Just in time for the start of his 2013/14 cyclocross season, kicking off at the first round of the London/South East Cyclo Cross League, youth rider, Dan Tullett was able to build up two Specialized Crux Carbon Pro bikes. Using the event as a good leg stretcher and bike test, Dan was able to win the youth race with time to spare before he embarked on a programme of National Trophy, international events and a desire to regain his National Cyclo-cross title that slipped out of his grasp in 2012/13 because of a mechanical.
Since his season start Dan has dominated the National Trophy Series and he took an amazing victory at the Koksijde Dune Cross where he out-paced the Belgian Youth Champion; no mean feat!
Once more Dan is riding for Hargroves Cycles and like all of his team mates, including Ian Field, he will race on Specialized bikes. Dan’s Crux Carbon Pro is the latest off the shelf 2013 machine finished in matt black with touches of colour to help brighten up a dark day.
The aluminium Specialized Crux has become a very popular cross bike and in 2012 the carbon version was introduced, along with disc braked models. The Crux Carbon Pro is commonly known to be based on the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winning Tarmac road bike, but mated to a cross specific rear triangle, with the fork and frame generally tweaked for increased mud clearance and strength.
Nice cyclocross touches include recessed bottle bosses, concealed cables and a flattened top tube for easier portering. The Carbon Pro’s road race DNA – a stiff frameset and short rear stays – makes it a pure race machine; nonetheless we have been told by a number of owners that it handles well, rather than giving a nervous feel.
The frame and fork is constructed with Specialized FACT 10r carbon, and features a tapered headtube and an oversized bottom bracket.
Much of the kit on Dan’s bike comes off the alloy Crux he used last season (now being ridden by his younger brother Ben) and features a Shimano Ultegra groupset, Shimano’s CX cantilever brakes, Pro aluminium bars, stem and seat post, plus Shimano pedals, and to top it off, a San Marco Concor saddle in Hargroves Cycles colours. Wheels are carbon Shimano Dura Ace with Dugast tubular tyres.
Video of Dan winning at the National Trophy
Video from the London/SE League Race 1
National Champion, Ian Field’s Bike in 2012 (there are no changes to it for 2013)