Specialized S-Works Crux review: riding the lightest gravel bike in the world

Tipping the scales at just 7.25kg, Specialized claims the new S-Works is the lightest gravel bike on sale today. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
A full SRAM RED eTAP AXS drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes make for a potent drivetrain. But it doesn't come cheap... (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
This bike sports a £10,750/$12,000 price tag, alienating a lot of buyers. But the specification is bucket list stuff and the ride quality is out of this world. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
SRAM's electronic shifting is a dream to use, providing crisp cog swaps and peace of mind on lumpy surfaces. Ultra-slick, ultra-reliable and ultra-quiet. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
The lithe frame means this bike it a sucker for steep, shingly climbs. Point it towards an incline and it devours the gradients. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
The overall frame geometry is inspired by the Aethos, a recent Specialized road bike release that uses cutting-edge carbon tech for a more comfortable ride. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
A carbon fibre saddle is just one lightweight highlight in this excellent package. But then you'd expect that at this price. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
Lightweight Roval Terra CLX rims come shod in 38mm Pathfinder Pro 2 tyres, which feel like a great fit here. There's enough clearance for 47mm tyres, though. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
Look past the price tag and you're faced with an incredibly light, incredibly sharp climbing machine with dream gravel specification. (image credit: Matt Buckley/The Gear Loop)
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