Specialized Roubaix Sport 2018
Hitting a sweet spot between performance and value, the Roubaix Sport was designed to thrive on long rides through rough country.
The light weight frame has been constructed from our FACT 9r 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, Specialized has 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 Specialized's 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. Specialized 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, Specialized spec'd the Roubaix Sport with Shimano 105 11-speed mechanical shifting, hassle-free Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes, and Axis Sport wheels that have been cased in Specialized Turbo Pro 28mm tires.
|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|
|Wheels||Axis Sport Disc|
|Tires||Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x28mm|
|Derailleurs||Front: Shimano 105 Ez, braze-on
Rear: Shimano 105, 11-speed
|Shift levers||Shimano 105|
|Chain||KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|Cassette||Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t|
|Crankset||Praxis Alba 2D|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors|
|Brakeset||Tektro Spyre, flat mount, mechanical disc|
|Handlebar||Specialized Comp Hover Bar, 6061 alloy, 70x125mm w/ Di2 hole|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|Tape||S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel|
|Seat Post||Specialized Comp carbon, single bolt|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|Sizes||52, 54, 56|
|Color||GLOSS CARBON/NORDIC RED/METALLIC WHITE, GLOSS ROCKET RED/TEAM YELLOW EDGE FADE/BLACK REFLECTIVE CLEAN
|Bottom Bracket Drop||76mm|