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Specialized Roubaix?

Old 10-10-12, 12:36 PM
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Specialized Roubaix?

I am considering purchasing a Roubaix road bike tomorrow. This local shop has it for $700 and I am interested. In the same shop I am considering a Cannondale R800 which is cheap at $200. My first choice is the Roubaix. I am an old friend to cycling and about to get serious. I intend to have a nice bike, and this bike is in my price range. Any thoughts?
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Buy the Roubaix
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Seconding the Roubaix.
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Anyone have a Roubaix and any complaints?
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Tarmac and no complaints .... other than it's getting cool outside
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Originally Posted by fallenCrow27
Anyone have a Roubaix and any complaints?
Yeah. Mine's not fast enough.
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Complaints about the best bike in its category? unlikely.

but I second the complaint about the cold weather outside when I ride it lately.....
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The Roubaix is a nice bike. You will love it.
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Originally Posted by fallenCrow27
Anyone have a Roubaix and any complaints?
I have an S-Works Roubaix SL2 and a Secteur as its backup. No complaints about either.
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What year is that Roubaix for that kind of money? That is darn cheap and I would look it over closely.
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Roubaix, no doubt. It is getting cold outside. This morning riding to work, I think it was in the high 30s - low 40s. Winter sucks.
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It was damn near 90° here today. Can one of you Northerners send some of that winter air down this way..?
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I have a Roubaix, bought it new in May. If it fits buy it! I have about 2,000 miles on mine.

Cold, rain, what is that! It was 96 here today. Would like some rain, had around five inches in two years, although the official airport gauge says otherwise.

I don't mind the heat and agree cold sucks but that is why I live so far south.
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Had the Secteur and liked it very much. Bought a Roubaix and love love love it. Cold here, time to hunt deer I guesss.
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On my second Roubaix. Would by a third if anything happened to it.
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I own a Roubaix SL3 Pro and love the bike. Extremely comfortable on rougher pavement and sturdy climbing hills. You won't be disappointed at all.
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Originally Posted by MegaTom
Yeah. Mine's not fast enough.
I have a 2010 Roubaix SL3 Expert. I absolutely love it. Been on three cross state rides of +/- 500 miles (in six or seven days) and a few thousand other random miles and it's been perfect for me. As to its speed. I thought mine was slower than I had hoped but when I trimmed a few pounds off the motor and got the motor into better riding shape, it became much much faster.
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Originally Posted by MegaTom
Yeah. Mine's not fast enough.
Check the motor, it's usually the first thing that goes out..
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Old 10-10-12, 11:43 PM
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Check the motor, it's usually the first thing that goes out..
Ya think...?
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My next bike will be a Roubaix.
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As a 2012 Roubaix owner, all I can say is for the average cyclist who doesn't possess fantastic flexibility in particular, the Roubaix is the most important bike ever to be created. Specialized invented this genre of bike which has spawned many others like it from pretty much all top mfrs.
This is my opinion having been fortunate to own many high end road bikes.

Any of the years of Roubaix are good...newer ones are stiffer and have nicer paint jobs and many technical refinements.
Good luck.
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I'm thinking about the getting the Roubaix Elite Compact, it's way more than I ever pay for a bike. But I test rode this, and it's so sweet. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ixelitecompact Only other bike I was thinking about is a Trek Madone 4 Series, but I haven't test ride one yet.
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Only other bike I was thinking about is a Trek Madone 4 Series, but I haven't test ride one yet.
They are apples and oranges I have a Madone 4.6 and was considering the Roubaix. I wanted a slightly more aggressive ride and purchased the Madone. Honestly I can't say anything bad about the Roubaix, it's a great bike, just wasn't what i was looking for.
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