Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 Road Bike Review
The Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 is a road bike which has been well received in its new 2011 form, gaining praise for its comfortable ride, responsive handling and capable setup that is good for racing, training or recreation. It is relatively affordable for a carbon frame road bike and has the typical flare for design which all Specialized cycles tend to exhibit, helping it to cut more of a dashing figure than many of its contemporaries.
The carbon frame of the Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 has been greatly improved over what you might expect from other entry-level models. Rather than sapping the feel and feedback from the ride, it gives you a very lively, engaging experience on the road, helping you to feel in control and adapt your riding appropriately while still benefitting from the improved comfort of a carbon frame and accompanying fork. Even at slower speeds, when other bikes that promise comfort can be at their worst, the Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 still softens the bumps and straightens out the vibrations before they reach the rider. While the bike’s frame has the flex necessary to compensate for patchy surfaces, it still feels taut and gives the rider all the information they need about the road beneath them.
The obvious benefit from the use of a carbon frame for the Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 is its light weight and while detractors might point out that it is still heavier than the more expensive carbon road bikes out there, the fact that Specialized continues to reduce the weight of this model year after year is worth commending. Shimano 105 components help to keep things light and hard-wearing, with smooth shifting gears and reliable brakes provided by this firm to provide some continuity across the rest of the bike. The Specialized All-condition tyres use a hard compound and are equally impressive when it comes to longevity, although if you are not a fan of in-house tyres you can always swap them out for alternatives that are more to your liking.
The whole of the Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 is set up to let you transfer as much power as possible to the wheels without the forgiving nature of the carbon absorbing not only the road rumble but also your pedal-pushing efforts. The bike is stiff and supple at the same time, letting you pound across mile after mile of tarmac without being worn down by the surface conditions or slowed down by the frame.
A black and white colour scheme on the frame is highlighted with red detailing on the rims and seatpost. Specialized has gone for a classic design that does not have the brash flare of its rivals and it all the better for it, making you want to stop and stare for extended periods. If you are looking for a budget carbon road bike, then there are not many others that can hold a candle to what the 2011 version of the Specialized Roubaix Comp SL2 can achieve.