Up until now, British roads have been uncomfortable to ride on, not anymore. Introducing the Specialized Roubaix range designed to battle with the toughest of surfaces whilst providing supreme comfort and stiffness at an optimal weight. This bikes comfort orientation makes it great for testing British roads in harsh winter conditions thanks as well to its Hydraulic disc brakes. Built also with revolutionary future shock suspension found on the head tube, providing 20mm of travel, this design not only improves comfort but overall smoothness and speed as well thanks to a Specialized's partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies. Finally, this model of the Roubaix range has been finished with Shimano's Tiagra groupset that provides a big enough range of gears to keep you going up the hills, whilst allowing you to race down them.
McLaren Applied Technologies Suspension
Of course, you're probably thinking, "get on to the suspension thing up front." Specialized call it Future Shock, and essentially, it's a piston in the head tube with 20mm of travel. They developed this technology in partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies, and the result of this is a host of drastic performance improvements, namely in the vertical compliance department. Without giving a physics lecture, Specialized found that focusing on vertical compliance, instead of fork splay, meant that we could improve smoothness, speed, and comfort in one fell swoop. And of all the bikes that Specialized have tested with their Rolling Efficiency Model, the Roubaix outperforms anything on the market.
The frame is among the lightest that Specialized have ever made, and it's been constructed from their superlative FACT 9r carbon fibre. Its stiffness levels are also off the charts, and compared to the SL4 iteration of yesteryear, you'll experience a whole new, faster, and more efficient geometry.
Frame - Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc brakes
Fork - Specialized FACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle
Seatpost - Carbon, single-bolt, 30.9mm
Front & Back Wheel - Axis Sport Disc Wheelset
Front & Rear Tyres - Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm
Crankset - Praxis Alba M30, PF30
Chainrings - 50/34T
Bottom Bracket - Praxis, external bearings, threaded, 68mm
Shift Levers - Shimano RS405 Shifters, hydraulic disc, 10-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Tiagra, GS cage, 10-speed
Cassette - SunRace, 11-34t, 10-speed
Chain - KMC X10 Extra Lightweight, 10-speed
Front & Rear Brake - Shimano RS505, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Specialized Comp Hover Bar, 6061 alloy, 125x75mm w/ Di2 hole
Stem - Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Saddle - Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Binder - Bolt-type, 31.8mm