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Pro bike gallery: Russell Finsterwald’s Specialized Crux

The mountain and gravel cyclist turns to this lightweight bike for gravel grinders.

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Russell Finsterwald has been enjoying a good gravel season in 2022, having won Rule of Three earlier in the year, and racking up numerous top results in Life Time Grand Prix series events to sit in fifth place overall heading into the final race, Big Sugar, later this month.

At SBT GRVL in August, VeloNews got the chance to take a closer look at Finsterwald’s Specialized Crux, a lightweight cyclocross model also marketed for gravel that he turns to for events like SBT.

Finsterwald on race day at SBT GRVL 2022. (Photo: William Tracy)

It’s built up with a mixture of Shimano GRX Di2 and Dura-Ace parts for the drivetrain, as well as Roval wheels and a host of Specialized components. And there are some pro tricks that any gravel racer or even regular rider could learn from.

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