Specialized Roubaix Review
The Specialized Roubaix range is made up of bikes based on tour-winning technology, engineered for both speed and comfort across a range of different sizes and specifications. So whatever your physique you should be able to find a capable road bike amongst this little lot.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 & SL4 Disc
Although this is the base model, the Roubaix SL4 is still a well-equipped machine which benefits from a FACT 8r carbon frame equipped with Endurance Road Geometry and those all-important Zertz inserts in the headtube to help dampen road vibrations. A carbon fork with the same technology is also featured, with Espoir 25c tyres and AXIS 1.0 wheels keeping things fast and smooth.
A Shimano Sora drivetrain is used for this model, with the Body Geometry Riva Road Gel saddle keeping your posterior in check over long, gruelling competitions.
Comfortable geometry which does not compromise stiffness is a feature of the Roubaix SL4 Disc and many of its siblings. On this model you get Shimano 317 disc brakes with 160mm rotors at the front and rear for added control, with the same Sora drivetrain as the first Roubaix iteration included for good measure.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport Compact
This bike has an all-carbon frame tuned for comfort, and the Specialized Comp Shallow Bend handlebars are wrapped in Specialized Roubaix-specific tape that includes gel pads to keep your hands, arms and entire torso in good shape. Vibrations are fatiguing, so getting a bike that can combat them is sensible.
Shimano 105 & Tiagra components are used in the drivetrain and you also get an FSA Gossamer Pro crankset for smoothness and consistency.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport Triple
The compact race design of the frame includes internal routing for the rear brake cable, which is not only an aesthetic improvement but has practical benefits. Shimano Tiagra and 105 equipment comprises the drivetrain, with AXIS 1.0 brakes and 2.0 wheels maintaining the bike’s composure.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Elite
What sets this Roubaix road bike apart from models further down the ladder is the inclusion of a full Shimano 105 drivetrain, which offers fast and precise shifting over periods of extended use.
Fulcrum S5 wheels and 105 brakes are added to the pot, along with Specialized Espoir Elite tyres that feature double BlackBelt puncture protection. You also get the Body Geometry Romic Comp Gel saddle, sitting on hollow Cr-Mo rails and a carbon seatpost from Specialized.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Comp
What the Roubaix SL4 Comp brings to the table, on top of the carbon frame, fork and other components, is the Shimano Ultegra drivetrain which offers 11 speed shifting and has been redesigned for 2014 to improve on those components that have come before. This makes the bike surprisingly light while ensuring that it is still stiff and comfortable so that riders remain in charge and in a position to win.
|Specialized Roubaix Comp Specifications 2014|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Ultegra||Front Fork:||Specialized Roubaix FACT|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Ultegra||Rear Shock:||N/A|
|Shifters:||Shimano Ultegra STI||Brakes:||Axis 2.0 brakes|
|Gears:||11 speed||Rims:||Fulcrum S5|
|Chainring:||50/34||Tyres:||Specialized Espoir Elite|
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Pro
When you put Pro in the name of a product, expectations are instantly raised. The Roubaix SL4 Pro does its best to live up to them, featuring a FACT 10r carbon frame, along with a carbon fork that Specialized has adjusted to suit different sized riders so that no one feels left out when they hop onboard.
Roval Fusee SLX 23 wheels and Roubaix Pro tyres are both durable and very light, improving acceleration and making it easier to keep up to speed. The tyres are also designed with comfort in mind, which is important for enduring long slogs.
A carbon crankset is bundled with Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain components, while the brakes come from the Ultegra range.
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert Disc
The disc-specific FACT 10r carbon frame has a fresh set of hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano, which afford the rider added stopping power and subtlety in their braking capabilities.
The Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain will be welcome for anyone who wants to expand upon mechanical shifting with electronic speed and consistency. And the AXIS 4.0 Disc wheels are light and sturdy.
Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 & SL4 Di2
Specialized only adds the S-Works brand to its range-topping bikes and with a FACT 11r carbon frame and fork with Zertz inserts, this is a very balanced high-performance model.
The Roval Rapide CLX 40 carbon clincher wheelset continues this trend, while the updated S-Works Turbo tyres offer minimal rolling resistance, as well as enough traction to keep you on track when taking corners.
Even the CG-R seatpost has received attention, as it too has Zertz technology onboard to minimise rumble and avoid fatiguing the rider. Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain components are a natural fit for this bike.
The key difference between the Di2 S-Works model and its close relative comes in the form of the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, which offers electronically controlled shifting for those moments when mechanical elements would not do the bike justice.