Specialized's new Roubaix returns to its racing roots

Specialized's new Roubaix returns to its racing roots

For Specialized's new Roubaix 2020 range it has taken the bike away from an endurance only machine and put it right back into the fore as a pro-level special for the cobbled classics. The Roubaix has been in Specialized’s range since 2004, and in the following years has notched up six Paris-Roubaix wins. Speciaized started adding compliance to its race bikes with various experiments including Zertz' elastomer-based inserts in the stays and fork legs, and then the Future Shock-equipped Roubaix in its last generation. The last generation Roubaix was a very successful bike, but it was always seen as very much a sportive special, which is probably in no small part due to the way the front end looked when unridden. The Future Shock mounted inside the head tube with plenty of tube sitting above which made the front end look tall, even though when you got on board, as ...

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