Specialized Crosstrail - 2012

Can't decide between the road and trail? No need to worry, ride both with Specialized's Crosstrail. It eats up both dirt and pavement thanks to its great-handling A1 Premium aluminum frame, a bump-bustin' SR SunTour suspension fork and smoo ...(Read More)

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Can't decide between the road and trail? No need to worry, ride both with Specialized's Crosstrail. It eats up both dirt and pavement thanks to its great-handling A1 Premium aluminum frame, a bump-bustin' SR SunTour suspension fork and smooth-rolling 700c wheels. You'll also love the easy-pedaling Shimano 24-speed drivetrain and the precise modulation and stopping power afforded by the linear-pull brakes. And to make your rides even smoother, the Crosstrail boasts a comfy Specialized Body Geometry saddle!

Specs

Frame Specialized A1 Premium aluminum
Fork SR SunTour, 75mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Alex
Hubs Aluminum
Spokes 14g stainless-steel
Tires Specialized Borough XC Sport, 700 x 45c
Crankset SR SunTour
Chainrings 44/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Cogs Shimano, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano
Handlebars Steel riser
Tape/Grips Specialized Body Geometry XCT
Stem Aluminum
Brake Levers Aluminum
Brakes Aluminum linear-pull
Pedals Composite platform
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Hardrock
Seatpost Aluminum

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5.0

(based on 28 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (21)
  • Handles Well Off-road  (18)
  • Lightweight  (17)
  • Great Components  (14)
  • Great Acceleration 

Cons

  • No complaints 
  • Heavy 
  • Tire tread design 
  • Scratches on the forktube 
  • Rims are soft not true 

Best Uses

  • Pavement  (24)
  • Commuting  (19)
  • Off-Road  (16)
  • Commuting/city 
  • Road biking 
  • Fitness 
  • Gravel or Dirt paths 
  • Recreation 
  • Trails 
  • Cycle Cross Racing 
  • Trail paved dirt 

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5

Excellent bike - great value

By 

from Shingle Springs

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    Had to find a bike that would fit and hold me up at 54 yeares old and 230 lbs. Ride to and from the tennis club. Easy shifting, easy riding - not a lot of cash.

     
    4

    Bike Virgin

    By 

    from Denton, Tx

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Pavement

      Comments:

      I'm a bike virgin. Did a little research and decided on a Hybrid. Test rode a few at the store and settled on this one. Two weeks and 20-25 miles (again I'm a bike virgin) and I'm still very happy w/ my choice.

       
      5

      Great all-around bike!

      By 

      from Blue Springs, MO

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Handles Well Off-road
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth shifting
      • Comfortable Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Off-Road
        • Pavement

        Comments:

        I love my new Crosstrail! Of all the hybrids I test-rode, this one was the most comfortable. The riding position is more upright than many other hybrids. The Crosstrail's shifting is very smooth, the seat is comfortable, and the hand-grips are simply amazing. I use the bike for recreational riding in neighborhoods and some light trails. The tires on the Crosstrail are smooth rolling on pavement, but also have good grip in light gravel/dirt. The suspension fork really smooths out the bumps.

         
        4

        Excellent Bike!

        By 

        from Columbia, MO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Great Components
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Handles Well Off-road

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Off-Road
          • Pavement

          Comments:

          Lots of fun on the trail or the street. I use mine for exercise and get a great workout!

           
          4

          Good bike for the price

          By 

          from Waterford, MI

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Not to heavy
          • Low rolling resistance
          • Handles well
          • Great looking

          Cons

          • Rims are soft not true
          • Scratches on the forktube

          Best Uses

          • Recreation
          • Fitness
          • Commuting

          Comments:

          GOOD : Good and fun bike for the price. Front suspension fork works well, rim brakes are pretty good, great paint job, most drivetrain components are good for a hybrid bike /shimano / BAD: wheels are not true out of the box. Really soft rims and tires seems to be not perfectly round... Low rolling tires are not safe on ride on gravel in sharp turns. After first few rides I found couple scratches on the forks top tubes . Cheap Suntour crank with good but cheap pedals. Overall, this is a good and fun to ride bike. Retail price is little to high for what you are getting. Most components are good quality and easy to upgrade if needed. I recommend this bike if you can buy it on sale. I got a great deal on mine and I shouldn't complain.

           
          4

          Great Versatility

          By 

          from Upstate New York

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Fun to ride
          • Excellent value
          • Practical
          • Durable
          • Handles Well Off-road
          • Unique Idea for a bike

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Gravel or Dirt paths
            • Off-Road
            • Pavement

            Comments:

            Interesting concept for bike. Mountain bike tube size frame with 700c size tires. Sort of like a more pavement usable 29er or flat bar cyclocross. Does extremely well on rail to trail grass, dirt and gravel. Rides great for what it is also on blacktop. Pretty comfortable too. Have many types of bikes but this is my Pickup truck" kind of bike. Great platform too if your thinking of going with an electric assist kit.

             
            5

            This Bike Rocks

            By 

            from New York, NY

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Handles Well Off-road
            • Great Components
            • Lightweight
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Off-Road
              • Pavement
              • Cycle Cross Racing

              Comments:

              Nice Ride! Brakes good! Fitness machine! Good overall purchase!

               
              5

              First Specialized Bike

              By 

              from Newark, NJ

              About Me Commuter

              Pros

              • Handles Well Off-road
              • Lightweight
              • Great Components
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Pavement

                Comments:

                Love this bike. owned a cheap schwinn hybrid purchased at k-mart which had the wheel hub break within 3 weeks. got my $$$ back and went and purchased the 2011 crosstrail base model. granted i am not an expert on bikes by and means and what my comparison is not a quality bike but this bike is amazing. my commute is now a pleasure. Suspension is good, shifting is smooth and bike is quick. Highly recommend it.

                 
                5

                Great Bike!

                By 

                from GR, MI

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Handles Well Off-road
                • Great Components
                • Speed
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Off-Road
                  • Pavement

                  Comments:

                  First off, I love this bike and will never own a mountain or a street bike again. I'm an athletic yet adimttedly hefty 325lb guy and this bike took all of the abuse I was able to dish out, so I give this bike a 10 on durability without a single issue to mention. I also want to comment about how much faster this bike is. On my previous two mountain bikes I was always pushing to keep up with others, now I have to slow down. On my own I was able to go about 9 miles in 30 minutes with easy and had a 5 minute break halfway through. I have no doubt that one could manage 20 miles an hour average no problem with this bike. The bike does handle really well even off road, but keep in mind that if you're a bigger person as I am that hard narrow tires will dig through soft sand fast. Also, if encounter sand on top of a hard surface under braking you will slide out fast and will need very quick reflexes. My wife tried my bike and has decided that mountain bikes are no longer for her and we are getting her an Ariel (ladies equivalent). The only thing about this bike I wasn't happy with was the front reflector. It would become loose very easily and dangle about. It was gladly fixed at the bike shop on the first tune up.

                   
                  5

                  Very solid, good looking ride

                  By 

                  from Sunland, CA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Pavement
                    • Commuting

                    Comments:

                    So I decided to get back into bicycling again, and decided first off that a "Hybrid" style bike would probably be my best bet for the riding I do. I began a rather long online search for a bike in my price range, that soon became rather daunting, with so many brands and models to choose from. I took a couple of test rides on some hybrids at local bike shops, when I came across the Specialized Crosstrail online, and liked what I saw and read about it. I found a shop not far away, that had them in stock, so I went down to check it out in person. During the test ride, I soon realized my search was over. This bike just had certain 'something' that the other bikes I tested didn't have, a certain sporty feel, look, and was very nimble in it's handling. The ride felt sure and solid. Pedaling was very smooth. When riding, the bike is virtually silent, no mechanical noise at all. I was sold, and bought it that day. I use this bike for fitness/recreation, and it fits the bill perfectly. The adjustable front shocks help a lot over way less than perfect paved back roads, dirt trails, and the brakes will stop you on a dime, there's even a warning about the brake strength in the handbook. The only changes I made to the bike are seat, tires, and grips. Looks can be subjective of course, but to me, the Crosstrail is also one of the best looking bikes out there. For right or wrong, it's appearance had a little to do with my decision. I like the non gloss paint scheme, (2010 basic model) and all the blacked out parts that are often chrome on other bikes. If I had to think of any negative, it would probably be thinking it could use one more taller gear. When trying to hit a top speed, I find I'm pedaling so fast, I can't pedal any faster to go faster. At least one more taller gear would be nice. It certainly has all the gears you would want in the lower range, including a "Mega Drive" super low rear sprocket that's bigger than the smallest front chain ring sprocket... that's "Stump puller" low! But I may upgrade the gears in the future. But for anyone looking for a solid, quick, (for a hybrid style bike) nice looking, well made bike that handles real nice, I don't think you'll find much better in this price range, at least I didn't with the bikes I test rode and they were major brand bikes in the same price range. Don't get me wrong, the bikes I tested were nice, and I'm sure worth the money, it's just the Crosstrail had a certain feel/look that sold me, so it's just my personal take on it. I have no regrets in the purchase. Oh, and I've lost about 10 lbs in 5 weeks of riding it. ;?)

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