Specialized Crosstrail Expert Disc Review
Specialized have produced great bikes for years and they have a favorite amongst the weekend warriors and week day commutes in the Specialized Crosstrail Expert Disc. This bike is great for all types of riding - weather you are on cycle paths full of gravel, lumps and bumps or weather you are on our roads (sometimes with the same amount of lumps and bumps!)
The bike is well kitted out - it comes with a 50mm lock out capable fork. Have the forks in fully active mode for off roading on cycle paths or through the woods. This helps keep the front end from being too harsh over the rough stuff. Should you find some roads that are smooth and fast, you can lock out the fork and put the hammer down to get some serious speed!
The M4 aluminum frame is certainly not low end by any means. This is a lightweight frame with fantastic ride characteristics that will have you coming back for more and more. The more than capable Shimano XT 11 speed gearing is a welcome sight on this bike. This is one step up from the bottom SLX 11 speed offering and provides you with the same great Shimano reliability with perfect shifting every time. The first gear is a HUGE 40t, combined with a little inner ring of 32t on the double chainset you can pretty much ride up anything your ride ahead of you has waiting for you.
700 x 38c tire’s on the Specialized Crosstrail Expert help keep things comfortable and sure footed even on the most demanding cycle path routes you may take it on. The puncture protection level is Blackbelt, though the Armadillo tyres are well worth the extra to avoid yet even more punctures.
The Shimano BR M447 hydraulic disc brakes are a well thought out capable brake. No matter your terrain or weather conditions - these brakes are going to stop you, fast. They have a nice light lever feel to them and offer long term use before ever needing to replace pads or bleed them.
The wheels are built for strength with 32 spokes front and rear - rack and mudguard this bike up to be an ultimate commute machine. You can be comfortable all day on this bike with its large volume tyres and suspension fork which make it a favorite of ours too.
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