Specialized's CruX E5 X1 is a 'cross beast, with race-optimized geometry, a tapered headtube, internal cable routing, and an outstanding stiffness-to-weight ratio to power through the nastiest courses. The lightweight E5 aluminum frame and tapered carbon fork provide instant acceleration and precision handling when the terrain is loose and the corners are tight. Axis disc wheels and a SRAM Rival 1 11-speed drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes complete this ultra-tough, race-ready package. Take charge of a CruX E5 X1 and find out what the top step of the podium feels like.
To brake or to disc brake? The debate isn't getting any colder and Surly decided it's best to let you choose. Straggler is bred from Surly's revered rim-brake Cross-Check and comes out a lot the same, but also a little different. Frame geometry is pretty close, and you get all the attachment provisions for racks, fenders, and bottle cages that make these bikes something more utilitarian than a standard 'cross racer. Disc brakes are the obvious change though, and the Straggler sports Hayes CX Experts with 160mm rotors front and rear. The athletic character continues with a SRAM Apex 2x10 drivetrain, giving you a useful gear range for any type of riding you can dream up, and continues with 32-hole alloy Alex XD-E Lite rims wrapped in Surly's own super-versatile 700c x 41 Knard rubber. A Salsa Cowbell handlebar is great for riding on mixed terrain, too, giving you a bit more control when it's loose while retaining comfortable positioning for cranking into the wind. Make it your gravel explorer on weekends, your trusty commuter during the week, and go collect all the hand-ups when cyclocross season rolls around. This Straggler's lookin' for a good time and you seem like the type to oblige.
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