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  1. #1
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    Specialized Cyclocross crux 2015

    This thread started there with a question I had between 2 bikes and I ended up with another one.
    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=54705

    I ended up buying a frame in the USA as I could not find the colour I wanted in Canada. Took the frame to my LBS and he set it up with Ultegra.

    I picked it up last night. WHAT A BIKE! I'm in love with the look of it anyway. Much better looking than my Amira SL4 Expert road bike. Not the same type of riding but going just for looks... this Crux is a winner.

    I have not even tried it yet, but for the fitting done last night.

    We still have a few things to install on it at home, like bell, lights, etc. I am waiting for the wheel stickers I ordered to come in by mail. The wheels/tires were all black and this is just too blah for us. So I found a site that had nice slogans. It will be fun.

    Still planning on riding it tomorrow. Will target a 60km ride (this is shorter than our "ususal" 100km ride) because I know it will be harder to pedal on gravel due to gravel, weight of bike and the bigger wheels (I think they are 32) will slow me down some.

    I will post a new pic once I have it all set up. The only one we took was when the bike was at the bike shop being prepared.
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    The handle bar tape (not on the above pic yet) looks gorgeous and feels good as well. Not grippy like Lizzard skins and I'm perfectly fine with this.

    So more to come when I try it for real. Hoping not to be dissapointed. haha My husband has one too (a white one), in Ultegra as well and he did test drived it 2 weeks ago and says it is very performing and barely sees a difference between a road bike and a cyclocross. Said he needed just a tad more power to crank up the speed but other than that, he loved the ride.

    oh... for those who like to know about prices, it came way more expensive than buying stock because I purchased the frame in USA. Store made it at $879 and in Cdn it came up to 1231$. Last night it costed me $2700Cdn but it is in Ultegra, includes my Specialized Speedzone speedometer (very basic as I did not want the whole shabang) and a Topeak rack and trunk bag. So nearly 4000$ for a "2nd" bike. I never wanted to pay that much for a bike. But when I saw the frame colour...that was it!!!

    If I had bought a stock bike that came on Shimano 105, it would have been $2000+15% taxes...but hey... one life to live and I'm not gonna carry that money in the grave! But then again, my "recreation" budget has been busted for the next year. hihi But hey!!! I'm happy....hubby is happy...nothing else is needed...but pay for the bike now. hihi
    Helene
    Riding a 2014 Specialized Amira LS4 Expert - aka The Zebra!
    2015 Specialized Crux e5 - aka Bora Bora bike

  2. #2
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    So glad for you!!

    (Jeeze, didn't mean to push the Lizard Skins so much, but I love the stuff! And actually, I just thought the color bloc black and white would really accent that bike. I knew when I said it you wouldn't go for it, just had to point it out cause it's such a pretty bike!).

    Understand completely about going above budget. My most recent bike, a Surly Krampus that I have built from a frameset, came it at over 2 grand. It was supposed to be 1000.00 US. But the total did include a Pioneer Mountain Man rack that is easily detachable, which was $165.00 on its own. (Had to have a rack and basket for my little dog, but don't want it on there all the time as it's a performance bike, too).

    The thing that will make the bike feel most different is the tread on the tires, vice the width of the tires. My CAADX has 35's, but the reason I have to work so hard to ride it on pavement compared to my Pinarello is the knobby tires. That, and I purposely built the CAADX so it would be more upright. Love riding that bike. But the Pina is more comfortable even though it's more aggressive. Go figure.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 06-12-2015 at 04:43 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  3. #3
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    Hey! No stress for the Lizard...my husband is sold to them. To me, they are too grippy. I love the feel but not being "glued" to them. I need to feel my hands "slipping" when I move them. Maybe with the Crux I may change my mind...and if they had colours like I like, I may have gone for them but so far their choices are limited.

    You'll see that the pink/blue ribbon truly fits with the bike. I thought it would be too much at one point, but nope. And the shop installed it differently than in the previous pictures used for promotion. So the top is one colour and the drops are one colour (instead of opposites). I really like it.

    We opted for tire threads that are not as "grippy" as we are not going to do mud stuff. At least will avoid at all costs. So they will be an in-between between my road bike Gatorskin and the true rough cross tires. I'll let you know the feel once I'll come back from my ride tomorrow. And the shop told me to use about 80-90psi in it for road and if I'm going rough, I can go down to about 70psi. I will adjust as I get used to it and how I want to feel the road/comfort.

    It is crazy how we can get overboard when purchasing! Just too easy. Blah! I did not want to regret my purchase or say "I should have put Ultegra before taking it out of the shop"... making changes after purchases is always so costly. So for $500 extra, I was able to switch from Shimano 105 to Ultegra. Would 105 be good. Of course. But since I tend to keep my stuff for a long time, in the end, it is a better option. Time will tell...
    Helene
    Riding a 2014 Specialized Amira LS4 Expert - aka The Zebra!
    2015 Specialized Crux e5 - aka Bora Bora bike

  4. #4
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    I installed my color-blocked tape with all one color on top, too. (On two different bikes; have LS's on four bikes. ).

    What's bad about my Krampus price is that it is a single-speed...

    I'm too extravagant, too. And I'm not done with this bike, but some things have to wait for decisions based on riding.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  5. #5
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    Very cool bike!

    My second bike was a good bit more expensive than my first. (Well, it would have been had I bought it at retail price; I had an employee discount at the time so it came out about $200 more.)

    And I completely agree with you about going with Ultegra rather than 105. But then again, you're in the wrong place if you wanted anyone from discouraging you from spending on a bike...
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
    http://wholecog.wordpress.com/

    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  6. #6
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    So true Owlie! lol

    Yesterday I did a 40km ride to test-drive. It was so hot and very very windy and hot and wind with me are not a good match. So I shortened the ride.

    The bike is awesome. I could not really see any difference yet between this one and my Amira. When I asked for speed, it kicked in. I was still able to hit 30km/h with the wind in the back but going up a small slope. I did not feel tired either. But it is much heavier. I had a rack in the back and since my husband is lighter than me, and stronger than me, he moved it to his bike. So our weight so be "balanced" and fair. hihi

    We're going to try again today. Still will be hot but minimal winds.

    Very happy with my purchase so far. No regrets.
    Helene
    Riding a 2014 Specialized Amira LS4 Expert - aka The Zebra!
    2015 Specialized Crux e5 - aka Bora Bora bike

 

 

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