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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.
We've been saying it for years—smoother is faster. But with the all-new S-Works Roubaix with SRAM eTap, this philosophy is taken to new, remarkable heights. The frame is the lightest that we've ever made, and it's been constructed from our top-end FACT 11r carbon fiber. 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. 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, we spec'd it top of the line equipment, like the futuristic SRAM eTap wireless shifting and our all-new Roval CLX 32 carbon wheels.
- 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 Roubaix Disc fork is built from our top-end FACT 11r carbon fiber for supreme stiffness, strength, and reactivity, while a thru-axle design only stands to bolster all of the above.
- SRAM Red® eTap 11-speed shifters provide a glimpse into the future of shifting, and double as brake levers for the SRAM Red hydraulic disc brakes. They communicate wirelessly with the front and rear derailleurs for a ground-breaking level of performance, while offering new, intuitive shift capabilities.
- Tech Specs
Frame S-Works FACT 11r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel Fork Roubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle Stem S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise Handlebars S-Works Hover Carbon, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reach Tape S-Wrap Roubaix w/stickygel Front Brake SRAM Rear Brake SRAM Brake Levers SRAM Front Derailleur SRAM eTap, braze-on Rear Derailleur SRAM eTap, 11-speed Shifters SRAM eTap Hydro Bottom Bracket SRAM BB30, 83mm Cassette SRAM Red 22, 11-28t Chain SRAM Red 22, 11-speed Crankset SRAM Red 22, 50/34T Front Wheel RIM: CLX 32 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready HUB: Roval tubeless plugs, 25-piece bag x 2 Rear Wheel RIM: CLX 32 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready, HUB: 48mm alloy tubeless valve Front Tyre S-Works Turbo 2Bliss Ready, 700x26mm, 180TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt Protection, Gripton Rear Tyre S-Works Turbo 2Bliss Ready, 700x26mm, 180TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt Protection, Gripton Inner Tubes 700x20/28mm, 48mm Presta valve Saddle S-Works Phenom GT, carbon rails, 143mm Seatpost Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mm
“Levels of comfort not found elsewhere”
The combination of the FACT carbon frame, with Zertz inserts and the more relaxed geometry create levels of comfort not found anywhere else. Whether you are a first time road cyclist, or an established racer; if you’re looking for a comfortable yet quick bike, then look no further than the Roubaix.
The Roubaix is available in a range of different sizes and a wide range of model options - come in and see the range and take advantage of our 0% finance options or make use of the popular Cycle to Work Scheme.
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