Now that the 2015/16 cyclocross season is a wrap, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming cyclocross season. After all, that’s when most of us are actually pinning on a number, so it’s always in the backs of our minds. And, with the growing interest in alternative ways to ride a road bike, it’s on a lot of manufacturers’ minds, too.
While some other brands have made dramatic changes to their CX bikes recently, Trek’s carrying forward the frames unveiled for the 2015-16 season unchanged save for their dress and spec, but you’ll find much fewer cantilever rim brake options unless you’re at the top of the Boone line. Yes, the very tip top of the line is the Sven Nys Race Shop Limited model, which shaves grams by eschewing discs, which worked quite well for many of Sven’s World Cup wins over the years. Of course, even he’s upgraded.
The Crockett lineup goes to all disc brakes, all the time. Both models continue on with 15mm thru axle forks and standard QR rear dropouts. Hop on down for a quick overview of models and specs…
The Race Shop Limited is a nod to Sven’s recent race bikes and comes equipped with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed and CX70 canti brakes. Retail is $3,999.
Below it is the SRAM CX1 equipped Boone 7 for $3,999 with hydraulic disc brakes. Get it with cantis for $3,499. Drop down from there and it’s all disc, unless you go for the framesets.
The Boone is available as a frameset with, like the RSL and 7 bikes, a full carbon fork. Retail is $2,099 for either disc or canti versions. All Boone frames share the same 600-series OCLV construction with BB90 and IsoSpeed decoupled seatmast to absorb the bumps and bruises along the course.
The Boone 5 drops down to a carbon fork with alloy steerer tube and gets a Shimano 105 group with hydraulic disc brakes and FSA Energy cranks. Retail is $3,199.
The Crockett shares the same race-proven geometry as the carbon Boone, but has a 200-series Alpha Aluminum frame with BB86.5 bottom bracket shell. It starts off with the Crockett 7 and a full CX1 group for $2,599.
The Crockett 5 gets Shimano 105 with FSA Energy cranks and Hayes CX5 mechanical disc brakes.
If you want a rim brake Crockett, you’ll have to build it yourself from the available frameset (also available for disc brakes). Either one will set you back $879.
All of Trek’s 2016-17 cyclocross bikes come equipped with a chain catcher at the base of the seat tube. And all complete bikes are wrapped with 700×32 Bontrager folding 120tpi tubeless-ready tires, but there’s room for a fender in there (with hidden mounts on the frames) or a fatter 700×38 piece of rubber.