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2019 S-Works Roubaix

Old 02-06-20, 04:42 PM
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2019 S-Works Roubaix

My local dealer has one of these that I can buy for half price. It is new, although it has some "rubs" in the frame's matte finish that distract me a bit. They aren't scratches, just a streaky look in two spots. I can also get a 2018 for the same price. It has a gloss finish so there aren't those rub marks.

Does anyone have any experience with this bike? Would you recommend the 2019 over the 2018? Common sense would say yes, but common sense isn't always the right answer!

I appreciate any help.
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Old 02-06-20, 05:32 PM
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I can't say anything about the bike, but I can say that I own a 2020 Trek with a matte finish and it's a pain to keep clean. Streaks and other oils show up pretty easily and cleaning it is a pain as you could damage the matte finish. As an example, here are some spots on my bike that remained after I wiped it down with a wet cloth. There are ways to clean matte finishes; I just haven't had the time to spend on it besides just wiping the bike down every now and then.
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Originally Posted by scottmarshall View Post
My local dealer has one of these that I can buy for half price. It is new, although it has some "rubs" in the frame's matte finish that distract me a bit. They aren't scratches, just a streaky look in two spots. I can also get a 2018 for the same price. It has a gloss finish so there aren't those rub marks.

Does anyone have any experience with this bike? Would you recommend the 2019 over the 2018? Common sense would say yes, but common sense isn't always the right answer!

I appreciate any help.
When you ask about model years you have to take a couple of things into account: First, were there any significant changes in the frame. Second, were there any changes in the component specifications? Answer these questions first. A couple of rub marks are inconsequential if you are getting a 50% discount.
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When you ask about model years you have to take a couple of things into account: First, were there any significant changes in the frame. Second, were there any changes in the component specifications? Answer these questions first. A couple of rub marks are inconsequential if you are getting a 50% discount.
The frame is the same and the majority of the parts are as well. Thanks for the reply.
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Yup. I've got a matte finish Domane, too, and it shows those kinds of smudges - if you're going to get a matte finish bike, you either need to figure out how to clean it to your satisfaction or learn to live with it.

As far as the 2018 vs 2019, see if the frame changed over that model year and then check over the specs and see if there are any differences in groupset, wheels or finishing kit (bars, stem, saddle, seatpost, etc). You would think that the newer bike would be the same or better, but that's not always the case; manufacturers have been known to save some pennies with swaps to cheaper componentry on occasion.

edit: damn slow typing - got beaten to the punch!
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Yup. I've got a matte finish Domane, too, and it shows those kinds of smudges - if you're going to get a matte finish bike, you either need to figure out how to clean it to your satisfaction or learn to live with it.

As far as the 2018 vs 2019, see if the frame changed over that model year and then check over the specs and see if there are any differences in groupset, wheels or finishing kit (bars, stem, saddle, seatpost, etc). You would think that the newer bike would be the same or better, but that's not always the case; manufacturers have been known to save some pennies with swaps to cheaper componentry on occasion.

edit: damn slow typing - got beaten to the punch!
I having some trouble finding all of the specs from both models. The 2019 is very close to the current model. I saw something about a significant improvement in aerodynamic design but can’t remember if it was in 2019 or 2020. If it was 2019 then that makes it easy to decide between the two.
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The frame is the same and the majority of the parts are as well. Thanks for the reply.
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Which parts were changed? This is important. Subsequent year models often change part specifications not to improve the bike but rather to meet a price point. It is not unusual for a bike company to downgrade certain components in order to keep price increases down
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Old 02-06-20, 06:17 PM
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I believe the crank is the only difference? S-works on the '18 vs. DA on the '19. Not a big enough difference to make me chose one year over the other.
Gloss vs. Matte finish, on the other hand...definitely a major factor, to me at least. Matte paint is a nightmare.
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This is going to sound more reverse-snobbish than I mean, but I was worried about my Roubaix's matte finish until I got it and found that I only had the energy to ride it, and none to bother worrying about it looking brand new. Also, there's this:

There’s not even any point in keeping your bike scrupulously clean as only a proper bikie knows how to do it — it just makes it look as if you only bought it yesterday.

MY 2020 is when the Roubaix got the more aero frame plus the newer Future Shock 2.0.
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My Roubaix is a matte finish and I don't like the finish at all.
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