Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert Overview

The smoother, faster Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012 Road Bike features a super light and stiff FACT 10r carbon frame with Specialized’s Cobra tapered head tube, In-Zertz vibration dampers and full internal cable routing-the same frame construction that won the gruelling Paris-Roubaix race. The Expert features Shimano Ultegra compact drivetrain and the new DT-Axis 3.0 wheels for lower weight and higher performance.

The Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012 features a remarkably light, durable, stiff and responsive FACT carbon monocoque bike fork with vibration absorbing Zertz inserts. The new FACT IS 10r carbon SL3 bike frame, weighs in at just over 1,000 grams with incredible torsional stiffness, with Zertz seatstay inserts, making it the fastest, most compliant endurance bike available. The Roubaix SL3 Expert also benefits from race ready DT Axis 3.0 wheels that are super fast and lightweight, yet still durable enough for any high mileage training.

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 SL3 Expert Features

  • FACT IS 10r carbon SL3 frame with Cobra tapered head tube is uber-light with incredible torsional stiffness, and Zertz seatstay inserts for the fastest most compliant endurance bike available
  • Ultralight FACT carbon monocoque fork with vibration-damping Zertz inserts is stiff, responsive, and durable
  • Race-ready DT Axis 3.0 wheels are fast and light but still durable enough for high mileage training
  • Adjustable four-position oversized alloy stem with 31.8mm bar clamp for strength and versatile positioning
  • Specialized Comp shallow drop alloy handlebar for serious performance and ergonomic position
  • Minimalist, high-performance BG Toupe Plus Comp bike saddle is ultralight with a flat profile and generous padding for long rides and explosive efforts
  • FACT carbon Comp seatpost helps absorb road vibrations but remains stiff and efficient

Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert Specifications

  • Frame: Specialized FACT 10r carbon, FACT IS construction, Cobra 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ head tube, compact race design w/ Zertz inserts, internal cable routing, threaded BB
  • Fork: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, Zertz inserts

  • Headset: 1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, w/ 20mm carbon cone spacer and 20mm of carbon spacers

  • Stem: New CompSet 6061 alloy, cone head bolt, 12-degree, 4-degree shim 31.8mm

  • Handlebars: Specialized Comp, alloy, shallow bend

  • Tape: Specialized Roubaix Gel wrap w/ neoprene pads

  • Front Brake: Shimano Ultegra

  • Rear Brake: Shimano Ultegra

  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra

  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra

  • Shift Levers: Shimano Ultegra STI, flight deck compatible, 10-speed

  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra, 10-speed, 11-28t

  • Chain: Shimano 105

  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra compact

  • Chainrings: 50/34

  • Pedals: Nylon flat test ride, loose ball, w/ reflectors

  • Front Wheel: DT Axis 3.0

  • Rear Wheel: DT Axis 3.0

  • Front Tyre: Specialized Roubaix Pro w/ BlackBelt protection, 120 TPI, aramid bead, 700x25c

  • Rear Tyre: Specialized Roubaix Pro w/ BlackBelt protection, 120 TPI, aramid bead, 700x25c

  • Inner Tubes: Lightweight, presta

  • Saddle: Body Geometry Toupé Plus Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails

  • Seatpost: Specialized Comp carbon, 27.2mm

  • Seat Binder: Forged alloy, 32.6mm

  • Notes: Carbon chainstay protector, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual

Model: Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert
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