Thoughts on the Carbon Crux and SRAM Red Hydro
The past couple years I’ve been riding a Van Dessel Gin and Trombones with SRAM Rival. It’s a fantastic bike, smooth, and great in the corners. The tapered headset/carbon fork carves a great line and the rear carbon triangle keeps it compliant.
So, I had high expectations with the new carbon Crux I just got. It’s my first full carbon cyclocross bike and first with disc brakes - the new SRAM Hydro setup. It’s hard to explain but the Crux is even faster and more aggressive through a corner. I feel like I am flying around the course or single track on it with confident lines. The responsiveness is killer, when you put the power down it just jumps which feels great getting back up to speed.
And for all the debate around disc brakes being better or not - they definitely are so far in my experience. I have been intentionally pushing the limits of how long I can wait until I brake going into corners as “hot” as possible and it’s amazing how much speed I can scrub just before a turn and keep a lot of speed coming out of it. On single track trails my hands don’t cramp at all now with the hydraulic SRAM Red shifters vs the mechanical cantilevers would have my hands sore after 35 minutes of trail riding.
The only draw back is that in the midst of the responsiveness and stability you feel in the Crux’s ride - it takes away compliance. The bike came with an Alloy Seatpost and I plan on putting the Specialized S-Works Cobl Goblr seatpost which I think will smooth out the ride a bunch and help me keep the saddle from bouncing me around in the rough stuff.
The Crux is a speed demon for sure - faster and more stable lines through every turn and disc brakes for CX are fully legitimate for both comfort (less hand strain) and better performance.