2019 Specialized Roubaix Sport Bike Review

White Specialized Roubaix Sport Bike.

The Roubaix’s had a redesign for 2019, with a new distinctive shape that aims to offer better aerodynamics and a riding position that Specialized hope appeals more to racers as well as average riders.

Its famous FutureShock front suspension in the headset has been tweaked, too. Higher- end models get the 2.0 version of it – which allows on-the-fly adjustment – while others, like our Sport model here has the more modest 1.5 iteration which has a new smooth boot covering the spring.

On the road the 1.5 offers improved damping, especially on larger bumps. If you consciously take notice of the 20 mm of movement the Futureshock suspension offers, you can definitely feel it, but it’s incredible how easy it is to forget it’s there.

That said, it does impact feel and handling when compared to a more traditional bike and it sometimes leaves you guessing where the limits of grip are – although the wheels and tires inspire enough confidence for you to lean the bike into corners happily enough The rear of the frame also offers an extremely smooth ride, thanks to a very low clamp position that allows the seatpost to flex.

The bike’s Shimano R7000 105 groupset offers performance almost equal to Ultegra, but while the Roubaix is the cheapest of the three on test, we don’t think it can match the others for value. Finishing kit is Specialized own brand with the Hover bar being a standout component.

This allows a taller riding position without the need for spacers, although extra spacers are an option, with Specialized even having several bar options, including a flat version, should you wish for a lower position. In addition, the tight radius bend and short reach make the drops and hoods more attainable and comfortable for anyone who finds a low position tough to hold.

The DT Swiss wheels are decent and tubeless ready, although the standard Roubaix tires fitted aren’t tubeless. Overall speed and performance from the Roubaix are impressive and the FutureShock doesn’t diminish the speed when riding at all.

Good

Comfort – Unsurpassed comfort front and rear with features that genuinely work.

Clean design – Smooth tubing and hidden mounts.

Gearing – Wide range cassette and compact chainset will ensure it can conquer all.

Not so good

Less road feel – The FutureShock suspension does isolate the rider from the tire.

Value – The extra tech comes at the cost of its component.

Handlebar shape – Upswept bars allow a higher position that won’t suit everyone.

Conclusion

The previous Roubaix was a bold step forward in road-bike design and while this latest update is less revolutionary, it still sees improvements in a few key areas. Comfort is exceptional, and is well balanced both front and rear without impacting the bike’s performance.

Specs

Size/Weight: 54 cm/8.76 kg

Frame: Fact 10R carbon

Fork: FutureShock 1.5

Groupset: Shimano 105 R7000

Brakes: Shimano 105 R7020

Chainset: Praxis Alba, 50/34

Cassette: Shimano105,11-34

Handlebar: Specialized Hover bar

Saddle: Specialized Power Sport

Stem: Specialized Alloy

Seat-post: S-Works Pave

Wheels: DT R470 Disc

Tires: Specialized Turbo Pro, 700×28

Rating 8.4/10

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