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Specialized Ruby Expert Review

   Words by Kathryn Dickinson

   on 13/09/2018 14:24:08

Specilized-Ruby-Expert-ReviewArticle written by #TeamRutland Ambassador Michelle Brideau. To find out more about Michelle, check out her blog and YouTube Channel. Find out more about Michelle >

Unboxing

When the box with the Specialized Ruby Expert arrived from Rutland Cycling, the man in mail-room at work asked “You do know it’s a bike right?" Beaming I replied “YES!". "How will you get it home?” he asked. "Ride it." I replied with glee. And within 20 minutes I had it out of the box, unwrapped and ready to go thanks to the prep and packing by the guys at Rutland Cycling.

Specialized Ruby Expert Review

Stunning Colours

Only one problem, it was lunch and I had four hours of sitting at my desk with the distraction of a beautiful new bike sitting next to me. The Ruby Expert is good looking, black with detailing in a beautiful green and teal gradient colouring which looks great, even my non-cycling colleagues commented, one saying "That looks fast". I really like the low key branding, the Specialized name is on the bike but in a very low key matt black on the shiny black frame.

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What is the Ruby Expert?

For those not familiar with the Ruby Expert, it’s a carbon road bike. The women’s version of the Roubaix is a bike designed with the famous Paris-Roubaix spring classic race in mind,a race that includes cobbled sections. So this bike is built for comfort but not at the expense of speed; including a shock absorption feature designed by Specialized called Future Shock in the handlebar stem (with up to 20mm of give) as well as a seat post with some flex and 28mm tires. It also has what is called an endurance geometry which is less aggressive than race geometry, which means a more comfortable position for long rides.

What all of that means is a combination of reduced forward motion energy loss caused by the upward motion of a bump and less fatigue for you by dampening the vibrations of the road.

Specialized Ruby Expert 2018 Ladies Carbon Road Bike

Specialized Ruby Expert 2018 Ladies Carbon Road Bike

Performance and comfort, the Specialized Ruby Expert has been built to provide you with comfort as well as performance with Future Shock technology to smooth out even the roughest roads.

  • Shimano Ultegra 2x11 Speed Drivetrain
  • Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • FACT 10r Carbon Frame
  • Specialized Future Shock Suspension

The First Ride

When home time arrived there was never anyone so excited for their commute. I hopped onto the Ruby Expert and off I went on a familiar route but an on an unfamiliar bike. The first thing I noticed was the responsiveness of the disc breaks, I’m a big fan of disc brakes, but the Ruby was the first bike I’d ridden with hydraulic discs, all it took was the lightest touch to come to a complete stop. I flew along and all too soon I arrived home.

From the City to the Hills

But commuting in London traffic isn’t what this bike is meant for. So the next evening after work I headed to nearby Richmond Park for a few laps. I put my foot down at the start of the hill into the park and the Ruby sprang into action. I couldn’t get over how responsive it was. Just to make sure I wasn’t imagining it I gave it some power again, and boom it reacted to the extra power. Hmmm I thought, so that’s what they mean by a stiff responsive frame, wow. I was now grinning thinking about what I could do on the hills in the park.

The Ruby is great on hills, riding light and smooth, it rolled like a demon down them and with the disc breaks I let it fly because I knew I had the control I like on a decent. All too soon it was time to head home. I uploaded my ride to Strava and I hadn't imagined how fast it felt, there were all kinds of PB's on the hills for both up and down. That weekend it was off to the Surrey Hills. After riding for a while Nathan, my husband, asked me if I was aiming for the bumps. "What do you mean?" I asked innocently. In fact I wasn't avoiding the bumps, only the truly dangerous potholes, I wanted to see what that Future Shock could do. It does make for a comfortable ride combined with the 28mm tires and special seat post with some flex. Now this shouldn't be an excuse for getting into bad habits, keeping your joints soft and absorbing bumps is still important, but the Future Shock sure smooths things out especially on chip sealed roads (yuck!) and over cattle grids, So if you live in an area where the roads are less than ideal the Future Shock system could be just the thing you need.

Specialized Ruby Expert Review, Michelle

How Does the Ruby Feel?

It was on this ride I began to appreciate the handlebars. They have a flat top, with gel bar tape which is very comfortable for resting your hands on especially when cycling up hills. I also really liked the fact that they have a narrow width as I have pretty narrow shoulders and this made the bike feel the right size for me and this upped my feeling of control when manoeuvring.

Again I enjoyed the responsiveness of the frame when I put my foot down after slowing or stopping, it meant less of a gap between myself and my husband who has more explosive power than I have. On arrival home I saw many PB's on the downhills, the confidence in the Ruby's breaks showing.

The bike is equipped with Ultegra 8000 11 speed group set. This group set gives you very responsive, crisp gear changes and a great range of gears with an 11-32t cassette and compact chainring (50/34T). Ultegra is a popular choice and it's for good reason, the quality can be felt.

See the Specialized Ruby 2018 range >

The Perfect Saddle

I've since been on many more rides racking up the miles on the Ruby and I've really been enjoying the bike. If my GPS routing sends me off on some gravel or less than ideal paths I know the 28mm tires will be able to handle it no problem. The one thing that surprised me most was the saddle. I thought it would be a bog standard saddle that I would soon be swapping out, however it is now in competition with my favourite saddle for top position.

Specialized Ruby Expert Review

Secret Storage

There is one thing people have commented on when they see the bike, that "strange bottom bracket", which even lead someone to ask if I had a motor in there. The box nestled right above the bottom bracket is where the puncture repair kit, a tube, levers, multi tool, emergency money, co2 cartridge all go in place of a saddle bag. It is completely removable but it makes use of space on the bike in an interesting and useful way.

Negatives?

There was one small thing, due to the slope of the top tube on the size 51 frame of this bike I couldn’t use my favourite water bottles as they're too tall for the frame, however my slightly smaller 550ml bottles worked just fine.

If you would like to know more about the specifications of the Specialized Ruby Expert and all the technical information on the bike, you can view them all here.

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Michelle Brideau

Twitter: cycling_woman
YouTube: Ride On Cycling
Instagram: cycling_woman
Blog: Ride On Cycling

After recovering from Crohn’s surgery in 2014 I knew I’d been taking my health for granted and needed to find a way to fit exercise into my busy life. I decided to start cycling the 8 mile commute to work in London, in November.

Starting off I was a nervous rider but as the winter went on I gained confidence, and when spring arrived I discovered the joy of riding in the warm sun and decided to sign up for a London to Oxford ride. It was while training for this ride that I found my love of long-distance cycling and bought a second bike, a road bike. A Canadian, shortly after the purchase of my second bike, seven months into cycling as an adult, I innocently googled “How long does it take to cycle across Canada” and discovered the world of bike touring. After a decade in London, I was captivated by the idea of spending the summer on a bike exploring my home country and started planning. A year later with my partner and a new touring bike, I started off on my first bike tour, cycling from Vancouver to Halifax a 4100 mile journey lasting 74 days.

Since my ride across Canada, I have discovered a love of climbing on my bike and have cycled some of the cols of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees as well as going on various bike tours here in the UK. For 2018 I’m challenging myself by participating in the Vatternrundan ride, a 300km ride around a lake in Sweden with 27,000 other cyclists.

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