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  1. Taking inspiration from the infamous Paris-Roubaix in both name and purpose, the Specialized Roubaix is a bike built for endurance, performance and superb ride quality. In 2007 Specialized changed the game with what was then an all-new Roubaix featuring vibration dampening “Zertz” inserts. Over the next three years the bike would claim back-to-back Paris Roubaix titles piloted by some of the greatest names in our sport. To date the Specialized Roubaix has tallied five wins in the famed spectacle that is the “Hell of the North” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014). And, ten years on, it appears that the big ‘S’ have taken things up a notch… Click here to view the article
  2. The 2017 Specialized Roubaix takes a radical step forward with an all-new Future Shock "suspension" system. Past iterations of the Roubaix did a great job in minimising road buzz through the vibration dampening Zertz inserts. The previous generation of the Specialized Roubaix has to be one of the most comfortable rides we’ve experienced, but when the going got really rough over long distances, your hands, arms and shoulders still bore the brunt of fatigue.With the 2017 Roubaix those Zertz inserts in the fork make way for the Future Shock up front. The new micro suspension system above the head tube allows the cockpit to "float" with three spring options to adjust spring rate to suit your preference. Similarly, the seat stays are now Zertz free in favour of the Drop Clamp frame-seatpost interface coupled with the CG-R seatpost (aka the COBL GOBL-R or “Cobble Gobbler”). The combination provides up to 20mm of compliance in the rear while still doing a great job of minimising road buzz thanks to the CG-R's dampening elastomer. The additional rearward flex in the seatpost is achieved through the lower clamp position and the void in the upper section of the seat tube allowing for room to move. In line with the trend across their mountain bike lineup, the revamped Roubaix also receives the SWAT treatment with a removable storage box mounted above the bottom bracket (included on the Expert and S-WORKS models). This houses most of the spares you would need: a tube, CO2 cartridge and adaptor, tyre levers and multi tool which is accessible via an outer hatch. Plus a nifty money clip to stash some cash. Upon first glance it does give the bike an ebike-esque look, but the only form of assistance inside is relief for your once stuffed pockets or ungainly (and unsightly) saddle bag. And, for what it's worth, the location of the box transfers just a little more weight to the centre low point of the bike. First Impressions No doubt a question on many minds, and our immediate thought when presented with the Future Shock, “Won’t that ‘bounce’ when you are out of the saddle?”. Well, from a first ride on the cobbled roads of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, we can confidently say, “No”. It is something you will need to experience to truly believe, but the “floating” cockpit feels rock solid when out of the saddle, while still softening harsh feedback from rugged surfaces. Overall the combination of added compliance in the seatpost, the 26C wide tyres and “suspension” cockpit take most, if not all, of the harsh jarring out of the ride. You still feel the road surface, but there is a smoothness to the ride and with it more confidence and speed across uneven surfaces. The micro-adjustments available through the Future Shock offer an incredible sense of control in all modes. When climbing on uneven surfaces you feel less clumsy and awkward. Similarly when descending the reduction in bar rattle makes for better control - you feel more in touch with the brakes when you need them and more secure on the bars. It is not that you couldn't do it on any normal bike, it's just that the Roubaix really does feel smoother, more controlled and, yes, faster. With all the added compliance it is natural to question the rigidity and efficiency of the design. Yet, despite the "baked in" flex, the base structure of the frame is incredibly stiff where it needs to be. Specialized have paid attention to the torsional rigidity of the frame to ensure minimal power is lost through the wrong kinds of flex. Over the years, the Roubaix has focussed more on its race performance and the 2017 iteration carries this through. Even with the gentler geometry it does not have the sluggish feel that might be associated with an endurance bike. While we unfortunately didn’t have time in this first ride to test the true long distance endurance aspect of the bike, if the past generations of Roubaix and our initial impressions are anything to go by, endurance rides, particularly those on poor surfaces, are where this bike is going to thrive. Specifications: 2017 Specialized Roubaix Expert UDI2 FrameFACT 10r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRoubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleStemSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-boltHandlebarsSpecialized Hover Expert Alloy, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesShimano Ultegra, hydraulic, Ice-Tech resin pads w/finsFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2 6870, 11-speed, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano R785 Di2, 11-speedCassetteShimano Ultegra, 11-speed, 11-32tChainShimano Ultegra, 11-speedCranksetShimano Ultegra CompactChainrings50/34TBottom BracketShimano, outboard cartridge bearingsFront WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyRear WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyTyresTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddlePhenom Expert GT, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61 So who should buy one? The question will be asked: Who is this new Roubaix aimed at? Initially, we’d thought perhaps only the more hardened cobble hunting adventurer. But after a first encounter with this new version that opinion has shifted. Although its heritage as a more comfortable endurance bike cannot be ignored, over recent iterations the Roubaix platform has become progressively more race oriented. Future shock and all, the 2017 Specialized Roubaix retains that race capable feel, placing it in a very appealing spot.Even when not seeking out rough cobbles it is a comfortable yet capable race bike, just with some added compliance and an extra bit of forgiveness up front. On our often dubious South African road surfaces it could offer just the right balance to satisfy most road enthusiasts, regardless of how many bumps you willfully choose to consume along the way. Head over to the official press release here for all the details on the new Specialized Roubaix and Ruby bikes. Images by Craig Kolesky
  3. The S-Works Roubaix eTap. Specialized worked closely with McLaren to understand what “smooth” actually meant. Together, they analyzed how riders and road surfaces interact, learning to quantify smoothness in order to increase speed and reduce road vibrations transmitted to the rider. Eric Schuda, Director of Road at Specialized, had this to say: "To bring 'Smoother is Faster' to life, we developed the Future Shock. Our testing showed road vibrations are felt the most through the front end of the bike. We needed to reduce these vibrations, so the team developed a suspension system to absorb bump input through the bars. This allows the bike to float under the riders hands and is not only smoother but also proven to be faster over rough roads. The Future Shock also features three different spring rates, allowing retailers to customize the rider experience based on customer preference." In addition to the Future Shock, the bikes feature the CG-R seatpost and the new Drop Clamp, which allows 20mm of rearward arc compliance. Together, they improve smoothness, speed, and comfort, while also increasing traction and cornering. The S-Works Ruby and Roubaix will come with Specialized's latest road offering, the Roval CLX 32 wheels, which are lighter, more aerodynamic, and have less rolling resistance than the previous CLX 40 wheels. Expert and S-Works models also feature a SWAT™ Box storage system that fits seamlessly above the bottom bracket, providing the most logical place to hold items for flat repair. It can be purchased aftermarket, however, and it's compatible with every new Ruby and Roubaix. Both bikes have Specialized's Rider-First Engineered™ technology, with the Ruby being the first women’s road bike to feature it. This means each frame size has been individually developed to the respective rider, rather than the traditional approach of building the median size and just making larger and smaller versions of the same frame. Specialized is certain that these two new road offerings prove that smoother is indeed faster. We had an opportunity to ride the new Roubaix. Check out our first ride here. Models and Specifications: S-Works Roubaix eTap FrameS-Works FACT 11r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRoubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleStemS-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree riseHandlebarsS-Works Hover Carbon, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesSRAM Red hydraulicFront DerailleurSRAM eTap, braze-onRear DerailleurSRAM eTap, 11-speedShift LeversSRAM eTap HydroCassetteSRAM Red 22, 11-28tChainSRAM Red 22, 11-speedCranksetSRAM Red 22Chainrings50/34TBottom BracketSRAM BB30, 83mmFront WheelCLX 32 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyRear WheelCLX 32 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyTyresS-Works Turbo 2Bliss Ready, 700x26mm, 180TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt Protection, GriptonSaddleS-Works Phenom GT, carbon rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61Retail PriceR 169,999.00 S-Works Roubaix Frameset FrameS-Works FACT 11r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRoubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleBottom BracketOSBB, CeramicSpeed bearingsSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmRetail PriceR 59,999.00 Roubaix Expert UDI2 FrameFACT 10r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRoubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleStemSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-boltHandlebarsSpecialized Hover Expert Alloy, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesShimano Ultegra, hydraulic, Ice-Tech resin pads w/finsFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2 6870, 11-speed, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano R785 Di2, 11-speedCassetteShimano Ultegra, 11-speed, 11-32tChainShimano Ultegra, 11-speedCranksetShimano Ultegra CompactChainrings50/34TBottom BracketShimano, outboard cartridge bearingsFront WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyRear WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyTyresTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddlePhenom Expert GT, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61Retail PriceR 87,499.00 Roubaix Comp FrameFACT 10r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRoubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleStem3D-forged alloy, 7-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Hover Comp Alloy, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesShimano 805 Flat-Mount HYD, resin pads w/finsFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano ST-RS505, 11-speedCassetteShimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32tChainKMC X11, 11-speedCranksetPraxis ZayanteChainrings50/34TBottom BracketPraxisFront WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyRear WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyTyresTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddlePhenom Comp GT, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61Retail PriceR 57,499.00 Roubaix SL4 Sport FrameSpecialized SL4 FACT 10r carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" head tube, compact race design, Zertz, internal rear brake cable, OSBBForkFACT carbon fiber, full carbon monocoque, Zertz insertsStemSpecialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesAXIS 1.0Front DerailleurShimano 105, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano 105, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano 105 STI, 11-speedCassetteShimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32tChainKMC X11, 11-speedCranksetPraxis AlbaChainrings50/34TBottom BracketPraxisFront WheelAxis Elite, QRRear WheelAxis Elite, QRTyresTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddlePhenom Comp GT, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61 Roubaix SL4 FrameSpecialized SL4 FACT 10r carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" head tube, compact race design, Zertz, internal rear brake cable, OSBBForkFACT carbon fiber, full carbon monocoque, Zertz insertsStemSpecialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesAXIS 1.0Front DerailleurShimano Tiagra, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Tiagra, long cage, 10-speedShift LeversShimano Tiagra STI, 10-speedCassetteShimano Tiagra, 10-speed, 11-34tChainKMC X10, 10-speed w/reusable MissingLinkCranksetPraxis AlbaChainrings50/34TBottom BracketPraxisFront WheelAxis Elite, QRRear WheelAxis Elite, QRTyresEspoir Elite, 700x25mmSaddleBody Geometry Toupé Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61 Ruby Comp FrameFACT 10r carbon, Women's Endurance Geometry, 12x142mm thru- axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travelForkRuby disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axleStem3D-forged alloy, 7-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Hover Comp Alloy, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesShimano 805 Flat-Mount HYD, resin pads w/finsFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano ST-RS505, 11-speedCassetteShimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32tChainKMC X11, 11-speedCranksetPraxis Zayante, threadedChainrings50/34TBottom BracketPraxisFront WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyRear WheelDT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss ReadyFront TyreTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionRear TyreTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddleRuby Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes44, 48, 51, 54, 56Retail PriceR 57,499.00 Ruby SL4 Sport FrameSpecialized FACT 9r carbon rim, FACT construction, Women's Endurance Geometry, Women's Layup, Zertz, threadedForkSpecialized Ruby FACT carbon, full monocoque, Zertz insertsStemSpecialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Women's Comp Shallow Drop, alloy, 123mm drop, 75mm reachTapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygelBrakesAXIS 1.0Front DerailleurShimano 105, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano 105, long cage, 11-speedShift LeversShimano 105 STI, 11-speedCassetteShimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32tChainKMC X11, 11-speedCranksetPraxis AlbaChainrings50/34TBottom BracketPraxis, outboard cartridge bearingsFront WheelAxis Elite, QRRear WheelAxis Elite, QRFront TyreTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionRear TyreTurbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protectionSaddleLithia Comp Gel, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mmSeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mmSizes44, 48, 51, 54, 57
  4. Why would you want to buy a Specialized Roubaix in South Africa if we don't have rough road routes like in the Paris Roubaix? Surely this bicycle has other properties besides being made for cobblestones? Has anyone got such a bike? How comfortable is it over long distance? How does it climb?
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