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Is there any other bike out there that rides like a Specialized Roubaix?

Old 08-22-14, 04:17 PM
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Is there any other bike out there that rides like a Specialized Roubaix?

I rode one again today and loved it. Wondering if there is anything else out there like it or is it just its own thing?

I also rode a Domane 4.0 and just didn't dig it by comparison.
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I was going to say Domane! The Giant Defy is reputed to be a nice riding bike as well. If you really want to treat your posterior to a nice riding bike, go try out a pinarello. (or so I've heard)
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If it spoke to you I doubt you will find one you like better. I have read where some have preferred something else and tried both. My experience and that of a friend is that the quality of the fit to rider of the pre-ride setup greatly impacts how good a Roubiax feels. A friend of mine test rode a Roubiax several years ago at my LBS and he says the owner fit it to him better than the shop did where he finally purchased a different Roubiax.
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Every bike rides differently to every person. If you have found "The One" then there will be no other that makes you as happy.
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Agreed. The ride is in the butt of the berider. I am not a fanboy of the Roubaix, but the one I rode was an entry level Roubaix. I very much enjoyed the ride of the Giant Defy Advanced/Composite. That's just me, though. Many people ADORE their Roubaix's. Go ride some bikes and see which camp you're in!
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
...a nice riding bike, go try out a pinarello. (or so I've heard)
The ROKH is Pinarello's comfort/endurance bike. The Roubaix is a good bike. Get what feels the best to you.
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I really enjoy the Roubaix and took a 65 mile test ride. It was very nice....but I could not justify the price when I was looking for a new bike a couple of years ago. I had the chance to buy one about 4 yrs ago for $1200, almost new...owner divorce distress sale, ...but it had SRAM on it, and I liked Shimano better, but did not want to go through the process of swapping parts. To this day, I regret that decision, not that I don't like my SuperSix, but the Roubaix fit me like a glove and was so comfortable. The Synapse is similar, so if you have not looked at them, give it a ride.
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Really? I like the ride of my steel bikes better, though my Roubaix rules for acceleration and climbing.
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So I bought a Roubaix

2014 Roubiax SL4 Elite

Digging much. My average speed on my normal route went up 1.1 MPH just making the switch. And I don't even have it dialed in yet. Can't wait to grow into this bike.



I had them put my Shimano pedals on and that new Specialized CG-R seatpost. Digging it.
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Did the LBS say anything to you about a weight limit on the frame? I was just curious how they were handling that if at all. It was a discussion that came up here while back and I wondered then how they enforce a warranty issue if they think it's due to weight.

Apparently all Specialized road carbon frames now have a 240lb weight limit. Everybody in the thread thought it was just them covering their butt and that 240lb's is a very conservative number but I wondered what kind of situation it puts the lbs in.
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I asked specifically and they said, "no weight limit."

I feel that is incorrect, but now they are on the hook for it. Besides if they ask, I weigh 239
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2
...I weigh 239
Not for long. That's a beautiful bike. I love white bikes with red trim. So many these days are black. White takes some effort to keep clean, but with minimal care, they always look fantastic. Ride safe.
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Alright - the published weight limit is 250 for rider + cargo, so your svelte 239# self will do just fine.

I like that look! I never wanted a white bike till I got one, now I'm pretty fond of it.

This is what mine looks like (I got it as a bare frame so I have SRAM on it, not ultegra)

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I'm not really 239, but if that ask I am

I wonder who much they tack on for cargo on the bike. I don't carry anything other than a water bottle and 2lb. saddle bag.
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I did 20.4 miles on it this morning and I usually average 15 mph on that ride, but this morning it was 17.2 Very comfortable as well. After that ride on my aluminum bike I feel a little beat up, but I felt like I could have kept going easily on the Roubaix. I can't wait until I get this bike dialed in perfectly.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Alright - the published weight limit is 250 for rider + cargo, so your svelte 239# self will do just fine.

I like that look! I never wanted a white bike till I got one, now I'm pretty fond of it.

This is what mine looks like (I got it as a bare frame so I have SRAM on it, not ultegra)

That's a sweet looking bike. I've never really looked at the white bikes, but now that I have one, I like them too, hehe.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Alright - the published weight limit is 250 for rider + cargo, so your svelte 239# self will do just fine.

I like that look! I never wanted a white bike till I got one, now I'm pretty fond of it.

This is what mine looks like (I got it as a bare frame so I have SRAM on it, not ultegra)
Actually it is 240 for rider and cargo for 2014. But I wasn't arguing that part. I was just wondering how Specialized enforces that and how was the LBS handling it. I mean if you bring it in with a warranty problem and you look a little overweight do they make you get on a scale and weigh yourself? Do they make you bring a signed doctors note stating what you weigh? Here is the chart.

https://static.specialized.com/media/...0037057_r1.pdf
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Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey
Actually it is 240 for rider and cargo for 2014. But I wasn't arguing that part. I was just wondering how Specialized enforces that and how was the LBS handling it. I mean if you bring it in with a warranty problem and you look a little overweight do they make you get on a scale and weigh yourself? Do they make you bring a signed doctors note stating what you weigh? Here is the chart.
I think it really matters how one treats their bike. When a customer brings in a bike for warranty replacement that has obviously been trashed, I would expect the shop to not be very accommodating. However, if the rider has a relationship with the shop, and the bike has been taken care of, is clean, well oiled, etc.; the the shop will be more likely to work on behalf of the rider.

My weight bounces around between 215 and 225 the past few years and I have ridden quality carbon bikes that whole time with a 16 spoke count front wheel and a 20 spoke count rear wheel. Never had a lick of problem with either bikes or wheels because I try to take care of them. Try to avoid road furniture and pot holes. Not always successful, and when I do hit a pot hole, you can always hear it on the GoPro because I let out a loud "Uuugh!", and "Yikes!".

Take care of your bike . . . treat it with kindness and respect . . . keep it clean and well lubricated . . . treat it like you paid several thousand bucks of your hard-earned money for it . . . and you shouldn't have any problems.
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Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey
Actually it is 240 for rider and cargo for 2014. But I wasn't arguing that part. I was just wondering how Specialized enforces that and how was the LBS handling it. I mean if you bring it in with a warranty problem and you look a little overweight do they make you get on a scale and weigh yourself? Do they make you bring a signed doctors note stating what you weigh? Here is the chart.

https://static.specialized.com/media/...0037057_r1.pdf
Dang, it gets lower every year! I think it was 275 when I got mine. It used to be 240 for just the S-works models.

Good question though. I guess if you show up with a broken frame looking like a 400# trucker, they might raise an eyebrow. My advice - vertical stripes.
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Originally Posted by trojanhorse
. My advice - vertical stripes. :d
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit
Really? I like the ride of my steel bikes better, though my Roubaix rules for acceleration and climbing.
I sort of noticed the same thing at first. Seems like my old Fuji "Roubaix" Pro rode faster than my Specialized Roubaix Comp. Until I put 100 miles on the Specialized and got used to the softer frame. Now I fly on the Specialized and I can ride further and longer because it's just so much more comfortable.
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"If any weight-bearing Specialized-branded carbon components (i.e. handlebar, seatpost, stem, crank, saddle, rim) are present, then the weight limit is 240lb / 109kg. This does not include non-weight-bearing carbon components such as brake levers, chainrings, bottle cages, etc."
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