Tag Archives: Specialized Roubaix

The BMC Race Machine, Part II

Here’s the part of this bike’s geometry that is surprising: The combination of a 72.5-degree head tube angle and 4cm fork rake results in an astonishing amount of trail—6.53cm. That’s more than ...

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The Moots Vamoots, Part I

What’s not to covet? I live in Southern California, and the cycling scene here is unlike any I’ve encountered anywhere else. When I go back home to Memphis, I run across guys on bikes with ...

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Interbike Day 3

The grand touring category of road bikes is growing, but honestly, some of the bikes handle a cow on roller skates. Not so the Specialized Roubaix. Newly minted is the Roubaix SL3, which I rode ...

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Felt Z1, Part II

The Z’s bottom bracket is massive. To be any broader Felt would need to move to BB30. When I found out that the Z1 frame was tipping the scales at 900g, I knew I wanted to review one. My ...

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Felt Z1, Part I

When Felt Bicycles came back from the brink of extinction a few years back I took note. Jim Felt had been a motorcycle race mechanic for a great many big names in motocross, names like Johnny ...

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The Crucible: Tarmac vs. Roubaix

The final switchbacks of Malibu’s Decker Canyon Road After months of riding on both the Roubaix and the Tarmac SL I was dismayed. I had yet to determine a preference relative to my own ...

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The Specialized Tarmac, Part II

The Tarmac’s massive tapered fork steerer requires a 1.5-inch lower bearing. After doing some group rides in which I knew the roads well, I ventured out to do some of the longer rides that ...

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The Specialized Roubaix, Part II

The flowing lines of the Specialized Roubaix are accentuated by striking graphics. It’s only natural that a bike meant for longer days would be designed to eat vibration the way a whale sucks ...

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The Specialized Roubaix

When Specialized introduced the Roubaix in 2004, it was the first bike on the market to combine top-of-the-line carbon fiber construction with a more relaxed geometry aimed at riders doing ...

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