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Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport 2016 - Road Bike

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Product description

Built for long distance rides over rough road surfaces the Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport features endurance geometry and vibration damping built into the frame so you can ride further for longer.

Frame and Fork

Key to the Roubaix SL4 Sport’s performance is the FACT 8r carbon frame. Designed to win the grueling Paris-Roubaix road race, endurance road geometry features a taller head tube, slightly more relaxed angles, short chainstays and a low bottom bracket. As well as stable and predictable handling this provides a comfortable riding position.. just what you need on long hard rides.

This is the same frame that you will find on the Elite and Comp models.

Featuring a tapered steerer tube, which creates a naturally stiffer junction with the frame, the FACT carbon fork provides precise steering response for a more confident ride.

The ability to dampen the vibrations that travel up through the frame when riding over uneven road surfaces is enhanced on the Roubaix allowing you to feel fresh in the saddle for longer. As well as the natural vibration absorbing properties of carbon fibre the seatstays and fork have ZERTZ inserts. These viscoelastic dampers further absorb road buzz making the Roubaix one of the most comfortable road bikes on the market.

Components

Shimano’s 105 11 speed groupset needs no introduction. Delivering elite level performance it is combined with an FSA Gossamer Pro compact double chainset which offers a wide gear range. You have plenty of scope to tackle steep climbs while the shifting is precise and reliable.

The AXIS 2.0 wheelset is reliable, durable and perfectly suited to long days in the saddle. The 25mm tyres offer a little extra stability over thinner race tyres and include puncture protection.

Specialized are known for their attention to detail and the endurance riding features include shallow drop bars with gel pads under the bar tape as well as the CG-R FACT carbon seatpost which has vertical compliance built in for an even more comfortable ride.

The Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport is an endurance road bike that is ideal for eating up the mile efficiently.

Key Features:

  • FACT 8r carbon frame and fork for confident handling
  • ZERTZ inserts absorb road buzz for a more comfortable ride
  • Endurance road geometry reduces fatigue on long rides
  • Shimano 105 drivetrain for quick reliable shifting
  • Sizes: 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm
  • Colours: Blue / Black, Red / White
  • The Tarmac SL4 Sport is available with 0% APR finance

The Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport 2016 Features are:

Frame: Specialized SL4 FACT 8r carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-3/8" head tube, compact race design, Zertz, internal rear brake cable, OSBB

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon

Headset: 1-1/8" upper, 1-3/8" lower, Cr-Mo cartridge bearings, 20mm cone spacer, w/ 20mm spacers

Bars: Specialized Comp, shallow drop, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm reach

Stem: Specialized Comp Multi, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 12-degree rise

Speed: 22

Front Mech: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Rear Mech: Shimano 105, 11-speed, long cage

Shifters Shimano 105 STI, 11-speed

Chainset: FSA Gossamer Pro, BB30, 50/34T

Cassette: Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t

Chain: Shimano 105, 11-speed

Front Brake: AXIS 1.0

Rear Brake: AXIS 1.0

Rims: AXIS 2.0

Tyres: Specialized Espoir Elite, 60TPI, folding bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm Front Specialized Espoir Elite, 60TPI, folding bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x25mm Rear

Seatpost: Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, 27.2mm

Pedals: Nylon, loose ball bearings, w/ reflectors


Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport 2016 - Road Bike Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.6
out of 5
4.58
Build Quality
4.75
Performance
5
Value For Money
4.38

Customer Reviews (4)

5
Great Bike

After my first two bike options ended up out of stock i was offfered the Roubaix as a replacement and i was more than happy to accept. After having riden a alluminium bike for the past 7 years i can certainly tell the difference between it and the roubaix carbon frame. Not only is it extreamly light in weight but the roubaix's carbon frame soaks up all the road viabrations from the journey making it a very comforatable ride no matter how far the distance. The 105 gear set is perfect and at times i have had to check it is actually changing gears due to its smooth change over. I have had the bike just over 2 weeks now and i must say apart from a puncture i have had no problems what so ever. I would reccomend this bike to anyone who is interested more in putting the miles in rather than racing.

After my first two bike options ended up out of stock i was offfered the Roubaix as a replacement and i was more than happy to accept. After having riden a alluminium bike for the past 7 years i can certainly tell the difference between it and the roubaix carbon frame. Not only is it extreamly light in weight but the roubaix's carbon frame soaks up all the road viabrations from the journey making it a very comforatable ride no matter how far the distance. The 105 gear set is perfect and at times i have had to check it is actually changing gears due to its smooth change over. I have had the bike just over 2 weeks now and i must say apart from a puncture i have had no problems what so ever. I would reccomend this bike to anyone who is interested more in putting the miles in rather than racing.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
My 1st Carbon Bike

I have been cycling for a few months at age 50 - back and forth to work on a Specialised Hybrid. I came to the conclusion that I needed a better bike with a better performance in the strong head winds we get where I live (on the coast). After looking at the options I decided that I'd stick to Specialised as i really like my Sirrus hybrid so why take a chance on another brand. I'm not a racing snake so decided a road endurance bike was up my street, hence the purchase. Ive had the bike a couple of weeks now and my worries that changing from a triple to a compact have been pretty much unfounded. I can still get up the steep bits on my commute (34 / 32 gearing is still pretty low) on this bike and on the flat WOW - what a difference. The best way to describe it is like the difference between semi skimmed milk and full fat - it's just so much smoother on carbon. I really like the geometry of the frame - its sporty enough to feel quick but forgiving enough on the tracks I use for commuting. The gear changes on the brakes rather than the STI system (mountain bike style) was a bit of a shock at first but after an hour it was second nature. All in all I'm really glad I took the plunge and am already thinking about my next bike - Di2 here we come in another year or so!!! Happy Cycling.

I have been cycling for a few months at age 50 - back and forth to work on a Specialised Hybrid. I came to the conclusion that I needed a better bike with a better performance in the strong head winds we get where I live (on the coast). After looking at the options I decided that I'd stick to Specialised as i really like my Sirrus hybrid so why take a chance on another brand. I'm not a racing snake so decided a road endurance bike was up my street, hence the purchase. Ive had the bike a couple of weeks now and my worries that changing from a triple to a compact have been pretty much unfounded. I can still get up the steep bits on my commute (34 / 32 gearing is still pretty low) on this bike and on the flat WOW - what a difference. The best way to describe it is like the difference between semi skimmed milk and full fat - it's just so much smoother on carbon. I really like the geometry of the frame - its sporty enough to feel quick but forgiving enough on the tracks I use for commuting. The gear changes on the brakes rather than the STI system (mountain bike style) was a bit of a shock at first but after an hour it was second nature. All in all I'm really glad I took the plunge and am already thinking about my next bike - Di2 here we come in another year or so!!! Happy Cycling.

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Good All-Rounder

Did 52km on my first ride with my new SL4 Sport and was very impressed by the way the bike swallowed up the vibration of rough tarmac & packed mud on the road. The bike feels smooth, precise & responsive. This model represents great value for money for the spec. The only poor thing, as has been said in many other reviews, is the budget wheels. I had a spoke nipple unscrew and it spent the last 8km rattling round inside the rim. I'd give this bike 9/10 and say it is definitely worth buying, but buy a better set of wheels when you can afford it.

Did 52km on my first ride with my new SL4 Sport and was very impressed by the way the bike swallowed up the vibration of rough tarmac & packed mud on the road. The bike feels smooth, precise & responsive. This model represents great value for money for the spec. The only poor thing, as has been said in many other reviews, is the budget wheels. I had a spoke nipple unscrew and it spent the last 8km rattling round inside the rim. I'd give this bike 9/10 and say it is definitely worth buying, but buy a better set of wheels when you can afford it.

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Good First Road Bike

I've had this bike for 6 months and have done over 400 miles on it so far. The ride is smooth and has a stiff sharp chasis for acceleration, cornering is accurate and stable

I've had this bike for 6 months and have done over 400 miles on it so far. The ride is smooth and has a stiff sharp chasis for acceleration, cornering is accurate and stable

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4 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5