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The Roubaix provides the perfect balance between compliancy and performance. The future shock system at the front might seem a bit different at first but after a good test ride round the quiet back lanes of North Dorset we really began to appreciate how good it is. The lower end is built to perform much like a Tarmac but as you move up towards the seatpost, bars and headet you begin to witness how superb the future shock is. Every bump in the road just felt like the smooth tarmac of an airport runway, we were just missing the 30 degree temperatures!
The different models of the Roubaix offer a specification to suit everyone. Carbon wheels or electronic gearing, the Roubaix will cover just about everything. Everyone who has left the shop with one of these spectacular bikes hasn't found anything to fault. We have only heard good responses about how smooth the ride quality is and how responsive it is up a climb, the perfect recipe for an endurance road bike. The 2018 range has once again impressed us with the latest in Shimano gearing technology.
The Roubaix provides you with the tools you need to explore the road less travelled, while keeping room in your wallet for a mid-ride brew.
The light weight frame has been constructed from our 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. Through some engineering sorcery, however, we've managed to keep the same fit, feel, and position that we've all come to love from the SL4, and kept it consistent throughout the size-range due to our Rider-First Engineered™ construction.
Of course, you're probably thinking, "get on to the suspension thing up front." We call it Future Shock, and essentially, it's a piston in the head tube with 20mm of travel. We 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, we 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 we've tested with our Rolling Efficiency Model, the new Roubaix outperforms anything on the market.
Lastly, the Roubaix comes equipped with hassle-free mechanical disc brakes that'll see you spending more time riding and zero time bleeding your brakes, a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, and Axis Sport Disc wheels, ensuring that you'll keep rolling without trouble, mile after mile.
- The FACT 9r carbon frame has all of the road absorbing, engineered compliance that you'd expect from a bike born on the cobbles, yet its compact endurance race design provides all of the responsiveness and performance you need for long days in the saddle.
- FACT 8r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle
- Shimano Tiagra
- Tech Specs
Frame Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel, flat disc mounts Fork Specialized FACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise Handlebars Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp Tape S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel Front Brake Tektro Spyre, flat mount, mechanical disc Rear Brake Tektro Spyre, flat mount, mechanical disc Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra, braze-on Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra, long cage, 10-speed Shifters Shimano Tiagra Bottom Bracket Shimano Tiagra Cassette Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed, 11-34t Chain KMC X10EL, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™ Crankset Shimano Tiagra, 50/34T Pedals Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors Front Wheel Axis Sport Disc Rear Wheel Axis Sport Disc Front Tyre Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm Rear Tyre Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm Inner Tubes 700x20/28mm, 40mm Presta valve Saddle Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
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