On seeing the new Specialized Roubaix, many people want to know aboout "the suspension thing up front."

Specialized call it Future Shock, and essentially, it's a piston in the head tube with 20mm of travel. They developed this technology in partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies, and the result of this are a host of drastic performance improvements, namely in the vertical compliance department. Without giving a physics lecture, Specialized found that focusing on vertical compliance, instead of fork splay, meant that it was possible to improve smoothness, speed, and comfort in one fell swoop.

The Future Shock is available on the Specialized Roubaix and Diverge models at Bespoke Cycling.