When the chips are down and the mud is flying, you want a no-holds-barred cyclocross bike that is up to the challenge.
The Trek Boone 7 has been developed from racing in the mud of Flanders and the hardpan of the Midwest. A light and nimble feel along with a rugged design allows the Boone 7 to fly up hills and still take a beating on rough, technical courses. Make no mistake, this isn't a "pretend" 'cross bike that was really meant for gravel touring. World Cup victores and national championships tell the story.
Trek's engineers could have rested on their laurels after Katie Compton won her record 15th national championship on a Boone. But they didn't. They wanted to improve the Boone from its first generation, and make the bike even better for a wider range of riders and courses. Trek kept the same carbon fiber "recipe" as last year: 600 Series OCLV carbon fiber, ensuring a featherweight frame with incredible torsional strength. Start-line sprints and steep inclines require a bike with a rock-solid feel when stomping on the pedals, and the Boone delivers with a flex-free BB90 bottom bracket. A tapered E2 head tube adds precision to the Boone's handling on technical courses while 12mm thru-axles front and rear improve lateral rigidity for carving corners at high speed. The IsoSpeed decoupler found at the seat tube/top tube juncture uses a pair of cartridge bearings to add more vertical compliance to the Boone's ride quality. Rough courses can tire anyone too quickly, but the Boone's IsoSpeed technology takes the edge off the harshest surface elements. The Ride Tuned seatmast and cap gives the bike even better compliance compared to any garden-variety seatpost. Up front, the engineering team at Trek have added the same front IsoSpeed decoupler found on the latest Trek Domane. The Boone now feels much more balanced without producing a distracting "pogo stick" feel from the handlebar when hammering out of the saddle. A flattened top tube is more comfortable when shouldering the Boone, and vanishing fender mounts make the bike an easy choice for commuter duty in the off-season. Flat-mount disc brakes and internal cable routing give the Boone a clean, refined look, while an adjustable 3S chain keeper prevents dropped chains (and possibly lost races) on the roughest of race courses.
Shimano GRX 1x drivetrain is a perfect match for the Boone 6, employing a single rear derailleur for simplicity and reliability on mud-covered race circuits. The GRX RX810 rear derailleur features a clutch that keeps chain tension tight, preventing dropped chains and adding an extra dose of precision to every shift. An 11-34T Shimano HG800 cassette and a 40T single-ring GRX crankset offer a just-right gearing range for 'cross racing. Textured lever hoods offer a comfortable grip on bone-shaking courses. Waterloo World Cup, anyone?
Bontrager supplies the rolling stock on the Boone 6, including tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm Comp 25 wheels and 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue cyclocross tires. Burly wheels and knobby tires are required ingredients in cyclocross. Thru-axle hubs add an extra dash of torsional strength for handling prowess on technical courses. In rally car racing, they say you're only as fast as your brakes are good, and Trek uses Shimano RX400 flat-mount hydraulic disc units on the Boone 6. Mud? Dirt? Rain? You'll get consistent lever feedback and stopping power in all conditions. A Bontrager P3 Verse saddle, alloy Pro Blendr stem and alloy Elite IsoZone VR-CF drop handlebar complete Trek's best 'cross-winning machine.
The Boone 5 is the result of years of testing in the mud and slop found in professional cyclocross racing.
Cyclocross is a terribly rough environment for a bicycle: Abrasive mud, clouds of dust, intense efforts and the occasional unplanned landing in the grass. Trek's first-gen Boone went through that environment on its way to Pan-Am and national championship victories. Now the Boone has been revised and updated with technology from Trek's road bikes for even better performance.
The ultralight frame material is the same -Trek's exclusive 600 Series OCLV carbon fiber- but the refined frame design gives the new Boone an even smoother feel and improved power transfer to the rear wheel. The 2019 version of the Boone now features 12mm thru-axles on both ends rather than the QR rear and 15mm thru-axle front from the last generation. This reduces overall weight and improves torsional strength at the rear triangle for hard efforts out of tight corners and up steep inclines. The E2 tapered head tube and BB90 bottom bracket remains as well, preserving handling and power transfer respectively. The rear IsoSpeed decoupler and Ride Tuned seat mast are forehead-slapping works of genius, allowing the frame to flex vertically over rough surfaces. By adding a second IsoSpeed decoupler (also seen on the Domane SL and SLR road bike) at the top of the head tube, the Boone's ride quality has been "evened out" for a better feel over long gravel excursions. Little details like an adjustable 3S chain keeper and Control Freak internal cable management make the Boone an even better choice for a long service life. The Boone's flattened top tube is easy to grasp and more comfortable to shoulder on run-ups.
SRAM's 11-speed Rival levers and Rival rear derailleur bring a positive feel to gear changes, even under hard pedaling loads. An 11-32T SRAM cassette and single ring SRAM Rival 40T crankset delivers a wide gearing range for tackling roller-coaster courses. Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy wheels are shod with 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue cyclocross tires, adding race-ready rolling stock to the Boone 5. Helping to reign in speed is the job of SRAM's Rival hydraulic disc brakes installed on flat-mount hardpoints on the frame and fork. Disc brakes boast excellent lever feedback and functionality in wet and sloppy conditions.
A Bontrager Montrose Comp saddle, accessory-ready Elite Blendr stem and alloy Race VR-C road handlebar complete this competition-ready machine.
What if you needed a bike that fed your competitive instinct, but is still practical? The Crockett 5 is worth a closer look...
Cyclocross racing isn't just for fans of mud and cowbells. Racing? Commuting? Dirt road exploring? Every rider has a challenge, be it a long commute, a dirt trail, or even the local 'cross series. Meeting that challenge requires a bike that won't hold you back. Nimble handling is needed, as well as the ability to thrive in all conditions: Smooth pavement, broken pavement, mud, dirt and sand. The Crockett 5 is ready for all of it!
15-time U.S. national champion Katie Compton's input was instrumental in the design of Trek's Crockett cyclocross bicycles, and her experience brought a level of refinement that no other manufacturer can match. A dialed-in geometry that adds stability in sand and mud while still handling well in technical corners is just the start. Precise handling makes for a confident commuter as well. The Crockett 5 Disc is built around a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha aluminum frame, ensuring light weight and incredible torsional strength for instant power transfer. The Crockett's flattened top tube is more comfortable to shoulder during run-ups, and a tapered head tube adds an extra dash of handling precision. A threaded T47 bottom bracket helps to eliminate power-robbing flex, especially during hole-shot sprints from the start line, or just powering away from a stoplight. Out back, 12mm thru-axle dropouts not only provide perfectly aligned hub installation, but also improve the rear triangle's torsional strength. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps the Crockett 5 Disc looking clean, and reduces cable maintenance over a messy 'cross season (or just a weekend!). An adjustable S3 chain keeper mounted on the seat tube eliminates dropped chain issues that might end your race, or just ruin your commute. A carbon fiber IsoSpeed Cross fork boasts 12mm thru-axle dropouts, adding to the Crockett's handling prowess. Need fenders? The Crockett 5 Disc boasts vanishing fender mounts front and rear as well as a removeable seatstay bridge for a rattle-free installation.
The component list of the Crockett 5 Disc is a testiment to 'cross racing ingenuity and durability, as well as a serious nod to performance. SRAM's 11-speed Rival 1 dual-control levers and Rival 1 rear derailleur delivers impressive operation, even in sloppy conditions. Adjustable-reach hydraulic levers are especially useful while wearing heavy gloves during cold commutes or epic frozen 'cross events. A Praxis Alba M30 alloy crankset features a race-ready single 40T chainring, while a SRAM 11-32T cassette brings a wide gearing range for challenging courses. Bontrager brings an alloy tubeless-ready Affinity Disc 700c wheelset wrapped with 32mm Bontrager CX3 Team Issue knobby tires for light weight and excellent handling in gravel and mud. Stopping power in the rain isn't even a question with SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc brakes. A Bontrager alloy seatpost, Montrose Comp saddle, accessory-ready alloy Elite Blendr stem and alloy Comp VR-C handlebars finish off this versatile machine.
A sense of adventure requires the right bike to help you follow your ambitions. Be it racing or just exploring, the Crockett 7 exceeds expectations.
Cyclocross bikes used to be afterthoughts in the minds of leading bike manufacturers, but that has changed drastically in the last few years. The Crockett 7 is a classic example of how seriously Trek takes this no-longer-obscure end of the sport. Refined geometry, light weight, a smooth ride and innovative design make the Crockett 7 a true standout. Trek's refined cyclocross geometry really shines on twisty courses, but the Stranglehold thru-axle rear dropouts can adjust the wheelbase fore-aft as much as 15mm, improving stability on rough surfaces. Increased tire clearance can be tweaked with a few tools and a few minutes of work. Trek's own 300 Series Alpha aluminum is used to build the Crockett 7, ensuring light weight and quality control at every step. The aluminum has been shaped and hydroformed to provide excellent power transfer, giving the rider confidence on start lines and steep ascents. The now-familiar tapered head tube adds an extra dash of handling precision during high-speed turns and descents. A press-fit BB86.5 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery, especially on steep ascents. The Crockett 7's top tube has been flattened for comfortable shouldering and improved ride quality. 'Cross courses are rough and muddy on purpose, and your bike needs to be survivable in that stuff. The mud clearance on the Crockett 7 is generous to say the least, and can accept up to 38mm tires front and rear. Trek's clever Control Freak internal cable routing keeps shifter cables clean and tidy, while an adjustable 3S chain keeper helps prevent frustrating chain drops. Up front, a carbon fiber IsoSpeed fork with a 12mm thru-axle dropout helps keep overall weight low while soaking up fatiguing vibration.
Shifting components on a cyclocross bike experience brutal conditions, and SRAM's Force 1 components are ready for the challenge. A single-ring drivetrain makes total sense in cyclocross racing, helping to reduce overall bike weight further while ensuring reliability, especially on race day. SRAM's 11-speed dual-control Force 1 levers and a medium-cage Force 1 rear derailleur shift the chain across an 11-32T SRAM cassette with a refined feel. An alloy Praxis Alba crankset and direct-mount 40T narrow-wide chainring does power delivery duties.
The Crockett 7's tubeless-ready alloy wheelset is designed for messy, muddy adventures. Bontrager supplies the Paradigm wheelset with a 19.5mm width for a better tire contact patch. 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires bring bags of grip to the Crockett 7, making short work of dirty, muddy and technical courses. Reigning in speed is the job of SRAM's Force hydraulic disc brakes, bringing excellent lever feedback and long service life in all conditions, wet or dry. Flat mount disc brake caliper installation reduces weight and promotes even pad wear as well. A Ti-railed Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle is an excellent component choice compared to ultralight carbon-railed saddles, especially when it comes to durability. Even the best riders make "close-up course inspections"... A 2-bolt Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost also brings race-day durability to the Crockett 7. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Bontrager IsoSpeed VR-CF road handlebar complete this race-ready machine.
A carbon fiber cyclocross bike has been the weapon of choice for cyclocross professionals from Belgium to Portland! Here's one that's actually affordable!
The frameset F5X checks plenty of boxes that would make a professional's wish list:
- An ultralight UHC Advanced + TexTreme carbon fiber frame and fork that keeps total bike weight very low and torsional strength high
- A tapered head tube and 12mm thru-axles reinforce the chassis further, producing razor-sharp handling on technical circuits
- A BB386 bottom bracket anchors the crankset, ensuring instant pedaling response out of every corner
- Internal cable routing keeps the F5X looking clean and extends the life of shifter cables and housing
All this combines to make the F5X an excellent performer on twisty and challenging courses. Even the underside of the top tube is flattened and shoulder-friendly, making run-ups just a little easier. Flat-mount disc brake installation all but eliminates caliper flexing, improving braking response and lever feedback.
Shimano's 11-speed RS505 dual-control levers operate a set of Shimano 105 derailleurs with precision, even during hard pedaling loads. RS505 levers offer adjustable lever reach for small hands without rubber spacers that might fall out on rough courses. The F5X's alloy FSA Gossamer Pro 46/36T crankset and 11-28T Shimano cassette provides classic cyclocross gearing. Tubeless-ready alloy CxR3 Disc wheels and 700x33c tubeless-ready Schwalbe X-One Allround MicroSkin tires bring low rotating weight and aggressive grip to the F5X; critical attributes for any competitive 'cross machine. Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc brakes ensure confident stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud)!
Prologo's Nago Evo x10 saddle sits atop an alloy Felt CxR2 seatpost, while an alloy CXR SuperLite stem and alloy CXR SuperLite road handlebars complete the F5X.
With nimble handling and very low weight, the Crockett 5 Disc will impress on the 'cross course or on the road!
The Crockett 5 Disc was built with cyclocross racing in mind. That being said, all of the Crockett models serve any rider well if they're looking for a spring training bike, lightweight commuter, or "low-intensity gravel" bike. The Crockett 5 Disc is the most affordable machine of the series, built around a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha aluminum frame and all-carbon fork. The frame's tubes have been hydroformed, keeping weight low and torsional strength high. The top tube is flattened, making for easier shouldering on muddy run-ups. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps the Crockett 5 Disc looking clean as well as protecting the rear derailleur cable from dirt and water. A tapered head tube anchors the large down tube effectively, adding an extra level of handling precision during high-speed corners and descents. The BB86.5 press-fit bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke; a critical attribute when charging uphill towards the finish line. Out back, the Crockett 5 Disc is equipped with an adjustable Stranglhold 12mm thru-axle rear dropout. 15mm of fore-aft adjustability lets the rider tweak the Crockett 5's wheelbase for improved mud clearance or a more nimble feel. Want to switch to single-speed? The Stranglehold dropout is perfect for adjusting chain tension. The 12mm thru-axle also enhances the strength of the bike's rear triangle, reducing lateral flex in the frame. The Crockett 5's IsoSpeed Cross fork is not only light (due to being a fully carbon fiber build from steerer to dropouts), but also soaks up fatiguing vibration. Flat-mount disc brake caliper installation on the frame and fork helps reduce overall frameset weight, but also enhances brake lever feedback and improves pad wear. A 12mm thru-axle at the fork dropouts adds an extra layer of handling precision.
The Crockett 5 Disc needed a drivetrain that could put up with muddy conditions while still getting the job done. Enter SRAM's Rival 1 components.
SRAM's single-ring Rival 1 dual-control levers and rear derailleur make for a lightweight, low maintenance drivetrain. 11-speed shifting across an 11-32T SRAM cassette is done with a single "DoubleTap" button on the right Rival 1 lever. A single 40T chainring is mounted on an alloy Praxis Alba crankset, offering low rotating weight and excellent torsional strength when putting the power down. A set of tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager Affinity Disc wheels are wrapped with race-ready 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires, bringing boatloads of traction on loose surfaces, gravel and mud.
TRP's cable-operated Spyre disc brakes help with speed control in all conditions, wet or dry. Bontrager also supplies the Montrose Comp saddle, durable alloy 2-bolt seatpost, accessory-ready alloy Elite Blendr stem and alloy VR-C road handlebar.
With all this going for it, the Crockett 5 Disc is more than ready for the mud and dirt. Are you?