Roubaix lives up to its namesake

9 April

There are few moments in life that are pure joy – your wedding day, the birth of a child…oh and new bike day! OK, maybe I’m overselling it a little, but here at BikeShak that first ride on your new bike is one of those pure joy moments.

For me my new toy was the 2016 Specialized Roubaix Comp Disc. All the speed and lightness of a thoroughbred carbon road bike but with the added bonus that this is a bike that is chomping at the bit to be ridden, and ridden hard! The zertz inserts that can be found on the forks and the seat stays, along with the CG-R seatpost, do a great job of taking the shock out of the road and delivering a more comfortable ride – whether you’re riding over the pavé in the Forest of Arenberg or just over the potholes on the A56. The Shimano Ultegra specced shifting allows clear crisp gear changes with an 11-32 cassette. Add in a 50-34 TURN by Praxis Works crank set and you’re sure to find a gear that keeps you pushing along whatever the terrain.

Thankfully this is not a bike to shy away from a bit of rain or dirt, the Shimano BR-785 hydraulic disc brakes ensure you have consistent powerful braking in all weather conditions. Meaning this is a bike that should never have to be locked away for half the year while you drag out a bike that you don’t quite love as much.

The Roubaix may take its name from the ‘Hell of the North’ but it is just as suited to the damp, muddy lanes of Cheshire. Then again I suppose the ‘Specialized Cheshire’ doesn’t sound quite as glamorous does it?

Photo 06-04-2016, 10 29 47 am

Photo 06-04-2016, 10 30 41 am

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