I just bought a new Specialized Roubaix and incidentally checked the chain out of habit (mostly curiosity). I had not ridden the bike more than a week and was about to go on the Seattle to Portland ride soon so I checked my chain. I used a ProLink chain gauge and found that the chain is at 100% wear and in need of replacement. Hmmm, why would that be on a BRAND NEW BIKE?
My wife also purchased a new Roubaix last year and she rides less than I do (her commute is about 3 miles while mine is about 9 miles one way). Her bike had less than 1500 miles on it and it too showed 100% wear using the bike shop's ProLink chain gauge (thus my curiosity). We bought both our bikes from two different bike shops (no affiliation either) one in Port Angeles, one in Sequim one year apart. The only thing in common was the brand, Specialized and the make, Roubaix.
I double checked my chain at the local shop where I bought it and they used a different chain gauge but showed the the chain was very near the red part of the gauge wheel, which indicates time to replace the chain. I only have 500+ miles on this bike now and the shop guy says it'll need replacing soon but I could ride it over the weekend.
Sooo, has anyone else ever run into this scenario before? I'm beginning to think there might be a conspiracy going on here but I don't know who to blame. I contacted the Specialized customer service email and they claim their chains are absolutely "standard". Hmmm . . .