Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert

October 10, 2012
Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert

Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert - “The king of the cobbles. The ideal all day endurance bike.”

KEY IMPROVEMENTS:  19% stiffer than the SL3 yet lighter, straighter stays, new design.
FEATURES: Absorbing Body Geometry Toup RBX comp saddle (hollow Cr-Mo rails) partnered with FACT carbon comp seatpost, tapered head tube, newly shaped seat stays, Zertz vibration dampers, for the ui2 full internal cable routing. 
BASIC SPECS: Ui2 model has internal cable routing, Shimano Ultegra components (brakes, levers, front/rear derailleurs ), adjustable four-position oversized alloy stem with 31.8mm bar clamp, frame is FACT carbon monococque frame, stem is a Specialized comp Set 6061 (alloy), Specialized Expert alloy handlebars, cassette is a 105 10 speed (11-28), and wheels are DT Axis 4.0.
Introducing the new, improved sibling of the Specialized Roubaix SL4. 
This is the same design that Tom Boonen rode to this win year’s Paris-Roubaix. The Roubaix SL4 Expert comes with Ultegra componentry, and Ultegra Di2 electric shifting as a standard. Although the Ultegra Di2 is mildly heavier than the Dura-ace Di2 option, any difference in shifting quality is almost unnoticeable.
Endurance racing in variable terrain has always been the Specialized Roubaix’s strength,  and some notable achievements for the Roubaix in the racing circuit has been in its namesake, taking the win of the Paris-Roubaix every year since 2009, with Boonen taking 3 of those wins and Cancellera nabbing 1 for himself.
Tom Boonen (along with the testing team at McLaren), have collaborated with the team at Specialized to contributed to the research and design of the Specialized Roubaix. 
The beauty of this bike is not only in it’s visual aesthetics, but also the fully customisable fit.  With tube shapes, variety of tapered head tubes, forks and even wall thickness you can be assured that the regardless of the your geometry you can achieve the same comfort without compromising on ride quality and efficiency.
Absorbing the roughest cobblestones yet comfortable enough to take on the longest of rides and zesty enough to take on sprints, the Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert is a great all round road bike.
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