SPE­CIAL­IZED ROUBAIX EX­PERT

£3800 › The Spe­cial­ized’s ex­tra com­fort has been wel­comed by sec­tion ed­i­tor John

Cycling Plus - - THE HUB -

What was to be my bike for the 1000-mile Deloitte Ride Across Bri­tain had to set­tle for more mod­est pur­suits, due to my left shoul­der in­jury that re­quires a sur­gi­cal re­build this au­tumn - an in­jury that forced my with­drawal. To com­bat Bri­tain’s pot hole-strewn roads, the Roubaix seemed like a shrewd choice for the LEJOG sportive.

I’ve rid­den var­i­ous it­er­a­tions of this bike down the years, and, as is ex­pected from a bike built for win­ning on the cob­bles of the Paris-Roubaix, it’s al­ways been a very com­fort­able ride. That’s es­pe­cially true of the lat­est Roubaix. There are var­i­ous nods to com­fort through­out the frame, not least the elas­tomer-in­fused seat­post, but it’s the Fu­ture Shock ‘sus­pen­sion’ be­neath the head­set [1] that is the big­gest de­vel­op­ment.

Fu­ture Shock, which sus­pends the rider rather than the bike, has a strict diet of bumps and holes - and it loves to be fed. Three di!er­ent "rm­ness of spring can be "tted into the sys­tem; it came "tted with black - the mid-level spring - but given how un­sta­ble my dis­lo­cated shoul­der is, physio and bike "tter Phil Burt sug­gested I try the yel­low spring. This still o!ers the bene"ts of Fu­ture Shock, even in the "rmest vari­a­tion of it. I haven’t tried the least "rm blue spring, but lighter rid­ers may see bene"ts from it. Switch­ing the springs is just a "ve-minute job.

Else­where, the hy­draulic disc brakes are a joy - I’m a to­tal con­vert - and the SWAT kit box [2], that can be "tted at the junc­tion of the seat- and down-tube, is a neat al­ter­na­tive to a sad­dle pack for stor­ing sup­plies.

Fu­ture Shock, which sus­pends the rider rather than the bike, has a strict diet of bumps and holes – and it loves to be fed

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