Specialized Crosstrail

2017
 
5.0 stars
 (31 Reviews)
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Description

Can't decide between the road and bike trails? No worries. Ride both with Specialized's Crosstrail. It eats up both dirt and pavement thanks to its great-handling Specialized A1 Premium aluminum frame, a bump-bustin' custom suspension fork with a lockout feature for fast and efficient use over any surface, and smooth-rolling 700c wheels. You'll also love the easy-pedaling Shimano 24-speed drivetrain and the powerful linear-pull brakes. And to make your rides even smoother, the Crosstrail boasts a ergonomic Specialized Body Geometry seat.

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(31 reviews)

96% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (22)
  • Lightweight  (18)
  • Handles Well Off-road  (18)
  • Great Components  (14)
  • Low Maintenance  (2)
  • Excellent value 

Cons

  • Tire tread design 
  • Seat Is A Little Hard 
  • Poor Component Selection 
  • Rims are soft not true 
  • Scratches on the forktube 
  • Front V-brake Alignment 

Best Uses

  • Pavement  (24)
  • Commuting  (19)
  • Off-Road  (16)
  • Cycle Cross Racing 
  • Trail paved dirt 
  • Fitness 

 
5.0
Jun 20, 2015

Made for Winnipeg bike

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
When my mountain bike got stolen I was pretty upset but replacing it with this specialized cross trail has wiped those tears away. More speed for road riding with all the toughness for the trails (and for road riding considering current infrastructure). Love this awesome bike. Only regret not getting disc brakes.
by billythekid from winnipeg

 
4.0
Jul 09, 2014

A nice balance

Pros:
Capable On Trail, Smooth On Pavement, Attractive, Low Maintenance
Cons:
Seat Is A Little Hard, Front V-brake Alignment
Best Uses:
Commuting, Exercise
So far I am enjoying the Crosstrail. I tried the Crosstrail Comp Disc and fell in love with it, but it was out of my price range. I also tried the Giant Roma 3, Kona Dew, and Trek 8.2, but found each of them lacking in one degree or another. This one was balanced. The cons can be adjusted or upgraded to better componentry in time, so I'm not sweating it. Great bike!
by VAudax from Winnipeg, MB

 
5.0
Jul 28, 2013

Specialized Crosstrail

Pros:
Very comfortable, Durable, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons:
No cons
Best Uses:
Have not owned or rode a bike in 30 years. Bought a Specialized Crosstrail earlier this Spring. Tried three different brands. All were similar, and all were about the same, but to me, the Specialized just had a better fit, feel, and was more comfortable on the two trial rides I gave each bike. I ride mostly on a packed gravel trail and occasionally go in the grass and dirt to get around others. I have gone as far as 26 miles on the trail. I like the ease of shifting thru the gears, the weight of the bike, the way it handles, and the front shock to cushion small holes on the trail. I haven't had any problems with the gears or with the chain slipping. I am not sorry I bought this bike and would recommend it to anyone.
by None from Independence MO, Little Blue Trail

 
5.0
May 23, 2012

Excellent bike - great value

Pros:
Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Road Biking
Had to find a bike that would fit and hold me up at 54 yeares old and 230 lbs. Ride to and from the tennis club. Easy shifting, easy riding - not a lot of cash.
by MattinShingleSprings from Shingle Springs

 
4.0
May 03, 2012

Bike Virgin

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
I'm a bike virgin. Did a little research and decided on a Hybrid. Test rode a few at the store and settled on this one. Two weeks and 20-25 miles (again I'm a bike virgin) and I'm still very happy w/ my choice.
by Bike Virgin from Denton, Tx

 
5.0
Jul 30, 2011

Great all-around bike!

Pros:
Handles Well Off-road, Lightweight, Smooth shifting, Comfortable Ride
Cons:
Best Uses:
Off-Road, Pavement
I love my new Crosstrail! Of all the hybrids I test-rode, this one was the most comfortable. The riding position is more upright than many other hybrids. The Crosstrail's shifting is very smooth, the seat is comfortable, and the hand-grips are simply amazing. I use the bike for recreational riding in neighborhoods and some light trails. The tires on the Crosstrail are smooth rolling on pavement, but also have good grip in light gravel/dirt. The suspension fork really smooths out the bumps.
by Dan_the_man from Blue Springs, MO

 
4.0
Jun 23, 2011

Excellent Bike!

Pros:
Great Components, Durable, Lightweight, Handles Well Off-road
Cons:
Best Uses:
Off-Road, Pavement
Lots of fun on the trail or the street. I use mine for exercise and get a great workout!
by Geese from Columbia, MO

 
4.0
Apr 11, 2011

Good bike for the price

Pros:
Not to heavy, Low rolling resistance, Handles well, Great looking
Cons:
Rims are soft not true, Scratches on the forktube
Best Uses:
Recreation, Fitness, Commuting
GOOD : Good and fun bike for the price. Front suspension fork works well, rim brakes are pretty good, great paint job, most drivetrain components are good for a hybrid bike /shimano / BAD: wheels are not true out of the box. Really soft rims and tires seems to be not perfectly round... Low rolling tires are not safe on ride on gravel in sharp turns. After first few rides I found couple scratches on the forks top tubes . Cheap Suntour crank with good but cheap pedals. Overall, this is a good and fun to ride bike. Retail price is little to high for what you are getting. Most components are good quality and easy to upgrade if needed. I recommend this bike if you can buy it on sale. I got a great deal on mine and I shouldn't complain.
by Team Specialized from Waterford, MI

 
4.0
Feb 23, 2011

Great Versatility

Pros:
Fun to ride, Excellent value, Practical, Durable, Handles Well Off-road, Unique Idea for a bike
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Gravel or Dirt paths, Off-Road, Pavement
Interesting concept for bike. Mountain bike tube size frame with 700c size tires. Sort of like a more pavement usable 29er or flat bar cyclocross. Does extremely well on rail to trail grass, dirt and gravel. Rides great for what it is also on blacktop. Pretty comfortable too. Have many types of bikes but this is my Pickup truck" kind of bike. Great platform too if your thinking of going with an electric assist kit.
by Zippo from Upstate New York

 
5.0
Nov 12, 2010

This Bike Rocks

Pros:
Handles Well Off-road, Great Components, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Off-Road, Pavement, Cycle Cross Racing
Nice Ride! Brakes good! Fitness machine! Good overall purchase!
by MilessBikeRider from New York, NY

 
5.0
Nov 03, 2010

First Specialized Bike

Pros:
Handles Well Off-road, Lightweight, Great Components, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
Love this bike. owned a cheap schwinn hybrid purchased at k-mart which had the wheel hub break within 3 weeks. got my $$$ back and went and purchased the 2011 crosstrail base model. granted i am not an expert on bikes by and means and what my comparison is not a quality bike but this bike is amazing. my commute is now a pleasure. Suspension is good, shifting is smooth and bike is quick. Highly recommend it.
by Vic from Newark, NJ

 
5.0
Oct 14, 2010

Great Bike!

Pros:
Durable, Handles Well Off-road, Great Components, Speed, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Off-Road, Pavement
First off, I love this bike and will never own a mountain or a street bike again. I'm an athletic yet adimttedly hefty 325lb guy and this bike took all of the abuse I was able to dish out, so I give this bike a 10 on durability without a single issue to mention. I also want to comment about how much faster this bike is. On my previous two mountain bikes I was always pushing to keep up with others, now I have to slow down. On my own I was able to go about 9 miles in 30 minutes with easy and had a 5 minute break halfway through. I have no doubt that one could manage 20 miles an hour average no problem with this bike. The bike does handle really well even off road, but keep in mind that if you're a bigger person as I am that hard narrow tires will dig through soft sand fast. Also, if encounter sand on top of a hard surface under braking you will slide out fast and will need very quick reflexes. My wife tried my bike and has decided that mountain bikes are no longer for her and we are getting her an Ariel (ladies equivalent). The only thing about this bike I wasn't happy with was the front reflector. It would become loose very easily and dangle about. It was gladly fixed at the bike shop on the first tune up.
by yachky from GR, MI

 
5.0
Sep 20, 2010

Very solid, good looking ride

Pros:
Durable, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Pavement, Commuting
So I decided to get back into bicycling again, and decided first off that a "Hybrid" style bike would probably be my best bet for the riding I do. I began a rather long online search for a bike in my price range, that soon became rather daunting, with so many brands and models to choose from. I took a couple of test rides on some hybrids at local bike shops, when I came across the Specialized Crosstrail online, and liked what I saw and read about it. I found a shop not far away, that had them in stock, so I went down to check it out in person. During the test ride, I soon realized my search was over. This bike just had certain 'something' that the other bikes I tested didn't have, a certain sporty feel, look, and was very nimble in it's handling. The ride felt sure and solid. Pedaling was very smooth. When riding, the bike is virtually silent, no mechanical noise at all. I was sold, and bought it that day. I use this bike for fitness/recreation, and it fits the bill perfectly. The adjustable front shocks help a lot over way less than perfect paved back roads, dirt trails, and the brakes will stop you on a dime, there's even a warning about the brake strength in the handbook. The only changes I made to the bike are seat, tires, and grips. Looks can be subjective of course, but to me, the Crosstrail is also one of the best looking bikes out there. For right or wrong, it's appearance had a little to do with my decision. I like the non gloss paint scheme, (2010 basic model) and all the blacked out parts that are often chrome on other bikes. If I had to think of any negative, it would probably be thinking it could use one more taller gear. When trying to hit a top speed, I find I'm pedaling so fast, I can't pedal any faster to go faster. At least one more taller gear would be nice. It certainly has all the gears you would want in the lower range, including a "Mega Drive" super low rear sprocket that's bigger than the smallest front chain ring sprocket... that's "Stump puller" low! But I may upgrade the gears in the future. But for anyone looking for a solid, quick, (for a hybrid style bike) nice looking, well made bike that handles real nice, I don't think you'll find much better in this price range, at least I didn't with the bikes I test rode and they were major brand bikes in the same price range. Don't get me wrong, the bikes I tested were nice, and I'm sure worth the money, it's just the Crosstrail had a certain feel/look that sold me, so it's just my personal take on it. I have no regrets in the purchase. Oh, and I've lost about 10 lbs in 5 weeks of riding it. ;?)
by Saugus from Sunland, CA

 
5.0
Sep 20, 2010

Great buy!

Pros:
Great Components, Handles Well Off-road, Durable, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
I use this bike all the time to exercise, etc. It rides great, and hasn't broken on me yet. Overall a great buy.
by Biker from Houston, TX

 
2.0
Aug 01, 2010

Problems with flats, pedals, and spokes

Pros:
Cons:
Poor Durability
Best Uses:
Commuting
The stock pedals broke after the first 400 miles. The replacement pair broke 250 miles later. I have had four flats while riding on roads and mixed-use paths. The Borough XC tires are nothing special. I have broken two spokes on two separate occassions without any significant bumps/accidents. This bike is great when it works, but it hasn't held up very well at all.
by Steve from Woodbridge, VA

 
5.0
Jul 20, 2010

This bike rocks

Pros:
Low maintenance, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
I have rode mostly greeneways with this bike and couldn't be much happier. Very smooth and quick. I haven't owned a bike in over 5 years and am now riding 40-50 miles a week on this bad boy. Thanks Andy Jordan's in Augusta, GA!
by dv from Augusta, GA

 
5.0
Apr 05, 2010

One Word: Versatility

Pros:
Durable, Handles Well Off-road, Great Components
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement, Off-Road, Trails
This bike can handle pratically anything that you throw at it! Sidewalks, roads, pot holes, gravel/ limestone trails, the list can go on. I started riding bulky mountail bikes until I decided to upgrade for a quicker, more road friendly bike. I didn't want to spend a small fortune on a racing bike, this however was the perfect comprimise. I've been riding it for an entire year now and it still feels like new. This bike is definately worth every dollar spent!
by Dualathalon Hopeful from Downers Grove, IL

 
5.0
Mar 18, 2010

Great bike!

Pros:
Lightweight, Great Components, Durable, Handles Well Off-road
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement, Off-Road
This is a great bike. I own on 07 model and love it. I would have to mentions that i don't like the aluminim pedals (solid) with rubber gripping on them; i find that if they get wet, my feet tend to slip off if i decide to stand while peddling; secondly, i did notice a little slip while going around corners on pavement. I do live in winnipeg, MB Canada and we do have very abd road conditions; so it might be the city and not the bike. I am considering purchasing the 2010 model now.
by mattie from winnipeg, mb

 
4.0
Feb 02, 2010

Good Casual Bike

Pros:
Durable
Cons:
Poor Component Selection, Heavy
Best Uses:
Pavement
I bought my bike when I was doing bout 30 miles a week, at most. I now log over 50 miles weekly, year round. If you will only be doing some casual riding, then this would be a great bike. My only problem is that I have become a road biker, and this bike works, but I have to work much harder then if I had a road bike. I am still beating my friends with carbon fiber bikes, but the bike is heavy at 30 pounds. My best piece of advice, is to buy more than you think you will need, and you won't be disappointed
by Tallbiker in KY from Cincinnati Area

 
5.0
Jan 15, 2010

Best Commuting Bike Ever

Pros:
Great Ride
Cons:
No complaints
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement, Off-Road
I've been riding my Cross Trail for just over a year, mostly as a commuter bike. I have 3 other bikes; this one is my favorite ride. It fits well and rides smoothly. It's not the fastest bike in the fleet, it is the best riding and most comfortable. It was recommended by the guy at the bike shop who said they sell a lot of them. I can see why.
by Mark from St. Petersburg, FL

Specifications

Frame
Specialized A1 SL Premium aluminum
Fork
Custom suspension, 60mm travel
Rims/Wheels
Aluminum
Tires
Specialized Trigger Sport Reflect, 700 x 38c
Crankset
Stout, aluminum
Chainrings
48/38/28
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tourney
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Altus
Rear Cogs
Sunrace, 8-speed
Shifters
Shimano EF500
Handlebars
Specialized aluminum
Tape/Grips
Specialized Body Geometry Flow Set Control Grips, lock-on
Stem
Aluminum
Brake Levers
Aluminum
Brakes
Rim
Pedals
Specialized Fitness platform
Saddle
Canopy Sport, steel rails