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Roubaix Expert

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2017 Roubaix Expert

We always knew that smoother was faster, but before the all-new Roubaix Expert, we couldn't have imagined just how much faster it actually is. The frame is the lightest that we've ever made, and it's been constructed from our FACT 10r 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 with awesome components, like Ultegra 6800 11-speed shifting, hydraulic disc brakes, and ultra-tough DT R460 Disc Pro wheels.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Specialized FACT 10r 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

WHEELS

FRONT WHEEL

DT R470 Disc Pro, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready

REAR WHEEL

DT R470 Disc Pro, thru-axle, 2Bliss Ready

FRONT TIRE

Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

REAR TIRE

Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

INNER TUBES

700x20/28mm, 48mm Presta valve

DRIVETRAIN

SHIFT LEVERS

Shimano ST-RS685, 11-speed

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Ultegra, braze-on

REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Ultegra, long cage, 11-speed

CASSETTE

Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed, 11-32t

CRANKSET

Shimano Ultegra Compact

CHAINRINGS

50/34T

CHAIN

Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed

COCKPIT

HANDLEBARS

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

STEM

Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

TAPE

S-Wrap Roubaix w/sticky gel

SADDLE

Phenom Expert GT, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, 143mm

SEATPOST

Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mm

BRAKES

FRONT BRAKE

Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc

REAR BRAKE

Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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Crank Length170mm170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width400mm420mm420mm420mm440mm440mm
Stem Length75mm90mm100mm100mm110mm110mm
Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm400mm400mm400mm450mm
Seat-Tube Angle74°74°74°73.5°73.5°73.5°
Head-Tube Length90mm110mm125mm150mm185mm205mm
Head-Tube Angle72°72.25°72.75°73.5°73.5°74°
Chain-Stay Length413mm413mm415mm415mm418mm418mm
Top-Tube Length, Horizontal527mm534.9mm545mm561.8mm576.3mm588.5mm
Front-Center580mm586mm584mm590mm605mm612mm
Stand-Over Height715.5mm743mm762mm785mm813mm844.3mm
Seat-Tube Length, B-B Center to Top425mm462mm481mm501mm522mm563mm
Fork Rake50mm50mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
B-B Drop77.5mm77.5mm76mm76mm74.5mm74.5mm
Stack549mm569mm585mm611mm644mm665mm
Reach369mm371mm375mm381mm386mm392mm
Trail58.5mm57mm61mm55mm55mm52mm
Wheelbase981mm987mm987mm993mm1011mm1018mm
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Rider Reviews

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  • 2 Reviews
 

Smooth is indeed fast.

I should start by saying the new Roubaix replaced a 2012 Roubaix SL3 Expert. That bike has served me very well, but after 15.5K miles I felt an upgrade was due. The improvement between these two bikes is even more pronounced than I had initially thought it would be. The eleven speed drive train is both smoother in action and provides a closer ratio between shifts than the 10 speed from the earlier design. Both of these bikes are considered endurance bikes but the future shock is just amazing at smoothing out the bumps and jolts in the roads and trails I ride. The biggest change I have experienced is the lack of hand and wrist numbness after riding about 30 miles. I have ridden the new Roubaix on two 40 plus mile rides and one century in the week I have had it. This lack of numbness just continues to amaze given how common that problem is on most bikes. I am sure the future shock is part of the solution to this issue, but I believe the geometry of the frame has also been adjusted and may also be part of the reason for the vast improvement in riding comfort. The frame also seems to be more stable than the older bikes. I am still getting used to the seat. The old bikes Toupe seat had my sit bones tattooed into it and was very comfortable. I think this seat will eventually become part of me. The last thing I will mention is this bike IS faster than the old one, even though it weighs about two more pounds. Emotionally, I wish the bike was lighter and if you pay more money they do become lighter, but it is faster. Go figure. The new bike is indeed an improvement over the older one, just as it should be.


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Biker B.

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Replaced a 10 year old Roubaix that had Durace components

All amazing. Great hill climbing. Tremendous shock absorbtion but stiffness where needed


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Chub H.

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