First ride review: The all-new Specialized S-Works Roubaix

Stu Bowers Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:59 The 2019 Roubaix is as comfortable as previous generations while matching the speed of the Tarmac SL6 Over the past decade and a half, Specialized's iconic Roubaix has established itself as the bike of choice for those seeking a comfortable, lightweight, endurance road bike with a tall front end. In doing so, it has evolved considerably from the Spring Classics racing heritage it was originally founded upon – leaving Specialized with something of a dilemma. ‘We had this bike with some really innovative ways of dealing with shock damping and smoothing out the ride, but our pros weren’t keen to use it because quite simply it wasn’t light and fast or aggressive enough for them,' Roubaix product manager John Cordoba told me when we initially spoke about the new design. The goal with this new version, then, was to pull the Roubaix ...

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