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S-works Roubaix...or regular CF Roubaix frameset?

Old 10-14-11, 11:37 AM
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S-works Roubaix...or regular CF Roubaix frameset?

I am considering building up a road bike I can ride on rough roads for 50 miles or so for training...relaxed angles...tallish head tube etc. I considered building up a CX bike but the Roubaix may fill the bill...especially since many report the Roubaix will fit 28C tires.

For those that have experienced both the S-works Roubaix as well as the basic carbon fiber frameset...is there a notable difference in ride quaility between the two? Reason I ask is a handful of grams weight savings of the Sworks if not racing..with objective being a smooth ride over broken road surfaces maybe best served with the softer?...and cheaper base CF Roubaix frameset.
Any experience with both?
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some how I ended up with both a Roubaix Comp and Elite, and have ridden a '10 Roubaix sworks, around the block...

The newer Sworks definitely rides a bit stiff, which could also be put up to better wheels and tahrs. The Sworks was another's, so I rode gingerly and really didn't do any hard jumps and certainly no uphills - was 5min ride...

But was noticeably 'stiffer' than my Comp and Elite (both '06), with their stock Aclass wheelsets (terrible!).
I upgraded the wheelsets on both, and both have improved tremendously since. They ride v-nice for longish, rough road rides.
Roubaix Sworks ??? I would undoubtably be very happy with it. I like the quickness and balnace of my Sworks Tarmac, so the sworks roubaix would also be more to my liking... I'm selling the Comp for sure and will likely sell the Elite to get something more 'tarmac-ish..
Ride Quality ? Despite that, the cheaper frames are right nice and with a good wheelset, have been great fun to ride. I'm selling the comp
BTW, I was expecting the Roubaixs to be a bit more 'truckish' and maybe not as much fun on descents. I was wrong, they are certainly much easier to just roll on, but also handle descents incredibly well - firmly planted, yet not slow in the steering response, especially when leaned and countersteered.
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Thanks Cyclezen,
Also, I believe the Roubaix has evolved a bit since '06 and possibly redesigned for '11 or 2012...can't remember, but no doubt Specialized is always tweaking the design even though the basic comfort geometry hasn't changed. The new SL3 maybe on a par with the older Roubaix Sworks...not sure. Anyway...was thinking that I principly ride on poor surfaces...maybe consider one...or a Cervelo RS. Since I still ride primarily paved road...but bad paved road...I have resisted going with a Cyclocross bike. I have a 29er set up for road riding which I go to when I want to ride a bit more upright.
Wheelset stiffness does change the landscape a fair amount as you say.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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