Roubaix Expert 2017 ~ Test Bike

Roubaix Expert 2017 ~ Test Bike


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Brand:  Specialized

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•Security payment in advance required to book your Test-Bike. Please note, these funds will be "reserved" on your account & not actually taken. On safe return of the cycle to our store, the security deposit will be cancelled and funds will show back on your account.
•We require you to provide photo identification* (If photo identification is not provided then we require payment in full for the bike being tested which will be refunded once the bike is returned).
•The store will take your photograph using a digital camera, the picture will be deleted once you have returned from the test ride.
•Any damage incurred during riding will be chargeable.
•Any bikes returned in a dirty condition WILL be subject to a cleaning charge of £25.00.
•Failure to attend your designated test ride day will result in a charge of £40.00.
2 recent utility bills & a Debit/Credit card required instore on collection of test bike.

CALL OR EMAIL US TO ARRANGE YOUR TEST RIDE / alternative sizes available on request.


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.

Cycling Weekly Voted the Specialized Roubaix Expert Shimano Ultegra Di2 "Endurance Bike of the Year" 10/10

Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for acceleration:
 
7/10
Rate the bike for sprinting:
 
7/10
Rate the bike for high speed stability:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for low speed stability:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for flat cornering:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for cornering on descents:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for climbing:
 
7/10
The drivetrain
Rate the drivetrain for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the drivetrain for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the drivetrain for value:
 
8/10
Wheels and tyres
Rate the wheels for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the wheels for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for value:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the tyres for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for value:
 
8/10
Controls
Rate the controls for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the controls for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the controls for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the controls for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the controls for value:
 
8/10
Your summary
Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes
Would you consider buying the bike? Yes
Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes
Rate the bike overall for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the bike overall for value:
 
8/10
Use this box to explain your score
There's a lot of tech packed into the new Roubaix but the best thing is how all the changes mesh together to create a thoroughly enjoyable endurance bike that definitely needs to be on your shortlist.
Overall rating: 9/10
About the tester
Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 67kg
I usually ride:   My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking