Specialized Crosstrail Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Specialized Crosstrail

The Specialized Crosstrail is a versatile hybrid bike that rides comfortably on mixed terrain. It is perfect for fitness training, daily commuting, and weekend leisure rides.

The Specialized Crosstrail is a light bike. Its lightweight will help you ride uphill and accelerate faster. If you have to use stairs to get to your apartment or office, carrying the bike won't be too much of a problem because it is not heavy.

The bike has good suspension, which makes cycling on the road or trail, smooth and comfortable.

The Crosstrail has a beautiful design that is pleasing to look at. The internal cabling also gives the bicycle great aesthetics.

The crankset could start creaking after a few months of using the bike. You could have the crankset taken apart and screwed back again, or changed to deal with the noise.

The Specialized Crosstrail is available in only conservative colors. So if you want a flashy bike, you might have to get a new paint job done once you buy the bicycle.

The Specialized Crosstrail is available in four models that sell at different prices. The four models are:

  • Specialized Cross Elite, which is the most expensive of the bikes. Currently, it sells for close to $2000.
  • Specialized Crosstrail Sport.
  • Specialized Crosstrail Hydraulic Disc.
  • Specialized Crosstrail Mechanical Disc. This the cheapest bike in the range selling at $525.

All the bike models offer a comfortable ride on multiple surfaces. So whether you ride the bike on gravel trails or smooth tarmac, you're assured of a smooth ride.

Some of the features the Specialized Crosstrail bicycles come equipped with include an A1 Premium Aluminum Frame, Shimano Altus 24 Speed Drivetrain, an SR Suntour NEX Suspension Fork with a lockout, Trigger Sport Reflect 700 x 38c Tires, and Promax Solve Hydraulic Disc Brakes. 

The bikes are available in five sizes, small, medium, large, and extra-large and extra-extra-large.

Don't think this bike will be fast enough for you? Have a look at the Specialized Tarmac, a bicycle purposely built for racing.

Who is this bike for?

  • If you cycle to keep fit, you need a bike that can handle the different riding challenges you do to meet your fitness goals. With the Specialized Crosstrail, you don't have to worry if the bike will get in the way of your training because it is fully equipped to ride on all terrain.
  • If all you want is a bicycle but don't know where you're going to use, getting a versatile bike like the Crosstrail is recommended. You can use the bike for commuting to work, family leisure rides, exercising, etc.
Specialized Crosstrail

Performance

Specialized makes it possible to use the Crosstrail on any terrain because of some key features such as:

  • The Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum frame makes the bike strong and able to handle anything you throw at it. It also makes riding the Specialized Crosstrail stable and comfortable.
  • The Custom SR Suntour NEX fork with 60mm travel has a lockout. This allows you to turn the shock on and off. For example, when you're climbing, you can turn it off, so you don't have the front end bouncing. On rough roads, you can have it on for the suspension to provide a comfortable ride.
  • Promax Solve Hydraulic Disc Brakes give decent stopping power in all weather conditions and terrain.
  • The Shimano Altus, RapidFire Plus shifters have a display that lets you know the gear you're in without having to look down. The shifting is taken care of by a Shimano Tourney, top swing, 31.8mm clamp front derailleur and a Shimano Altus, 8-Speed rear derailleur. These derailleurs shift quickly and efficiently, ensuring you don't lose speed as you switch terrain.
  • The Specialized Canopy Sport, steel rails saddle offers excellent support, and you stay comfortable even on long rides 
  • The Specialized Trigger Sport Reflect 700 x 38c tires come ready to handle a whole ton of terrain. They provide great control over a rough surface and are not prone to punctures due to flat protection. The tires also have a reflective strip, which makes you stand out when riding at night.
  • The bike's internal cabling gives it a clean look, but more importantly, it ensures the cables aren't damaged as you ride or strap your bike to the car rack.

Conclusion

The Specialized Crosstrail looks good, is reasonably priced, handles itself well on all terrain, and comfortable. It could the one bike you need to take you anywhere you decide to go!

Specifications

Frame:

Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, Fitness Geometry, butted tubing, rack mounts, Plug + Play fender mounts

Suspension

Custom SR Suntour NEX, custom Multi-Circuit Damping, custom coil spring weights, 60mm travel, hydraulic lockout

Fork:

SR Suntour NEX w/ Specialized Fitness Brain technology, 55mm of travel, 1-1/8" steerer, QR, fender mounts

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Alloy, 6-bolt disc, loose ball bearing, QR, 32h

Rear Travel:

Alloy, 6-bolt disc, 8/9-speed freehub, loose ball bearing, QR, 32h

Crankset:

Specialized Stout, forged alloy, 48/38/28T, w/ chainguard

Bottom Bracket:

BSA, 68mm, square taper

Shifters:

Shimano Altus, RapidFire Plus, w/ gear display

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Altus, 8-Speed

Number of Gears:

Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t

Brakes:

Promax Solve, hydraulic disc, post mount, 160mm rotor

Wheel Size:

700C disc, double wall

Tires:

Trigger Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x38mm

Handlebar:

Double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 31.8mm

Stem:

3D forged alloy, 7-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp

Seat Post:

Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 27.2mm

Saddle:

Specialized Canopy Sport, steel rails

Headset:

FSA, semi-integrated bearings

Chain:

KMC X8EPT, 8-speed, anti-corrosion coating w/ reusable Missing Link™

Specialized Crosstrail

The Specialized Crosstrail is a versatile hybrid bike that rides comfortably on mixed terrain. It is perfect for fitness training, daily commuting, and weekend leisure rides.