When the chips are down and the mud is flying, you want a no-holds-barred cyclocross bike that is up to the challenge.
The Trek Boone 6 has been developed from racing in the mud of Flanders and the hardpan of the Midwest. A light and nimble feel along with a rugged design allows the Boone 6 to fly up hills and still take a beating on rough, technical courses. Make no mistake, this isn't a "pretend" 'cross bike that was really meant for gravel touring. World Cup victories and World Championships won on the previous Boone models helped make the Boone 6 a bike for the very best.
Trek's engineers could have rested on their laurels after Lucinda Brand won the 2021 World Cyclocross Championship on a Boone. But they didn't. They wanted to improve the Boone, and make the bike even better for a wider range of riders and courses. Trek kept the same carbon fiber "recipe" as last year: 600 Series OCLV carbon fiber, ensuring a featherweight frame with incredible torsional strength. A dash of Kammtail Virtual Foil -or KVF- aerodynamic shaping has been added to the frame and fork, lowering drag during high speed sections. Even the cable routing runs through a profiled top cap, cleaning up the Boone's leading edge. Start-line sprints and steep inclines require a bike with a rock-solid feel when stomping on the pedals, and the Boone delivers with a flex-free T47 bottom bracket. A tapered head tube adds precision to the Boone's handling on technical courses while 12mm thru-axles front and rear improve lateral rigidity for carving corners at high speed. The IsoSpeed decoupler found at the seat tube/top tube juncture uses a pair of cartridge bearings to add more vertical compliance to the Boone's ride quality. Rough courses can tire anyone too quickly, but the Boone's IsoSpeed technology takes the edge off harsh surface elements. The Ride Tuned seatmast and cap gives the bike even better compliance compared to any garden-variety seatpost. A flattened top tube is more comfortable when shouldering the Boone on steep run-ups. Flat-mount disc brakes and Control Freak internal cable routing give the Boone a clean, refined look, while an adjustable 3S chain keeper prevents dropped chains (and possibly lost races) on the roughest of race courses.
Shimano's latest 11-speed GRX components are found throughout the Boone 6, including the dual-control levers, clutch-equipped rear derailleur, lightweight single-ring crankset and hydraulic disc brakes. The GRX lever hoods boast a new shape and texture, adding confidence in sloppy conditions. A 40T single chainring is matched with an 11-34T Shimano cassette, bringing a just-right gearing range for cyclocross racing. Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm Comp 25 wheels and race-ready Bontrager CX3 Team Issue 700x32c tires. A lightweight wheelset makes any 'cross bike faster, but the Paradigm Comp's 25mm internal rim width produces a more useful tire "footprint" that improves traction. Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes brings excellent lever feedback to the party, making every hairpin turn an outbraking opportunity.
Bontrager's P3 Verse Comp saddle, alloy Pro stem, and Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF drop handlebar completes this race-ready machine.Now, go pin on a number!
The Crockett 5 Disc was built with cyclocross racing in mind. That being said, all of the Crockett models serve any rider well if they're looking for a spring training bike or "low-intensity gravel" bike. The Crockett 5 Disc is the most affordable machine, built around a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha aluminum frame and all-carbon fork. The frame's tubes have been hydroformed, keeping weight low and torsional strength high. The top tube is flattened, making for easier shouldering on muddy run-ups. Trek's Invisible Weld technology not only looks fantastic, but reduces overall frame weight. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps the Crockett 5 Disc looking clean as well as protecting the derailleur cable from dirt and water. A tapered head tube anchors the large down tube effectively, adding an extra level of handling precision during high-speed corners and descents. The threaded T47 bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke; a critical attribute when charging uphill towards the finish line. The Crockett's 12mm rear thru-axle enhances the strength of the bike's rear triangle, reducing lateral flex in the frame. The Crockett 5's Cross fork is not only light (due to being a fully carbon fiber build from steerer to dropouts), but also soaks up fatiguing vibration. Flat-mount disc brake caliper installation on the frame and fork helps reduce overall frameset weight further, but also enhances brake lever feedback and improves pad wear. A 12mm thru-axle at the fork adds an extra layer of handling precision.
The Crockett 5 Disc needed a drivetrain that could put up with muddy conditions while still getting the job done. Enter SRAM's Rival 1 components.
SRAM's single-ring Rival 1 dual-control levers and rear derailleur make for a lightweight, low maintenance drivetrain. 11-speed shifting across an 11-32T SRAM cassette is done with a single "DoubleTap" button on the right Rival 1 lever. A single 40T chainring is mounted on an alloy Praxis Alba M30 crankset, offering low rotating weight and excellent torsional strength when putting the power down. A set of tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager Affinity Disc wheels are wrapped with race-ready 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires, bringing boatloads of traction on loose surfaces, gravel and mud.
SRAM's Rival hydraulic disc brakes help with speed control in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud). Bontrager also supplies the P3 Verse Comp saddle, durable alloy 2-bolt seatpost, accessory-ready alloy Elite Blendr stem and alloy VR-C road handlebar.
With all this going for it, the Crockett 5 Disc is more than ready for the mud and dirt. Are you?