- Prototype Specialized Crux, "Billy Built"
- Prototype Specialized Crux, rear brake cable routing
- Prototype Specialized Crux, bottom bracket cable guide
- Prototype Specialized Crux, internally routed cables
- Prototype Specialized Crux, S-Works crank
- Prototype Specialized Crux, Dugast Rhinos
- Prototype Specialized Crux, SRAM Red front derailleur
- Prototype Specialized Crux, fork with cable stop
- Prototype Specialized Crux, seat collar with cable stop
- Prototype Specialized Crux, red Roval pads
- Prototype Specialized Crux, Specialized Phenom SL 143
- Prototype Specialized Crux, SRAM Red
- Prototype Specialized Crux, Wells edition
- Prototype Specialized Crux
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (VN)_ Specialized team rider Todd Wells is a mainstay in the U.S. cyclocross scene. With years of experience at the top tier of the sport, his input on bike design is valuable information. Specialized is in the process of developing a new carbon fiber Crux. Before they commit to the huge costs of carbon molds, they need to dial in the geometry using aluminum prototypes.
Todd Wells is riding the second prototype produced thus far in that pursuit. The original Crux in the larger sizes didn’t suit Wells’ aggressive riding style. The front-end geometry was too relaxed. The first prototype went a bit too far in the other direction. Its longer top tube and steeper rake led to copious amounts of toe overlap.
On prototype version 2.0 the toe overlap has been reduced and cables have been routed internally. The frame also features a BB30, a flattened porteur top tube and a tapered head tube. Specialized has used a fork-mounted front brake stop for some time now and it greatly reduces brake shudder.
Wells’ mechanic, Billy Myron, says they are getting close but expects at least one more version before the geometry is finalized.
Frame: Specialized Aluminum Crux Prototype
Fork: Specialized Crux full carbon with tapered steerer
Wheels: Zipp 303 tubular wheels with Dugast Rhino 32mm tubulars
SRAM Red shifters, Red derailleurs, PG1070 11×26 cassette and PC1091R chain,
TRP Euro X Magnesium brakes with Roval by SwissStop pads
175mm Specialized S-Works crank w/ SRAM 46×38 chainrings
Cranks Brothers Eggbeater pedals
Cockpit: Specialized S-Works carbon bar, S-Works 11cm stem, Zertz carbon seat post and white Phenom SL 143 saddle
Prototype Specialized Crux
Not many of us get to ride Specialized prototypes. Thanks to years at the front of ’cross races, Todd Wells is helping develop the latest Specialized ’cross bike.
Prototype Specialized Crux, Wells edition
Todd Wells, riding for the United States of Specialized.
Prototype Specialized Crux, SRAM Red
SRAM Red handles the shifting duties on TW's Specialized.
Prototype Specialized Crux, Specialized Phenom SL 143
Wells' perch for his cross remounts is a Specialized Phenom SL 143. Strangely it is adjusted pretty far from level.
Prototype Specialized Crux, red Roval pads
SwissStop has established themselves as the leader in carbon-specific brake pads. Specialized has them produce their red Roval pads.
Prototype Specialized Crux, seat collar with cable stop
Many manufacturers are using seat collars with built-in cable stops. They work well and are less expensive than welding them on the frame.
Prototype Specialized Crux, fork with cable stop
The fork-mounted front brake cable stop eliminates brake shudder and allows for an inline barrel adjuster.
Prototype Specialized Crux, SRAM Red front derailleur
The SRAM Red front derailleur is a team-issue version with a steel cage instead of titanium.
Prototype Specialized Crux, Dugast Rhinos
These Dugast Rhinos are marked T.W. for Todd Wells. The C.G? That's for California Giant.
Prototype Specialized Crux, S-Works crank
Specialized S-Works crank with 175mm arms, SRAM 46/38 chainrings and Eggbeater pedals.
Prototype Specialized Crux, internally routed cables
Internally routed cables keep the downtube cable-free for bike carrying.
Prototype Specialized Crux, bottom bracket cable guide
Derailleur cables exit the downtube and enter a traditional bottom bracket cable guide. Simple routing is often preferred to a fully-sealed system. It makes cable changes much easier.
Prototype Specialized Crux, rear brake cable routing
The rear brake cable routing includes a removable stop that makes running the cable easy.
Prototype Specialized Crux, "Billy Built"
Billy Myron's "Billy Built" sticker is a subtle classy touch from Wells' trusted mechanic.
Editor’s note: After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto.