Specialized Crave 29er Hardtail


  • New, fully butted, smooth-welded M4 Premium Aluminum frame is super-lightweight, stiff, and features XC 29er Geometry, integrated headset, tapered headtube for front-end stiffness, plus bridge-less seatstays for compliance over bumps
  • 100mm-travel RockShox XC32 29er fork features TurnKey hydraulic damping, Solo Air spring, lockout, alloy tapered steerer tube and externally adjustable rebound for plush and lightweight trail performance
  • Specialized Stout SL Disc 29" wheels feature double-wall rims with sealed bearings for lightweight, durable wheels
  • Custom SRAM 10-speed XC double-ring crankset with 29er gearing and GXP bottom bracket offers lightweight and durable performance paired with Shimano Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur for quick and precise shifting
  • Tektro Gemini dual piston hydraulic disc brakes use 180mm front rotor for increased braking power, while 160mm rear rotor keeps weight low


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[Nov 05, 2020]


Quick and agile and has a good, solid mix of parts for the money. The geometry feels very quick and nibble. Climbs well too. No regrets with purchase.


A bit on the heavy side but what can you expect for the price? I only notice the weight when loading and unloading the bike from my car.

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[Dec 01, 2014]
Weekend Warrior


Good value. Great looks. Lightweight.


Rear hub grinding noise.
Chain clanks on top of chainstay when going over speedbumps.

Sound from rear hub when freewheeling is like a coffee grinder. This is what I'd expect if there were no grease or broken bearings. However, the bike is brand new. Silent when actually pedalling. The wheel hub is Specialized Hi Lo. Returned to the Specialized store and they denied there was any defect or sound. Music was playing in the store. Then they said the wheel was not good quality and they'd sell me a wheel upgrade. Then, they fit an identical wheel out of another box and it was silent. At this point the store person said Halelujiah! And the other store person said they no longer heard the noise they never had heard. Now I have this brand new wheel for sale now. Or I might wear it out then discard it. I won't want to ever spend money on having the hub serviced. And I won't ever be buying a Specialized rear hub again. And I pity whomever they sell the defective wheel to.

Bottom line: if you buy this bike, caveat emptor. Spin the rear wheel hard. Then hold the pedal and listen for any bearing sound when freewheeling. 2 other Specialized 29er bike hubs in the same store had similar noise, to a lesser extent. One non-Specialized 29er hub was silent.

Also, it clanks the chain onto to the top of the chainstay when going over speedbumps. I'm guessing this is readily fixable, but if so, why didn't Specialized fix it?

Other than that, I like the bike and it looks great, I already had compliments. It's light.
This is the Specialized Crave 2014 model (made in Sep 2013) with SRAM X5 FD, Deore RD and Deore Shifters. Tektro Gemini brakes 180mm front and 160mm rear.
Only upgrade so far is pedals with pins, as the stock pedals have no pins.

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