Specialized launch new aero Roubaix with hydraulic Future Shock

Specialized has announced the all-new Roubaix just days ahead of the cobbled classic Paris-Roubaix. The updated platform boasts dramatic improvements in aerodynamic slipperiness while still reducing weight. There is also a completely redesigned Future Shock. The mechanical spring has been replaced with a hydraulic system for improved dampening with adjustment available to the rider on the stem. To further improve the ride quality, Specialized developed a new seatpost with compliance while maintaining an aerodynamic D-shape.

 

Keep an eye out for the new Roubaix at the Hell of the North this weekend.

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Press Release


Hell is hereby officially conquered


With cutting-edge, Silicon Valley technology, we’ve engineered a bike that’s lighter than our Venge and more aero than our Tarmac. The All-New Roubaix. The most technically advanced machine we’ve ever made.

 

 

Future Shock 2.0


Suspend the rider, not the bike: The Future Shock sits above the frame, isolating you from road harshness. This gives you all the benefits of a compliant ride without taking a hit on handling or efficiency over any road condition.

 

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More speed. More control. More safety. The all-new Future Shock 2.0 delivers 20mm of axial compliance via a hydraulic damper that suspends you, not the bike. This new system uses an oil port to simultaneously control the compression and rebound damping, while an easy-to-access dial above the stem enables you to make on-the-fly damping adjustments.

 

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Pavé seatpost


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Compliance with compromise. The new Pavé seatpost is the first compliant seatpost that’s aerodynamic. Starting with the same D-shape design found on the Tarmac, we built-in flex throughout the post and developed a new drop-clamp design in the frame. This makes the rear compliance perfectly balanced with the front-end, so you get a smooth, balanced ride no matter what.

 

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Lighter. Faster. More Aero.


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The new Roubaix frame delivers the perfect balance of aerodynamics, light overall weight, and compliance. Its FreeFoil tube shapes take cues from the Venge, and when validated in the Win Tunnel, the chassis is more aero than the Tarmac SL6. A Rider-First Engineered design ensures optimal stiffness and compliance across all sizes, as well as a frame weight below 900 grams (Size 56cm | Black).

 

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Beyond Gender


We’ve learned that there’s likely more difference between two male cyclists than between a male and female. This means that gender alone doesn’t provide nearly enough data to specialize. It means that separating bikes by male or female is arbitrary and outdated. It means that it’s time to go beyond gender.

 

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16 Comments

King_Crispy, Apr 10 2019 08:27

OMG. I just messed

Nibali, Apr 10 2019 09:01

Now this is amazing!

Kom, Apr 11 2019 07:27

Hopefully the hydraulic damper is compatible with previous models. To be honest the progression on the spring dampener is not that bad in real use, but can be disconcerting under hard breaking.

gummibear, Apr 11 2019 09:42

Gender Neutral 

 

So they lied for years about women's specific bikes? What research did they use to market and build the ladies ranges then. Just put some narrower bars on and a ladies saddle and all good to go. Marketing is a powerful tool.

Furbz, Apr 11 2019 09:56

if only they could hide the brake cables - then it would be the perfect bike

Michieldt, Apr 11 2019 11:04

al that work and they cant keep the bottles on the bike. 4min mark

gummibear, Apr 11 2019 11:46

Specialized is playing catch-up with Cannondale.

 

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shaper, Apr 11 2019 02:12

Pinarello also just released a full suspension road bike for PR https://www.bikerada...oad-bike-53867/

gummibear, Apr 11 2019 02:33

Pinarello also just released a full suspension road bike for PR https://www.bikerada...oad-bike-53867/

Will a Pina rider win the P-R though....probably not

SwissVan, Apr 11 2019 06:17

So last years Roubaix owners bikes become obsolete thanks to future shock V 2.0

Think I’ll wait a few more years for them to make up their minds

gummibear, Apr 11 2019 07:04

So last years Roubaix owners bikes become obsolete thanks to future shock V 2.0

Think I’ll wait a few more years for them to make up their minds

Keep your 26er for a while.It'll be back in fashion in a few years.

SwissVan, Apr 11 2019 10:37

Keep your 26er for a while.It'll be back in fashion in a few years.


Yep, both my 26er’s

Adr!@n, Apr 12 2019 11:02

Just out of interest. A regular suspension fork keeps your front on the ground a fair amount when handling rough terrain. This bike is completely unsprung, does that mean this feature is purely for comfort in the handlebars or does it provide a performance advantage? 

Headshot, Apr 12 2019 02:27

Specialized logic - Adds a shock of sorts and punts this bike for the Paris-Roubaix but fits deep section aero wheels that are stiff as f%^k . Okay then.

shaper, Apr 12 2019 02:48

Koei, Apr 12 2019 09:00

...Marketing is a powerful tool.

 

I especially like when marketers leave out axis labels...

 

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