For many riders out there, their CX bike is their all rounder. It’s the weekend CX racing machine, the midweek super commuter and the occasional gravel adventure bike. And so it goes for many that this bike needs to stand up to bit of a beating without concerns of damage. As strong as carbon may be, this translates to wanting a more robust frame material. Introducing the Trek Crockett. The Crocket draws on all the CX racing geometry of its carbon cousin, the Boone, and transfers this onto an competitively priced alloy frame. Another design aspect that will attract a hardcore few is the ease with which the Crockett can be converted to a singlespeed, a feature that places the Crockett squarely in the all rounder category. Race CX, commute on mixed terrain, head out on multi-day gravel adventures, and choose singlespeed or geared. The choice is yours.
The heart of the Trek Crockett is the Alpha 300 premium grade aluminium frame. Extensive hydroforming allows the engineers to perfectly match strength and weight. Another clever feature of the frame is its cable routing, which not only looks neat and tidy but reduces friction almost entirely allowing for crisp shifting day in day out. This is especially useful when things get a bit muddy, as we know will happen from time to time. The frame is matched with a Trek carbon IsoSpeed fork that acts to dampen the big hits and provide a level of bump absorption that will be appreciated. The last piece of engineering design worth noting is the rear dropout. The horizontal sliding dropout uses a redundant securing system to ensure there is no slipping whether you are running the bike geared or as a singlespeed. All this with a thru axle, which we think is pretty cool.
The Crockett is a unisex design built on a 1x11 SRAM Rival group while the USA specific Crockett 7 uses SRAM Force. With the 7 tipping the scales at 8.44kgs and the 5 only an extra 550 grams at 9.11kgs we think the Crockett 5 is bang for buck option. In the USA, the frameset is also available at a great price. Given the frame and fork technology and the very completive price, this might be a great option for those building up a custom machine.