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Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review

The Specialized Roubaix has been a benchmark for endurance bikes since it first appeared in the mid-2000s. The latest model uses Specialized’s Future Shock 2.0 front suspension and, in 2020 Expert spec, it offers a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and some top-notch components.

The Roubaix is the comfier, less racy alternative to the Tarmac, although Specialized does also offer a Team version of the S-Works Roubaix frame with more aggressive geometry. 

The Roubaix Expert is an expensive bike by any objective measure, but it’s vastly more affordable than the halo S-Works model. 

As a fan of the old Tarmac, I’ve had a fantastic time with its bouncier sibling in 2020. Read on for full details of my experiences with the bike including video and lots of photos. Newer updates appear first. 

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review conclusions

It’s time to wrap up my long-term review and, if you haven’t already worked this out, I love this bike.

Recent rides have been back on the feathery DT Swiss Mon Chasseral wheelset and I’ve fitted an old set of clip-on SKS mudguards to keep the filth under control, but otherwise I’ve not made any significant spec changes.

Roubaix vs. Diverge: the other Future Shock 2.0

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

I recently had the opportunity to ride the current Specialized S-Works Diverge gravel bike because Campagnolo lent me one as a testbed for the new Ekar gravel groupset.

Like the Roubaix, the Diverge has a Future Shock 2.0 but, according to Specialized, the spring is stiffer on the Diverge to better suit riding on rough surfaces.

This sounds a little counter-intuitive, but my understanding of this is that the stiffer spring would reduce the tendency to bottom out over bumps, which is obviously more likely when riding off road than on.

I haven’t done a true like-for-like comparison because the builds are quite different, but it was noticeable that the Diverge’s Future Shock seemed to bob less during standing efforts, while still doing a remarkably good job of reducing fatigue levels on rough terrain.

Of course, the Diverge has significantly larger tyres (38mm) that run significantly softer (30-something psi), so that’s a factor too – it might be that with road tyres it would be detectably firmer than the Roubaix.

Given that the Diverge offers almost all the excellent qualities of the Roubaix, but also has the bonus of mudguard mounts and SWAT in-frame storage, it’s dangerously close to being my ideal bike.

A Diverge with slightly more road-oriented tyres might be exactly that.

Specialized Roubaix Expert highs

The Roubaix Expert has opened my eyes to the possibilities suspension on road bikes offers, and also helped evolve my attitude to endurance, all-road and gravel bikes.

I’m a fan of gravel bikes in general, however for the riding I do, I feel like many of them lean too heavily towards trying to be a mountain bike with drop bars and, as a result, they’re just too compromised for the road.

The Roubaix pulls off the neat trick of being a road bike that can do so much more than just ride on tarmac.

With squishy tubeless tyres and that Future Shock, it’s one of the most versatile bikes I’ve ridden in years and, critically, it’s loads of fun.

The Expert spec leaves very little to be desired. I noted in a previous update that the things that make the bike expensive (Di2, carbon wheels) are nice to have, but they’re not the reason the Roubaix is so good – that’s down to the underlying frameset.

The current Roubaix Expert is £400 cheaper than my version at £5,000, but it drops the carbon wheels in favour of alloy ones.

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When you consider how expensive carbon rims are, the new bike is arguably worse value despite being cheaper, but I wouldn’t let that put you off.

In any case, we’re seeing significant price rises above inflation across the industry, so the latest pricing is hardly a surprise.

Specialized Roubaix Expert lows

Breaking the Future Shock (see below) was a definite low point, and that was completely my fault. Saying that, the system’s adjustment knob doesn’t seem hugely robust.

My colleague Jack recently reviewed the Specialized Diverge Carbon Comp and learned that the shock’s incremental adjustment points are just there for feel – in reality it’s essentially on or off. Given that, I can’t help thinking a simple two-position switch would make more sense.

What else? Well, this bike should have mudguard (fender) mounts. You’re probably bored of me saying this, but I can’t think of a good reason why a bike like this shouldn’t at least have the option to fit proper, full-length mudguards for year-round riding.

Oh, and the cable routing isn’t the prettiest, and can get in the way when you’re running a bar bag.

Given the trend towards cleaner cockpits, I’ll be surprised if the next generation Roubaix doesn’t go more integrated, although of course that does come with the downside of greater mechanical complexity.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review final verdict

I don’t say this lightly, but the Roubaix Expert is an outstanding bike, one that’s opened my eyes to all kinds of riding possibilities and that I’ve enjoyed immensely.

It’s far from cheap and I’d change minor details if I could, but I can honestly say it’s one of my all-time favourites, and I’ve ridden a hell of a lot of bikes.

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update four

I’ve been riding the Roubaix for almost a year and it’s fair to say it’s got under my skin. I ride a lot of different bikes in my job and it’s been a delight to bond with one properly for a change. 

I genuinely think the Roubaix is an exceptional bike and I’m going to miss it terribly when it goes back. 

I recently took the time to commit my feelings about the bike to (digital) celluloid, so make yourself a hot beverage and enjoy (?) 17 minutes and 49 seconds of a malnourished street urchin waving his arms around in the woods.

Long-term ownership prospects

If you’re considering dropping over five grand on a bicycle, you might well be wondering about long-term costs. 

Unlike most road bikes, the Roubaix has suspension, and that means an extra set of moving parts that could potentially wear out. 

The Future Shock 2.0 is not designed to be a rider-serviceable unit and, as such, there’s not really any day-to-day maintenance to carry out. 

Specialized quotes a nominal 500-hour service life, but it wasn’t immediately clear to me what happens when you hit that number, or how much replacement might cost a rider who, say, broke their Future Shock (see “initial setup” section below).

To find out, I called Certini of Bristol, a nearby Specialized Concept Store, and the very helpful chap on the phone told me that while they hadn’t yet had to replace any Future Shock 2.0s (because they’ve not been around for long enough), it would only cost a regular punter somewhere in the region of £75 to £80 because it’s done on a “service exchange” basis rather than a normal retail one. 

If you rode your Roubaix for five hours every week, it would take you almost two years to hit the 500 figure, so that feels pretty reasonable to me. 

The future of Future Shock

I’m curious to see where Specialized will take the Future Shock concept next. 

The 2.0 unit doesn’t have interchangeable springs and so it can’t be tuned to different rider weights beyond adjusting the damping via the knob. 

It works fine for me at the lighter end of the spectrum, but I do wonder if really heavy riders might benefit from a stiffer spring – perhaps Specialized might add interchangeable springs to the 2.0 as well?

Going a bit more sci-fi, an electronically activated damper or lock-out could be incredible. If you could map the controls to the extra buttons on Shimano Di2 levers you’d be able to adjust the shock without taking your hands off the levers. 

I’ve no idea if such a thing is feasible or practical, but on a bike that already has electronic shifting it doesn’t feel like too much of a leap, and electronic suspension for bicycles has been around as a concept for quite some time. 

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update three

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

By the time you read this, the Roubaix will have ticked over 2,000km in my possession and it’s firmly established itself as a favourite.

I’m struggling to think of a road bike I’d rather cover distance on, particularly on mixed surfaces. 

The limiting factor for me on long rides lately has been saddle comfort, which has more to do with my own awkward physiology than any fault of the bike. The Specialized Power isn’t half bad, but I’m still on lifelong quest for my holy grail perch. 

New wheels and resquishification

I’ve had no issues whatsoever with the Roval C 38 wheels the Roubaix comes with. They’re light enough (1,560g claimed), stiff enough and not too deep section, which suits me because I tend to get blown around like the plastic bag in that scene in American Beauty riding proper aero wheels. 

Also, the 21mm internal width is a great match for the 28 and 32mm tyres I’ve been running, giving a really nice round profile and, with the smaller size, a pretty smooth rim-to-tyre transition.

However, I’ve got a set of DT Swiss PRC 1100 Mon Chasseral wheels to test, so I’ve fitted these and at the same time reverted to the 32mm Continental GP5000 TLs I was running before. 

The 28mm Schwalbe Pro Ones have proved to be excellent all-rounders, but I’ve missed the extra comfort offered by the fatter Contis.

The Mon Chasserals are roughly 300g lighter than the Rovals at an actual 1,262g, but they’re also quite a bit shallower at just 24mm deep (vs. 38mm), and narrower at 18mm internal. 

The latter dimension matters because it makes them less well suited to wider tyres than the Rovals. In fact, DT Swiss designed these wheels with 25mm tyres in mind, although they’ll work just fine with significantly fatter rubber. 

The 32mm Contis take on a fairly pronounced ‘lightbulb’ profile on these rims, but that’s hardly the end of the world. 

So are these wheels an upgrade or a downgrade? I guess it’s a bit of both. They do look cool, in an understated sort of a way. They’re also almost criminally expensive at £2,649.99 / €2,948 / $3,734. Look out for a separate review soon. 

Charge your damned Di2

When I pitted Ultegra Di2 against its key rival SRAM Force eTap AXS I noted that Di2’s remarkable battery life means it’s easy to become complacent about charging it.

Well guess which idiot did exactly that? [indicates self]

Some weeks (months?) ago I checked the battery and noted that it was in the ‘flashing green’ mode, which means there’s at least 50 per cent battery remaining.

I made a mental note to top it up and promptly forgot all about it. This led to the battery dying at around 25km from home on a recent ride, to my immense frustration. 

When a Di2 battery drops below 10 per cent, you lose front shifting first, and the system left me in the 34t little ring. 

Di2 is also designed to prevent extreme cross chaining, meaning you can’t use the two smallest cogs on the cassette when you’re on the smaller chainring. 

As a result, I had to make do with a not-so-high gear of 34/15 for the remainder of my ride. There was a lot of coasting and swearing. Lesson learned, I hope. 

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update two

Over the last few weeks, the Roubaix has been been my go-to for lots of short lockdown rides before work, and slightly longer outings at the weekend with frequent gravel diversions. 

Matthew Loveridge

Changing tyres (again)

I absolutely loved the 32mm Continental GP5000 TLs I fitted initially and I think they might be my new favourite tyre. 

Once upon a time I’d have scoffed at the idea of 32mm tyres on a road bike, but with the state of our roads and my predilection for gravel detours, they actually make a lots of sense. 

However, I have a set of 28mm Schwalbe Pro One TLEs that need testing, so I’ve put these on for now. 

The Schwalbes averaged 264g each on my scales, making for a total saving of over 200g versus the chunky Continentals.

Having now ridden them a fair bit, my subjective impression is that the narrower tyres are slightly less comfortable on our terrible roads, but not noticeably faster. 

The Pro Ones handle light gravel just fine, but their narrower width naturally means they feel a little bit sketchier.

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The nice thing about running tubeless is that I’ve got a huge amount of latitude when it comes to pressures. 

I’ve run the Pro Ones as low as 40psi front / 50psi rear without ill effect, although after experimenting a little I’ve found I’m happiest around 50psi / 60psi, or just under. 

If I were running tubes, I’d likely want at least 10psi more front and rear because of the risk of pinch flats.

Is the Future Shock a panacea?

Matthew Loveridge

I’ve been thinking hard about whether a Future Shock style design is a solution for all road bikes. 

I’ve been hugely impressed with the system on the Roubaix, but there are some caveats to my praise. 

For general riding, I’ve been very happy to leave the shock’s adjuster in the fully ‘open’ position, which gives me the most squish.

Riding along bumpy surfaces, the constant flexing of the shock’s cover lets you know it’s doing its job.

There is significant movement in the bars when you’re out of the saddle but I’ve found that, in the course of normal climbing and quite spirited descending, this doesn’t bother me, the bike still feels accurate and predictable. 

The one time the movement is perhaps counterproductive is when you’re really pushing hard, for example sprinting out of the saddle with your hands on the drops. 

In this scenario, you’re cranking hard from side to side, and the extra movement of the shock can make the front of the bike feel slightly more wayward. 

You can lock out most of the movement by cranking the adjuster right down, which noticeably sharpens up the front end. Of course, you have to remember do to this in advance of launching your sprint.

Matthew Loveridge

For this reason, I’d say that if you have any intention of riding competitively on a Roubaix, you’re going to want one of the models with an adjustable Future Shock. 

The rest of us (myself included) are likely to be satisfied by a non-adjustable one – the adjustment falls into the category of ‘nice to have’ but not essential, and it’s perfectly feasible to ride all of the time with the shock fully open. 

Relatedly, I made a mistake in my original story on this bike when I said it was possible to change to a softer or harder spring. With the adjustable Future Shock 2.0, you can’t change springs, while the Future Shock 1.5 (which Specialized calls “non damped”) found on cheaper models has no adjuster, but comes with a choice of three springs.

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update one

Swapping stems

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

Specialized provided me with a shim that adapts the skinny Future Shock steerer to work with a standard 1 1/8in stem, so I duly went rummaging in my box of stems and dug out a 110mm Syntace of unknown provenance to give the Roubaix an extra 10mm of reach.

As it happens, this stem is one that works with 1 1/4in steerers but comes with a shim of its own to fit 1 1/8in, so I’m now running a double-shimmed setup, which is almost certainly not something any manufacturer would endorse. 

Even more upsettingly, it looks kind of terrible because of the awkward transition this creates from the Future Shock adjuster knob to the stem, but so be it.

Jumping on the bike I was immediately more comfortable, although I might yet go even longer with a 120mm stem to help stretch out my lower back. This will also look pro as hell, which is obviously what matters most. 

Multimodal maketh the man

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

My cycling New Year’s resolution was to attempt some multimodal rides, by which I mean ones that take me somewhere else rather than ending where they started, relying on trains to get me home.

I finally did such a ride on the Roubaix, heading west from the Forest of Dean to Abergavenny before turning south.

I’d originally planned to ride further west into the Brecon Beacons, but I cleverly chose to do this ride on an exceptionally windy day (there have been a lot of these lately), with the breeze against me for the whole of my A to B ride, and neither the legs nor the enthusiasm were there. 

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

Instead, after a pleasant cafe stop in Abergavenny, I hopped on the canal path and got extremely muddy, sliding around on my slick tyres and ducking under low bridges every few hundred yards.

After clambering through the branches of a tree that had blocked both the canal and the path, I stupidly decided to get on the road for a change of scene, and spent a very unpleasant half-hour or so riding on a dual carriageway down to Cwmbran (home of the Jammie Dodger biscuit) where I caught a train home. 

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

The ride wasn’t an unqualified success, but the sense of purpose riding to a destination gave me made it far more enjoyable than my usual loops. 

With its blend of comfort and speed, I can’t think of a bike better suited to days like this than the Roubaix. 

Original article below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert specification and details

Sours: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/specialized-roubaix-expert-long-term-review/

Specialized Roubaix Expert review

The Roubaix has been part of the Specialized line up for many years, winning the event from which it takes its name no fewer than five times (2008-10, 2012, 2014).

But for 2017 it’s undergone a dramatic and fundamental design change. That change is the new ‘Future Shock’, a spring-based unit that allows 20mm of suspension at the front and is positioned just below the stem.

While the Future Shock will be what most people want to know about, the remainder of the bike has a great component specification.

The choice of the Hover handlebars, which have 15mm rise, won’t suit those who prefer a low position, but the Roubaix isn’t aimed at racers.

The DT wheels are a good match with the wide rims giving the 26mm Turbo tyres a nice, rounded shape.

A full Shimano Ultegra groupset is faultless and cable routing is neat and well thought out.

Storage box

The SWAT box, visible behind the front derailleur, is a storage box that will fit a tube and the majority of the tools you’re likely to need on a ride. Although it’s removable, it is neat and well designed.

From the first ride, the Future Shock is immediately noticeable. The smoothness and lack of friction is impressive, making it very responsive over smaller bumps.

Out of the saddle, for sprints or climbs, the suspension does react, but it doesn’t have a noticeable effect and certainly no detectable ‘bobbing’ while riding.

All Roubaix models come with three spring options. We went for the Medium for the majority of the test but also tried the Firm.

The softest spring may feel too soft for all but the lightest riders and while the choice of three should suit almost everyone, an even harder spring would be welcome.

Set-up is simple enough, but it’s a different process to the normal stem/steerer tube set-up, so you really need to read through the instructions.

The inclusion of two different height headset caps and the option of spacers mean the riding position can be made high, great if you’re after comfort.

It doesn’t take long after the first ride to completely forget that the Future Shock is there, but the difference in comfort is fantastic.

Rating - 4.7/5

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Spec

Specialized Roubaix Expert
FrameFACT 10r Carbon, Roubaix Disc FACT 11r fork, 12mm thru-axle 
GroupsetShimano Ultegra
BrakesShimano Ultegra hydraulic disc
ChainsetShimano Ultegra Compact, 50/34
CassetteShimano Ultegra, 11-32
BarsSpecialized Hover Expert Alloy, 15mm rise
StemSpecialized Pro SL
SeatpostSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon
WheelsDT R470 Disc Pro
SaddleSpecialized Phenom Expert GT
Weight8.44kg (54cm)
Contactspecialized.com
Sours: https://www.cyclist.co.uk/specialized/roubaix/2132/specialized-roubaix-expert-review
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Description


Sure we always knew that smoother was faster but before the Roubaix Expert with our Future Shock technology we couldn't have imagined just how much faster being smooth actually is.

The super-light frame has been constructed from our FACT 10r 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.

For this Roubaix we spec'd Shimano's new mechanical Ultegra 8000 to handle shifting duties with Ultegra 8020 hydraulic disc brakes to match. We then topped it off with lightweight alloy Roval SLX 24 disc wheels laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs to keep you rolling smoothly.

  • Featuring our Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary responsiveness and smooth ride quality that you'd expect from a Roubaix. The FACT 10r frameset holds its own with our high-end carbon offerings, with 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.
  • A Roubaix Disc fork is built from our FACT carbon fiber for supreme stiffness, strength, and reactivity, while a thru-axle design only stands to bolster all of the above.
  • The Roval SLX 24 Disc wheelset features a sub-1600-gram weight, a 20-millimeter internal width, and an alloy construction that makes it a solid performer when the roads turn rough.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.

Specification


FRAMESpecialized FACT 10r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel, flat disc mounts
FORKSpecialized FACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle
FRONT WHEELRoval SLX 24 Disc, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h
REAR WHEELRoval SLX 24 Disc, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h
INNER TUBESStandard, Presta valve
FRONT TYRETurbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm
REAR TYRETurbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm
CRANKSETShimano Ultegra R8000
CHAINRINGS50/34T
BOTTOM BRACKETShimano Ultegra
SHIFT LEVERSShimano Ultegra 8020, hydraulic disc
FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra 8000, long cage, 11-speed
CASSETTEShimano 11-speed Ultegra 8000, 11-32t
CHAINShimano Ultegra, 11-speed
FRONT BRAKEShimano Ultegra 8020, hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKEShimano Ultegra 8020, hydraulic disc
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Expert Hover, alloy, 75x125mm
TAPES-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
STEMSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Expert, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm
PEDALSNylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.

Geometry


Size 495254565861
BB Drop77.5mm77.5mm76mm76mm74.5mm74.5mm
Chainstay Length413mm413mm415mm415mm418mm418mm
Fork Rake50mm50mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center580mm586mm584mm590mm605mm612mm
Head Tube Angle72°72.25°72.75°73.5°73.5°74°
Head Tube Length90mm110mm125mm150mm185mm205mm
Reach369mm371mm375mm381mm386mm392mm
Seat Tube Angle74°74°74°73.5°73.5°73.5°
Seat Tube Length, BB Center to Top425mm462mm481mm501mm522mm563mm
Stack549mm569mm585mm611mm644mm665mm
Standover Height715.5mm743mm762mm785mm813mm844.3mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal527mm534.9mm545mm561.8mm576.3mm588.5mm
Trail58.5mm57mm61mm55mm55mm52mm
Wheelbase981mm987mm987mm993mm1011mm1018mm
Sours: https://www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/product/12204/2018-roubaix-expert/
Matthew’s Favourite EVER Bike? - Specialized Roubaix Long-Term Review

Specialized Roubaix Expert Road Bike - 2018, 56cm

Year2018BrandSpecializedModelRoubaix ExpertSize56cmFrame MaterialCarbon FiberWeight19 lbs ForkSpecialized S-Works FACT Carbon, Carbon FiberBrakesShimano Ultegra R8070, Disc Brakes - HydraulicShiftersShimano Ultegra Di2 R8070, ElectronicFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2 R8050Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra Di2 R8050CranksetShimano Ultegra R8000, 50/34t, 172.5 mmCassetteShimano Ultegra R8000, 11spd, 11-32tChainShimanoHandlebarSpecialized Comp Hover Alloy, 42 cmHeadsetSpecialized Integrated w/ Future ShockStemSpecialized Alloy 31.8 mm x 90mm, 7°SeatpostSpecialized S-Works CG-R FACT Carbon, 27.2mmSaddleSpecialized Phenom AlloyWheelsetRoval SLX 24 Disc Alloy, DT Swiss 240Front TireSchwalbe G-One, 700C x 30CRear TireSchwalbe G-One, 700C x 30CTire TypeClincherTubeless CompatibilityNoCharger IncludedYes
Sours: https://www.theproscloset.com/products/specialized-roubaix-expert-road-bike-2018-56cm-2

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REVAMPED AND STILL A WINNER

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Sours: https://99spokes.com/bikes/specialized/2018/roubaix-expert
Specialized Roubaix 2017 - Exclusive Review

2018 Specialized Roubaix Expert Ultegra Di2 Road Bike

The search for lasting comfort and an endurance-focused setup just got a whole lot easier with the Specialized Roubaix Expert Ultegra Di2 Road Bike 2018. What's all the fuss about? Well, it has a lot do with the new Future Shock suspension system that Specialized have developed alongside the McLaren F1 team.

Future Shock suspension is essentially a piston that sits in the head tube to offer 20mm of travel. This is great for rough roads as it improves vertical compliance by eliminating fork splay. This ultimately means, rather than you bike losing energy over bumps, it can absorb the shock and move smoothly through them. In Specialized's Rolling Efficiency Model the Roubaix outperformed any other bike on the market, so expect a seriously smooth and fast ride.

Future Shock suspension combines with Specialized's premium FACT 10r carbon and a new seatpost clamping construction that adds torsional compliance for added comfort whilst you are sitting in the saddle and putting the power down.

This superb frameset is coupled with electronic shifting in the form of Shimano's Ultegra 6870 Di2 Groupset. The 11-32t cassette on the back and compact 50/34t crankset on the front provide a full gearing range to cover a wide variety of terrain. The FACT 10r carbon frame features 12mm thru-axles for added stiffness, strength and braking performance.

Gearing is taken care of with a compact Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2 system. This compact drivetrain is perfect for tackling challenging gradients and powerful pedalling in comfort. Shimano has also got braking covered with their hydraulic disc brake system, which assures strong and reliable stopping power no matter what the weather is.

DT R460 Disc wheels offer tubeless-ready conversion and a lightweight and versatile depth profile that combines aerodynamic performance with a low weight.

A further added advantage of the new Roubaix is SWAT storage over the bottom bracket. this offers sleek and aerodynamic storage for items like a mini tool, inner tube and tyre levers.

 

2018 Specialized Roubaix Expert Ultegra Di2 Road Bike

Features:

  • FRAME: Specialized FACT 10r carbon, Endurance Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock suspension, 20mm of travel

  • FORK: Specialized Roubaix disc, FACT 11r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle

  • HEADSET: Specialized

  • STEM: Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

  • HANDLEBARS: Specialized Hover Expert Alloy, 15mm rise, 125mm drop, 75mm reach

  • TAPE: Specialized S-Wrap Roubaix with sticky gel

  • FRONT BRAKE: Shimano, hydraulic, Ice-Tech resin pads w/fins

  • REAR BRAKE: Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic, resin pads w/fins

  • BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano R785 Di2

  • FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870, 11-speed, braze-on

  • REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870, long cage, 11-speed

  • SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano R785 Di2, 11-speed

  • CASSETTE: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed, 11-32t

  • CHAIN: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed

  • CRANKSET: Shimano Ultegra 6800 Compact 50/34T

  • PEDALS: NA

  • FRONT WHEEL: DT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready

  • REAR WHEEL: DT R460 Disc, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready

  • FRONT TYRE: Specialized Turbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, clincher

  • REAR TYRE: Specialized Turbo Pro, 700x26mm, 60TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, clincher

  • SADDLE: Specialized Phenom Expert GT, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, 143mm

  • SEATPOST: Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mm

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