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The All New 2017 Roubaix

The wait is over. The smoothest bike that Specialized has ever built is now available. The Roubaix was the first bike designed to smooth out the cobbles of the infamous Paris-Roubaix road race. It quickly became a favorite among hardcore racers and enthusiasts alike for it’s uber comfortable ride and quick handling. Every iteration has gotten more vertically compliant while increase the stiffness at the bottom bracket to ensure any energy that you put into the pedals is propelling you forward.

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At first look, you probably won’t notice anything too out of the ordinary. It’s a bike. It looks like a bike. It feels like a race bike. It’s light. It rides like a race bike. But hidden right under the stem and in the seatpost are some radical technologies that allow the rider to be suspended. Yes, you read that correctly. The new Roubaix allows the rider to float above the bike and while the bike looks and feels like, well, a bike, it rides like a magic carpet.

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I was “allowed” to see and ride this bike about two months ago. It was introduced and the cynic in my thought, ok, that seems kinda dumb. And then they let me ride it.

It was a closed course. They gave us some rough pavement and a board. A 12 foot piece of plywood that had 1X2s nailed to it in uneven locations, a pretty good test for how smooth a bike was. My first pass over the board I went in fast but nervous as I felt like I had a pretty good idea how a road bike would react over the bumps. I was blown away. I could ride, seated, across said board at whatever speed I wanted. In fact, the faster I went the less I noticed the bumps.

Before riding one, the closest thing I had ever experienced was riding my cross bike over rough terrain and letting go of the bars allowing them to float under my hands. It’s like that, but you are completely attached to the bike, no chance of hitting a bump too big and losing those bars altogether.

And the best part, we have these in stock for you to fondle and test ride right now. Swing by and see why smoother is faster.

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