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Readers’ Rig: Specialized Crux E5

Is it a road bike? cross bike? or a gravel bike? Who cares about definitions it’s a fun bike! Our returning Readers’ Rigs alumni Joey from San Francisco is back again in Readers’ Rigs with yet another bike that has some struggling to define it but that can’t keep the smile off of Joey’s face everytime he rides it, a sweet Specialized Crux E5 cross frame built up with American Classic 27.5 tubeless wheels, Sram Red and more.


Name: Joey Celis
Location: San Francisco Bay Area & online at nokia8860.com where I post my exploits on bicycles.
Age: a bit older than my last Readers’ Rig.
Bike: Specialized Crux E5
Groupset: Sram Red 22 HDR
Wheels: American Classic Terrain 27.5
Pedals: Shimano XT PD-M780
fi’zi:k Arione CX
Other: Zipp Service Course SL SS 38mm bar, Carbon 120mm -6 stem, Carbon 0º seat post

When did you buy it?
Bought the frameset in September of 2016

What made you choose this bike?
I was looking for a change of pace as both my FTW and Allez were built for road and crit racing. Each time I got on those bikes, I felt I just had to ride to power or do some other type of training. The bikes just felt too serious. When I’m on my mountain bike I can get just go around and not worry what zone I’m in or what road or lack of road I wanted to ride that day. But the one thing I didn’t like about the mountain bike was that it felt way to sluggish on the street. I wanted to build a bike that had the go anywhere appeal of my mountain bike but with the speed of my road bikes all the while keeping it fun.


I looked at going custom but I didn’t have the patience to wait out the lead times that I looked at prebuilt frame sets. I had a few requirements, it be aluminum, have a full carbon fork, built for disk and had a race geometry as that what my body feels most comfortable on.

Based on the above I knew I would be looking at cyclocross frame sets but one thing I wanted to do was run 27.5/650b tires so the frame would have to, at the very least fit 42mm tires. After some research I picked up a Specialized Crux E5 frameset

What modifications/additions have you done?
Build is pretty much standard as far as any cyclocross bike you would see. The only difference would be the 27.5/650b wheels. Also the main reason for running 27.5/650b on the Crux was to get more air inside compared to a 700c to afford me a little more cushion on my off road excursions. After some trial and error I found running 18psi up front and 20psi in the rear good for on any off road excursions.


What components are you running?
Complete Sram Red 22 HDR with 170mm crank arms, 50/34 chain rings and 11-32 cassette. At first I was going to use the classic 46/36 chain ring found on most cyclocross setups but opted for a compact setup instead as this gives me enough gearing on the road and the 34 really helps on those steep 20% off road climbs where the lack of tracking dictates that you remain seated to keep the weight down. Tires are Panaracer Pencenti Pari-Moto 27.5 x 1.75 that I’m running tubeless.



How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
Let’s just say, while I own a car, it pretty much just sits there.

Favorite riding area?
Normally it would be the Berkeley/Oakland Hills however since this bike also can tackle off road trails at this moment it would have to be the off road trails on Mt. Diablo.


Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Railing a berm like a rockstar.

Future upgrades?
Tires, the chain stays looks like there is room for wider tires so I’m currently looking into that. In addition to tires, I’m looking into wider carbon wheels maybe with a 30-35mm internal to open up the tires and to lose some weight as currently the bike weighs in at 8kg. Also a chain lube that doesn’t attract that much dirt.


Last words?
When riding your bicycle remember to always have fun.

Thanks to Joey for sharing his latest ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of and that just puts a smile on your face? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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