I already own, and
have been impressed by, the Team version of this bike (which is
the same tech, just in a more aggressive geometry - closer to that
of the sublime Tarmac).
For my 1100km race through Italy I jumped at the chance to ride
the "normal" Roubaix (well, normal in geometry, but this
is still the
range-topping S-Works model).
I have since ridden more than 1500km on it and feel able to give
some decent first impressions:
It's light. Seriously, surprisingly
7.2kg for an endurance bike with disc brakes and a power meter.
You notice this when climbing, especially with the huge gear
range of the 2x12 drivetrain - it encourages an easy pedalling
action up even the longest climbs.
I continue to love SRAM's eTap AXS groupset. It's taken me a
while to embrace SRAM, but now I am fully on board with their way
of doing things. I think AXS is amazing; everything just works as
Also I now find it hard to ride a bike without a Power Meter -
to me this is a huge competitive advantage of SRAM vs Shimano, with
the AXS cranks having neatly integrated, tried and tested Quarq
power measurement. The Di2 bike and the AXS-equipped one are the
same price. Given that the latter comes with a power meter I think
that's the better buy of the two unless you have an unshakeable
loyalty to Shimano.
28mm tyres feel slow INITIALLY - but
The bike comes with 28mm Turbo Cotton tyres as standard; a real
favourite. But I was keen to try out the new
28mm Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tyres Specialized have recently
launched. Now, 1500km in, and through terrible roads and some
gravel, they're showing barely a cut, let alone a puncture.
They do feel a little sluggish accelerating on steep hills; you
can feel the extra weight on the very perimeter of the wheel (and
even feel the sealant sloshing around); but once up to speed they
are great; very fast and confidence inspiring.
Overall this is an incredibly comfortable bike for tackling epic
below: Barry's test Roubaix in "Ultracycling" mode during
the Two Volcano Sprint: