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Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact

Specialized

Roubaix Elite Compact
2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (6 Reviews)
 

2013 Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact

Thanks to Specialized's FACT-carbon frameset and its vibration-damping Zertz inserts, you'll ride further and more comfortably than ever on the velvety-smooth Roubaix Elite Compact! You'll love the DT Swiss wheels that get up to speed effortlessly and the quick-shifting, 20-speed Shimano 105 compact drivetrain that flattens once-challenging hills. And for coming back down steep grades, the Shimano 105 dual-pivot brakes offer outstanding confidence and control. Plus, Specialized's plush Body Geometry seat and fine components invite you to add more miles to every ride.

Features and Information

  • View the geometry chart.
  • Specialized's FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) carbon frames and components are made from the finest materials and utilize a unique manufacturing process that creates amazing durability, awesome efficiency and super-low weight.
  • Specialized's Zertz viscoelastic inserts damp vibrations for a velvety smooth ride so you stay comfortable and refreshed mile after mile.
  • Choose your preferred pedals (sold separately) from our wide selection.
 
Specification Description
Frame Specialized FACT 8r-carbon w/Zertz inserts
Fork Specialized Roubaix FACT carbon w/tapered steerer and Zertz inserts
Rims/Wheels DT Swiss Axis 2.0
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Specialized Espoir Elite w/double BlackBelt Puncture Protection, 700x25c
Crankset Shimano 105
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-28
Shifters Shimano 105 STI
Handlebars Specialized Comp, aluminum
Tape/Grips Specialized Roubaix w/gel padding
Stem Specialized Comp-Set
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano 105
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Toupe RBX Sport
Seatpost Specialized Comp FACT carbon

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Handles Well  (4)
  • Absorbs Shock Well  (4)
  • Comfortable  (4)
  • Great Components  (3)
  • Lightweight  (3)

Cons

  • Tire Upgrade required 
  • Could use stronger brakes 

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding  (3)
  • Climbing  (3)
  • Serious Training  (3)
  • Racing 
  • Sprinting 

Reviewed by 6 customers

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth, Sleak Ride

By Scott1777

from Undisclosed

About Me

Comments:

This bike has an ultra smooth and plush ride. Comfort is not an issue with this Roubaix. I opted for the Compact Elite due to price and experience. I did not feel my level of experience warranted much more bike. However, I have no regrets with this purchase. This bike fulfilled more than I anticipated. I have owned other brands of bikes, faster in one regard, but certainly not this comfortable. This bike is a true pleasure to ride for hours and is a surprisingly better climber than I would have imagined. Web-picture also does not do it justice. This bike is great looking and the gold accent looks great in person against the white/black combo.

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4.0

Awesome Ride

By mike lambie

from Lake Orion, mI

About Me

Comments:

Great ride but maybe its because I've been riding mountain bikes or my old 78 raleigh competition and everything feels better. Shifts great, very agile, the fit was done well. Did 20 miles on a path that was a little muddier and messier than I expected and it handled and rode well. No complaints from me on this bike, very happy camper... err.. biker. mike lambie

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's good.

By Rick

from Maryland

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Great Components
  • Good Geometry
  • Absorbs Shock Well
  • Handles Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding

    Comments:

    I have about 350 miles (and counting) so far including a century. This bike is light and the components are a step above. Consider this bike if you want quality and comfort, in a flashy package. Be prepared to go fast! I am really impressed with this bike, good job Specialized. A few questions I've answered: Q) Mushy carbon? A) No, not here. Q) Does it flex? A) Yes, that's good for dampening the bumps.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Plush Bike!

    By DWP

    from Central Alberta

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Absorbs Shock Well
    • Comfortable
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Great Components
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Serious Training
      • Climbing

      Comments:

      This bike is an excellent combination of speed and comfort. The geometry is aggressive enough to accelerate and stay there, but relaxed enough to stay on for a long time. The the bike climbs well, and descends even better. I have yet to experience hand numbness thanks to the carbon frame, Zertz inserts and gel bar tape. I rode a well-decked 6061 bike with carbon post, stem and fork, but this is much smoother. The 105 drive train works well too. Great bike at this price point.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very comfortable and fast bike

      By gw

      from Staten Island, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Handles Well
      • Comfortable
      • Absorbs Shock Well
      • Great Components
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

      • Could use stronger brakes

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Sprinting
      • Serious Training
      • Climbing

      Comments:

      Have just about 150 miles on the bike so far. After a re-fitting (shorter stem) the bike is fantastic to ride. Planning to do a century on it in June and I expect to have a great time riding on this bike.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love it!

      By Dan G.

      from New York, NY

      About Me Weekend Warrior

      Pros

      • Absorbs Shock Well
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well

      Cons

      • Tire Upgrade required

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training
      • Racing
      • Climbing

      Comments:

      Had it for about 2 weeks and love it. Would not hesitate to use it on Triathlons, Long Rides or short rides for fun.

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