Todd Wells’ prototype Specialized Crux cyclocross bike

Todd Wells is riding the second prototype of what eventually will be a new carbon fiber Crux

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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

NLeganEditor’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.

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