Specialized S-Works Crux 2022 first ride review

For 2022, the Specialized Crux changes its role within the brand’s line-up. What was previously a pure cyclo-cross race bike has now merged into a bike with a little extra versatility, taking aim at the public’s ever-growing interest in gravel while retaining its fast pace, short-race heritage. Okay sure, the existing Specialized Crux was already a genuinely capable gravel bike – most ‘cross bikes are – but for 2022, the Crux acknowledges and embraces its dual role.

In the most simple terms possible, for the design of the Crux, Specialized took everything it learned when developing the lightweight Aethos and applied it to a bike with ample tyre clearance, off-road capability and a few added gravel-minded features. The result is an S-Works model bike that boasts a 725g frame weight, a frankly astounding 7.25kg overall weight (with power meter), and clearance for 47c tyres. 

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