Trek Cronus Review
The Trek Cronus CX range of cyclocross racing bikes are built from the ground up to offer a stiffer, lighter platform for riders to utilise in competitive situations. Carbon frames and lightweight components define this range, with a stiff setup helping to provide good power transfer and responsive handling.
Trek Cronus CX Pro
The Trek Cronus CX Pro features a 500 Series OCLV carbon frame, which makes it much lighter than equivalent alloy framed cyclocross bikes that you might find on the market. This is combined with a Bontraer Race X Lite Cross fork at the front, which gives the rider good feedback from the track without shaking you into submission through vibrations and big hits.
A wide BB90 bottom bracket helps maintain this light stiffness and really pays off when it comes to acceleration, which is something that racers will certainly value. Because the frame is carbon, Trek has chosen to route the cables internally, which is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. There are fender mounts discretely integrated into the frame so you can add extra components as necessary, which is useful when facing adverse weather conditions and sloppy terrain.
The SRAM Rival drivetrain components are matched with a carbon crank, also from SRAM, which continues the theme of low weight performance throughout the bike. The Avid Shorty 6 cantilever brakes go to work on Bontrager Rare rims wrapped in the Bontrager CX0 tyres that provide a good combination of grip and fast-rolling slickness that suits a cross country setup.
The Bontrager Race X Lite ACC seatpost, which is fashioned from carbon like the rest of the frame, is topped with the Evoke 2 saddle on chromoly rails. The Race Lite Anatomic-C handlebar is also from Bontrager, which is a brand that has contributed many individual components to this particular Trek Cronus model.
Trek Cronus CX Ultimate
If you want to spend a little more money, then the Ultimate edition of the Trek Cronus might be a worthy investment.
The 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame remains in place from the original model, along with the carbon Bontrager fork. But in this instance, the drivetrain is comprised of the SRAM Force groupset, with an improved carbon crank to help deliver good power transfer while making everything that little bit lighter and more agile.
The Shimano Ultegra wheelset is light and strong, while the CX0 Team tyres from Bontrager are a good fit once more. Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes shed more weight still and deliver progressive stopping power that helps to stabilise this bike as a platform for success.
The Race X Lite carbon seatpost gets the lighter still Evoke 3 saddle mounted on titanium rails for added strength.
Both this bike and its stable mate are part of the Gary Fisher collection, with Trek helping to realise the designs created by the man himself. This means that they each have the Fisher Control Column (FCC) at the front, which has been specially engineered in order to maintain frame stiffness while tightening up handling.
Cyclocross bikes typically fall into the road racing category, although they are far more than just aimed at taking on the tarmac, because grass and mud holds no problems for them. The Trek Cronus CX cycles are both well constructed and designed, with the differences in component selection allowing you to enjoy the same underlying capabilities of a carbon framed bike that is stiff and easy to manipulate. Bikes of this kind need to inspire confidence in the rider so that they can make the most of their talents, which is certainly something that can be said of both these Trek models.
Trek Cronus CX Ultimate Specifications
- Front Fork: Trek carbon cross, E2
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: SRAM Force
- Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: SRAM S900 46/38T
- Cassette: SRAM PG-1070 11-28T, 10 speed
- Shifters: SRAM Force
- Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilever brake
- Wheels: Shimano Ultegra
- Tyres: Bontrager CX0, 700×34c