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
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)
- - 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 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.
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.
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.
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.