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
Diverge models at Bespoke Cycling.