March 27, 2014
Back during the 2012 season, we introduced our Cervelo Test Centre, which prided itself on such a comprehensive array of test bikes for our customers to try, nip, tuck, swap and retry before deciding which model was for them, and in what size.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been amassing a Specialized contingent to our test bike fleet though, which covers their Ruby, Roubaix, Tarmac and Venge models, in a range of sizes. There are even two S-Works bikes that have been thrown into the mix too.
The Roubaix's have been in store for a while now, and are the entry level SL4 frames built up with a Shimano Sora groupset with disc brakes. Yes, disc brakes. It’s a relatively new concept to the road bike market, but if the responsive, reliable nature of discs is to be at home anywhere, it’s on a Roubaix. The Roubaix was originally cast as Specialized’s ‘cobble-special’ bike, as the name suggests, but has increasingly opened itself to the sportive market too, due to its relaxed geometries, shock absorbers and velvety ride. We've got it available in both 54 and 58cm options as test bikes.
The women's slightly altered equivalent is the Ruby, which also has the same, relaxed geometries and the 'Zertz' dampening shock absorbers for a truly comfortable ride. Women's bikes are basically modified to accommodate for a shorter torso relative to leg length - which is a typical female trait – so although these bikes are designed with women in mind, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will suit all women. That's why we have a test bike!
Specialized S Works Tarmac
Next, we have the Tarmac series, which we have available in sizes 56 and 58. The 56 again comes with the SL4 frame and Sora groupset, but back to the more traditional calliper braking system. The 58, however is the S-Works frameset, kitted out with a SRAM Force groupset, and to be quite frank rides like an absolute dream. The frame is incredibly stiff, with the handling of a semi-unprecedented level; an opinion we’ve made collectively in store after having all ridden it, and despite only one of us actually fitting a 58.
Last, but certainly by no means least, is our brand new S-Works Venge, which has also been built up with SRAM Force and is a racier 54cm frame. The shapes on a Venge are some of the prettiest known to the world of bicycle frames, and the silky aero tubes don’t compromise any speed to look that good, either.
And there we have our Specialized test bike fleet in all their sparkling glory. We don’t want them to stay sparkling though, so come and have a go.
Roubaix – 54, 58
Ruby – 51
Tarmac – 56, 58
Venge – 54