The Specialized Crux was an established cyclo-cross bike by 2013 ridden by many club and local riders. The Crux in its original aluminium, but ‘pretty in pink’ form won a World Cup cross in the hands of Zdenek Stybar. (Lievin 2012)

The ally Crux has now been joined by a carbon version which is lighter and stiffer, but nonetheless the original Crux marks a high point of an aluminium bike that was fast and reasonably inexpensive, no wonder many riders’ chose to get two of them rather than one expensive machine.

The sight of red and black ally Crux bikes ridden by so many riders not only in the London and South East Cross League, but also across the UK made me think that although I wanted to keep my Crux I did want it to look a bit different….

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