The Specialized Roubaix debuted in 2004 as the original, genre-defining endurance bike – now almost every bike manufacturer has a comfort-focussed machine. And while it has evolved since then, the Roubaix has now been completely reinvented, with Specialized introducing the FutureShock front suspension unit.
Named after the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, five riders have won the Hell of the North on the Roubaix since 2004, but the model year 2017 machine bears little resemblance to the bikes that have come before it. The vibration dampening Zertz inserts in the fork and seatstays are no more.
Before we get stuck into the nitty gritty, here are the key headlines about the new Roubaix:
- FutureShock front suspension introduced
- Specialized’s lightest ever frame
- Updated geometry and fit options
- Six bikes from £1,900 to £7,500