswork out of that equation with its new CruX Pro Race Red Disc, which includes a set of aluminum clinchers for training and a pair of carbon fiber tubulars for race day.

We've reviewed various rim brake versions of the carbon fiber CruX in the past and have generally been very impressed. Specialized says the CruX was designed to be a "Tarmac for the dirt" and the company has largely succeeded with road-bike-like responsiveness, light chassis weights, and agile, low-slung geometries that are well suited to fast and twisty courses typical of North American racing.

As the name suggests, the CruX Pro Race Red Disc is built for racing straight out of the box with a wise component choice that strikes a good balance between performance and replacement cost – because as most 'cross racers know, crashing (and breaking things) is typically part of the deal. A mostly complete SRAM Red 22 group keeps things light while Force front and rear derailleurs reduce replacement costs without sacrificing shifting performance.

Specialized swaps out the stock Red crank for its own FACT carbon fiber setup fitted with CX-specific 46/36T chainrings backed with a SRAM chain keeper to prevent throwing the chain to the inside. As usual, the Specialized label is also applied to the finishing kit, including the semi-anatomic aluminum bar and angle-adjustable forged aluminum stem, the Zertz-enhanced carbon fiber seatpost, and the firmly supportive Phenom saddle.

For your local Wednesday Worlds mid-week workout, Specialized includes a set of DT Axis 2.0 aluminum clincher wheels shod with versatile Tracer Sport tires for all-around training use on both dirt and pavement. They're not particularly light – and unfortunately, the rims aren't particularly wide, either – but they'll certainly get the job done when the stopwatch isn't running.

Actual weight with the alloy wheels (but without pedals) is 8.60kg (18.96lb).

Also included in the US$6,300 asking price, however, are a set of Roval Rapide CL 40 carbon fiber wheels wrapped with a more aggressive set of Terra tubulars for race day – all set up with a lighter-weight set of rotors and an additional cassette to minimize prep time the night before the gun goes off. Subbing in the carbon wheelset brings the weight down to a more competitive 7.79kg (17.17lb).

'Cross season is already well underway here in Colorado so we should hopefully have a complete review for you in a few weeks. Off to the races!

With no need to accommodate rim brakes, tire clearance on the disc-specific Specialized CruX Pro Race Red Disc is excellent at both ends.

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