Smoother Is Faster.
Whether you’re a pro taking on a Spring Classic or one of us who will be tackling a century ride this summer, the more comfortable and less fatigued you are at the end of a 4 hour ride, the stronger you’ll be.
The Specialized Roubaix has long been a favorite choice – and a Higher Gear recommendation – for cyclists looking for a balance between an aggressive road bike and a more comfortable ride. The Roubaix really shines for longer distances like century rides. The 2014 S-Works Roubaix SL4 Dura-Ace is no exception.
Like shocks on a race car, the Zertz vibration damping inserts on the S-Works Roubaix SL4 help absorb road impact and keep power planted firmly on the road, Couple that with a FACT carbon 11r frame and it’s still plenty stiff to thrash around in a sprint. Just ask four time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen.
Features of the 2014 S-Works Roubaix SL4 Dura-Ace include:
- S-Works SL4 FACT 11r frame with Zertz is the fastest and smoothest endurance bike available, with incredible light weight, size-specific engineering, and tapered headtube.
- S-Works FACT carbon fork with Zertz has size-specific engineering to create a more balanced and stable ride for riders of different sizes.
- Ultra-light, Roval Rapide CLX 40 carbon clincher wheelset with CeramicSpeed bearings, paired with the new S-Works Turbo 26c 220TPI tire for a fast and light setup. Extremely low rolling resistance and superior cornering traction lets you climb easily, descend faster, and corner harder.
- Specialized S-Works FACT carbon crankset with OSBB, removable carbon spider, and CeramicSpeed ceramic bearings has incredible stiffness-to-weight for max power.
- The revolutionary CG-R post features 18mm of vertical compliance and Zertz vibration damping, while FACT carbon construction delivers unsurpassed comfort, control, and efficiency without adding weight or complication to the frame.
- Shimano Dura-Ace components.
The Specialized Roubaix falls into the category of “endurance road bike” or “comfort road bike.” Perhaps that sounds like an oxymoron. When we talk about road bikes, we think about speed, not comfort. But for a racer who is setting out for a day race over cobblestones or a rider who is putting in long hours in the saddle to train for a century, comfort comes from the not-so-small details.
Endurance road bike frames tend to be vertically tighter while featuring a headset that is higher than in a traditional road racing bike. This allows for a more comfortable, yet still efficient position. Endurance road bikes utilize frame materials, like specially designed carbon layup and Specialized Zertz inserts, that dampen road “noise” or vibration. The frame design also helps to dampen vibration before it can reach the body – most notably at the seatstays and chainstays, where it leads to the rider’s seat, and at the fork, which leads directly to the rider’s hands.
Specialized maximized these “comfort” features in the Roubaix – from the FACT IS carbon construction to the strategically placed Zertz inserts, from the dog-legged seatstays to the lighter fork. As Boonen’s repeated success at the Paris-Roubaix proves, increased comfort on a road bike means more efficient cycling and that translates into faster speeds.
With the S-Works Roubaix SL4, Specialized again redefines the endurance road bike category and again proves: Smoother Is Faster.
Come in to Higher Gear to test ride the Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Dura-Ace today. Experience the difference and learn why Smoother Is Faster.
- For more on the Specialized Roubaix:
- Check out the Specialized Roubaix, redesigned in 2013.
- Read More Praise for the Specialized Roubaix.
- Visit the Specialized website.