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If the Back to the Future film franchise featured a bicycle frame ... This would be it. Welcome to the future of frames. The frame is the lightest that Specialized have ever made featuring Fact 11r carbon fibre. More excitingly a completely renovated, re designed suspension technology base. Designed alongside Mclaren Applied Technologies, Specialized have developed the future shock. A piston design placed in the head tube with 20mm of travel allowing for a host of drastic performance improvements.
Through some engineering sorcery, however, Specialized have managed to keep the same fit, feel, and position that we've all come to love from the SL4. 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 are 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 they have tested with the Rolling Efficiency Model, the new Roubaix outperforms anything on the market.
S-Works FACT 11r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel
Roubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle
700x20/28mm, 48mm Presta valve
OSBB, CeramicSpeed bearings
Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mm