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Specialized Roubaix 2018 Range Review

Words by Aaron Scott

on 30/11/2018 11:33:00

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In 2017, Specialized completely redesigned the Roubaix range, out with the Zertz inserts and in with the a suspension damper located in the head tube, "Future Shock". Future shock absorbs the bumps and cobbles allowing for a smoother ride with up to 20mm of travel that can be adjusted to suit different riders weights. Future Shock continues to redefine the genre of endurance road bikes, and push the boundaries of what riders can achieve.

The Roubaix has an enviable reputation as a performance endurance machine, as you may well expect with a name borrowed from one of the toughest races on the pro calendar. Used by professionals like Tom Boonen to nullify the impact of cobbled roads and ensure comfort over long races, the Roubaix range is equally well equipped to tackle questionable British road surfaces and would be the ideal partner for a long sportive season.

Discipline: Road

Usage: Sportive and Endurance

  • + Disc Brakes
  • + Future Shock Headtube
  • + Rider-First Engineered Design

Frame   Features   Groupset   Wheels 

Frame and Forks

The 2017 Roubaix frame was amongst the lightest that Specialized have ever made, whether that be the FACT 10r carbon fibre of the Elite, Comp and Expert models to the top-level FACT 11r carbon of the S-Works bike, and it’s the same story for 2018. That technology has also trickled down in the FACT 9r carbon frame, which you’ll find the entry level Roubaix and Sport models. Now prevalent across Specialized’s road range, Rider-First Engineered design is employed to ensure every bike handles exactly as it should – no matter what the frame size.

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Other Stand-out Features

As was the case for the 2017 range, the stand out feature on the Roubaix is the Future Shock headtube design. Essentially, this is an independent piston in the headtube that provides 20mm of travel - just enough to maintain speed and comfort on rough terrain. According to Specialized, it outperforms anything on the current market – and after a quick ride, it’s easy to understand that claim.

The ride position favours the endurance rider but for 2018, the Roubaix range is slightly more aggressive than the 2017 range with a 7mm lower stack. You can still replicate the 2017, more upright position if this is more to your riding style.

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Groupset

Specialized have favoured the Japanese brand Shimano for their 2018 Roubaix range; starting off with the 105 groupset for the base model, going all the way up to Dura-Ace Di2 at the top end. The Roubaix model comes with 20 gears whilst all other models feature 22, both perfect for tackling those tough climbs on even tougher terrains!

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Wheels

Specialized have chosen to stick with disc brakes for the Roubaix 2018 range, both mechanical Tecktro and hydraulic Di2 disc brakes feature throughout the range. Disc brakes give you more control when braking, helping you to feel safer on those steep, unknown descents. Find out more about disc brakes here. The range is built with versatility and wide tyres in mind. Axis Sport wheels are provided on both the Roubaix and Sport models, and shod with wide 28mm tyres for added comfort.

The Range

Specialized S-Works Roubaix Di2 2018 Carbon Road Bike Black

Specialized S-Works Roubaix Di2 2018 Carbon Road Bike

For years, you had to choose between stiff and snappy, or compliant and comfortable for a race-bike—that is, until the new Roubaix. Featuring a completely Rider-First Engineered™ frame, our Future Shock technology, and a top-level build kit, the S-Works Roubaix with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 is right at home at a local fondo, a Saturday group ride, or a cobbled road race.

  • Frame - FACT 11r Carbon Frame
  • Fork - S-Works FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Hydraulic Disc
See the 2018 Roubaix range > Shop now >
Specialized Roubaix Pro 2018 Carbon Road Bike Blue

Specialized Roubaix Pro 2018 Carbon Road Bike

Smoother, faster, and more efficient. The latest Roubaix Pro by Specialized is a step in the right direction for road bikes, with an all new faster, more efficient geometry combined with top end spec.

  • Frame - FACT 11r Carbon Frame w/Future Shock Suspension
  • Fork - FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Dura-Ace 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Dura-Ace 9120 Hydraulic Disc
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Specialized Roubaix Expert Di2 2018 Carbon Road Bike Black

Specialized Roubaix Expert Di2 2018 Carbon Road Bike

Smooth is fast. Specialized's Roubaix Expert Ultegra Di2 2018 combines performance FACT 10r carbon fibres with a Shimano Di2 groupset, and revolutionary Future Shock technology to create one of, if not the best endurance focused racing bikes.

  • Frame - FACT 10r Carbon w/Future Shock Suspension
  • Fork - S-Works FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra Di2 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra Di2 8070 Hydraulic Disc
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Specialized Roubaix Expert 2018 Carbon Road Bike Red

Specialized Roubaix Expert 2018 Carbon Road Bike

Shock technology to give you a super smooth ride, therefore, a fast ride! The all new Roubaix frame is one of the lightest Specialized have ever made and is constructed from FACT 10r carbon fibres. Its stiffness levels are higher than before, you'll experience a faster, more efficient package.

  • Frame - FACT 10r Carbon w/Future Shock Suspension
  • Fork - S-Works FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra 8020 Hydraulic Disc
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Specialized Roubaix Comp 2018 Carbon Road Bike Purple

Specialized Roubaix Comp 2018 Carbon Road Bike

Smoother, faster, and more efficient. The latest Roubaix Comp 2018 by Specialized is the pinnacle of endurance road technology, squeezing the most out of carbon fibre and featuring the revolutionary Future Shock.

  • Frame - FACT 10r Carbon Frame w/Future Shock Suspension
  • Fork - FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra/105 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra 8020 Hydraulic Disc
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Specialized Roubaix Elite 2018 Carbon Road Bike Red

Specialized Roubaix Elite 2018 Carbon Road Bike

Smooth is fast. Specialized's Roubaix Elite combines a great frame with revolutionary Future Shock technology to give you a super smooth ride, taking all rough roads in its stride. This model also comes in black.

  • Frame - FACT 10r Carbon w/Future Shock Suspension
  • Fork - FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Shimano RS505 Hydraulic Disc
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Specialized Roubaix Sport 2018 Carbon Road Bike Black

Specialized Roubaix Sport 2018 Carbon Road Bike

The Specialized Roubaix is has done an excellent job in getting high performance out of a bike while still keeping good value. The Roubaix will keep delivering the goods throughout long tough rides.

  • Frame - FACT 9r Carbon Frame
  • Fork - Specialized FACT Carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 2x11 Speed
  • Brakes - Tektro Spyre Mechanical Disc
See the 2018 Roubaix range > Shop now >
Specialized Roubaix 2018 Carbon Road Bike Red

Specialized Roubaix 2018 Carbon Road Bike

The extremely light FACT 9r carbon fibre frame is what you get with the Roubaix 2018, giving you fantastic levels of stiffness while also featuring a new, faster and more efficient geometry. The Roubaix gives you a spec to excite, Shimano Tiagra shifting, Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes and Axis Sport disc wheels.

  • Frame - FACT 9r Carbon Frame
  • Fork - Specialized FACT Carbon/li>
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra 2x10 Speed
  • Brakes - Tektro Spyre Mechanical Disc
See the 2018 Roubaix range > Shop now >

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