Updated: 13th January 2017
The Specialized Crosstrail is a versatile hybrid bike that is designed to offer comfortable, efficient ride on every surface from smooth tarmac roads to rough gravel tracks. Fast rolling road bike wheels are combined with wide range mountain bike style gearing and a suspension fork so you can adventure off-the-beaten-track yet still ride efficiently on the road.
Both the aluminium alloy and carbon fibre composite framed versions of the Specialized Crosstrail featured in this review offer the same comfortable, upright riding position with high volume tyres to give you a bit of extra cushioning on uneven road surfaces. With its versatile character the Crosstrail is a bike that offers comfort and efficiency wherever you choose to ride.
The A1 SL Premium aluminium frame on the Crosstrail Disc, Sport and Elite is both lightweight and robust. The Crosstrail Expert Carbon and Elite Carbon both feature FACT 9r carbon composite frames that are lighter weight than the alloy frames and offer a smoother ride thanks to the natural vibration damping properties of carbon fibre.
Fitness geometry offers a stable, upright riding position that gives you confident handling on roads, cycle paths and dirt tracks. Internal cable routing keeps the lines nice and clean while rack and Plug + Play mudguard mounts add versatility.
An SR Suntour suspension fork is fitted to each model and features 60mm of suspension travel to take the sting out of rough roads and tracks. Specialized’s Multi-Circuit damping on all models offers the kind of performance usually reserved for premium forks. The forks on the Crosstrail Sport, Elite and Expert feature Fitness Brain technology so you can lock the fork out for more efficient climbing and pedalling.
A stable riding position and suspension fork give you the confidence you need to mix it up between road and dirt.
You get a wide range of gears with the MTB style Shimano drivetrain on each Crosstrail model, so you can ride the steepest climbs and fly along the flats. The Crosstrail and Crosstrail disc both feature an 8 speed drivetrain with a triple chainset up front while the other Crosstrail models feature 9, 10 and 11 speed drivetrains with a double chainset for easier gear shifting. You’ll find the widest gear range on the Elite and Carbon models as they are fitted with a very wide range cassette that offers extra gear ratios for the climbs.
Apart from the V-brakes on the entry level Crosstrail, all models feature hydraulic disc brakes for confident and consistent stopping power in the wet as well as the dry.
Hydraulic disc brakes for consistent stopping power in all weather conditions.
The reflective strip on the tyres really helps the Crosstrail to standout in the dark.
The 700c road bike wheels are fast rolling on the road but feature wide double wall rims that offer the strength you need when the going gets rough. The Crosstrail Elite and Carbon models roll on Axis disc wheels for improved performance.
The 38mm wide Trigger Sport tyres offer a bit of extra cushioning on rough roads and feature a low-profile tread pattern that provides grip on loose surfaces without slowing you down too much on the road. A reflective strip on the sidewalls improves night-time visibility while BlackBelt puncture protection offers added reliability.
Combining the efficiency of a road bike with the versatility of a mountain bike the Specialized Crosstrail offers a wide scope of cycling possibilities. From fitness training to commuting, urban hacks to countryside adventures, the Crosstrail offers the performance you need when cycling on mixed terrain.
You get the same versatility with every Crosstrail, but as you move up through the range the bikes get lighter and gear shifts slicker. However whichever model you choose the Crosstrail will allow you to mix up your riding to take on a greater variety of terrain and broaden your cycling experience.