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'04 Specialized Roubaix.............any info????(5 posts)

'04 Specialized Roubaix.............any info????midds76
Jan 10, 2004 7:16 PM
Anyone know anything about this bike. It really cauht my eye. My LBS just called me today to tell me they got one in for me to look at on Monday. I understand the technology of it but was wondering if anyone had any educated opinions on it. Thanks!!!
re: '04 Specialized Roubaix.............any info????LeadvilleBlues
Jan 11, 2004 8:42 AM
Just had this discussion yesterday with onetime Coors Light rider Greg Oravetz. He gave it 2 thumbs up ! I've been waiting for a 56cm. At first I thought the seatpost would be one of the first things I'd swap way sez G.O. he's ridden them and loves it. The zert inserts didn't seem to bug him either. I think the only thing I'll change will be saddle, and wheels to Mavic. I know he's hot to trot to get his hands on the "Tarmac". But at my age (50) and the type of ridding I do now, the Roubaix will do just fine. I put a lot of credence in what Greg tells me, one of the strongest American cyclist to ever race IMHO. The fact that he got excited in knowing I had the Robaix on order tells me I made the right choice. My twelve year old Serotta is about to retire !
re: '04 Specialized Roubaix.............any info????midds76
Jan 11, 2004 9:06 AM
That's great to hear. My LBS just got a 62 cm in for me to look at. They earned my business for that alone. He had it shipped from Ohio to his shop here in Illinois. I think that if it lives up to its billing it will be a great choice for these rural Illinois roads. No Paris-Roubaix cobblestones, but they can get harsh out in the country. I really apreciate the reply and it comes from a great source which makes it even better. When I see mine tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes.
re: Replace zertz with Power bar chunksteoteoteo
Jan 11, 2004 11:20 AM
A nice bike that tracks well on rough roads. I like bikes with low front ends and quicker handling so the Roubaix isn't my cup of tea. That being said I have customers coming in daily that the bike could be a great choice for.

The Zertz post does have a nice ride though I must advise to check the Zertz right away as i've seen two so far that I could push the zertz right out with a light push. The same light push would get the zertz right back in though. I figure it is a great feature to tri's folks as you can carry power bar chunks in the zertz spaces--if you leave 'em long enough I bet they'd be stronger than the carbon.
re: '04 Specialized Roubaix.............any info????LeadvilleBlues
Jan 12, 2004 8:09 AM
Watch out ! Once you see the Roubaix in person you'll want one. The pic's in the catalog didn't do a thing for me, in fact I found it down right boring. Then a frame showed up at the shop where I work and WOW, I was in lust. Pure naked carbon, with colored Specialized lettering to match my new Mavic SSC spokes, hey it even matches the Specialized carbon comp road shoe perfectlly. And the new Dura-Ace crank looks so sexy on this frame. Keep me posted.