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In search of: Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL frame...

Old 04-22-08, 11:24 PM
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In search of: Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL frame...

Wasn't sure where to post this, so here it is...

I'm trying to locate a 2007 Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL frame (XS/49cm) on clearance/closeout anywhere...or a particularly good buy in a 2008...or a fantastic buy on a used 2007. The reason being...I currently have a Roubaix Expert frame, but I want to upgrade. I considered exotic things like Look or Parlee. But I have come to the conclusion that I don't need something that spiffy and I'd be better off saving a few dollars. I like the Roubaix...it's comfy and fast enough.

Why even bother with the S-Works SL? Because my brain likes the idea of the same frame I currently have but a little lighter and a little stiffer. That's all.

If anyone can help me, that'd be great!!!!! Thanks!!!!
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Old 04-22-08, 11:46 PM
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did you check your lbs??? you could probably bargain for a 2007 now that the 08's are out and boonen won on one. Finding a 49 may be hard though.... ebay is your friend
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Old 04-22-08, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Asian Sensation View Post
did you check your lbs??? you could probably bargain for a 2007 now that the 08's are out and boonen won on one. Finding a 49 may be hard though.... ebay is your friend
tried the LBS. all out of 2007 Roubaix's, period...let alone s-works sl's or 49's. i've been on ebay and craigslist daily, keeping an eye out.
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Old 04-23-08, 09:00 AM
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can anyone help a bf'er out?
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where do you live? Start calling any specialized dealer within 300 miles. Patience is also your friend
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Since you said you considered Look, Parlee, etc... Do you think you will be as happy with your Roubaix as you would with a Look 595 in all white? I had the same debacle when I was buying a bike. You're making a pretty hefty investment as it is, might as well get what you want. I was thinking I would buy an Allez originally, but every single time I saw the Tarmac I thought I had to get that. Then the look 595 in white came out and I wanted that. Well, I settled on the tarmac, and very happy I did. But everytime I see that 595 in white I wish I could afford it. But, the frame was also more than my whole bike, so it's ok, I'm very happy.

You're talking an S-works Roubaix will prob be at least 6k, prob in the 5's now since it's a year old model. But, for mid 5k you have a lot of options! Maybe a cervelo rs? orbea? and so on.

But, if you are set on the specialized i would call every bike shop you know of and ask. Good luck on your journey. In the end, just make sure you get what you want, you'll hate riding a bike when you constantly think about riding another... much like women, take your time
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Originally Posted by Asian Sensation View Post
Since you said you considered Look, Parlee, etc... Do you think you will be as happy with your Roubaix as you would with a Look 595 in all white? I had the same debacle when I was buying a bike. You're making a pretty hefty investment as it is, might as well get what you want. I was thinking I would buy an Allez originally, but every single time I saw the Tarmac I thought I had to get that. Then the look 595 in white came out and I wanted that. Well, I settled on the tarmac, and very happy I did. But everytime I see that 595 in white I wish I could afford it. But, the frame was also more than my whole bike, so it's ok, I'm very happy.

You're talking an S-works Roubaix will prob be at least 6k, prob in the 5's now since it's a year old model. But, for mid 5k you have a lot of options! Maybe a cervelo rs? orbea? and so on.

But, if you are set on the specialized i would call every bike shop you know of and ask. Good luck on your journey. In the end, just make sure you get what you want, you'll hate riding a bike when you constantly think about riding another... much like women, take your time
i like the roubaix...it's comfortable...it fits...i generally like its appearance...it's light enough...stiff enough for me...and handles just fine since i'm not a crit racer navigating technical courses at breakneck speeds.

if i got a parlee...would it be any more comfortable? would the look be any more comfortable? i am not so sure...
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If you're trying to interject logic into this, then you should just stay with the bike you have.

If you think the new bike will make you ride more, then buy the one you want. Don't think you're saving money by buying an SL2 rather than a 595. You're not. The only way to save any money here is to buy nothing. But if you don't want to do that..............start calling every shop within 4 hours drive of you. You don't need a fitting, you just need a frame. You can drive over and pick it up. Make it a fun Saturday afternoon.
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I was just looking for one in a very common size (54), because I broke my old frame. No 2007s to be found. Period. At least on the entire east coast and midwest. So, maybe if you're on the west coast, you could have some luck. Call any dealer you can think of, though most will use the same regional rep. Track down a concept store if you know of one, because they seem to get more prompt feedback when others just play phone tag with people.

Really, though, there isn't that much difference between the expert and S-works SL frame. I was moving from comp to S-works for a variety of reasons I won't bore you with. That's a jump from "6r" to "10r", whatever that means. Expert is already at "8r". It's light. It's stiff. If the bike isn't busted, just wait around for either the 2008s to go on sale (not that there are many of those s-works bikes lying around either), or wait and see when Specialized will bump the SL2 over to the Roubaix line.
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Originally Posted by aicabsolut View Post
I was just looking for one in a very common size (54), because I broke my old frame. No 2007s to be found. Period. At least on the entire east coast and midwest. So, maybe if you're on the west coast, you could have some luck. Call any dealer you can think of, though most will use the same regional rep. Track down a concept store if you know of one, because they seem to get more prompt feedback when others just play phone tag with people.

Really, though, there isn't that much difference between the expert and S-works SL frame. I was moving from comp to S-works for a variety of reasons I won't bore you with. That's a jump from "6r" to "10r", whatever that means. Expert is already at "8r". It's light. It's stiff. If the bike isn't busted, just wait around for either the 2008s to go on sale (not that there are many of those s-works bikes lying around either), or wait and see when Specialized will bump the SL2 over to the Roubaix line.
i'm in the midwest and i've already tried contacting a bunch of shops. i also tried emailing the specialized rep to see if he can help me out. i know the difference in frames is not great...a little stiffer, a little lighter...but i simply want the top of the line frame for my bike model of choice. i don't need it...i just want it! lol
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well, i just got the scoop...

the roubaix s-works sl's are out. specialized has shipped every single one out to their dealers. according the the rep for the stores in my area, there aren't that many in stores either cuz most of them have sold out. he said he'll call around to see if anyone might have a XS left...but he said there's a chance that i might have to wait for the 2009 model year frames...
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Yep, that's correct. Odds are good that you won't find an XS anywhere.

Basically, with the S-works, there's no sending back bikes that don't sell to Specialized. So, shops don't order that many. Most of them are sold via pre-orders in the fall. Specialized then kinda guesses about how many to make and where to send them. My 2008 frame was located at a shop in Ohio after much searching. I found one full 2007 bike "on sale" (for $5400) in my size nearby, and one 2007 frameset that was too big. I wound up getting $500 from a concept store on the new frame.

If I could afford to wait (i.e., not give up half of my collegiate race season and maybe miss all my USCF season), I would not have frantically harrassed everyone to find me a frame. I probably would've taken the sick discount on a Pro frame that Specialized was offering me under crash replacement--only that wasn't going to be shipped for at least a month.

If you don't *need* one, just wait. Just seems like you're doing a ton of work for what appears to be an impulse buy.
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Old 05-12-08, 08:47 AM
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Still searching! If anyone has any leads, let me know. Thanks!

I wish I was taller...I've found tons of 07 and 08 S-Works Roubaix's in the 54cm range!
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