Specialized Crossroads

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Crossroads. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

22 reasons to buy

  • A Crossroads 2.0 owner and reviewer says their bike is “...so, so easy  to ride." Another deems it, “effortless”.
  • The Crossroads is well-suited to casual trundles on rail trails and via country lanes.
  • The bike’s comfort is lauded, by owners of all three Crossroads models.
  • Owners found Specialized’s Body Geometry gel saddle to be comfy and ‘optimally’ padded.
  • Owners compliment the Crossroads styling and "eye-catching" colorways, especially in the 2.0’s ‘marine blue’.
  • Owners are fans of the bike’s upright and ergonomic riding position.
  • Users say the bike rides well over hardpack dirt and grass. It’s versatile.
  • Handling has been described as “excellent”, “intuitive” and “agile”.
  • Perhaps surprisingly, owners say the Crossroads is “fast”, “brisk” and “sporty”!
  • Owners consider the Crossroads to be lightweight, especially the 3.0, with its carbon fiber fork.
  • Owners and a reviewer describe the Crossroads as “solid”, “sturdy” and “well built”.
  • A tester says the optimal-width 38-45mm tires are versatile over varied terrain, while being easy to propel.
  • A Crossroads 2.0 owner & reviewer compliments Nimbus II Armadillo tires for their comfort, bump rollover, optimal width and puncture resistance.
  • 2.0 and 3.0 owners say their Crossroads’ drivetrains shift both “smoothly” and “crisply”.
  • A 2.0 owner says their bike climbs well.
  • A reviewer enjoys the height, hand position and width of the Crossroads’ handlebars.
  • Owners say it’s easy to attach racks and fenders to the bike’s existing mountpoints.
  • Folk fancy the Crossroads’ discrete aesthetic, via the internal cabling.
  • One owner says it fits in the back of his Prius.
  • Crossroads bikes have bosses available to attach two bottle cages.
  • The bikes’ visibility is increased by reflective details and tire striping.
  • An owner & reviewer says the Crossroads is good value for money, as it is a lot more durable than low-end, entry-level, big box bikes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Although he says the Crossroads is “worth it”, one reviewer does admit to it being, “...a little bit pricey…’. One owner goes as far as to deem it, “overpriced”.
  • A Crossroads 2.0 reviewer says braking power is weak for discs.
  • The same reviewer finds the centrally-mounted kickstand to be obstructive.

Bottom line

“Smooth”. That is the main descriptor used by owners, to illustrate what it’s like to ride the Crossroads. It’s a casual bike for casual rides. One owner deems it to be a “comfort-oriented hybrid”. That seems spot-on. This is a quality entry-level bike, so it won’t be thrown out in a few months. It comes in three models, with differing drivetrains. The brakes could underwhelm. Fork material is like so:

3.0 Carbon Fiber.
2.0 Aluminum.
1.0 Steel.

Expert Reviews

81/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Brian Richard

Specialized Crossroads 1 2 3 Differences

This thing pedals so easy. This is just a very, very well-made, solid bike. That’s some good welds. Shifters are crisp. The handlebars: great position. These brakes are weak for discs.
I would definitely recommend this one.

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Coastline Outdoors

Specialized Crossroads 3.0 – NEW Bike Review!
And All the Specs You Need to Know #bikereview

The 3.0 has hydraulic disc brakes and a carbon fork which makes it lighter and easier to carry anywhere. In my opinion, the seat is [pretty awesome] too: Specialized gel saddle. The seat post is spring-loaded but it doesn’t do a whole lot.

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User Ratings

93/100 based on 26 ratings
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