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When you hear “McLaren,” the first thing that comes to mind are its F1 race machines, but that’s not the only race machine that McLaren has their hands in. In celebration of McClaren’s 50 Years of Grand Prix racing, Specialized has developed a new S-Works Roubaix to match the iconic 1966 F1 car and a 1970 CanAm.
The S-Works Roubaix McLaren with Shimano Di2 has been designed in tandem with McLaren Applied Technologies. To celebrate this collaboration, this limited edition model features a one-of-a-kind paint job, custom hubs and custom bar tape. So you won’t only be riding the most comfortable race bike out there, you’ll also be on the coolest race bike.
The frame is one of the lightest that Specialized has ever made, and it’s been constructed from their top-tier FACT 11r carbon fiber. Its stiffness levels are off the charts. Even compared to the SL4 iteration of yesteryear, you’ll experience a whole new, faster and more efficient geometry. Through some engineering sorcery, however, Specialized has managed to keep the same fit, feel and position that we’ve all come to love from the SL4, and kept it consistent throughout the size-range due to our Rider-First Engineered construction.
Of course, you’re probably thinking, “get on to the suspension thing up front.” It’s called Future Shock. Essentially, it’s a piston in the head tube with 20mm of travel. Specialized developed this technology in partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies, and the results are a host of drastic performance improvements, namely in the vertical compliance department. Specialized found that focusing on vertical compliance, instead of fork splay, meant that they could improve smoothness, speed and comfort in one fell swoop. And of all the bikes that they’ve tested with our Rolling Efficiency Model, the new Roubaix outperforms anything on the market.
Is the new Roubaix more comfortable? “Yes,” says GranFondo Magazine: “Yes. significantly. It irons the road, potholes and all, virtually flat, soaking up road chatter and vibrations. The rear end is noticeably stiffer and less forgiving, but that’s good – that’s where the power transfer is happening, and there’s nothing we hate more than an overly compliant, wallowy rear end on tarmac.”
To add to the pizazz of this custom build, Specialized spec’d it with Shimano’s benchmark Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 groupset, S-Works carbon bits and hand-built Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels with custom hubs.
- Featuring Specialized’s Rider-First Engineered design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary responsiveness and smooth ride quality that you’d expect from a Roubaix. The S-Works FACT 11r frameset is Specialized’s highest quality carbon frame, offering the ideal blend of light overall weight and targeted stiffness, while the all-new Future Shock “suspension” system at the cockpit delivers a revolutionary degree of comfort and control.
- An S-Works FACT Disc fork is built from Specialized’s FACT carbon fiber for supreme stiffness, strength and reactivity, while a thru-axle design only stands to bolster all of the above.
- A 52/36T S-Works carbon fiber crankset delivers the ultimate in power delivery, with a chainring grouping that’s equally suited to big alpine climbs as it is to throwing down the gauntlet on the flats.
Stop by Higher Gear and ask how you can get your hands on a Limited Edition S-Works McLaren Roubaix today. This is a limited edition bike; just like the holidays, they won’t be around for long!