The Crockett has been a mainstay of Trek’s line up for a few years now. It is it’s “value” aluminium cyclocross bike, which sits alongside the carbon Boone. The company has released a pair of new models that bring more value, versatility and performance (according to the press release, anyway) to the popular bike.
Crockett 4 and 5
Crockett 4 and Crockett 5 carry forward the race performance that made Crockett a wallet-friendly ‘cross bike of choice, but includes some feature updates that should improve the riding experience for anyone who throws a leg over the frame—or throws the frame over their shoulder.
“Crockett is first and foremost a race bike,” said Trek’s Director of Product for Road Bikes, Jordan Roessingh. “But the great thing about it is its versatility. You can commute on this bike on Friday, race it on Saturday, and ride it on gravel on Sunday. Plus, it won’t break the bank and it has the incredible good looks of a far more expensive carbon bike.”
Those good looks are thanks in part to Trek’s Invisible Weld Technology: a joining process that cuts back on weight and delivers carbon-like lines to Crockett’s 300 Series Alpha Aluminum frame. Impressively, a painted 56cm Crockett frame weighs in at a feathery 1325 grams.
The new Crockett models use the same geometry found on Trek’s OCLV Carbon Boone and older Crockett models. This geometry was developed in partnership with Katie Compton and is ridden by the Telenet Fidea CX team – we reckon that’s a strong enough pedigree.
The frame accepts a 38c tire, with Trek’s recommended 4mm of clearance between the frame and tyre – so in real money should clear something a little wider. Having said that, if you are expecting to regularly use wider tyres there are probably more suitable bikes in Trek’s range, like the Checkpoint.
All rejoice a threaded bottom bracket
The Crockett 4 (£1300) is equipped with flat-mount dual-piston mechanical disc brakes and a SRAM Apex 1×11 drivetrain. Crockett 5 (£1750) also features flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes (an upgrade over last year’s model) and a SRAM Rival 1×11 drivetrain. Both models have Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels with 21mm inner rim width, front and rear thru-axles, a full OCLV Carbon cyclocross fork, Control Freak internal cable routing, and a threaded T47 bottom bracket. This allows for a wide bottom bracket stance for strength, stability, and efficiency – all while making service easier.
The bikes are available immediately.