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Specialized calls for the Future Shock assembly to be replaced every 500 hours

Old 07-02-18, 11:29 AM
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I'm in the happy owner camp (2017 Roubaix Comp with 7789.5 miles according to Strava). I can't speak to people having rattles etc, though I have never had a road bike that stayed silent after 500 miles. They all made clicks or creaks or rattles or squeaks. However as to the crowd that says you can do just as well with tires, I disagree and in two ways.

First while the FS does add some mass, I would rather have 200g in the frame than an extra 50g in each tire. Rotating mass has a far greater penalty associated with it than the non-rotating variety. So putting on those big tires will slow you more than the FS does.

Second, I don't think tires can do as good a job of sucking up the vibration. This morning I commuted on my hard-tail MTB instead, and over the last 3 miles I was going over the same roads I do every day on the Roubaix. On the MTB I had 2.1" 29s at ~35-40 psi and had the front shock locked out. For bigger hits and ledges it did better than the FS, but I don't think it did as well at isolating the little vibrations. <flame ******ant suit on> I honestly think the FS rides better at least with respect to high frequency and small bumps.

All I can say is go to your local shop and give it a ride back to back with a hard-nose gravel bike (ie something with bigger tires on it) and make your own decision. Personally I don't regret buying this at all and would never be riding the mileage I do if I were on anything else I have ever owned or tested.

p.s. including whats currently mounted: 3 chains, 3 sets of front brake pads, 2 rear brake pads, 3 front tires, 5 rear tires, 2 saddles, 2 cassettes, 2 sets of cables and 2 computers so far. One 'clean and regreasing' of the FS and only as a preventative measure
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Old 07-02-18, 12:54 PM
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Heh. That’s why it’s called “Future Shock”. Some good truth-in-advertising with that name.
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Old 07-03-18, 08:57 AM
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I am leery of contemplating a bike with built in problems. I have a tendency to treat my posessions well and make them last for a long time. My 26 YO Merckx Century has been an amazing bike. Is it realistic to expect Future Shock assemblies to be available in 20 years?
I would love to hear some feedback on how this bike climbs, both in and out of the saddle. Those are critical characteristics.
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Old 07-03-18, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by waters60 View Post
I am leery of contemplating a bike with built in problems. I have a tendency to treat my posessions well and make them last for a long time. My 26 YO Merckx Century has been an amazing bike. Is it realistic to expect Future Shock assemblies to be available in 20 years?
I would love to hear some feedback on how this bike climbs, both in and out of the saddle. Those are critical characteristics.
I don't notice it at all in/out of the saddle climbing the hills in SoCal. I don't feel like the FS takes energy away from me to reduce hill climbing efficiency. Take a test drive, and see how you feel.
As far as the longevity of the FS, that is hard to say. I have not seen any wear or had any issues with mine, and I regularly service mine and it is not hard at all.
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Old 09-15-18, 02:45 PM
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Anyone know if Specialized has done any changes to the FS from 2018 to 2019 models?
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I purchased a 2018 Roubaix last fall. Not sure I'm really worried about getting the cartridge when it wears out(not sure how to keep track of the hours though). I am a little annoyed that I didn't know about the need to replace the cartridge before I purchased the bike; I was on the fence between the Roubaix and a Domane and it would have been one more thing to think about. After reading about the issue here I did contact my LBS who sold me the bike and they had no idea about the need to replace. Just to be safe I ordered a replacement cartridge.
I am finding these threads today, I have the 2018 carbon comp model. I purchased mine mid summer, with no tune up but weekly care. I have put around 2k miles on and going to get a tune up. My only issue so far has been a creek in my headset. I rode probably 60% dirt. I have noticed my sprint has softened, but to a comfortable suit for a guy 130lbs lol. I have taken some hard knocks in its use so far as well lol. I would like to pick up two or three cartridges. If it keeps this thing moving for the next three years I'm sure alternatives will be there then. They appear hard for me to find new. Thanks for the hope they exist lol!
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