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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.
For years, you had to choose between stiff and snappy, or compliant and comfortable for a race-bike—that is, until the new Roubaix. Featuring a completely Rider-First Engineered™ frame, our Future Shock technology, and a top-level build kit, the S-Works Roubaix with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 is right at home at a local fondo, a Saturday group ride, or a cobbled road race.
The frame is one of the lightest that we've ever made, and it's been constructed from our top-tier FACT 11r 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.
We spec'd our cobble-crushing S-Works frame with the legendary performance of the Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 electronic build kit and 9170 hydraulic disc brakes, a full assortment of S-Works bits, and hand-built Roval CLX 32s with the legendary CeramicSpeed bearings and custom hubs. Add it all up, and you get a race bike at heart, with the technology to float over the roughest roads.
- Featuring our Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary responsiveness and smooth ride quality that you'd expect from a Roubaix. The S-Works FACT 11r frameset is our highest quality carbon frame, offering the ideal blend of light overall weight and targeted stiffness, while the all-new Future Shock "suspension" system at the cockpit delivers a revolutionary degree of comfort and control.
- An S-Works FACT Disc fork is built from our FACT carbon fibre for supreme stiffness, strength, and reactivity, while a thru-axle design only stands to bolster all of the above.
- The Roval CLX 32 wheelset is the perfect balance of light weight, durability, and aerodynamics. It's stiff enough for sprinting, strong enough for abuse, and its CeramicSpeed bearings keep things silky-smooth, making CLX 32 wheels the ultimate all-rounders.
- Tech Specs
Frame S-Works FACT 11r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel, flat disc mounts Fork S-Works FACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle Stem S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise Handlebars S-Works Carbon Hover Drop, 125x75mm Tape S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel Front Brake Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170 hydraulic disc Rear Brake Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170 hydraulic disc Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, braze-on Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11-speed Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 9170 Bottom Bracket OSBB, CeramicSpeed bearings Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-speed, 11-30t Chain Shimano Dura-Ace,11-speed Crankset S-Works FACT Carbon, Carbon fiber spider, 50/34T Pedals Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors Front Wheel Roval CLX 32 Disc, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 32mm depth, Roval AFD Hub, CeramicSpeed bearings, 21h Rear Wheel Roval CLX 32 Disc, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 32mm depth, Roval AFD Hub, CeramicSpeed bearings, 24h Front Tyre Turbo Cotton, 700x28mm Rear Tyre Turbo Cotton, 700x28mm Inner Tubes Standard, Presta valve Saddle S-Works Phenom GT, 143mm, carbon rails, EVA foam, carbon base Seatpost Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm
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