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Specialized Crave Review

The Specialized Crave family contain hardtail mountain bikes which manage to avoid excessive pricing while still featuring a good level of equipment. 29 inch wheels and light frames ensure that they are fast and agile over any surface.

The Crave Comp is built using an M4 Premium Aluminium frame that has XC 29er geometry and harnesses an integrated headset and tapered headtube to keep things nice and rigid upfront. A RockShox Recon Gold 29 SL fork provides 100mm of travel to accommodate the bumps and lumps riders will encounter in competition, while the Stout SL Disc wheels from Specialized benefit from a Ground Control tyre at the front and a Fast Trak Control tyre in the rear, improving handling.

Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes are included, along with a mixture of SRAM and Shimano components in the drivetrain.

Specialized Crave Expert

The alloy frame of the Crave Expert shares the same geometry and features as the Comp, but this time you get the RockShox Reba RL 29 fork which is a little more smooth and adjustable. The double-wall rims of the wheelset ensure that ground contact is provided by something hard wearing as well as lightweight, and a comfortable platform is provided thanks to the Body Geometry Henge saddle on steel rails.

Specialized Crave Pro

Along with the aluminium frame you get the FOX Float Evolution Series 29 fork that has a CTD (climb trail descend) damper built into it, allowing you to switch between the amount of travel you get upfront depending on the scenario. Shimano Deore BR-615 hydraulic disc brakes and a combination of various respectable drivetrain components makes this an appealing mountain bike which will satisfy the needs of riders who want to test their mettle in a competitive situation in 2014.

Specialized Crave Pro Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur: SRAM X7 Front Fork: Fox Evolution Float 29 100mm travel
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT Rear Shock: N/A
Shifters: Shimano SLX Brakes: Shimano Deore hydraulic disc
Gears: 10 speed Rims: Stout SL Disc
Chainring: 36/22 Tyres: Specialized Fast Trak
Cassette: 11-36 Weight: N/A