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Ridden & Reviewed: A Follow-up On the 2013 Specialized Crosstrail

July 11, 2012


Potentially a bike lovers favorite time of year.  Sure there’s good riding abound. But for gear heads (like me) it also means that we start to see new bikes from the various bike companies out there.

I’m an equal opportunity observer of what’s allegedly the latest and greatest. Sure I have my favorites. But while I’ve been a roadie most of my riding life, and have become a passionate convert to cyclocross in the last 12 months, I like to take it all in.

It was in that spirit that I jumped at the chance to take the 2013 Specialized Crosstrail for a pre-release spin and review it here.

The sneak peak at the 2013 Specialized Crosstrail generated a lot of interest and a lot of questions. Now we know with the full release of the Crosstrail line-up.

My quick write-up and hastily shot pictures of that bike got a good response and numerous questions both here on It’s Time to Ride, at the shop on the sales floor, and on my email account.

Well, the 2013 Crosstrail is not only officially out, but we’re getting our first look at the complete line-up with all the specs for each model. And, many of the models are already in stock at Bicycle Sport Shop with the higher-end ones likely to land in Austin in August.

If you were one of the folks craving more details on the new Crosstrail, click here for the full model line-up and all the specifications on each model.

Pricing is on par with the 2012 models, with the exception of the new higher-end bikes, which have an expected retail price around over $1,000, similar to the Sirrus line-up on the asphault side of things.

More new 2013 bikes are on the way. Give the shop a ring and talk with the sales staff about your new Crosstrail and stay tuned for more new bikes and more reviews. And thanks for reading!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. curound permalink
    July 13, 2012 10:48 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this 2013 Model line up information djcurtin. I have been shopping for a couple of months now and thanks to your review and the link to the new models I have made a decision (finally). I am going with the Comp Disc. Love the color and the specs and it should just fit into the budget I have been granted by my Minister of War and Finance. 🙂
    Thanks again dj and all the best to you!

    • djcurtin permalink
      July 14, 2012 3:22 am

      Glad we could help! Happy riding!

    • david permalink
      September 24, 2012 10:31 pm

      curound, I am trying to decide which model to go for.What made you decide on the Comp Disc? I love the colour too but what specs specifically swung it for you?

  2. Alexandre permalink
    August 10, 2012 2:14 pm

    Thanks for this posting (also That was a really nice review!
    I am in the market for a new 29er, but, I have to confess that I use the bike most of the time in the city. Your review changed my mind, before, I have not thought about getting a hybrid one.
    Do you have the weight of the Crosstrail Comp and the 2013 Carve Comp? Are they light?

    • djcurtin permalink
      August 13, 2012 10:55 pm

      Alexandre: I’m sorry I don’t have those weights, and Specialized doesn’t publish weights in their catalog or on their website. However, your local dealer may have those bikes in stock and they could likely weigh each of those models in your specific size. If you need to find a local Specialized dealer, visit them on the web at and use their dealer locator. thanks for reading!

  3. George permalink
    August 14, 2012 2:01 pm

    Good morning. Do you have the geometry of the XL 2013 Crosstrail? I’m trying to find a longer horizontal top tube bike (torso is longer compared to legs for 6 feet height). I’ve tried the Trek 8.5 DS (2012) 21″ and fits good for length however I have a 2010 Large Crossrtail that I love but just too small for me. By the way, is the remote lockout a big deal in your opinion? Thanks in advance for your comments.

    • djcurtin permalink
      August 14, 2012 4:17 pm


      Thanks for checking out our blog! There is a link in this article ( to the full specs of each of the new Crosstrails. The last page has a geometry chart which should have all the info you need to make the bike/size comparisons to find the right bike for you.

      As for remote lockouts, I think that applies more on a dedicated MTB than a dual duty bike like the Crosstrail. That said, convenience is nice!

      Good luck with your bike search!

      • George permalink
        August 16, 2012 2:31 am

        Thanks for sharing the link on the geometry and specs of the models. Plus, amazing response time! By the way, looks like the Pro model comes with remote lockout and has 2×10 gears – very good news for me because from what I can tell, my 24 speed is overkill and hs too much overlap. Probably over my budget but that’s usually how it goes…

        Look forward to seeing the 2013 Crosstrail in the local store up here in Canada.


      • djcurtin permalink
        August 16, 2012 10:54 am

        We’re huge fans of the 2×10 and think it great for many riders! Thanks again for reading!

  4. Steve B permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:31 am

    Hi from the UK. Just like to say thanks for the article, helped me make a few decisions on a new bike. My wife owns a 2011 Crosstrail sport which I preferred riding to my Rockhopper, when I read this article I sold the RH and ordered a 2013 CT “Expert” which I think is comparable to the US Comp. taking delivery early September, really looking forward to it. It’s a shame we’re not getting the white colour schemes though, mine is “graphite”.

    • djcurtin permalink
      August 23, 2012 6:42 pm

      Steve: Glad we were able to provide some insight on the new models and that you’ve found a bike that works for your riding style! Many happy miles, er kilometers, to you!

  5. Steve B permalink
    August 24, 2012 3:35 pm

    Hi djcurtin, we are still working on miles here in the UK, almost everything else is metric though except pints in the pub!!!

    • djcurtin permalink
      September 3, 2012 12:07 pm

      LOL! Good to know! Thanks for the education! Cheers!

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