For Gary Fisher fans, Trek’s decision to roll the brand into a “collection” under the Trek umbrella might have seemed like a betrayal. No longer branding Gary Fisher Bicycles as a standalone bike company would seem to diminish the stature of the Fisher name. But in reality, Trek’s decision makes good sense from a business perspective. The Gary Fisher Collection benefits substantially from the exposure, marketing and engineering muscle offered by the Trek name and massive dealer network.
And if the new Cronus CX carbon fiber cyclocross bike is any indication of things to come, the Gary Fisher Collection will not suffer one iota. How long have we waited for a carbon fiber cyclocross bike to emerge from Trek’s hallowed halls? Too long, but the wait is over.
The 1050-gram Cronus CX frame is built with every top-shelf feature you could hope to see. It’s made in Asia from Trek’s TCT carbon, with an E2 tapered head tube, BB90 internal bottom bracket, and internal cable routing. In a really clever touch, the cable routing can be converted to full-length cable housing simply by swapping out modular cable stops similar to what are used on the Madone road bikes. Speaking of cable routing, a crown-mounted front brake cable stop helps keep brake chatter to a minimum. Massive tire clearance at the seat and chain stays will be good for either large tires or goopy mud.
Out front, the carbon fork is fashioned with features that migrate from the Cronus road bikes. A collection of design elements called the Fisher Control Column (FCC) helps keep front-end stiffness on par with the best available. FCC starts with the front hub, which has wide, tall flanges to widen the spoke anchor point and therefore improve bracing angle. The front hub also has oversized axle end caps to improve interface with the fork dropouts. The lower fork legs have to be slightly wider to clear the flanges and end caps of this unique front hub, but the payoff is a stout front end that’s perfect for ‘cross.
What else? Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes and a SRAM 900 crankset highlight the spec on this $3500-ish bike (pricing is yet to be finalized).