Specialized 2020 Roubaix Range Guide

Words by David Hicks

on 30/05/2019 14:55:32

Specialized Roubaix 2020

For 2020 the Specialized Roubaix has been completely reinvented, with a brand new Futureshock 2.0 suspension element, S-Works Pav� seat post, and an overhauled frame design that is lighter and more aerodynamic than ever before. With the 2020 Roubaix, the link between comfort and performance has never been closer. A compliant ride meets outright speed, capability blends with aero-design, a race weapon that can tackle the UK's worst roads. Meet the 2020 Roubaix, a bike as equally formidable as the harsh, cobbled race it is named after

Overview

Discipline: Road

Usage: Sportive and Endurance, a compliant but engaging ride

Models: 7 specifications ranging from Shimano 105 to Shimano Di2/Sram eTap Red AXS (Starting from £2599.99)

What's New?

  • - Hydraulic disc brakes across all models
  • - Futureshock 1.5/2.0 suspension
  • - New seat clamp design
  • - S-Works Pav� seat post
  • - Power saddles across the range
  • - Total frame redesign


        

The Frame

The 2020 Roubaix frame pushes the envelope for what an endurance frame is capable of. It is lighter than a Venge and as aerodynamic as an SL6 Tarmac, yet retains the smooth, compliant feel that the previous Roubaix models were well known for. These very traits allowed this frame to win the Paris-Roubaix on its first official outing, with half of the top 10 riders being on S-Works Roubaix framesets. The numbers do not lie, this frame is fast - but where does that compliant ride come from? Rider-First Engineering� has allowed each frame size to achieve an optimal balance of stiffness and compliance, a design that Specialized have used and refined since the introduction of the SL5 Tarmac, where each individual size has unique tubing to best suit different sized riders. This was designed in part from data collected by McLaren telemetry systems, with different sizes of frame having exclusive tube diameters and wall thicknesses.


Specialized Roubaix 2020

But, enough with that current technology - What is the deal with that new Futureshock and Pav� seatpost? Futureshock 2.0 provides 20mm of suspension, with a new hydraulic damper allowing for compression adjustment on the fly. So, active when the rider wants comfort on rough surfaces and rigid for improved power transfer when the road smooths out. It is worth noting that Futureshock 2.0 is only found on the Expert model and above, and that models below this mark will receive Futureshock 1.5. This model removes the compression adjust feature, but still allows for an improved action over previous iterations, with a silky-smooth feel and improved bottom-out resistance. To top this off, both models now feature an improved aesthetic with a smooth cover. The Pav� post is found on all models, featuring a D-shaped design that provides comfortable, safe levels of flex in conjunction with a lowered seat clamp design. This works in tandem with the Futureshock to keep the ride balanced and is found on all models in the range.

Groupsets

Traditionally Specialized have favoured Japanese drivetrain giants Shimano for their running gear, and although this year is no exception, Sram have found their way into the mix with a couple of AXS equipped models. The base level Sport model uses the uber-capable Shimano 105 groupset, delivering workhorse reliability over a spread of 22 gears, with none of the 2020 range opting for sub-11 speed Shimano shifting. Upwards from there sees the Comp model featuring Shimano Ultegra R8000, with a Di2 comp model also being available for those who wish to make the jump to a wireless setup. Above here things get even more exciting, with Sram's cable-free drivetrains featuring on both a Pro and S-Works model. Find out more below in the model breakdown section below.


Specialized Roubaix 2020

Wheelsets

Unlike previous years Axis wheels, the 2020 Roubaix line-up begins with the DT-Swiss R470 wheelset, clad with Specialized Turbo Pro 28mm tyres. These are found on both the Sport and Comp models, with the Expert and above using varied iterations of Roval's carbon wheelsets. For 2020 the Expert model is specified with Roval C38 disc wheels, an entry level set of carbon performance hoops which offer improved acceleration over the R470's found on the lower models. Above this, the Pro and S-Works models receive the Roval CL and CLX models respectively, the difference between these being standard or upgraded ceramic bearings. All models come specified with 28mm tires for added compliancy but can even fit up to a 33mm for when the roads get dicey. Find out more about individual specs in the model breakdown section below.

Specialized Roubaix 2020

The Beyond Gender Philosophy

�We've learned that there is likely more difference between two male cyclists, than a male and a female�

- Todd Carver, head of human performance at Specialized



For 2020 and beyond, Specialized are taking the step to remove Women's specific models from the line-up, creating one performance product for all. Their reasoning behind this move comes from use of their R�tul bike fit technology. Specialized found through extensive research that common stereotypes between male and female body proportions were unfounded, and that separating bicycles by gender was both arbitrary and unnecessary. From the 2020 Roubaix models onwards Specialized platforms will be designed for all riders, with contact points being proportionally sized and there being a selection of colourways for all tastes. This means consumers will receive the highest level of technology alongside fit options ranging from 44-64cms. Perfect.


        

The Models - A Breakdown

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Sport

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Sport

The entry point, but far from entry level. A smart specification and price lend themselves to this perfect Sportive weapon. Hard wearing componentry means this model is a workhorse, ready for everything from your after-work spin to your next Gran-Fondo.

  • Frame - FACT 10r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5 w/ Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 R7000 GS
  • Brakes - Shimano 105, Hydraulic disc
  • Wheels - DT R470 Disc
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix Comp

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Comp

A clutch rear mech and compliancy orientated features keep this model quiet and composed, whether cobbles or potholes. The Ultegra R8000 drivetrain keeps the weight down and the performance levels high, with smooth precise shifting.

  • Frame - FACT 10r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5 w/ Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra RX8000
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra, Hydraulic disc
  • Wheels - DT R470 Disc
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix Comp Di2

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Comp UDi2

Looking to make the leap to Di2 electronic shifting? The Comp Di2 could be the answer. Featuring the same high-end spec as the Comp, with RX805 Di2 instead of the mechanical shifting.

  • Frame - FACT 10r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5 w/ Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra Di2 RX805
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra Di2 8070 Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels - DT R470 Disc
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix Expert

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Expert UDi2

The first in the line-up to feature the adjustable Futureshock 2.0, with high end carbon wheels and Di2 drivetrain. Carbon wheels improve acceleration by reducing rotational weight, with weight reductions being more noticeable here than elsewhere on the bike.

  • Frame - FACT 10r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra Di2 RX805
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra, Hydraulic
  • Wheels - Roval C 38 Disc Carbon
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix Pro eTap

Specialized 2020 Roubaix Pro eTap

With technology brought directly down from Sram's Red eTap AXS groupset, Force eTap offers pro level performance without the high pricetag. Sram AXS drivetrains allow you to pair your smartphone to personalize controls and check battery levels, allowing for high levels of customization and cable-free shifting.

  • Frame - FACT 10r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Sram Force eTap AXS
  • Brakes - SRAM Force eTap hydraulic disc brake
  • Wheels - Roval CL 32 Disc Carbon
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works Di2

Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works Di2

The highest level of performance with Specialized's 11r carbon technology. Dura-Ace Di2 brings Shimano's highest level of performance in a svelte, lightweight package.

  • Frame - FACT 11r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
  • Brakes - Shimano Dura-Ace Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels - CLX 50 Disc Carbon
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works eTap

Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works eTap

The highest level of performance with Specialized's 11r carbon technology. Sram Red eTap brings Sram's highest level of performance in a wireless, 12 speed, customizable package.

  • Frame - FACT 11r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
  • Brakes - Sram Red Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels - CLX 32 Disc Carbon
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Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works Sagan Edition

Specialized 2020 Roubaix S-Works Di2 Sagan Edition

The highest level of performance with Specialized's 11r carbon technology. In honor of Peter Sagan, this model comes dripping with custom �underexposed� paint and unique parts.

  • Frame - FACT 11r, Rider First Engineered�, FreeFoil Shape
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
  • Brakes - Shimano Dura-Ace Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels - CLX 50 Disc Carbon, Sagan edition
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