Specialized Roubaix Overview

The smoother, faster Specialized Roubaix 2012 Road Bike is named after the gruelling Paris-Roubaix race. It is a high-performance, endurance-focused bike that’s highly stable and efficient. Shimano 10-speed compact gearing and new DT-Axis 2.0 wheels improve efficiency over any terrain.

The Specialized Roubaix range has proved to be a tough competitor throughout the years with its smooth, sleek and fast-paced design and 2012 is sure to be no different! The super lightweight FACT 8r carbon bike frame on the Specialized Roubaix Compact is enhanced but the Fact Carbon fork that provide the perfect blend of stiffness, compliance and light weight for a winning ride.

To reduce weight on this road racing bike, Specialized have kitted it out with a significantly lighter than comparable-level wheelset, the DT-Axis 2.0 hoops offer the bike a tough base that is smooth and fast on the open roads so you can pick up speed quickly. As well as the FACT Carbon frame and fork on the road bike, the Roubaix features the new Shimano Tiagra 10-speed chainset and brakes; as well as being lightweight, they offer smooth and easy gear change as well as unbeatable stopping power (even when going at high speeds on Roubaix bike).

Although it’s not top priority for Specialized, they do believe in a comfortable ride without adding extra weight. The Roubaix Compact has a Toupe Plus Sport saddle which features their fantastic Body Geometry technology. This minimalist, high-performance saddle helps to reduce road vibrations and prevent your bum from going numb whilst offering you a comfortable pew for you to enjoy the ride! The racing bike also uses Specialized Roubaix wrap with 2.5 gel pads that also helps to reduce the road vibrations for a comfortable ride.

Specialized Roubaix Range

There are six bikes in the Specialized Roubaix 2012 range. Prices range from £1,599 to £5,999 for the S-Works. We’ll be reviewing this beauty very soon – yum yum!

  • Specialized Roubaix 2012 Road Bike
  • Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact 2012 Road Bike
  • Specialized Roubaix Comp 2012 Road Bike
  • Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012 Road Bike
  • Specialized Roubaix SL3 Pro 2012 Road Bike
  • Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 2012 Road Bike

Specialized Roubaix 2012 Features

  • FACT 8r carbon, FACT IS constructed frame with Endurance Road geometry, Zertz inserts and tapered head tube for the perfect blend of stiffness, compliance and light weight
  • Ultralight FACT carbon monocoque fork with vibration-damping Zertz inserts is stiff, responsive, and durable
  • Significantly lighter than comparable-level wheelsets, these tough new DT-Axis 2.0 hoops roll smooth and fast
  • Adjustable four-position oversized alloy stem with 31.8mm bar clamp for strength and versatile positioning
  • Specialized Comp shallow drop alloy bar for serious performance and ergonomic position
  • New, 10-speed Shimano Tiagra STI shifters are renowned for their race-ready performance and exceptional value
  • Minimalist, high-performance BG Toupe Plus Sport saddle is ultralight with a flat profile and generous padding for long rides and explosive efforts

Specialized Roubaix 2012 Specifications

  • Frame: Specialized FACT 8r carbon, FACT IS construction, compact race design with Zertz inserts, 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ head tube, threaded BB
  • Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, Zertz inserts
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed
  • Number of Gears: 20
  • Shifters: Shimano Tiagra STI 10-speed
  • Chainset: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed Chainset, Chainrings:50/34
  • Cassette: Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed, 12-30t
  • Chain: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed
  • Pedals: Nylon flat test ride, loose ball, with reflectors
  • Front Brake: Shimano Tiagra
  • Rear Brake: Shimano Tiagra
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra STI
  • Handlebars: Specialized Comp, alloy, shallow bend
  • Stem: Specialized EliteSet, 3D forged alloy, 12-degree, 4-position adjustable, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp
  • Headset: 1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, with 20mm cone spacer and 20mm of spacers
  • Grips: Specialized Roubaix wrap with 2.5 gel pads
  • Rims: DT Axis 2.0
  • Front Hub: DT Axis 2.0
  • Rear Hub: DT Axis 2.0
  • Spokes: DT Axis 2.0
  • Front Tyre: Specialized Espoir Sport with double BlackBelt, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x23c
  • Rear Tyre: Specialized Espoir Sport with double BlackBelt, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x23c
  • Saddle: Body Geometry Toupe Plus Sport
  • Seatpost: New Specialized Sport, alloy, 27.2mm
  • Seat Binder: Forged alloy, 32.6mm
  • Accessories: Chain catcher, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual