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Specialized Roubaix or another Defy?

Old 08-23-20, 01:37 PM
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Specialized Roubaix or another Defy?

Looking for one more endurance bike to round out my stable. It needs to be carbon fiber, disc and electric shift (most likely Di2 or SRAM eTAP). I've been an ardent Di2 user for 8 years, having logged thousands of miles, but have softened a bit on Shimano because the new 11 speed rear with two chainrings up front is actually a 20 speed, because Shimano locks you out of two cogs in the lower ring. Nice! Seriously, I'd rather have the old ten cog rear!

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2012 Giant Defy Advanced 0, Di2
2012 Trek Domane 6.2 P1, Di2
2020 Bianchi Infinito CV, Di2 (disc)
2021 Trek Domane SLR7, Di2 (disc)

I keep bikes in multiple locations, and I'm now running into problems with lack of spare Shimano components on the 2012 bikes, therefore I'm looking for one more. The Giant would be a no brainer (M/L frame fits well, and I like geometry), but it's gotten pricey and they've gone down a step in frame makeup in the new Defy Pro 0

Can give a shout to the Roubaix? A 56 works stack and reach wise, just don't know if the Future Shock is overkill.

Thinking SRAM Red eTAP much more seriously after the Shimano debacle.......

Or any other bike that fits my 380-386 reach and 585-610 stack requirements?
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Old 08-23-20, 01:59 PM
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California has notoriously bad roads and in my area they are really bad. For me, the future shock is a huge plus. I feel so much less beat up after a long ride.

if I lived in one of those mythical places with good roads I probably would find it overkill but where I am itís a lifesaver.
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California has notoriously bad roads and in my area they are really bad. For me, the future shock is a huge plus. I feel so much less beat up after a long ride.

if I lived in one of those mythical places with good roads I probably would find it overkill but where I am itís a lifesaver.
Unfortunately, thatís also true in VA and much of FL where I do most of my riding. Itís as if the states have permanently stopped paving the roads. The smoother roads tend to be the double yellow ones with much more traffic........
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I like my Roubaix. Iím thinking about rehoming my Diverge (literally never ride it any more) and getting a titanium bike to share time with the Roubaix, but Iím worried Iím not going to like the ride on the front end because Iíve gotten used to the FutureShock. If I ride with it locked out, my hands start falling asleep on me after about 5 miles. If I ignore that I can really feel it in my neck at about mile 25.

The Creo with FutureShock seems like it would be a blast. Been eyeing one of those too.

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Old 08-23-20, 07:17 PM
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I put a lot of miles on my Defy and demo'd a Roubaix for a few days this summer. The roubaix "feels" more compact than the Defy; the future shock is useful on crappy roads (FS 2 can be adjusted to your preferred dampening) and all in all, Specialized does a nice finish on their bikes. In the end, I passed on it though; not sure why; it was a good ride, but somehow didn't make me want to drop the Defy in favor of it or keep it as a stable mate.
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I like my Roubaix Expert, with C38 Carbon wheels and FS I feel like I'm riding on a cloud, even on the crappy roads of PA. The Roubaix is almost 1.5 lbs. heavier than my Focus Izalco, but I felt the comfort was worth the trade.
As for the 11-speed Di2, mine can cross chain all you want. You just have ensure you have it in Manual shift mode.
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I know the Roubaix has a lot of fans, but I test rode one back to back with the current Domane, with an emphasis on how they handled rough roads. I found the Domane to be much smoother, even in the front. The Roubaix is more agile and sharper handling, but I’d pick the Domane for chewing up the miles.

And the Domane will hold 45mm tires (I’ve tested it), so it doubles well as a gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
I like my Roubaix. I’m thinking about rehoming my Diverge...
I'm interested in the differences in ride quality between the Roubaix and Diverge, Matt, and since you have both, you're a good person to ask. I'm asking because I have a Diverge and have thought about adding a Roubaix. My Diverge is so comfortable that I can't imagine ever parting with it, but you can imagine parting with yours, so I'm interested in hearing why, and your comparisons of the two bikes.
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Originally Posted by Random11 View Post
I'm interested in the differences in ride quality between the Roubaix and Diverge, Matt, and since you have both, you're a good person to ask. I'm asking because I have a Diverge and have thought about adding a Roubaix. My Diverge is so comfortable that I can't imagine ever parting with it, but you can imagine parting with yours, so I'm interested in hearing why, and your comparisons of the two bikes.
I find the Roubaix every bit as comfortable as the Diverge. I like the FutureShock 2 better than the 1, and my Roubaix has electronic shifting and carbon wheels. I also have a power meter on the Roubaix, but not on the Diverge. The Roubaix is a pretty smooth ride on the road.

I was never really happy with the Praxis cranks on the Diverge. I threw the chain many times just riding on the road. The only thing I like better on the Diverge is the red on white paint scheme. I think I can fit 38mm tires on the Diverge, maybe larger. Bit since I don’t ride more than a few hundred yards a month off road, I always stuck to 32mm tires. If you run larger tires on the Diverge, that’s likely to make a big comfort difference.

And yes, when I purchased the Roubaix I had no intention of getting rid of the Diverge. Then I thought maybe I’d put it on the trainer. But Specialized warrants the 2020 models for trainer usage, but not the 2018 models, so I never used the Diverge on the trainer.

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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
I find the Roubaix every bit as comfortable as the Diverge...
Thanks for your insights, Matt. The Diverge is my only bike. I'm riding with 38s, mostly on pavement, but with some off-road riding. Most of my riding is solo, so I don't need a faster bike. My Diverge "feels" fast and comfortable, and I was wondering if I'd like the feel of a Roubaix better... or not like it as much. Or, maybe I wouldn't notice much difference. Just thinking about the possibility of a second bike, in keeping with the N+1 concept, although the Diverge seems to work well for all the rides I'm doing.
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You seem to have the field covered on the endurance bike front. Iím looking for an endurance bike too, but purely due to geometry (they just suit me better). How would you rate your Defy as a climber? Iím looking at a new Advanced 1, and just trying to figure out how to lighten it up.
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I just picked up a Roubaix last week and got a few rides in over the long weekend. I came from being on a Trek Emonda the last 4 years or so. The Roubaix is pretty impressive, smooth ride and still manages to be almost as quick. The future shock sure is nice on the rough roads. I also did some sprints and out of the saddle climbing. With the FS on the firmer end it feels like a normal bike.
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