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Old 12-16-08, 02:41 PM   #1
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Specialized Roubaix - Anyone have one?

I am getting very close to getting a new bike. I currently have a Sirrus. I like it but think I would like a road bike better. I am really liking the Roubaix. I am looking at the Triple. Does anyone have any advice, opinions... about the Roubaix?

I also cannot decide whether to keep the Sirrus for commuting or get a MTB for my 10 mile commute and have for the occasional MTB ride.
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Old 12-16-08, 02:52 PM   #2
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I have been looking at a new road bike also- I tried the Trek 1.2 and 1.5 also the two levels of Specialized Sequoia and the lower two Roubaix. Of the ones I tested the Roubaix seemed the fastest and also the most responsive, but was out of my range unless they could work a pretty good deal. I also tested the Allez and it was very uncomfortable. I actually am looking at buying a Sirrus in the near future, maybe the Expert, I think I just like the flat bar for the type of riding I am doing. How do you like the Sirrus?
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Old 12-16-08, 02:53 PM   #3
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I have ridden a Roubaix (Roo-bay) recently and they are really, really nice bikes, no question. They are usually mentioned positively in the threads I have read too. I believe there is no longer a bottom-of-the line non-carbon Roubaix. Try doing a search and see what you come up with.
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Old 12-16-08, 03:21 PM   #4
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I do not have the Roubaix, but was very close to buying the S-Works Roubaix SL2 Dura-Ace. Reality set in and I am sticking with my Allez. I would avoid the triple unless you ride a lot of hills and don't have the endurance/strength and need it.
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Old 12-16-08, 03:25 PM   #5
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my 70-year-old riding buddy bought one and now has nearly 7,000 miles on it - he loves it!

the only problem he had was breaking spokes on the crap wheelset (don't remember the name) - after the fifth broken spoke (three front, two in the back), i gave him a set of Mavic Equipes and there have been no problems for the last 6,000 miles...
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I have a Roubaix but its my first real road bike so I can't really offer a comparison. The Roubaix looks like it will have more of lean than the upright Sirrus. It may take a little getting used to. The only problem I've had with my Roubaix is a squeaky seat post. Otherwise its been great.


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I am getting very close to getting a new bike. I currently have a Sirrus. I like it but think I would like a road bike better. I am really liking the Roubaix. I am looking at the Triple. Does anyone have any advice, opinions... about the Roubaix?

I also cannot decide whether to keep the Sirrus for commuting or get a MTB for my 10 mile commute and have for the occasional MTB ride.
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Old 12-16-08, 06:37 PM   #7
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I've owned one for 13 months now and I love the bike. I put a different saddle on it and Open Pro wheels. If you buy one I would work out a deal to upgrade the wheels. As far as the saddle goes you just have to keep looking for the one that works for you. The next day after getting the bike, I rode 50 miles and it was very comfortable. I bought the bike at the age of 68 and I wanted something comfortable and for long distance. I believe I picked the right bike. Anyway good luck, with your search.
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I am getting very close to getting a new bike. I currently have a Sirrus. I like it but think I would like a road bike better. I am really liking the Roubaix. I am looking at the Triple. Does anyone have any advice, opinions... about the Roubaix?

I also cannot decide whether to keep the Sirrus for commuting or get a MTB for my 10 mile commute and have for the occasional MTB ride.

I have a 09 Specialized Sirrus Expert and have on order a 09 Specialized Roubaix Expert-triple. I have tried several bikes but I keep coming back to the Specialized. Since I am more of the long distance/comfort vs competitive racing I think the Roubaix has the better geometry.
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I have a 09 Specialized Sirrus Expert and have on order a 09 Specialized Roubaix Expert-triple. I have tried several bikes but I keep coming back to the Specialized. Since I am more of the long distance/comfort vs competitive racing I think the Roubaix has the better geometry.

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Old 12-16-08, 09:08 PM   #10
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I test-rode several models of Roubaix when I was trying to decide which new bike to buy. Actually wanted to buy the Pro frameset, but they were back-ordered for months! In any event, they're a fantastic bike. I loved the Expert, but the Elite is probably 95% as good for quite a bit less money. Really loved the ride of the Roubaix; the frame soaked up most of the road "noise" but was still very responsive. Both bikes felt light and accelerated quickly, the the Expert had a clear edge in this area. The only thing I didn't like was the curved top tube; didn't like the look of a bare cable dangling in space and wasn't sure how I'd manage to attach my frame pump.

If I were you, I'd play with the gearing calculator over on Sheldon Brown's website before deciding on a triple. In terms of the available gears, there's actually very little difference between a standard road triple and a compact double. I'd been riding an Ultegra SL triple, but went with a SRAM Red compact double on my new bike. The compact double shifts better than the triple and I haven't found any rides that I can't get through using the compact double...

If you like the Specialized Roubaix, you might also take a look at the Felt Z-series road bikes. I test-rode the Z25 and Z35 when I was looking. They feel a bit heavier than the Roubaix and don't accelerate as quickly, but have one of the plushest rides I've ever experienced. Locally, they seem to sell for a bit less than equivalent Specialized models.
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i am also looking at getting a roubaix here really soon. b young i will be riding for jdrf st louis chapter, where you thinking about riding at this year?
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I've owned one for 13 months now and I love the bike. I put a different saddle on it and Open Pro wheels. If you buy one I would work out a deal to upgrade the wheels. As far as the saddle goes you just have to keep looking for the one that works for you. The next day after getting the bike, I rode 50 miles and it was very comfortable. I bought the bike at the age of 68 and I wanted something comfortable and for long distance. I believe I picked the right bike. Anyway good luck, with your search.
I forgot to say, I have the Elite Triple and am I glad. Here in Texas, I don't need it, but when I went to the mountains it sure came in handy.
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Glad to hear the positive reviews on the Roubaix. I thought about the compact double, but with my weight right now I thought I might need all of the help I can get. But so far I have not used the smaller 3rd on my hybrid, so maybe a double compact would be ok.
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I also cannot decide whether to keep the Sirrus for commuting or get a MTB for my 10 mile commute and have for the occasional MTB ride.[/QUOTE]

Since you can never sell anything for what you paid for it, keep the Sirrus and save up for a MTB! I havent heard anything bad about the Roobay, so gopher it!
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I'm 6'6" and 230lbs and I bought a Roubaix Expert 64cm last year and put 9,000km on it. It is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden for long distance riding and I have a ti and a steel frame to compare against.

I wanted a triple also, but when you work out the gear inches using a 50-34 compact and a 12-27 cassette the gear inches are very close to those of a triple with a 12-25 cassette. The cpompact is ok.

I had to get a better set of wheels for my weight and I bought a set of American Classic Hurricanes 32 spoke as I have used these on other bikes and they are light but very strong.
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Old 12-17-08, 12:12 PM   #16
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I own a both a Roubaix triple and a Sirrus. Have been riding from the time I weighed in at 380 down to 280 lbs(6'1"), both bikes have served me well as they are very comfortable for my 50 mile rides. I live in south Florida and use the small ring on triple quite a bit climbing some of the bridges we have here , you'll be happier with the triple.
Since getting the Roubaix I now use the Sirrus for commuting and just riding around. Keep both if you can, its better to lock up a Sirrus outside while at the supermarket/gym then the Roubaix. I did get a mountain bike for when I have my kick some dirt mood's.
Like posted above, change the wheels I had Mavic open pro's and went with Kyserium's elites. The originals were always needing to be trued.

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Glad to hear the positive reviews on the Roubaix. I thought about the compact double, but with my weight right now I thought I might need all of the help I can get. But so far I have not used the smaller 3rd on my hybrid, so maybe a double compact would be ok.
If you look at the available gears, there is really very little difference between a road triple (50/39/30) and a compact double (50/34) when using a 12-27 cassette. The easiest gear on the triple (30-27) is 29.3 gear inches while the second-easiest gear is 33.0 gear inches. With the compact double, your easiest gear (34-27) is 33.2 gear inches.

Bottom line: you're probably not going to notice a whole lot of difference between the gearing of a standard road-going triple crank and a compact double in most situations. I certainly didn't notice any change when I went from a triple to a compact double...
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the sirrus is a commuter, not a long distance bike.

i'm saving my clams for a roubaix.
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My '05 Roubaix is the only road bike that I've ever owned, so I can't compare it with others. The relaxed geometry was the big selling point for me, as I ride for fitness and recreation (not racing). I weighed 245 lbs when I got the bike. The Alyx wheels that came with it didn't hold up for me - I broke a number of spokes. I switched to Easton Orion's and haven't had a wheel problem since. I also did the pro-fit procedure for the bike setup. I've got 10K miles (including a couple of MS150's) on my Roubaix; it's been great the whole time.
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George, you going to the state championship game on Saturday? Looks like our respective high schools are playing each other.

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I have an '08 Expert triple. My only regret is not getting the compact. I found I was hardly using the big ring in front and never using the smallest ring, so spending 90% of my time on the 39 ring. i simply switched out the 53 for a 50 and now use at least the outer two rings.

Great bike for the money. I'm 6'4" and 225 or so. No wheel issues at all. Others have commented on the Toupe' saddle. I hated it and got a Selle Anatomica and love the combination of that saddle with the relaxed geometry. Put about 3000 miles on it this season. Not as much as others, but enough to be able to say that the Roubaix was a great choice for me.
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George, you going to the state championship game on Saturday? Looks like our respective high schools are playing each other.

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I would like to, but I have to go over to my sons house in Sugarland. I did make 3 of the Katy Tigers game and they are a great team.

Sorry guys for the temporary high jack.
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Look at the tire room--will it REALLY fit the tires you should be riding? Most of us Clydes should be on 28c tires; many contemporary road bikes, especially the trendier and more carbon-happy brands, have inadequate room for them.
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I haven't tried it myself, but other people on the 50+ forum have put 28mm on and they fit with no problem.
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Have a 07 Trek Pilot 2.1 Test rode the Specialized Roubaix Triple as well. It was a coin flip between the two. Came down to I trust the shop at the store I bought the Trek from. Had some issues with my son's bike and the brakes at the shop that sells specialized here. Let's just say I don't like to mess with brakes on my bike, and when it comes to my son's they better watch out! I still wonder what the roubaix would have been like to own, and I REALLY think you'll be happy with it!
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