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Trek Domane vs. Specialized Roubaix vs. lightweight bike or ??

Old 08-13-17, 08:31 PM
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Trek Domane vs. Specialized Roubaix vs. lightweight bike or ??

I'm a 50+ rider ( runner; trail rider and recovering road biker) looking to get back into road biking after long hiatus.
I'm tall/ lanky. 6'3+ .
Want to get back into tri's ; some road biking/ touring; some low end races.
( I had a low end Trek racing bike w/ Campy components--but that was the 20th century... loved it)
any tips on what type of bike ? Trek is doing model changeover and choices limited until OCT. ( don't want to wait until then ) Also looking Emonda ( sp? -trek lightweight)
RE: Specialized model / Roubaix Sport has this 'shock absorbing ' feature -- "future shock" in front that I'm not sure I want but have to get on that model.
also: disc brakes?? must have ??
sorry for long descrip.
looking for some helpful advice. My longtime friend/advisor, a bike racer, just bit the dust. Carpe Diem !
thanks, Rob in ATX
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Old 08-13-17, 09:16 PM
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Honestly, whatever fits best. I felt that the Roubaix was by far the most relaxed geometry out of those 3. I just bought a new SL6 Emonda. Coming from a Felt Z series, the Emonda with the H2 geometry is a little more racy, but not much. I rode it, loved it and bought it.
All 3 of those are good bikes.
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Shocks and discs don't make sense for austin
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Old 08-14-17, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
Shocks and discs don't make sense for austin
Austin is just a sea of fresh asphalt? No wooden bridges or potholes, no chip seal or train tracks?

Unless it's that way, the future shock makes sense. It's magic.
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Originally Posted by Masque View Post
Austin is just a sea of fresh asphalt? No wooden bridges or potholes, no chip seal or train tracks?

Unless it's that way, the future shock makes sense. It's magic.
The Austin area (especially Williamson County) has some of the roughest chip seal roads I've ever encountered. I've lowered my tire pressures from 90/110 to 70/90 and the roads are still jarring ... the Future Shock would be a blessing!
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Old 08-14-17, 04:34 AM
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I just rode my 2017 Domane in the Blazing Saddle at Granbury. Agree that the chip seal in Texas is the roughest road surface I've experienced so far (I thought TN and AL rides rough...no comparison). My bike seemed noticeably quieter and had less chatter than many around me, excellent ride. I had previously rented a Roubaix Expert for a weekend when I was deciding between bikes...also an excellent bike. Proximity of support for Trek at LBS and price vs 35 mi drive for the Spec carried the day. Try both if you are able.
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Old 08-14-17, 05:42 AM
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Same age/height as you, and ride a 62cm Emonda SLR H1 fit. I came off of an Emonda SL6 H2 fit, and always felt as if my body was a big sail in the more upright position. If you have the body type/flexibility for an H1 bike, go for it.

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Originally Posted by Masque View Post
Austin is just a sea of fresh asphalt? No wooden bridges or potholes, no chip seal or train tracks?

Unless it's that way, the future shock makes sense. It's magic.
I lived there 4 years. Never rode much on wooden bridges or train tracks. Must've been some magic roads that need magic bikes that I didn't have access to.
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Old 08-14-17, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by RRATX View Post
I'm a 50+ rider ( runner; trail rider and recovering road biker) looking to get back into road biking after long hiatus.
I'm tall/ lanky. 6'3+ .
Want to get back into tri's ; some road biking/ touring; some low end races.
( I had a low end Trek racing bike w/ Campy components--but that was the 20th century... loved it)
any tips on what type of bike ? Trek is doing model changeover and choices limited until OCT. ( don't want to wait until then ) Also looking Emonda ( sp? -trek lightweight)
RE: Specialized model / Roubaix Sport has this 'shock absorbing ' feature -- "future shock" in front that I'm not sure I want but have to get on that model.
also: disc brakes?? must have ??
sorry for long descrip.
looking for some helpful advice. My longtime friend/advisor, a bike racer, just bit the dust. Carpe Diem !
thanks, Rob in ATX
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Originally Posted by jwalther View Post
Same age/height as you, and ride a 62cm Emonda SLR H1 fit. I came off of an Emonda SL6 H2 fit, and always felt as if my body was a big sail in the more upright position. If you have the body type/flexibility for an H1 bike, go for it.

This is rather dependant on the individual.
I have 11cm saddle to bar drop on my 56cm Domane (H2) and I could get more with a -17 deg stem.
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I can't comment the Roubaix...I can just say that I am absolutely in love with my Domane SLR Disc. I can't imagine a more comfortable ride for long hauls (150-200km)...The discs mean I can indulge in my dream wheels without compromising on braking performance and worrying about rim wear...


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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
Shocks and discs don't make sense for austin
All roads are smooth in Austin
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Originally Posted by jwalther View Post
Same age/height as you, and ride a 62cm Emonda SLR H1 fit. I came off of an Emonda SL6 H2 fit, and always felt as if my body was a big sail in the more upright position. If you have the body type/flexibility for an H1 bike, go for it.

http://i.imgur.com/Sq7orc0.jpg?1
Why not go with a 60 cm H2 frame? Fewer spacers, longer stem, more weight on the front wheel would all be positives in my experience, especially on a frame of that size.

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I am the same age as you and live in Texas. I've ridden ATX. I have a new 17 Roubaix. It is nice FOR ME. The future shock is great for my tore-up shoulders. To me, disk brakes are kinda nice, but not a must-have. The bike would not be ideal with a tri-bar. The brakes, fatter tires and suspension add about 1-2 pounds and you pay a premium price for the comfort. My 2 cents
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