In shimmering Cosmic Black paint the Roubaix Expert is built for long days in the saddle. Ultegra Di2 provided faultless shifting with a minimum of effort, and all the usual Roubaix features are present, including FutureShock front suspension with 20mm of travel, and a skinny 27.2mm carbon seatpost which provides a little natural flex (plus integrated elastomer damping) for shock absorption.
This is a bike for going fast as well as far. The Roval carbon wheelset is a good statement of intent; lightweight and efficient they're a welcome sight on a bike in this price range.
A very well rounded package, the whole ethos of this range is to take the sting out of rougher roads, reducing fatigue and increasing comfort, whilst remaining a true race performance bike. The Expert gives a lot of bang for the buck, with sensible inclusion of Specialized's own brand contact points providing top performance without compromise.
photos by Bence Bujaki