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
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