Up until now, British roads have been uncomfortable to ride on, not anymore. Introducing the Specialized, Women's specific, Ruby 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 to its Hydraulic disc brakes. Built 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 thanks to a Specialized's partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies. Finally, this model of the Ruby range has been finished with the brilliant Shimano Ultegra 8020 hydraulic groupset which offers sublime performance with 11-speed, hydraulic technology. As well as this, the grade of carbon on the Comp has been upgraded to offer improved stiffness levels whilst reducing the Ruby's overall weight.
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 they 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 superlative FACT 10r 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.
Specialized have spec'd the Ruby Comp with a host of components that blur the lines between steadfast reliability and outright performance, like Shimano Ultegra 11-speed, shifting, powerful Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes, svelte and sturdy DT R470 Disc wheels, and a women's-specific saddle that provides all-day comfort.
Frame - Specialized FACT 10r carbon, Women's Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-disc mounts
Fork - Specialized FACT full-carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle
Seatpost - S-Works CG-R, FACT carbon fiber, single-bolt, 27.2mm
Front & Back Wheel - DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
Front & Rear Tyres - Turbo Pro, 700x28mm
Crankset - Shimano Ultegra R8000, HollowTech 2, 11-speed
Chainrings - 50/34T
Bottom Bracket - Shimano Ultegra, BBR60
Shift Levers - Shimano Ultegra Disc R8020
Front Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra R8000, braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra R8000, Shadow Design, 11-speed
Cassette - Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed, 11-34t
Chain - Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
Front & Rear Brake - Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Specialized Comp Hover Bar, 6061 alloy, 125x75mm w/ Di2 hole
Stem - Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Saddle - Ruby Comp, 155mm
Seat Binder - Carbon, Bolt-type 31.8mm