Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 Road Bike Review
The Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 is a road bike which has a comprehensive specification checklist which is sure to seem daunting to any of its immediate rivals. From the carbon frame, ceramic bearings and Shimano Dura-Ace components, you can tell that this is nothing less than a professional cycle for serious riders. As you might expect, this is played out in its appropriately steep pricing. Your money gets you a road bike which will seem to float over the tarmac and keep you pedalling for mile after mile, with a great feeling of control provided by its precise handling and silky smooth gearing.
The high tech carbon weave of the Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 is not only present in the frame and fork but also in several other areas, with carbon wrap helping to hold everything together and saving weight at the same time. Many of the elements have been specifically crafted for this particular model, so you get a bespoke feeling of competence when considering the bike as a whole.
Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 Specifications
The lightweight benefits of the carbon are coupled with a very comfortable ride which is nevertheless stiff and eager when it comes to acceleration. At speed, the Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 is able to really show off its capabilities, making even the least forgiving road surfaces easy to handle and ensuring that if you face many miles of cycling, you will not be bruised and battered by the end of it. The use of ceramic bearings goes hand in hand with this long distance durability and overall lightness, giving you confidence in the bike’s promise to hold itself together long after lesser models will have fallen by the wayside and required some replacements.
Shimano Dura-Ace components feature across the Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3, from the gearing to the grips. Slick changes are the calling card of this product family and something which racers and long distance riders will very much appreciate. Uphill climbs and downhill runs can be controlled and conquered, while the Dura-Ace tubeless rims match well with the S-Work Turbo Tubeless tyres to set a blistering pace and let you wind up your speed while being light and hard wearing in an improbable combination of capabilities.
The Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 is one of the best looking versions of this particular model to have emerged in recent years. The red and white frame is classically styled and features bold S-Works decals to let everyone know that this is not a bog standard Specialized road bike, but something else entirely. The red detailing is carried over to the tyre walls and the internal routing of the cabling within the carbon frame helps to reduce drag as well as clutter.
The Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL3 is well made and highly capable down to the most minute details. You will certainly have to pay your fair share to enjoy a machine of this quality, but this is to be expected from a professional grade road bike.