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Old 01-05-20, 05:46 PM
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New bike day

Iíve actually had it a few weeks but havenít been able to get in a good ride till today.

2019 Roubaix comp Di2 replaces a 2009 Roubaix I bought used about 3 years ago. And what an upgrade it is. Love everything about it except maybe the seat. Iíll see how that goes after a few more rides and if Iím not happy Iíll swap in my selle anatomica.



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Old 01-05-20, 06:04 PM
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Nice! Like the color
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Old 01-05-20, 07:40 PM
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Nice looking rig. Hope you have many great miles on it.
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Old 01-05-20, 08:40 PM
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Congrats! Great bike.
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Old 01-05-20, 08:59 PM
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Nice bike

all the girls are going to want to hook up with you now.
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Old 01-05-20, 11:14 PM
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Nice bike!

I do wonder though why after looking at the Specialized catalog the other day, why they went to that tight rear triangle design. Was there something wrong with the old triangle?
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Old 01-06-20, 07:18 AM
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Zertz seat post. Shock absorbing steerer. Cable housing in the frame. Disc brakes. A bike built for comfort and aero!! Very, very nice!!!

If you're interested in dropping a little weight on the wheels at a reasonable price or getting a second set of wheels you might look at ordering directly from China. I've had really good luck using FarSports wheels. I have a number of sets from them. I have one set that probably has 30,000 miles on them. Never touched them except to replace a rear wheel bearing. You should be able to get a set for under $600 delivered to you in about 2-3 weeks. Kyle is their online sales guy and can walk you through it. Your current DT wheels are showing weighing 1670 grams which is pretty standard for a stock wheelset. The disc Mavics on my Cervelo R3 were over 1700 grams. I was able to get a lightweight set of carbon disc wheels from FarSports that weigh under 1400 grams. I can really tell the difference climbing. If you're not doing hilly stuff or trying to stay with groups the wheels on that bike are rock solid and will always get you where you're going. The brake disc on those wheels are a really good one as well. It shouldn't warp as easily as some other models.

Enjoy the ride!!!
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Old 01-06-20, 08:39 AM
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Very nice! I hope it becomes your favorite.
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Old 01-06-20, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
... Love everything about it except maybe the seat. Iíll see how that goes after a few more rides and if Iím not happy Iíll swap in my selle anatomica.
When getting a new (usually new-to-me used) bicycle, my standard procedure is to swap in my previous saddle, unless the new one really is better. There is nothing like a well broken-in saddle that has become a custom fit for you.
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Old 01-06-20, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDudeIsHere View Post
Nice bike!

I do wonder though why after looking at the Specialized catalog the other day, why they went to that tight rear triangle design. Was there something wrong with the old triangle?
I am not sure but believe it is because of the added flex area for the seatpost. The clamp for the seatpost is even with the top of the seat stays and the seat tube has a larger diameter above the clamp so the length of the post that can flex is significantly more than what you see exposed.
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Nice bike!
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Old 01-06-20, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
I am not sure but believe it is because of the added flex area for the seatpost. The clamp for the seatpost is even with the top of the seat stays and the seat tube has a larger diameter above the clamp so the length of the post that can flex is significantly more than what you see exposed.

Hmmm, thanks! I would not have thought of that or seen it on a mfgr chart, yet. So I guess that would explain it.
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Old 01-07-20, 07:30 PM
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The smaller rear triangle accomplishes a few things. First, it is the trend in aesthetics.. Gotta keep up with what is the latest and preferred styling. Second, shorter tubes mean less material, which equates to less weight. Shorter tube also equates to less cost of materials. Third, supposedly the smaller rear triangle provides more vertical compliance. Seriously doubt this is something the body can pick up on, but that is the claim by some brands.

No need to overthink it. Just ride the thing and enjoy yourself!
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Old 01-10-20, 09:24 PM
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Great News

Its not a Trek
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Old 01-11-20, 05:06 AM
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I rode a new Roubaix for a day as a rental last November and it was a great ride. It truly was more comfortable than any road bike I've ever been on. I did 45 miles but I felt like I could've done 100 easily if I hadn't run out of daylight.

Enjoy it.
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Old 01-11-20, 05:32 AM
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Old 01-13-20, 10:31 PM
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Congratulations!
I'm definitely in favor of anything that will keep you posting your great ride photos.
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Old 01-17-20, 04:21 AM
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Congratulations on the new bike, and nice color. You'll truly enjoy DI2. I would never go back to mechanical shifting-enjoy! How do you like the hydraulic brakes?

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Old 01-17-20, 04:49 AM
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Lovely to look at. Enjoy.
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My 2016 Roubaix Comp is my "Go To" bike. It's the only bike I'm truly comfortable on.
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Old 01-29-20, 11:02 AM
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The Future Shock in the steerer tube is the BOMB! Nice choice , I love mine!
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Old 01-29-20, 06:08 PM
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The Future Shock in the steerer tube is the BOMB! Nice choice , I love mine!
It really makes a difference. After renting a Roubaix I went home and looked for a good substitute. I came up with the Redshift ShockStop stem. It isn't the same but it still does the trick. Just enough absorption to make a difference, not enough to feel.
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