2018 CrossTrail Elite Carbon

  • 4 out of 5
  • 1 Review




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When you're riding to improve your fitness, you shouldn't have to worry about the terrain in front of you getting in the way. We built the CrossTrail Elite Carbon to ensure you can be fully equipped to tackle any two-wheeled scenario with ease.

Our Body Geometry team a group of experts in frame design employed by Specialized have put together a bike that sits in the sweet spot of comfort and efficiency. The FACT 9r carbon fibre we used to build the frame ensures the CrossTrail is ultra-light, so you won't waste a single watt on unnecessary weight. Rack, fender and disc mounts provide a superior level of versatility.

At the front end, an SR Suntour NCX fork with 60mm of travel and Fitness Brain Technology is capable of effortlessly eating up difficult terrain. The integrated remote lockout feature drastically improves climbing efficiency.

The brakes are Tektro Flow Set Control hydraulic discs, ensuring consistent and impressive power, regardless of conditions of terrain.

  • Working with our Body Geometry team, we designed a frame that strikes the optimal balance between comfort and efficiency. The FACT 9r carbon fiber keeps the bike ultra-light and efficient, while the rack, fender, and disc mounts give you an incredibly versatile package.
  • An SR Suntour NCX fork w/ Fitness Brain technology features 60mm of coil-sprung travel that takes the sting out of bumpy terrain, while an integrated remote lockout is coupled with our Fitness Brain technology to promote more climbing and pedaling efficiency.
  • Braking duties are handled by Tektro Flow Set Control hydraulic disc brakes to ensure effective, consistent, and reliable power through any kind of terrain or condition.

FRAMESpecialized FACT 9R carbon, Fitness Geometry, internal cable routing, integrated headset, flat mount disc, rack and Plug + Play fender mounts
FORKSR Suntour NCX w/Specialized Fitness Brain technology, 60mm of travel, 1-1/8" steerer, 12mm thru-axle
FRONT HUBAxis Sport Disc 
REAR HUBAxis Sport Disc 
SPOKESStainless, 14g w/self-locking threads
RIMS700c Disc 6061 double wall pin joint
INNER TUBESOE PV standard Bulk Road 700, 28-38x622, Presta, 48mm valve
FRONT TYRETrigger Sport Reflect, 700x38mm, 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TYRETrigger Sport Reflect, 700x38mm, 60TPI, wire bead
CRANKSETFSA V-Drive, MegaEXO BB, 10-/11-speed, hollow forged 7075 aluminum, 170mm Q-factor, direct-mount
CHAINRINGS44/32T w/chainguard
SHIFT LEVERSFlow Set Control, 10-speed
FRONT DERAILLEURmicroSHIFT XCD, 31.8mm clamp, 10-/11-speed, MTB double
REAR DERAILLEURShimnao SLX, Shadow Plus design, SGS cage, 10-speed
CASSETTESunrace, 11-40t, 10-speed
CHAINKMC X10, 10-speed w/reusable MissingLink
FRONT BRAKETektro Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, carbon brake lever, metal pads, post mount, 160mm rotor
REAR BRAKETektro Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, carbon brake lever, metal pads, post mount, 140mm rotor
HANDLEBARSSpecialized, double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 31.8mm
GRIPSBody Geometry Flow Set Control Grips, lock-on
STEMSpecialized Flowset, integrated, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 12-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
SADDLECanopy Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails
SEATPOSTAlloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 25mm offset, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERIncluded w/Frame
PEDALSSpecialized Fitness platform, alloy

As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.

B-B Drop 65mm 65mm 65mm 65mm
Chain-Stay Length 445mm 445mm 445mm 445mm
Fork Rake 43mm 43mm 43mm 43mm
Front-Center 631mm 641mm 660mm 680mm
Head-Tube Angle 70° 70.5° 70.5° 70.5°
Head-Tube Length 110mm 125mm 145mm 165mm
Reach 390mm 400mm 412mm 426mm
Seat-Tube Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Seat-Tube Length, B-B Center to Top 372mm 422mm 472mm 522mm
Stack 592mm 608mm 627mm 646mm
Stand-Over Height 732mm 769mm 806mm 840mm
Top-Tube Length, Horizontal 571mm 586mm 604mm 624mm
Trail 78mm 75mm 75mm 75mm
Wheelbase 1068mm 1078mm 1097mm 1118mm
  • 2018 CrossTrail Elite Carbon
    Iain Lorraine
    4 out of 5

    Since I’m commuting to work these days through park trails and canal tow paths I decided to purchase a new bike which was fit for purpose as my 15 year old aluminium Sirrus Sport is more suited to roads and was starting to show its age. Since I take care of my bikes and keep them for long periods I decided to take advantage of an end of season sale and bought the carbon framed Crosstrail Elite. Here’s my take on it after 2 weeks ownership:

    Weight: with the suspension fork this bike is still 10% lighter than my Sirrus but still feels very solid and able to plough it’s way over obstacles like tree branches and uneven trails.

    Looks: In it’s all black livery this bike looks the business and has reflective paint. The seamless frame transitions look very well engineered.

    Ride: I dropped the tyre pressure from 100 to 80 psi which, with the help of the front suspension, smoothes out most of the judder I was experiencing with the Sirrus. The Fitness Brain technology only deforms from low underneath impacts so there’s no feeling of bouncing around and everything feels smooth and even.

    Seat: I’m 6’3” with a 34” inside leg and was surprised that I had to extract the seat post to its minimum insertion with the XL frame. If you have longer legs you might have to look elsewhere.

    Riding position: As you’d imagine it’s quite a low centre of gravity with a forwards lean to get weight over the front wheel for additional control. The flat bars are quite wide to exert a greater torque on the wheel - overall everything feels right in this regard. Although I have fitted bar ends which has brought the handles closer in by 20mm each end dropping out the inserts. The end caps are shaped and of no use with bar ends so I bought some new round caps.

    Braking: The fitted disc brakes get the job done. Nice and progressive although the plastic brake grips seem a tad flimsy when alloy would have been a better fit with this bike.

    Grips: I had to trial a few positions with these to get comfortable but they screw into position nicely. I fitted bar ends as I frequently change grip position and like to climb on the bar ends - overall these grips key in with bar ends very well and are nice ergonomic shapes for the palm of your hand.

    Gears: with 10x2 the 20 gears work well and the chain doesn’t complain at either end of the spectrum. Gear changing is very smooth and precise and the gears are in close increments. The top gear is great for flat or downhill sections and you can move surprisingly quickly on this heavy duty use bike. I don’t use the small cog much as there is a good range on the top cog.

    Overall I’m very pleased with this bike and it’s perfectly suited to the type of trail riding that I tend to do. It’s a touch more sluggish on the road as you’d expect on a bike with 4cm wide tyres but it’s built to take the knocks. That said it’s definately not an outright mountain bike so I wouldn’t ride straight off curbs, but if you’re looking for a sturdy bike that will smooth out a bumpy trail and still go quickly on the roads the Crosstrail could be just what you are looking for. I’m happy to highly recommend this heavy duty yet light speedy hybrid.

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