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Old 11-04-12, 04:29 PM
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Any Specialized Roubaix Owners ?

If so how do you like? Pros and cons.
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Quite a few around here. Love mine.
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What specifically. They claim it is very good at absorbing road chatter/bumps and rough roads. True?
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Pros - comfy and not flexy, sl3 has internal cabling, frame is pretty light, warranty is great.

Cons - dont like the sloped top tube... Thats it.
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Originally Posted by echotraveler View Post
Pros - comfy and not flexy, sl3 has internal cabling, frame is pretty light, warranty is great.

Cons - dont like the sloped top tube... Thats it.
Any rattling from internal cable routing
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Had the secteur which is the same geometry as roubaix and liked it. Had the chance to upgrade to the Roubaix this summer and love love love it. Smoother ride, seems more efficient.
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I have a 2011 over a year now, just rode this morning....I had to sell my Cervelo S2 2 years ago due to frame set-up was hurting my back, The SL3 has a longer wheelbase and is smoother ride for sure but still FAST, quality and frame warranty cannot be beat, love the cables in frame look, like others I think the sloping top tube is lame. I regret getting the Flat black color, PITA to keep clean
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I have a 2007 comp, but I'm guessing that's too old to be of relevance? Compared to my 2010 CAAD10 it's a little less twitchy, little more predictable, corners a little worse, but is a really nice frame.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Any rattling from internal cable routing
non... have you heard of any internal cabled bike with this issue?
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Search is your friend. There are many satisfied Roubaix owners including me on the board.
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Originally Posted by echotraveler View Post
non... have you heard of any internal cabled bike with this issue?
I recall someone about here suggesting it may have been the origin of some noise....very here-say.
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I didn't like the Roubaix on my test rides, it was too "dead" for my tastes. A standard road bike with 25c's and a saddle with a touch of gel takes it maybe halfway to how an endurance bike feels.

If I was spending half my time on chipseal instead of relatively smooth roads, it'd be a different story.
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I love it. Its fast smooth, no rattle on the routing, and its an amazing bike. Ive never thought it was dead feeling, and I also have a tarmac SL4. Great Great Bike
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Any rattling from internal cable routing
No never, i have hit 50mph on mine and still tracks smooth, not unstable at all
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Had a 2009 as my first road bike. Since have given it to my girlfriend and am now riding a Cervelo S2. Agree with an above comment that it does feel a bit muted. But it's still a very nice riding bike. I just prefer a little racier feel.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
I didn't like the Roubaix on my test rides, it was too "dead" for my tastes. A standard road bike with 25c's and a saddle with a touch of gel takes it maybe halfway to how an endurance bike feels.

If I was spending half my time on chipseal instead of relatively smooth roads, it'd be a different story.
80% chip seal, 10% smooth pavement, 5 % gravel.
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I was fortunate enough to acquire a new 2013 Roubaix Expert SL4 a few weeks ago. This bike really impresses me with its balance of stiffness, performance and comfort. I demoed the bike with a 2012 Roubaix Comp as a direct comparison, and the SL4 really was in another league as far as being a stiff, light efficient frame with a more comfortable geometry and really good vibration damping.

As background, my previous carbon frame was a Scott CR1, which I selected for the same attributes. The SL4 blows it away. Before i bought the Scott, I was looking at the Bianchi Infinito as a similar bike. In the direct comparison, the 2012 Comp frame I rode felt considerably 'deader' and more disconnected, a problem I'd encountered riding lower level Madones and Cannondale Synapses as well. The SL4 also feels quite stable, maybe not quite as nimble handling as my Scott or my Seven, but just about perfect for the longer rides and tours I sometimes like to do. Its also a great looking frame, which whether people admit it or not, is a factor. The tube shapes are very organic,and flow together very nicely. The downtube is massive enough that you wonder if the seat stays are even necessary. It looks amazing in matte black.

The SL4 is my first Specialized since my 1993 Hardrock Sport. I'm very happy with it so far.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
I didn't like the Roubaix on my test rides, it was too "dead" for my tastes.
I had a Roubaix, but ended up selling it for this reason. All in all not a bad ride, but I like what I replaced it with more.
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I like my Roubaix. I consider it to be my comfort bike. Long wheelbase does make it handle slower than my Orbea.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
80% chip seal, 10% smooth pavement, 5 % gravel.
Jeez, and I thought the road around here were bad - generally smooth roads covered in gravel. You don't need a new bike, you need new routes.
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Jeez, and I thought the road around here were bad - generally smooth roads covered in gravel. You don't need a new bike, you need new routes.
Colorado it is not. I could choose smoother roads but the off shoot would be a lot more traffic. The roads I ride are very, very quiet- maybe 1-2 cars per hour. I'll take the chip seal to get that kind of solitude.
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I'm guessing the new Roubaix would be a good match. If you like carving downhill curves with your current bike, you might notice a difference in handling, but that's about the only reason I can see for hesitation. I'm guessing that higher spoke count wheels with 25's might also go some way towards softening the ride of any bike on chip seal.
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Be aware that the Roubaix has a really tall headtube. If you ride an aggressive position...you might want to size down.
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Be aware that the Roubaix has a really tall headtube. If you ride an aggressive position...you might want to size down.
I don't have a Roubaix, but I've seriously considered one, and the above is true even if you don't ride in an aggressive position. My main bike is a Look 585 Optimum, also an "endurance" bike, and the head tube and top tube on my 61cm Look are shorter than those on a 58cm Roubaix. This is neither good nor bad, just something to remember when ordering. If you have a bike that fits well, just use its measurements to choose which size frame you need.
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Originally Posted by jgt_madone_newb View Post
I was fortunate enough to acquire a new 2013 Roubaix Expert SL4 a few weeks ago. This bike really impresses me with its balance of stiffness, performance and comfort. I demoed the bike with a 2012 Roubaix Comp as a direct comparison, and the SL4 really was in another league as far as being a stiff, light efficient frame with a more comfortable geometry and really good vibration damping.

As background, my previous carbon frame was a Scott CR1, which I selected for the same attributes. The SL4 blows it away. Before i bought the Scott, I was looking at the Bianchi Infinito as a similar bike. In the direct comparison, the 2012 Comp frame I rode felt considerably 'deader' and more disconnected, a problem I'd encountered riding lower level Madones and Cannondale Synapses as well. The SL4 also feels quite stable, maybe not quite as nimble handling as my Scott or my Seven, but just about perfect for the longer rides and tours I sometimes like to do. Its also a great looking frame, which whether people admit it or not, is a factor. The tube shapes are very organic,and flow together very nicely. The downtube is massive enough that you wonder if the seat stays are even necessary. It looks amazing in matte black.

The SL4 is my first Specialized since my 1993 Hardrock Sport. I'm very happy with it so far.
Jeff,
Thanks for the review of the SL4 and congrats on your purchase. As an owner of a '12 Roubaix SL3 Pro, I was wondering how good the new SL4 was and figured it is a fantastic bike. It is unclear to me if your baseline Roubaix Comp you compared your SL4 with was a SL3 or not. The '12 Comp maybe a SL2 with softer carbon and hence the difference would be more dramatic. Maybe you could confirm as I am curious about the difference between SL4 and SL3 in particular and your critique has value because you are knowledgable having owned many high end bikes.
Do you have a picture of your new SL4? Would love to see it in flat black. Also, what groupset and wheels are you running?
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