2017 Road Bike Buyer's Guide

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Specialized Roubaix
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Specialized Roubaix

The Specialized Roubaix created a new genre of road bikes designed for riders looking for all-day comfort without sacrificing performance when it was launched in 2003. The result was the birth of the “endurance bike” category, and now almost every brand offers something that owes at least a strand of its DNA to the Roubaix. For 2017, Specialized made the Roubaix faster without sacrificing the daylong ease and compliance that made it so popular. The new model includes an integrated front suspension system developed with McLaren called Future Shock that offers three adjustable spring rates. The front end “floats” over rough roads, which both softens and speeds up the ride. The bike also includes Specialized’s CG-R seatpost and a new “Drop Clamp” that provides 20mm of rear-end compliance for improved traction and comfort. The new disc-only Roubaix line starts with the $2,600 Roubaix Elite and tops-out with the $10,000 S-Works Roubaix eTap. [From $2,600; specialized.com]

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