BIKE OF THE YEAR 2017

Spe­cial­ized Roubaix Ex­pert

Bikes Etc - - AWARDS 2017 -

OK, it’s the big­gie. Drum roll, please. This year’s Bike­setc Bike of the Year for 2017 goes to… Spe­cial­ized for their Roubaix Ex­pert. Of all the bikes we tested this year, the Roubaix Ex­pert that we put through its paces in the Chilterns back in Jan­uary, scored the high­est, achiev­ing a near per­fect 9.4 out of 10. What made this Spe­cial­ized so, er, spe­cial was the in­tro­duc­tion to this long-es­tab­lished (and mul­ti­ple Clas­sics-win­ning) bike of some­thing called Fu­ture Shock. The Roubaix was built to take on the cob­bled stretches of the race from which it takes its name. Com­fort, there­fore, has al­ways been high up in the mix but Fu­ture Shock – a spring-based sus­pen­sion unit just be­low the stem – takes that to a whole new level. In­no­va­tive, fast, com­fort­able and beau­ti­ful, the Roubaix Ex­pert is a wor­thy win­ner in ev­ery re­spect. £3,200 / spe­cial­ized.com

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