New lightweight build: Any frame close the Crux?

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Yoln
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by Yoln

While my Litespeed is evolving more and more into an endurance bike and gains weight by the day, I'm looking into a new very light all road build, to be ridden with a 35/38mm slick tires and probably 2x road groupset (not 100% sure yet about that).

The Crux seems to be the very obvious choice out there, but I wanted to pick your brain on any other frameset that would come close in terms of weight? Aspero 5 maybe?
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Enve Fray? Should be lighter than the Aspero 5

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yinzerniner
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by yinzerniner

Yoln wrote:
Tue May 14, 2024 2:56 pm
While my Litespeed is evolving more and more into an endurance bike and gains weight by the day, I'm looking into a new very light all road build, to be ridden with a 35/38mm slick tires and probably 2x road groupset (not 100% sure yet about that).

The Crux seems to be the very obvious choice out there, but I wanted to pick your brain on any other frameset that would come close in terms of weight? Aspero 5 maybe?
At that tire size you're probably more in the market for something like the FiftyOne Sika, BMC Roadmachine, Enve Fray, Ridley Fenix, Vitus Venon Evo, etc. While they're officially in the "all-road" category, that category has now moved to optimize for 32mm and larger tires with rooms for 40mm+, ie similar to gravel bikes of just a few years back. They'll be somewhat close to a Crux frameset weight (roughly 875-900g with 400g fork in 56cm non-Sworks) for a lesser price, or roughly 100g lighter if you go with the pricier Sika. And they'll include internal routing, which is either a positive or a negative.

However if you don't mind the geo, lack of storage and external routing then Crux deals are to be had. $2500 or less for the frameset is a great price.

BikeTyson
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by BikeTyson

The Crux will be around 200-250g lighter than the Fray depending on paint options. The Fray will probably be a more road bike feel, a little more nimble and snappy given it's geo. The Fray also has the downtube storage if that's something you want. I'm currently riding my Crux as a road bike and while it's no Tarmac by any means, it's still a fun bike on the road. I have Craft wheels on it, and set up in a road bike geo as far as cockpit and gearing (52/35t 11-34t). Comes in right around 7.2kg for the Pro model size 58. The S-Works is around 100g lighter. That said, if I was buying a new bike I'd go with the Fray. For my size 58 it's around 1050g for the frame. It's got room for 40s which is more than enough for any roads or gravel I'd do. And it's a little more road bike with a shorter wheelbase, shorter chainstays, and steeper headtube angle.

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Yes it is my local shop, however I have ridden with multiple people who have the bike and all have given it excellent praise. One guy is coming from a Sworks Tarmac and enjoys it more.
If I was looking for a do it all bike, this would be it. Made in Canada, custom paint if you want, cheaper than the Frey. I do own a Crux, but as I ride 80% gravel and just love my 45 tires, not looking for a do it all bike. It would be my next road bike.
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