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Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review

The Specialized Roubaix has been a benchmark for endurance bikes since it first appeared in the mid-2000s. The latest model uses Specialized’s Future Shock 2.0 front suspension and, in 2020 Expert spec, it offers a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and some top-notch components.

The Roubaix is the comfier, less racy alternative to the Tarmac, although Specialized does also offer a Team version of the S-Works Roubaix frame with more aggressive geometry. 

The Roubaix Expert is an expensive bike by any objective measure, but it’s vastly more affordable than the halo S-Works model. 

As a fan of the old Tarmac, I’ve had a fantastic time with its bouncier sibling in 2020. Read on for full details of my experiences with the bike including video and lots of photos. Newer updates appear first. 

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review conclusions

It’s time to wrap up my long-term review and, if you haven’t already worked this out, I love this bike.

Recent rides have been back on the feathery DT Swiss Mon Chasseral wheelset and I’ve fitted an old set of clip-on SKS mudguards to keep the filth under control, but otherwise I’ve not made any significant spec changes.

Roubaix vs. Diverge: the other Future Shock 2.0

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

I recently had the opportunity to ride the current Specialized S-Works Diverge gravel bike because Campagnolo lent me one as a testbed for the new Ekar gravel groupset.

Like the Roubaix, the Diverge has a Future Shock 2.0 but, according to Specialized, the spring is stiffer on the Diverge to better suit riding on rough surfaces.

This sounds a little counter-intuitive, but my understanding of this is that the stiffer spring would reduce the tendency to bottom out over bumps, which is obviously more likely when riding off road than on.

I haven’t done a true like-for-like comparison because the builds are quite different, but it was noticeable that the Diverge’s Future Shock seemed to bob less during standing efforts, while still doing a remarkably good job of reducing fatigue levels on rough terrain.

Of course, the Diverge has significantly larger tyres (38mm) that run significantly softer (30-something psi), so that’s a factor too – it might be that with road tyres it would be detectably firmer than the Roubaix.

Given that the Diverge offers almost all the excellent qualities of the Roubaix, but also has the bonus of mudguard mounts and SWAT in-frame storage, it’s dangerously close to being my ideal bike.

A Diverge with slightly more road-oriented tyres might be exactly that.

Specialized Roubaix Expert highs

The Roubaix Expert has opened my eyes to the possibilities suspension on road bikes offers, and also helped evolve my attitude to endurance, all-road and gravel bikes.

I’m a fan of gravel bikes in general, however for the riding I do, I feel like many of them lean too heavily towards trying to be a mountain bike with drop bars and, as a result, they’re just too compromised for the road.

The Roubaix pulls off the neat trick of being a road bike that can do so much more than just ride on tarmac.

With squishy tubeless tyres and that Future Shock, it’s one of the most versatile bikes I’ve ridden in years and, critically, it’s loads of fun.

The Expert spec leaves very little to be desired. I noted in a previous update that the things that make the bike expensive (Di2, carbon wheels) are nice to have, but they’re not the reason the Roubaix is so good – that’s down to the underlying frameset.

The current Roubaix Expert is £400 cheaper than my version at £5,000, but it drops the carbon wheels in favour of alloy ones.


When you consider how expensive carbon rims are, the new bike is arguably worse value despite being cheaper, but I wouldn’t let that put you off.

In any case, we’re seeing significant price rises above inflation across the industry, so the latest pricing is hardly a surprise.

Specialized Roubaix Expert lows

Breaking the Future Shock (see below) was a definite low point, and that was completely my fault. Saying that, the system’s adjustment knob doesn’t seem hugely robust.

My colleague Jack recently reviewed the Specialized Diverge Carbon Comp and learned that the shock’s incremental adjustment points are just there for feel – in reality it’s essentially on or off. Given that, I can’t help thinking a simple two-position switch would make more sense.

What else? Well, this bike should have mudguard (fender) mounts. You’re probably bored of me saying this, but I can’t think of a good reason why a bike like this shouldn’t at least have the option to fit proper, full-length mudguards for year-round riding.

Oh, and the cable routing isn’t the prettiest, and can get in the way when you’re running a bar bag.

Given the trend towards cleaner cockpits, I’ll be surprised if the next generation Roubaix doesn’t go more integrated, although of course that does come with the downside of greater mechanical complexity.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review final verdict

I don’t say this lightly, but the Roubaix Expert is an outstanding bike, one that’s opened my eyes to all kinds of riding possibilities and that I’ve enjoyed immensely.

It’s far from cheap and I’d change minor details if I could, but I can honestly say it’s one of my all-time favourites, and I’ve ridden a hell of a lot of bikes.

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update four

I’ve been riding the Roubaix for almost a year and it’s fair to say it’s got under my skin. I ride a lot of different bikes in my job and it’s been a delight to bond with one properly for a change. 

I genuinely think the Roubaix is an exceptional bike and I’m going to miss it terribly when it goes back. 

I recently took the time to commit my feelings about the bike to (digital) celluloid, so make yourself a hot beverage and enjoy (?) 17 minutes and 49 seconds of a malnourished street urchin waving his arms around in the woods.

Long-term ownership prospects

If you’re considering dropping over five grand on a bicycle, you might well be wondering about long-term costs. 

Unlike most road bikes, the Roubaix has suspension, and that means an extra set of moving parts that could potentially wear out. 

The Future Shock 2.0 is not designed to be a rider-serviceable unit and, as such, there’s not really any day-to-day maintenance to carry out. 

Specialized quotes a nominal 500-hour service life, but it wasn’t immediately clear to me what happens when you hit that number, or how much replacement might cost a rider who, say, broke their Future Shock (see “initial setup” section below).

To find out, I called Certini of Bristol, a nearby Specialized Concept Store, and the very helpful chap on the phone told me that while they hadn’t yet had to replace any Future Shock 2.0s (because they’ve not been around for long enough), it would only cost a regular punter somewhere in the region of £75 to £80 because it’s done on a “service exchange” basis rather than a normal retail one. 

If you rode your Roubaix for five hours every week, it would take you almost two years to hit the 500 figure, so that feels pretty reasonable to me. 

The future of Future Shock

I’m curious to see where Specialized will take the Future Shock concept next. 

The 2.0 unit doesn’t have interchangeable springs and so it can’t be tuned to different rider weights beyond adjusting the damping via the knob. 

It works fine for me at the lighter end of the spectrum, but I do wonder if really heavy riders might benefit from a stiffer spring – perhaps Specialized might add interchangeable springs to the 2.0 as well?

Going a bit more sci-fi, an electronically activated damper or lock-out could be incredible. If you could map the controls to the extra buttons on Shimano Di2 levers you’d be able to adjust the shock without taking your hands off the levers. 

I’ve no idea if such a thing is feasible or practical, but on a bike that already has electronic shifting it doesn’t feel like too much of a leap, and electronic suspension for bicycles has been around as a concept for quite some time. 

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update three

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

By the time you read this, the Roubaix will have ticked over 2,000km in my possession and it’s firmly established itself as a favourite.

I’m struggling to think of a road bike I’d rather cover distance on, particularly on mixed surfaces. 

The limiting factor for me on long rides lately has been saddle comfort, which has more to do with my own awkward physiology than any fault of the bike. The Specialized Power isn’t half bad, but I’m still on lifelong quest for my holy grail perch. 

New wheels and resquishification

I’ve had no issues whatsoever with the Roval C 38 wheels the Roubaix comes with. They’re light enough (1,560g claimed), stiff enough and not too deep section, which suits me because I tend to get blown around like the plastic bag in that scene in American Beauty riding proper aero wheels. 

Also, the 21mm internal width is a great match for the 28 and 32mm tyres I’ve been running, giving a really nice round profile and, with the smaller size, a pretty smooth rim-to-tyre transition.

However, I’ve got a set of DT Swiss PRC 1100 Mon Chasseral wheels to test, so I’ve fitted these and at the same time reverted to the 32mm Continental GP5000 TLs I was running before. 

The 28mm Schwalbe Pro Ones have proved to be excellent all-rounders, but I’ve missed the extra comfort offered by the fatter Contis.

The Mon Chasserals are roughly 300g lighter than the Rovals at an actual 1,262g, but they’re also quite a bit shallower at just 24mm deep (vs. 38mm), and narrower at 18mm internal. 

The latter dimension matters because it makes them less well suited to wider tyres than the Rovals. In fact, DT Swiss designed these wheels with 25mm tyres in mind, although they’ll work just fine with significantly fatter rubber. 

The 32mm Contis take on a fairly pronounced ‘lightbulb’ profile on these rims, but that’s hardly the end of the world. 

So are these wheels an upgrade or a downgrade? I guess it’s a bit of both. They do look cool, in an understated sort of a way. They’re also almost criminally expensive at £2,649.99 / €2,948 / $3,734. Look out for a separate review soon. 

Charge your damned Di2

When I pitted Ultegra Di2 against its key rival SRAM Force eTap AXS I noted that Di2’s remarkable battery life means it’s easy to become complacent about charging it.

Well guess which idiot did exactly that? [indicates self]

Some weeks (months?) ago I checked the battery and noted that it was in the ‘flashing green’ mode, which means there’s at least 50 per cent battery remaining.

I made a mental note to top it up and promptly forgot all about it. This led to the battery dying at around 25km from home on a recent ride, to my immense frustration. 

When a Di2 battery drops below 10 per cent, you lose front shifting first, and the system left me in the 34t little ring. 

Di2 is also designed to prevent extreme cross chaining, meaning you can’t use the two smallest cogs on the cassette when you’re on the smaller chainring. 

As a result, I had to make do with a not-so-high gear of 34/15 for the remainder of my ride. There was a lot of coasting and swearing. Lesson learned, I hope. 

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update two

Over the last few weeks, the Roubaix has been been my go-to for lots of short lockdown rides before work, and slightly longer outings at the weekend with frequent gravel diversions. 

Matthew Loveridge

Changing tyres (again)

I absolutely loved the 32mm Continental GP5000 TLs I fitted initially and I think they might be my new favourite tyre. 

Once upon a time I’d have scoffed at the idea of 32mm tyres on a road bike, but with the state of our roads and my predilection for gravel detours, they actually make a lots of sense. 

However, I have a set of 28mm Schwalbe Pro One TLEs that need testing, so I’ve put these on for now. 

The Schwalbes averaged 264g each on my scales, making for a total saving of over 200g versus the chunky Continentals.

Having now ridden them a fair bit, my subjective impression is that the narrower tyres are slightly less comfortable on our terrible roads, but not noticeably faster. 

The Pro Ones handle light gravel just fine, but their narrower width naturally means they feel a little bit sketchier.

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The nice thing about running tubeless is that I’ve got a huge amount of latitude when it comes to pressures. 

I’ve run the Pro Ones as low as 40psi front / 50psi rear without ill effect, although after experimenting a little I’ve found I’m happiest around 50psi / 60psi, or just under. 

If I were running tubes, I’d likely want at least 10psi more front and rear because of the risk of pinch flats.

Is the Future Shock a panacea?

Matthew Loveridge

I’ve been thinking hard about whether a Future Shock style design is a solution for all road bikes. 

I’ve been hugely impressed with the system on the Roubaix, but there are some caveats to my praise. 

For general riding, I’ve been very happy to leave the shock’s adjuster in the fully ‘open’ position, which gives me the most squish.

Riding along bumpy surfaces, the constant flexing of the shock’s cover lets you know it’s doing its job.

There is significant movement in the bars when you’re out of the saddle but I’ve found that, in the course of normal climbing and quite spirited descending, this doesn’t bother me, the bike still feels accurate and predictable. 

The one time the movement is perhaps counterproductive is when you’re really pushing hard, for example sprinting out of the saddle with your hands on the drops. 

In this scenario, you’re cranking hard from side to side, and the extra movement of the shock can make the front of the bike feel slightly more wayward. 

You can lock out most of the movement by cranking the adjuster right down, which noticeably sharpens up the front end. Of course, you have to remember do to this in advance of launching your sprint.

Matthew Loveridge

For this reason, I’d say that if you have any intention of riding competitively on a Roubaix, you’re going to want one of the models with an adjustable Future Shock. 

The rest of us (myself included) are likely to be satisfied by a non-adjustable one – the adjustment falls into the category of ‘nice to have’ but not essential, and it’s perfectly feasible to ride all of the time with the shock fully open. 

Relatedly, I made a mistake in my original story on this bike when I said it was possible to change to a softer or harder spring. With the adjustable Future Shock 2.0, you can’t change springs, while the Future Shock 1.5 (which Specialized calls “non damped”) found on cheaper models has no adjuster, but comes with a choice of three springs.

Previous updates continue below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert long-term review update one

Swapping stems

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

Specialized provided me with a shim that adapts the skinny Future Shock steerer to work with a standard 1 1/8in stem, so I duly went rummaging in my box of stems and dug out a 110mm Syntace of unknown provenance to give the Roubaix an extra 10mm of reach.

As it happens, this stem is one that works with 1 1/4in steerers but comes with a shim of its own to fit 1 1/8in, so I’m now running a double-shimmed setup, which is almost certainly not something any manufacturer would endorse. 

Even more upsettingly, it looks kind of terrible because of the awkward transition this creates from the Future Shock adjuster knob to the stem, but so be it.

Jumping on the bike I was immediately more comfortable, although I might yet go even longer with a 120mm stem to help stretch out my lower back. This will also look pro as hell, which is obviously what matters most. 

Multimodal maketh the man

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

My cycling New Year’s resolution was to attempt some multimodal rides, by which I mean ones that take me somewhere else rather than ending where they started, relying on trains to get me home.

I finally did such a ride on the Roubaix, heading west from the Forest of Dean to Abergavenny before turning south.

I’d originally planned to ride further west into the Brecon Beacons, but I cleverly chose to do this ride on an exceptionally windy day (there have been a lot of these lately), with the breeze against me for the whole of my A to B ride, and neither the legs nor the enthusiasm were there. 

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

Instead, after a pleasant cafe stop in Abergavenny, I hopped on the canal path and got extremely muddy, sliding around on my slick tyres and ducking under low bridges every few hundred yards.

After clambering through the branches of a tree that had blocked both the canal and the path, I stupidly decided to get on the road for a change of scene, and spent a very unpleasant half-hour or so riding on a dual carriageway down to Cwmbran (home of the Jammie Dodger biscuit) where I caught a train home. 

Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media

The ride wasn’t an unqualified success, but the sense of purpose riding to a destination gave me made it far more enjoyable than my usual loops. 

With its blend of comfort and speed, I can’t think of a bike better suited to days like this than the Roubaix. 

Original article below.

Specialized Roubaix Expert specification and details

Sours: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/specialized-roubaix-expert-long-term-review/

Specialized Road Bikes

Specialized's Range of Road Bikes

Specialized currently offer an array of different types of road bikes, having a full quiver of carbon frame styles, including aero race, lightweight/all-round race and endurance road. As well as having numerous carbon frame models, Specialized have also continued with the development of mid-range alloy frame bikes, something not seen by many of the other large brands currently in play. All of these frames, with the exception of the alloy only Allez, are offered in different levels of carbon modulus, as well as different finishing kit, primarily from either SRAM or Shimano, in order to have a variety of affordable options.

S-Works is Specialized’s most reputable initiative, designed to meet the demands and desires of professional athletes from all around the world. Acknowledging these demands and combining them with world leading facilities, such as their very own ‘Win Tunnel’, Specialized has engineered an extensive range of exceptional quality bikes and equipment – a high performance range that is accessible to every rider!


Almost entirely designed in Specialized’s very own ‘Win Tunnel’, the Venge is Speciliazed’s aerodynamically superior road offering that is a popular and proven choice of some of the world’s leading cyclists! Noticeably integrated in design, the Venge features a proprietary bar and stem combination, integrated brakes and an aggressive race oriented geometry that maximizes overall stiffness – a high performance machine built for speed! The S-Works Venge ViAS leads the Venge range with ‘ProTour’ specifications, while the Venge Pro and Venge Elite offer you an aerodynamic option at a more affordable price.


Considered as Specialized’s most well balanced frame, the Tarmac is a lightweight performance road option that satisfies a number of key ride objectives - undoubtedly proven in the professional ranks by the likes of Alberto Contador in winning the Tour de France, and Peter Sagan who rode his Tarmac to a win at the 2016 Tour of Flanders! Sacrificing a small amount of aerodynamics in favour of comfort and serviceability, and with an incredible stiffness to weight ratio, this popular model is clearly ideal for any type of rider. While the S-Works Tarmac is the premier build in the range ready for the likes of Contador and Sagan, this frame is also offered as the Tarmac Expert, Tarmac Comp and Tarmac SL4 Sport ready suited to meet any riders’ level of affordability or preferences.


As arguably one of the first ‘comfort performance’ bikes introduced to the market, the Roubaix is developed specifically to consider the demands of professionals who race on the most unforgiving of road surfaces, particularly the classics like Paris-Roubaix. Focusing on the concept that “smoother is faster”, Specialized optimizes a more endurance style geometry to maximize comfort on harsh terrain, and is perfect for longer days in the saddle. Additionally, Specialized introduced it’s own ‘Future Shock’ technology, a form of spring based suspension positioned above the head tube that can be utilised at different rates for maximum stability. The S-Works Roubaix is equipped with top of the line equipment ready for the professional racer, with the range extending through the Roubaix Expert, Roubaix Comp and Roubaix Elite, all the way down to the Roubaix SL4 – meaning Speciliazed’s most versatile road option is available in an expansive range of builds ready to suit any rider!


The longest standing road bike produced by Specialized is the Allez, an extremely advanced alloy road option that is developed with innovative welding and production technologies to deliver a highly capable, smooth and compliant road option. Optimizing its internally engineered Smartweld Technology, lightweight materials are strategically combined in focused weld locations to create an end product that is light, efficient and compliant. These affordable models are the perfect carbon alternative, and suitable for those who are new to road riding. The DSW SL Sprint Expert leads the Allez range, with DSW SL Sprint Comp, Allez E5 Sport and Allez Jr rounding out the range with adaptable build varieties.

Amira, Dolce and Ruby

Specialized also offers a number of frames that are women’s specific, allowing many of the design technologies mentioned above to be adapted and more practical to the considerations of female riders. The Specialized Amira is a light, aggressive and responsive carbon road bike that is perfect for both racing and recreational riding, proven on countless occasions through a range of Women’s WorldTour race wins.

The Specialized Dolce is a women’s endurance road option, featuring relaxed, comfort oriented geometry and a lightweight frame suitable for long rides and almost any road terrain. The Specialized Ruby, sharing many of the same features as the uni-sex Roubaix, offers a more superior ride in terms of performance than the Dolce, engineered with comfort in mind, and equipped with quality components to create the perfectly balanced women’s specific road endurance option.

Diverge and Sequoia

Rounding out Specialized’s expansive range of road bikes are the Diverge and Sequoia road models, designed for adventure. The Diverge is perfect for enthusiasts who are keen to explore gravel, trails, dirt and other off-road terrain with the added comfort of an endurance road bike. With relaxed geometries, thick tires and vibration dampeners, this smooth and compliant has you covered for both on and off-road performance. Alternatively, the Sequoia is a slightly more off-road orientated road model, better suited to dirt road with additional capabilities. The Sequoia has remained a mainstay in the Specialized range for decades, optimizing a steel construct with wider tires, and ready to be equipped with fenders and racks.

Specialized Road Bikes for Sale

In addition to their sophisticated range of road bikes, Specialized additionally offers an expansive range of cycling products, including shoes, helmets, apparel, components, accessories and other bikes! As highlighted by the S-Works initiative, many of these products are designed to be combined for optimal performance, so make sure you check out the Specialized collection after you’ve had a look at the range of Specialized road bikes for sale here on BikeExchange!

Sours: https://www.bikeexchange.com/s/road-bikes/specialized
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Specialized road bikes: A comprehensive range overview

Specialized road bikes are renowned among amateurs and professionals alike. The brand is among the biggest in the cycling world, and the tech produced is highly sought after by consumers across the globe. 

In fact, a number of Specialized road bikes have been awarded five-star reviews from our tech team, and the brand regularly features in our guides, such as the best road bikes, best gravel bikes, and best aero road bikes. 

With a sponsorship of three of the biggest professional teams in the world, in Bora-Hansgrohe, SD-Worx, and Deceuninck-QuickStep, Specialized road bikes are commonly ridden to WorldTour victory. These top pro teams play a vital role, not only in a marketing sense but also in terms of stress-testing the equipment to continually improve the recipe with pro rider insight and feedback. As an example, the latest Tarmac SL7 was developed in conjunction with Kasper Asgreen and Zdenek Stybar of Deceuninck-QuickStep, shaping the design of the bike almost two years ahead of its launch. 

As a brand, Specialized has become a significant force in the industry since bursting onto the scene in 1974. After initially selling imported Italian components, founder Mike Sinyard began producing Specialized’s own parts before turning its focus to bicycles in 1981 with the Sequoia and Allez models: monikers that have become synonymous with the brand and remain in existence today. 

Forty years on, and Specialized continues to be a dominant player in the highly contested retail and professional cycling spaces. A veritable industry pioneer, Specialized also produces its own line of clothing, equipment and components including tyres, saddles, shoes, helmets and even power meters.

On paper it’s hard to ignore the facts — Specialized road bikes have been on the winning end of nearly every major race over the past three years, including the Road World Championships, the Classics and stage wins at every Grand Tour, with their most recent Grand Tour overall victory coming courtesy of Vincenzo Nibali’s 2016 Giro d’Italia.

Scroll down to see Cyclingnews’ roundup of Specialized road bikes available to buy for 2021, or click here for our rundown of the range.

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Specialized Aethos

The bike that simply celebrates the joy of riding

Price: Starting at US$5,500/ £5,500/ AU$11,400 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: Lightweight | Sizes (cm): 49-61cm | Weight: 6.1kg (S-Works Aethos Dura-Ace 54cm)

The extremely positive ride feel

Incredible weight

Beautiful finish

No rim brake options

Non-tubeless wheels

When the Tarmac SL7 launched, our overriding feeling was that the bike had lost some of the Tarmac's much-adored DNA and personality in the pursuit of racing speed. It's as if Specialized had predicted our thoughts, because just a few months later, the Aethos was born, encompassing everything that we loved about the Tarmac heritage and magnifying it tenfold. 

The Aethos is all about the pure joy of riding a bike. It takes things back to basics, with its round tubes and traditional frame shape, but integrates modern technologies to create a 6.1kg superbike that's confident, nimble and down right fun to ride. 

It's available as a range-topping S-Works model layered with FACT 12r carbon, or the slightly less expensive FACT 10r layup standard model. 

So it's fun, fast, lightweight, nimble and painfully beautiful. The only downside to joining the Aethos gang is the entry fee, with prices starting at $5,500 / £5,500 for a complete bike, and rising to $14,500 / £13,000 for the S-Works Founders Edition model. 

Specialized S-Works Aethos review

Model range 

  • Specialized S-Works Aethos Founder's Edition
  • Specialized S-Works Aethos Dura-Ace Di2
  • Specialized S-Works Aethos Red eTap AXS
  • Specialized Aethos Pro Force eTap AXS
  • Specialized Aethos Pro Ultegra Di2
  • Specialized Aethos Expert Ultegra
  • Specialized S-Works Aethos frameset
  • Specialized Aethos frameset

Specialized Roubaix

In the endurance road bike segment, it’s hard to beat what the Roubaix offers in terms of comfort and speed

Price: Starting at US$2700/ £2600/ AU$4000 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: Endurance | Sizes (cm): 44-61 | Weight: 8.47kg (Roubaix Comp 56cm)



Stopping power

No rim brake options

Named after the revered race that is Paris-Roubaix, the Specialized Roubaix has been engineered to ride faster over bumpier terrain than ever before, using Specialized’s adage ‘Smoother is Faster’.

The Roubaix features new, aerodynamic tube profiles, lowered seat stays and an aero seat post, which make it more aero than the Tarmac and on a par with the first iteration Venge in terms of aerodynamics. Specialized says this aero focus was a direct response to its pro riders demanding the aero advantages after years of Paris-Roubaix races being close to 50kph average speeds.

It’s also more comfortable to ride thanks to the Future Shock 2.0 damping system which provides 20mm of travel, plus the flexible S-Works Pavé seat post designed to further reduce vibration and retain pedalling efficiency over rough surfaces.

Available in disc brake-only specification, the Roubaix can also accommodate up to 33mm tyres making it the ultimate go-anywhere, do-everything road bike.

Model range 

  • Specialized S-Works Roubaix - Sagan collection
  • Specialized S-Works Roubaix
  • Specialized Roubaix Pro
  • Specialized Roubaix Expert
  • Specialized Roubaix Comp
  • Specialized Roubaix Sport
  • Specialized Roubaix
  • Specialized S-Works Roubaix frameset

Specialized Tarmac SL7

Lightweight and aero, pick both

Price: Starting at US$2,600 / £2,500 / €2,699 / AU$4,000 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: All-rounder race bike | Sizes: 44-61cm | Weight: 6.89kg (S-Works, Dura Ace Di2, 58cm)

A no-compromise thoroughbred race bike

As light as the SL6

As aero as the Venge

The always-on nature of the ride might not be to everyone's taste

Launched in July of 2020, the Tarmac SL7 is designed as a no-compromise race bike that combines the best of the Venge's aero properties with the Tarmac's light weight and sharp handling. 

The result is a race bike that has razor-sharp handling, instant power transfer and will sail along on the flats. In our recent S-Works Tarmac SL7 review, we gave it 4.5 stars, only missing out on the coveted perfect score by virtue of the non-tubeless-ready wheels. 

It's an expensive proposition, but if you want to go faster, the Tarmac SL7 won't leave you disappointed by any means. 

Model range

  • S-Works Tarmac Shimano - Sagan Collection
  • S-Works Tarmac SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • S-Works Tarmac Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Specialized Tarmac Pro SRAM Force 1X
  • Specialized Tarmac Pro Ultegra Di2
  • Specialized Tarmac Expert Ultegra Di2
  • Specialized S-Works Tarmac frameset
  • Specialized Tarmac frameset

Specialized Tarmac SL6

The old flagship model repurposed as the budget-friendly racer

Price: Starting at US$2700 / £2350 / AU$3500 | Brake: Disc/rim | Frame: Carbon | Type: Climbing | Sizes (cm): 49-61 | Weight: 6.87kg (S-Works Tarmac Disc 56cm)




Pricier than its rivals

With the launch of the Tarmac SL7, the Tarmac SL6 sees a shift in its position in Specialized's line up. 

Not being completely driven out of production, the SL6 is now the model name given to 2021's lesser-specced models made from Specialized's FACT 9r carbon modulus (Tarmac SL6 Comp and Tarmac SL6 Sport).

Where things get a little confusing is that for the foreseeable at least, the now-superseded Tarmac SL6, (featuring FACT 10r carbon) and the S-Works Tarmac SL6 (with FACT 12r) from model years 2020 and before, will likely still be available at certain retailers, and discounts are likely to be obtainable.

Like its siblings, the Tarmac SL6 favours disc brakes. However with that said, rim brake options were available in model-years '18 and '19, but were phased out of production and are now very few and far between. 

No matter your model year or carbon modulus, all frames have a maximum tyre clearance of up to 30mm.

Model range

  • (2021) Specialized Tarmac SL6 Comp
  • (2021) Specialized Tarmac SL6 Sport
  • (2021) Specialized Tarmac SL6
  • (2020) Specialized S-Works Tarmac frameset

Specialized Venge

With the launch of the Tarmac SL7, the Venge will be cycled out of production, but it's very much still available and deals are likely to be found

Price: Starting at US$8020 / £6500 / AU$9400 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: Aero | Sizes (cm): 49-61 | Weight: 7.42kg (Venge Pro 56cm)





Although the Specialized Venge is now being phased out of production in favour of the Tarmac SL7, we're still including it because there will be older models and framesets knocking around for a while, and some bargains will surely be had by some.

The third-generation Specialized Venge is the lightest version with dropped seat stays and shaved tubing that make for an aggressive and purposeful facade. Honed in the company's own wind tunnel, the Venge favours speed and performance over comfort — Specialized claims the newest Venge will save you 8 seconds over 40km compared to its predecessor, the Venge ViAS.

That’s not to say it’s bereft of any sense of compliance. While it may not boast the fancy suspension trickery of the Roubaix, the Venge gains added levels of comfort by way of bigger tyres and lower pressure, and it can handle rubber of up to 32mm.

At launch, it narrowed the gap between aero and lightweight — something which the Tarmac SL7 took to the extreme — with a focus on being easier to live with. Specialized might be saying it's now obsolete, but it's still a rocket ship that wins races at every level. 

Specialized S-Works Venge review

Model range

  • (2021) Specialized S-Works Venge frameset

Specialized Allez Sprint

A crit-racing weapon even Peter Sagan thinks is cool

Price: Starting at US$1000 / £850 / AU$1300 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Aluminium | Type: Criterium/ all rounder | Sizes (cm): 49-61 (men) | Weight: 8.2kg (Allez Sprint Comp 56cm)



Niche appeal


Typically low-end components

The Specialized Allez Sprint may not be a top-end carbon race machine but that’s not to say it isn’t any good. In fact, three-time world champion Peter Sagan and some of his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates raced the Tour Down Under People’s Choice Classic criterium using custom-painted Allez Sprint disc framesets — a move which clearly demonstrated not only the Allez’s ability as a competitive road bike but also Specialized’s long-term outlook on aluminium road bikes.

The Allez Sprint can be had in both disc and rim-brake spec. As a full-bike build, it usually comes with a low-spec list of components, however Specialized knows the Sprint is a platform to build a race bike, so sells the frameset in a heap of stylish designs. It also uses carbon forks across the range, making it the best value-for-money proposition in Specialized’s range.

Model range

  • Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc
  • Specialized Allez Sprint Disc frameset

Specialized Allez

The aluminium option for all-round performance

Price: Starting at US$1000 / £799 / AU$1350 | Brake: Disc/rim | Frame: Aluminium | Type: All rounder | Sizes (cm): 49-61 | Weight: ~9kg (56cm)




Low-end components

The Allez forms the foundation of Specialized's road bike range and is one of the best budget road bikes we've tested. This pocket-friendly aluminium framed road bike is typically paired with solid, yet affordable components to offer maximum value for money for those looking for a low-cost do-it-all road bike. 

The Allez comes in a few guises, all of which are rim-brake actuated only, and prices start at $1000 / £799. 

Of course, at this price point, things like stiffness, aerodynamics and low weight are lower down the priority list, but durability, ease of maintenance and ride comfort are areas in which the Allez shines. 

Model range

  • Specialized Allez
  • Specialized Allez Elite
  • Specialized Allez Sport
  • Specialized Allez Comp Disc

Specialized Shiv TT

A super-fast time-trial bike built for speed and nothing else

Price: Starting at US$3700 / £2600 / AU$4000 | Brake: Disc/rim | Frame: Carbon | Type: Time trial | Sizes (cm): XS-L | Weight: 8.81kg (Shiv Elite Medium)




In terms of kerbside drama, there’s nothing quite like the Specialized Shiv. The newest iteration is even more outlandish-looking than before with a massive, wing-like fin at the rear, disc brakes and a triple-crown fork underpinning the tri-specific version - non-UCI-legal of course.

As far as UCI-legal options go, a time trial-specific Shiv TT disc is now available sporting disc brakes, super-low seat stays, an updated fork more in line with the Venge, stealthy cable routing and a one-piece cockpit design with wide, flat base bars. 

Model range

  • Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Module

Specialized Diverge

A go-anywhere, do-it-all bike that’s just as comfortable on the black stuff as it is barrelling along gravel roads

Price: Starting at US$1300/ £1099 / AU$2700 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon, aluminium | Type: Gravel | Sizes (cm): 44-61cm | Weight: 8.95kg (S-Works Fact 11r 54cm)

Compliant ride quality

Flattering geometry

Reactive steering

Comprehensive range covering all price points

Specialized's latest Diverge is the third-generation and brings with it some interesting modifications to make it an even more capable gravel and adventure machine.

Geometry has been tweaked, inspired by the Epic cross-country mountain bike. By going longer, lower and slacker, Specialized has enhanced the Diverge's composure over rough terrain. A new fork has an increased offset for steady handling at high speeds without the steering going floppy and difficult on slow, technical sections.

Like the Roubaix, it features a Future Shock 2.0. With 20mm of progressive travel, the system uses a hydraulic dampener to absorb rough surfaces. If the gravel smooths out or there is a section of tarmac, on the fly adjustment lets you tune your ride from near-rigid to fully open.

The Diverge foregoes the dropped chainstay and instead uses a narrow solid beam of carbon to create the clearance. This makes space for ample amounts of rubber with more than enough clearance for 47mm on a 700c wheel and 2.1in on 650B. The line-up comprises a combination of carbon and aluminium models and there’s even a dropper post available on the range-topping S-Works model.

Model range

  • S-Works Carbon eTap 
  • Pro Carbon eTap
  • Expert Carbon eTap 
  • Comp Carbon
  • Base Carbon
  • E5 Comp 
  • E5 Elite
  • E5 
  • S-Works frameset

Specialized Diverge EVO

Like the drop bar Diverge but radder

Price: Starting at US$1700 / £1599 / AU$2700 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon, aluminium | Type: Gravel | Sizes (cm): S-L | Weight: Unpublished

Wide bars are more fun

Future Shock

Dropper post

No carbon version

Specialized's Diverge EVO is likely to divide opinions. Some might just see a rigid mountain bike but for those looking to get as rowdy as possible on a gravel ride the Diverge EVO further blends the distinction between gravel bike and mountain bike.

The 1x specific frame takes the progressive geometry of the new drop bar Diverge and pushes the numbers further, dropping the BB, slackening the headtube and lengthening the reach by 30mm.

To all appearances, the Diverge EVO has a rigid front end but Specialized has specced its Future Shock 1.5 suspension system to reduce vibration forces and increase control.

The Diverge comes in two versions, both feature Future Shock and come equipped with dropper posts and Specialized's  Rhombus Pro 42mm gravel tyres.

Model range

Specialized Turbo Creo

It's you, only faster, thanks to a 240w motor that will put your club mates in the gutter for 80 miles

Price: Starting at US$9000 / £7499 / AU$12000 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: E-road | Sizes (cm): XS-XXL | Weight: 13.5kg (Turbo Creo SL)

Electric motor

Optional range extender


Rather than simply using a Roubaix as the base and forcing a motor into it, Specialized built the Turbo Creo SL from the ground up. Specialized wasn't satisfied with how much the Bosch or Shimano e-bike systems weighed so designed its own, the SL 1.1 drive system, which is claimed to weigh 1.96kg. The 480wh battery adds another 1.8kg, and the total claimed weight for the Expert model is 13.5kg. 

Depending on usage, the range is around 80 miles (130km), however, the S-Works or Founders Edition comes with a bottle-shaped range extender for a further 60wh of battery life. 

The Turbo Creo SL features the Future Shock 2.0 upfront - more commonly seen aboard a Roubaix. All models come with a high-spec finish, with the cheapest option - the Expert - being made from Fact 11r carbon, with hydraulic disc brakes, Roval C 38 wheels and an Ultegra Di2 groupset. 

There is also an EVO version, which is the typical Creo, but with added gnar - making it gravel ready for those who want a bit of off-road assistance. 

Model Range

  • Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition
  • Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL
  • Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert EVO
  • Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert

Specialized Crux

The dedicated cyclo-cross racer

Price: Starting at US$3200 / £2750 / AU$4100 | Brake: Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: Cyclo-cross | Sizes (cm): 46-61 | Weight: 8.2kg (S-Works Crux)

Nimble handling


Limited options

The Specialized Crux is the dedicated cyclo-cross race bike in the range. Not a road bike per-se, it's still entirely capable of churning out the miles on the asphalt if necessary. Pairing wide tyre clearance with nimble handling makes for a fun, fast and frantic ride. 

Being a 'cross bike, it's also capable of handling the rough stuff like the Diverge, but the steeper angles and stiff frame make it better suited to the twist-and-turn nature of a full-gas race between the tape, rather than an all-day gravel epic. 

Specialized road bike range explained

Specialized’s range of bicycles differs in geometry, material and function. As such, the model line-up caters for a diverse cycling demographic including men and women, professionals and amateurs, as well as adventure and gravel riders.

Frame types include geometries specific to aero, endurance, climbing, time trial and even gravel grinding, the latter of which has recently become a popular pastime among professional road riders.

Interestingly, when the company launched its Roubaix model, Specialized committed to gender-neutral bikes in terms of geometry, sizing, name and designs going forward. Through its proprietary bike fitting company Retul, Specialized discovered that there is just as much chance of a difference in leg and torso length between two men, as there is between a man and a woman. You can read more about this in our article where we answer the question, can women ride men's bikes?

The company will simply offer a wider range of sizes in unisex models going forward, while more obviously gender-specific goods such as saddles and clothing will become available.

Specialized’s road models are ranked from entry-level through to range-topping S-Works and are available with frames made from carbon or aluminium. As far as the disc/rim brake debate goes, Specialized remains a proponent of disc-brake actuation with its  pro teams exclusively using the technology in races — however, rim-brake options are available on certain models as framesets only.


The more budget-friendly option in the range, based around an aluminium frame. The standard Allez offers an all-round platform for all-day riding, while the Allez Sprint is designed purely for racing. 


The lightweight race platform that gains plaudits in all aspects of road cycling. Popular among all sorts of cyclist from criterium racer to endurance rider and cafe goers alike. 


The bike that ignores the data and is built simply to celebrate the joy of riding. The super low weight results in an extremely positive ride feel, and the geometry mimics that of the Tarmac and Venge to retain comfortable yet responsive handling prowess. 


Soon to be cycled out of production, the Venge is Specialized's dedicated aero race bike. It's still technically faster than the new Tarmac SL7 with all else equal, but at a slight weight penalty. 


The endurance bike that's capable of being ridden over the rough stuff. With slightly relaxed geometry compared to the others in the range, wider tyre clearance, and shock-absorbing technology. 


The dedicated time trial and triathlon bikes in the range. They're similar in name, but the time trial bike comes complete with an enormous hydration system shaped like an aerofoil. 


The road-going electric bike from Specialized. Complete with the brand's own Turbo motor.


The Diverge is the gravel bike from Specialized. Available in the standard drop-bar gravel bike format, or the Diverge Evo, which takes the gravel bike platform and pairs it with a flat handlebar for extra rowdy trail-going fun. 


The cyclo-cross bike in the range, complete with short chainstays and steep angles to keep steering sharp and handling nimble.  

Aaron is Cyclingnews' tech editor. Born and raised in South Africa he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. As the former gear and digital editor of Bicycling magazine and associate editor of TopCar, he's been writing about bikes and anything with wheels for the past 16 years. A competitive racer and Stravaholic, he’s twice ridden the Cape Epic and completed the Haute Route Alps. When not riding, racing or testing bicycles in and around the UK's Surrey Hills where he now lives, he's writing about them for Cyclingnews and Bike Perfect. 

Height: 176cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB 

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Aluminum specialized roubaix

The big red 'S' of Specialized is hard to miss - go to any cycling event and you'd need to be somewhere pretty obscure to dodge the sighting of at least a few of the brand's bike creations in their range.

Specialized didn't emerge on the scene as a bike manufacturer. The brand was founded by Mike Sinyard in 1974, who initially imported Italian-made components and sold them in the US. The first bikes arrived in 1981 in the shape of the Specialized Allez road bike, Sequoia touring bike and Stumpjumper mountain bike.

>>>Specialized’s jaw-dropping Sagan ‘Deconstructivism’ collection

The brand grew steadily from there, though a decision to move into lower-end, affordable bikes under the title 'Full Force' in 1995 saw it lose the support of distributors and suffer financially. In 2001, it sold 49 per cent of the business to Merida bikes, whilst Sinyard maintained his majority stake and position as CEO.

Specialized bikes have a heavy presence in the pro peloton, and are ridden by teams such asBora-Hansgroheand Boels-Dolmans.

>>> Specialized Mountain Bikes: which model is right for you?

The brand's collection is expansive - ranging from aero road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, and covering off pretty much everything in between. We've taken a good look at the key road models, differences between the models to help you choose the best for you.

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Specialized Tarmac

The best for road racing

Reasons to buy

+Aero+Light+Punchy+Great handling

Reasons to avoid

-More clattery than the SL6-Price tag

The Specialized Tarmac was designed to be a complete race bike. It's the GC leader of the Specialized squad, putting the rider in an aggressive position and offering quick handling, whilst being light enough to climb well with a level of compliance that means the rider gets ample feedback from the road without witnessing every crease in the tarmac from the cockpit.

If it sounds like we're gushing that this is a genuine do-it-all, then we are, because it is - there's no longer the need to make sacrifices between an aero bike and a lightweight bike.

Specialized has recently given the Tarmac an aero facelift in the SL7, by optimising the forks, seatpost, cockpit and seatstays, and delivering more rear-end stiffness. Complete with the Aerofly II bars and Roval Rapide CLX wheels, Specialized says the Tarmac SL7 is 45 seconds faster over 40 kilometers at 50kph compared to the old Tarmac SL6 thanks to its aero advancements.

It still ticks the lightweight box, with the top of the range SL7 S-works frame, which features FACT 12R carbon, coming in at an impressive 800g, while the complete bike is a reported 6.7kg. The SL7 Pro and Expert models are a slightly heavier 920g as these are made with FACT 10R carbon - and when specced up these weigh 7.3kg and 7.65kg respectively for Ultegra Di2 builds.

In the past, Specialized offered the Amira as a race bike for women - but it concluded from Retul geometry data from over 40,000 bike fits that the separate geometries were not required and thus now offer a men's and women's Tarmac with identical frames and components to suit.

Read our Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 review

Specialized Venge

The best for aero

The lightweight and aero combined Tarmac SL7 replaced the aero specific Venge in the summer of 2020 but it's still available from many retailers in store.

In response to criticisms of the initial version, updates in 2019 and 2020 have seen the Venge lose some weight and gained compliance, dropping the 'Vias' name given to the original Venge Vias.The Venge proved 8 seconds faster than the Vias in a 40km wind tunnel test, and its reduced weight to only 7.1kg means climbing is far from an issue.

Though most models have seen updates since, when we directly compared a host of aero road bikes, the Venge came a very close, almost negligible, second to the Trek Madone.

"[The] results are so close they are potentially within the realm of experimental error with both bikes representing the fastest available." we concluded, noting also that the time the Venge was somewhat heavier.

Designed around a focus on speed and speed alone, the Venge features entirely integrated cables and hidden brakes where rim versions are used, whilst the disc version is said to offer slightly improved aerodynamics thanks to the less bulbous fork rear and seat stay.

Read our Specialized S-Works Venge review

Specialized Allez

The best aluminium entry level bike fit for racing

Reasons to buy

+Superb quality frame+Confident and stable ride+Shimano Claris hoods are comfortable+Full carbon fork

Reasons to avoid

-Wide ratio cassette means clunky shifting-Budget brakes-Sluggish wheels

The aluminium Specialized Allez has been a firm favourite for decades. It's an all-rounder that pitches at an affordable price range, with models starting with Shimano Claris and rim brakes, topping out with Shimano 105 and disc brakes. It is perfectly capable of race start lines and club runs alike.

>>> Explained: Specialized Allez range and everything you need to know about the iconic bike

In the past, the Allez was more racey in its geo, but recent updates have seen this relaxed slightly under the title 'wide-ranging geometry' which makes it more accessible and comfortable for those after a slightly more relaxed position. The stem can still be slammed, however, to give a position not that far off the Tarmac.

The newer Allez has a full carbon fork which previously featured on S-Works Tarmac models and substantially reduces the weight. Mudguard and pannier eyelets are included to make commuting an option, too.

For those who want an aluminium frame for smashy crit races, there's the Allez Sprint model - this boasts a racier geo and comes specced out ready to race.

Read our Specialized Allez review

Specialized Roubaix

The best endurance machine

The defining feature of the Specialized Roubaix is the 'future shock' front suspension which promises a smoother, more comfortable ride. It comes with 20mm of travel, which can be adjusted with a dial above the stem on the higher-end options.

>>> New Specialized Roubaix unveiled

This initial future shock was released in 2016 as part of the 2017 lineup, and the newest version has an improved system that is more aesthetically pleasing. The chassis has become more aerodynamic - even more so than the Tarmac SL6 (by 8-10 seconds), and it's lighter than the Venge. As well as having room for 33mm tyres for added comfort.

All models now come with a D-shaped 'Pave' seatpost that aims to reducing vibration whilst also being aerodynamic. You could say that it was designed with the cobbles of the spring classics in mind.

>>> Specialized Roubaix revamp: launch and first ride review

Models start with Shimano 105 and hydraulic disc brakes and shoot up to the Roubaix S-Works SRAM Red eTap AXS model which also comes in a Sagan Collection paint job.

Specialized Diverge

The best for the adventurer

Reasons to buy

+Handles well both on and off road+Hydraulic disc brakes+Future Shock equipped+Capable of more than just gravel roads+Rolls reasonably well on the road+Multiple tyre size choices+Multiple wheel size options+Mudguard and rack compatible

Reasons to avoid

-Price-External cable display-Looks-No quick-release wheel axle

Initially, a do-it-all endurance road bike, the Specialized Diverge has evolved to sit more comfortably in the rapidly popularised adventure road/gravel bike category.

Like the Roubaix, the Diverge comes with a 'future shock' suspension spring at the front with 20mm of axial compliance and a hydraulic damper. The brand made some additional alterations to further prepare the Diverge for off-road terrain, notably adding the capability to spec 650b wheels (the bikes come with 700c wheels which can be swapped out) and a dropper seat post on the most expensive versions.

The Diverge has the brand's most progressive geometry for a drop-bar bike by keeping a low bottom bracket but increasing the frame's reach. They've also introduced a slacker head tube and a longer offset fork, while speccing the bike with shorter stems for snapping steering - all together this creates a more stable ride off-road.

For gravel riding the 700c wheels are best fitted with 38c tyres (use lower volume for the road) - according to the brand - but 650b wheels are best suited to 45c tyres, making them a better option for someone who wants the additional suspension effect afforded by wider volume tyres. The dropper seat post means the rider can drop the post to get low and further back on to help control on descents.

>>> The very best gravel bikes: top models reviewed

The top end versions come with a single chainring, again aligning it closer to off-road duties by cutting down on maintenance.Borrowing SWAT internal storage from the Specialized Stumpy the Diverge has space in its down tube to load up with tools, spare inner tubes and nutrition. It also has plenty of rack mounts on the fork and top tube for longer adventures.

But for those after a mixed terrain bike that's more appropriately designed for touring, there's the Specialized Sequoia (review here) with plenty of capacity for bike packing equipment, whilst the Specialized AWOL comes with mounts and racks just as suited to city rides as long distance adventures.

Diverge models start with an aluminium frame and Shimano Claris, and top out with an S-Works carbon frame with SRAM Red eTap AXS. 

Read our Specialized Diverge Comp review

Specialized CruX

The best for cyclocross racing

Reasons to buy

+Well-balanced handling+Modern cyclocross spec+Single ring groupset has excellent chain retention

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-Limited options to extend the gear range

The Specialized CruX is a fully-fledged cyclocross race bike. It's a brightly coloured rig set up for one-hour threshold+ efforts, and the Crux features disc brakes throughout and 33c tyres with 8mm of clearance on all sides for riding in muddy conditions.

Rider First engineering means the layup is adjusted to suit the requirements of average rider weight at each size whilst the bridgeless rear stay remains, aiding mud clearance.

To help fling the bike onto your shoulder when hopping off to clear barriers, the frame design features a large opening at the front triangle and the top tube has a flat bottom. For stability in corners, the geometry has a low bottom bracket.

All models feature a single chainring with wide ratio rear cassettes - ideal for 'cross as maintenance is lower and mud build-up becomes less of an issue. The CruX is the lowest spec model with a SRAM Apex groupset, the CruX Comp sits in the middle with SRAM Force groupset and the CruX Pro is the top of the range model with SRAM Force eTap AXS.

Read our Specialized CruX Expert X1 (old model) review

Sours: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/group-tests/specialized-bikes-349138

Reviewed: Specialized Roubaix Comp Road Bike

The most important thing you need to know about the Specialized Roubaix Comp is that it has a built-in suspension system in the steerer tube that takes a ton of road shock up off your hands, wrists, back, and neck. If you have biomechanical issues in any of those spots—and maybe they kept you from doing long-course or long rides—then this is the bike for you to try. While the higher-end Roubaixs have adjustable shocks up front, this one offers 20mm of shock in the front and a “Pavé” seatpost that helps dampen all but big hits through the rear. Specialized also claims that somehow this beefy frame is as aerodynamic as their Tarmac SL in the wind tunnel, but we’ll have to take their word on that one.

Related: Triathlete’s 2020 Road Bike Buyer’s Guide

Specialized Roubaix Comp: The Ride

Of course, the comfort on the ride is the absolute biggest feature of this bike, so it’s no surprise that this is a smooth bike on pretty much every type of road (even dirt!). While 20mm of travel isn’t enough to necessarily descend on big rocks (the suspension isn’t dialed very well for that type of riding anyway), you can smooth this whole setup out even more by going to a 33mm tire. Yes, you can gravel this thing up, if you want. The ride is insanely smooth, and this would be the bike I reached for when doing long rides on gnarly country roads. Not only did my hands, wrists, shoulders, and neck thank me, but I was also more relaxed overall, knowing that I was more glued to the road on rough descents: More suspension means more rubber on the road, which means more reliable handling overall. This is a big deal for triathletes who might have issues that prevent them from riding long, even though it’ll naturally take some fit adjustments to work with clip-ons (if you even want them).

Specialized Roubaix Comp: The Good

The number one best thing about this bike is definitely how smooth it handles over all types of terrain, but this bike is actually a pretty impressive value as well. Though it’s not really as race ready as the Ventum NS1 that costs $400 less, it does have Ultegra Di2, which is pretty impressive for this price, and further adds to the comfort factor. If you’re only going to use this for training and/or centuries, you probably won’t need race wheels anyway, so this setup is good to go. On that same note, even with all of the suspension, the seat post, the Di2, and the not-really-race wheels, this bike still weighs in at 18 pounds, which is actually pretty shocking given how much junk is in this trunk. Finally, the handling on this bike is way more relaxed and slack than any of the others we’ve looked at. As such, this bike does super well on straightaways, fast straight descents, and through crosswinds. Here is a great place to stick on clip-ons (with a few other fit adjustments, of course) and just plug away at those miles without requiring too much rider feedback.

Specialized Roubaix Comp: The Alright

The only downsides on this bike are things that probably won’t shock anyone: No, this bike isn’t going to shoot up climbs or break away from groups with crazy lively/snappy acceleration. But that’s not it’s purpose anyway. It would be nice to be able to adjust or even just lock out the front suspension, but I guess you have to pay a little bit more for that privilege. On that same note, just be sure you don’t have to do any DIY work on the suspension/steerer tube because it is quite tricky and needs to be done properly unless you want a wobbly mess. The only other consideration is that this bike is a very relaxed handler—super good for those who might want to get some clip-ons onto it and fit it in more of a tri position, but not as good for people who like to aggressively descend through tight corners. Again, just a matter of knowing what you’re getting into and why.

Specialized Roubaix Comp: Smooth Conclusions

Here is another instance of “different horses for different courses,” assuming the “course” is actually your body and your biomechanical limitations. If you have struggled on traditional tri bikes for any number of reasons, or you’re looking for a second long-ride bike, the Roubaix is an awesome choice. Yes, you will need to adapt it when you add clip-ons, but this bike’s stability, predictable handling, and smooth suspension will definitely serve certain triathletes very well. This bike would not be a good ITU racer, and this bike would probably not be ideal for any tris where you’re going road to crush climbs—both up and down—but it would be good for a surprising amount of long-course tris for people with existing issues. (Or maybe those who just want a smooth ride and a faster run.)

Sours: https://www.triathlete.com/gear/bike/reviewed-specialized-roubaix-comp-road-bike/

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Your complete guide to Specialized's 2019 road bike range

Founded in 1974, Specialized is one of the biggest and most popular bicycle brands. It produces a vast number of models covering a wide range of cycling disciplines, so to help guide you through the range and help you choose the right bike for you, here’s an overview of the US company’s latest bikes.

We've picked out highlights from the current Specialized road bike range. You can see a list of the full range with prices here.

Tarmac Disc

This is the 6th generation Tarmac SL and is available with a choice of rim or disc brakes.

The Tarmac SL6 was the big noise for 2018, and shortly after the rim-braked version debuted a disc-braked bike was introduced, first with an S-Works only version but very soon more affordable models followed.

2019 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Right at the top of the range is the S-Works Tarmac Disc Sagan Collection LTD (£10,000) and the plain old S-Works Tarmac Disc (£9,250). There’s also Women's S-Works Tarmac Disc too for the same price, although the differences appear to be down to colour scheme, a woman's saddle and an additional, smaller size for the women's bike. Each of those bikes is adorned with all the bells and whistles including Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and Specalized carbon cranks with power meters.

2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro

Below those stratospherically expensive models is the Tarmac Disc Pro (£6,000) with Shimano Ultegra and Roval CL50 wheels. The Tarmac Disc Expert (£4,000) is available for men and women with Ultegra mechanical shifting and Roval CL38 carbon wheels.

Specialized Tarmac Disc Comp – Sagan Collection LTD

If you’re a Peter Sagan fan (and who isn’t) then check out the Tarmac Disc Comp - Sagan Collection LTD (£3,100). The Tarmac Disc Comp (£2,900) brings the regular Tarmac Disc under the £3k mark with men and women versions. The most affordable model is the Tarmac Disc Sport (£2,250), again in men and women versions and sporting a Shimano 105 groupset.

2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Comp

The new models fill out a range of SL6-based Tarmac Disc bikes and replace the previous SL5 Tarmac Disc models. Visually, the new bikes can be distinguished from the old ones by their dropped seatstays. Specialized has also changed the naming convention, so the bike that replaces the Tarmac Comp Disc is the Tarmac Disc Comp. Because that's not confusing at all.


The Tarmac has long been Specialized’s go-to race bike, favoured by its many sponsorship professional cyclists and amateur racers alike. Most of the top racers are still preferring rim brake bikes but Specialized is offering just three rim brake models in the UK, a slim range compared to the depth in the disc brake Tarmac line-up. That disparity clearly shows where the firm believes the market is going for modern road race bikes.

You can read all about the tech details here and watch an unboxing of the top-end S-Works Tarmac here.

Specialized reserves its best for the fabled S-Works top-tier models, with the highest grade of carbon fibre used and the best components, picked to create what is in anyone's world, a superbike.

specialized tarmac s-works 2019

The S-Works Tarmac (£9,150) then heads the range with all the best kit and ensuring it’s still the lightest bike in the complete Tarmac range, thanks to that 733g frame and very light components on this lavish build. You can also buy the S-Works frameset (£3,250) and build your own dream bike.

- Review: Specialized Tarmac Pro 2018

specialized Tarmac Expert  2019

The Tarmac Expert (£4,250) uses FACT 10r carbon rather than the FACT 12r carbon of the S-Works frame, so it’s a little heavier, but has all the same tube shapes and features.

specialized tarmac comp 2019

The Tarmac Comp (£3,000) is the most affordable of this 6th generation race bike and gets a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset.


If racing and generally riding as fast as you possibly can is your thing, then you want to take a closer look at the Venge. This is Specialized’s aerodynamic road bike and this year it launched a brand new version, the third iteration since it first arrived in the company’s range back in 2011.

You can read all the juicy details here and get David’s first impressions on riding the new bike here.

The new Venge is more aerodynamic than the previous version, a claimed 8 seconds according to the company’s own wind tunnel testing. The frame is hugely lighter as well, a 56cm frame coming in at 960g and further savings in the fork, handlebar and stem and seatpost. It all adds up to a 460g saving. They’ve also improved the handling and geometry, designed a new aero handlebar and stem that offers easy fit adjustment and can be swapped for regular components. Oh, and the frame is only compatible with disc brakes and electronic groupsets, with all cables and hoses internally routed.

specialized s-works venge sagan

Given its newness, it’s a small range of models to choose from. At the top is the S-Works Venge - Sagan Collection (£10,000) with a custom paint job and a full plethora of top-end kit from Roval and Shimano, and includes the new Specialized S-Works carbon crankset with a power meter.

specicalized S-Works Venge 2019

The regular S-Works Venge (£9,750) uses the same frame and components but with a satin black and holographic decals finish.

specialized Venge Pro 2019

The cheapest new Venge is the Venge Pro (£6,500) which uses the same but swaps the high-end kit for Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Roval CL50 wheels.


The Roubaix is one of the most distinctive endurance bikes due to the novel Future Shock, a small spring houses in a cartridge and place between the headset and stem. It’s designed to isolate the upper body and arms from all the impacts and vibrations normally felt through the handlebars when the front wheel encounters a bump or hole.

Specialized Roubaix Expert - Future Shock and stem.jpg

Other key changes are the redesigned frame with a CG-R seatpost housed inside a large diameter seat tube to provide more seated comfort, lower overall weight and evolved geometry to make it a bit racier. There’s bigger tyre clearance as well, up to 32mm tyres, and there’s a cool SWAT Box storage option on the higher-end models for neatly storing tools and spare tubes.

- Review: Specialized Roubaix Expert (2017)

specialized S-Works Roubaix 2019

The S-Works Roubaix (£9,100) spearheads the range with the highest grade FACT 11r carbon frame and Dura-Ace Di2 build. The Roubaix Expert (£5,150) gets a FACT 10r carbon frame with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and deep section Roval wheel and keeps the SWAT storage.

specialized roubaix Comp–Ultegra Di2 2019

The Roubaix Comp Ultegra Di2 (£4,100) keeps the same frame and groupset as the model above it, but different wheels bring the price down substantially.

specialized roubaix Comp 2019

Next up is the Roubaix Comp (£3,100) which features the same FACT 10r carbon frame but with mechanical Shimano Ultegra and hydro disc brakes and DT R470 aluminium wheels.

specialized Roubaix Sport 2019

The Roubaix Sport (£2,600) brings the price down further with a lower grade FACT 9r carbon frame and Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Roubaix – Hydraulic Disc 2019

The most affordable model is the Roubaix - Hydraulic Disc (£2,100) a Shimano Tiagra groupset and RS505 hydraulic disc brakes and Axis Sport Disc wheels with commuter-friendly Espoir Sport 28mm tyres.


The Ruby is the women’s version of the Roubaix and features all the same tech, with frame sizes going down to 44cm, and seven models to choose from.

specialized S-Works Ruby 2019

As usual, an S-Works model tops the range, with the S-Works Ruby (£9,000). A full complement of Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, carbon wheels and top-end finishing kit.

specialized Ruby Comp – Ultegra Di2 2019

In the middle of the range is the Ruby Comp Ultegra Di2 (£4,100) with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset.

specialized Ruby Sport 2019

At the other end of the range is the Ruby Sport (£2,600) with a carbon frame and Future Shock and a Shimano 105 mechanical groupset with DT R470 wheels.


The Allez is the aluminium line of Specialized road bikes and is offered in two versions; the Sprint Comp at the top with an aero frame, and the regular Allez which takes a few style tips from the new Tarmac SL6.

specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc 2019

The Allez Sprint Comp Disc (£1,900) is an all-new bike and brings disc brakes to the aero Allez for the first time. It’s specced with a Shimano 105 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, a Praxis Zayante chainset with KMC chain, DT R470 wheels with Specialized Turbo Pro 26mm tyres.

You can read the full detailed story on this new bike here.

specialized Allez Sprint Comp 2019

The Allez Sprint Comp (£1,700) swaps the discs for rim brakes and is specced with a Shimano 105 groupset and DT R460 wheels. You can also buy the Allez Sprint Frameset (£1,350) with a selection of colours to choose from.

Onto the regular Allez, and a revised E5 aluminium frame and all-carbon fork drop the weight by 450g. As well as reducing weight, they’ve also relaxed the geometry to make it a better all-around bike well suited to new cyclists, and they’ve added mudguard and rack mounts. A thumbs up for those.

Now you might be aware of a recall affecting the fork on December 14, 2017. Interim fork replacements are devoid of the mudguard mounts that make this bike such a versatile choice for commuting demands as well as winter riding. It is working on producing a new carbon fork with mudguard mounts.

specialized Allez Elite 2019

Topping the range is the Allez Elite (£1,050) which combines an aluminium frame with a FACT carbon fork and a Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Allez Sport 2019

Splitting the three model range is the Allez Sport (£799) which has the same E5 Premium aluminium frame and FACT carbon fork, with a Shimano Sora groupset.

specialized Allez 2019

The cheapest model is the Allez (£630) with the same aluminium frame and carbon fork, and specced with a Shimano 2000 Claris groupset and Axis Sport wheels.


The Diverge was a well-received bike when it first arrived, which was at a time when the whole gravel and adventure style of riding was only just starting to take off. But after a few years of good reviews and sales, the Diverge has been completely updated to keep it abreast of the changing trends in this sector. It now takes bigger tyres, is disc brake only as before, now with 12mm thru-axles and flat mounts, but borrows the Future Shock from the Roubaix. It’s been adapted for off-roading with a firmer spring.

- Review: Specialized S-Works Diverge 2018

specialized  S-Works Diverge 2019

Look to the most expensive model and your eyes are greeted by the S-Works Diverge (£8,750) with a frame made from high-grade FACT 11r carbon fibre and an S-Works FACT carbon fork. Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupset is combined with an XTR rear mech and Easton EC90 SL Carbon crankset for a bespoke 1x drivetrain, and Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels complete the package.

specialized Diverge Sport 2019

Step down to the Diverge Sport (£2,750) available in men and women’s versions, and you get much the same frame just made from a lower grade of carbon and using a Shimano 105 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes.

specialized Diverge 2019

The Diverge (£2,100) is also available in men and women’s versions and uses a carbon frame and fork with the same details as the S-Works model, but a 2x Shimano Tiagra/Praxis groupset and RS405 hydraulic disc brakes.

specialized Diverge E5 Comp 2019

The Diverge E5 Comp (£1,600) is the cheapest model in the Specialized road bike range to be equipped with the Future Shock. It’s bolted to an aluminium frame with a carbon fork and a Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Diverge E5 2019

The Diverge E5 Elite (£999) and Diverge E5 (£799) both use an aluminium frame without the Future Shock, but the frame shares all the key features such as wide tyre clearance and mounts for adding mudguards.

- Review: Specialized Diverge E5 Comp


The Sequoia is another adventure bike in the Specialized road bike range that is intended to sit alongside the Diverge as a less racy option more aimed at exploring and bikepacking riding, and there are mounts all over it for fitting racks and bags.

- Review: Specialized Sequoia Expert

specialized Sequoia Elite 2019

There are two models in the 2019 range. This, the Sequoia Elite (£2,000) is now the priciest option available in the UK with a 1x SRAM Apex groupset using a Praxis Alba chainset and SunRace 11-42t cassette. Tyres are the company’s own 38mm wide Sawtooth with a tubeless-ready design.

specialized Sequoia 2019

The Sequoia (£1,200) uses the same steel frame but swaps the carbon fork for one made from steel, and a Shimano Sora groupset takes care of shifting duties while Tektro Spyre disc brakes control your speed.

The full 2019 Specialized road bike range

ModelBike typeFrame materialGroupsetBrakesPrice
S-Works Tarmac Disc – Sagan Collection LTDRoadCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£10,000.00
S-Works Tarmac DiscRoadCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£9,250.00
Women's S-Works Tarmac DiscRoadCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£9,500.00
Tarmac Disc ProRoadCarbon-fibreShimano Ultegra Di2Disc£6,000.00
Tarmac Disc ExpertRoadCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£4,250.00
Tarmac Disc Comp - Sagan Collection LTDRoadCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£2,899.00
Tarmac Disc CompRoadCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£2,900.00
Tarmac Disc SportRoadCarbon-fibreShimano 105Disc£2,350.00
S-Works TarmacRoadCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Rim£9,150.00
Tarmac ExpertRoadCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraRim£4,250.00
Tarmac CompRoadCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraRim£3,000.00
S-Works Tarmac Disc FramesetRoadCarbon-fibreN/ADisc£3,400.00
S-Works Tarmac FramesetRoadCarbon-fibreN/ARim£3,400.00
S-Works Tarmac Disc Frameset – Sagan Collection LTDRoadCarbon-fibreN/ADisc£3,800.00
S-Works Venge - Sagan CollectionAeroCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£10,250.00
S-Works VengeAeroCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£9,750.00
Venge ProAeroCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£6,250.00
S-Works Venge framesetAeroCarbon-fibreN/ADisc£3,500.00
S-Works RoubaixEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£9,100.00
Roubaix Expert EnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Ultegra Di2Disc£5,150.00
Roubaix Comp Ultegra Di2EnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Ultegra Di2Disc£4,100.00
Roubaix CompEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£2,480.00
Roubaix SportEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano 105Disc£2,600.00
Roubaix - Hydraulic DiscEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano TiagraDisc£2,100.00
S-Works RubyEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£6,499.00
Ruby ExpertEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Ultegra Di2Disc£5,150.00
Ruby Comp Ultegra Di2EnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano Ultegra Di2Disc£4,100.00
Ruby CompEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£3,100.00
Ruby SportEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano 105Disc£2,600.00
Ruby - Hydraulic DiscEnduranceCarbon-fibreShimano TiagraDisc£2,100.00
Allez Sprint Comp DiscRoadAluminiumShimano 105Disc£1,900.00
Allez Sprint CompRoadAluminiumShimano 105Rim£1,700.00
Allez Sprint Disc FramesetRoadAluminiumN/ADisc£1,350.00
Allez Sprint Frameset – Red Hook Crit LTDRoadAluminiumN/ARim£1,300.00
Allez EliteRoadAluminiumShimano 105Rim£1,050.00
Allez SportRoadAluminiumShimano SoraRim£850.00
AllezRoadAluminiumShimano ClarisRim£630.00
S-Works DivergeAdventureCarbon-fibreShimano Dura-Ace Di2Disc£8,750.00
Diverge Expert X1AdventureCarbon-fibreSRAM ForceDisc£4,250.00
Diverge CompAdventureCarbon-fibreShimano UltegraDisc£3,400.00
Diverge SportAdventureCarbon-fibreShimano 105Disc£2,750.00
DivergeAdventureCarbon-fibreShimano TiagraDisc£2,100.00
Diverge E5 CompAdventureAluminiumShimano 105Disc£1,600.00
Diverge E5 EliteAdventureAluminiumShimano TiagraDisc£1,050.00
Divege E5AdventureAluminiumShimano ClarisDisc£850.00
Sequoia EliteAdventureSteelSRAM Apex 1xDisc£2,000.00
SequoiaAdventureSteelShimano SoraDisc£1,200.00
Dolce Elite RoadAluminiumShimano 105Rim£1,050.00
Dolce Sport RoadAluminiumShimano SoraRim£700.00
Dolce RoadAluminiumShimano ClarisRim£630.00
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