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Specialised Roubaix SL8 – Bikerumor


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Neatly, it’s no longer the interrupted seatpost design we noticed some time again (that one changed into the Sirrus commuter motorcycle), however the brand new Roubaix guarantees a heavenly experience when it’s hell at the flooring.

In comparison to the prior era Roubaix that introduced in 2019 with Long term Surprise 2.0, the brand new Roubaix SL8 seems identical however upgrades to Long term Surprise 3.0 and is lighter and smoother general. And so they say it’s extra aero than anything else in its magnificence, so it’s quicker, too. Right here’s how:

Long term Surprise 3.0 & AfterShock

specialized roubaix SL8 closeup on future shock
All footage c. Specialised

The newest Long term Surprise nonetheless has 20mm of trip, however permits it to be tuned for any rider weight. 3 springs -firm, medium, and soft- are to be had, and as much as 5 preload spacers can be utilized to song it much more. And so they say it’s simple to do in only some mins, not more difficult than casting off your stem.

This implies lighter riders gets extra get advantages, and heavier riders received’t need to crank up the preload. They are saying it reduces affect forces attaining the bar through as much as 53%, however there’s extra…3 other variations are introduced:

  • The bottom type 3.1 permits the inner tuning and is undamped (Recreation & Base fashions)
  • 3.2 provides damping, however maintains inside tuning most effective (Skilled & Comp fashions)
  • Long term Surprise 3.3 provides exterior compression damping adjustment so you’ll tweak it whilst using (S-Works & Professional fashions)

The three.2 and three.3 Long term Shocks can be to be had aftermarket for individuals who need to improve later. It’s more difficult, too, with a thicker boot and extra seals to stay water and dirt out.

specialized roubaix SL8 seatpost flex diagram

For the rear, they went with a more effective answer than the (very efficient) suspension device hired through the Diverge. The AfterShock design makes use of their versatile Pavé seatpost to supply quite a few rearward flex, aided through a dropped clamping mechanism that permits the publish to be an extended lever.

specialized roubaix SL8 closeup on aftershock seatpost

The higher a part of the seat tube is deeper than the remainder, making room for a recessed wedge to clamp the publish 65mm less than commonplace. That suggests 65mm extra publish to flex, because of this extra trip on the saddle. Right here’s a video appearing it in motion:

Lighter & extra aero body

specialized roubaix SL8 geometry comparison with SL7

The body seems identical, however the seatstays take a seat a little decrease, the downtube is a little deeper, and the pinnacle tube will get a slimmer hourglass determine.

specialized roubaix SL8 closeup on head tube

The entrance finish’s updates proceed with a brand new fork form, too, and mixed it provides as much as a 4w drag financial savings. They are saying that’s just right for 17.7 seconds stored over 100 miles, assuming you’ll pump out 3 watts in keeping with kilogram.

The carbon layup borrows from the Aethos and, on upper finish fashions, will get 12r carbon to reach a 50g lighter body, even with wider tire clearance and extra mounts. They declare a painted 56cm body with out {hardware} is 828g, and whole motorcycle weights are:

  • S-Works = 7.3kg (FACT 12r)
  • Professional = 8.1kg (FACT 10r)
  • Skilled = 8.6kg (FACT 10r)
  • Comp = 8.9kg (FACT 10r)
  • Recreation = 8.9kg (FACT 10r)
  • Base = 9.46kg (FACT 10r)
specialized roubaix SL8 accessory mounts diagram

All fashions get 3 bottle cage mounts (one beneath the downtube), most sensible tube bag mounts, and fender mounts.

Tire clearance & geometry adjustments

specialized roubaix SL8 ridden on cobbles

Tire clearance bumps as much as 38-40mm tires, relying on tread development. It’s nonetheless no longer a gravel motorcycle, however for cobbles and “rapid gravel” races like SBT GRVL, it could be sufficient. It’s spec’d with their 32mm S-Works Mondo tires, however simply suits their 38mm Pathfinder tires, too…or a 28mm highway tire, which is the smallest they counsel in this motorcycle.

The geometry most effective sees one tweak – a little longer succeed in, averaging 10mm around the measurement vary. This pushes the entrance tire out extra for higher toe clearance when operating better tires, and the have compatibility is well maintained through operating a reasonably shorter stem.

Pricing and Specifications

specialized roubaix SL8 S-Works
The brand new Specialised Roubaix SL8 S-Works.

Entire motorcycles vary from $2,800 as much as $14,000 for the S-Works type, with seven overall builds to be had. Framesets use the highest stage FACT 12r carbon and are available in at 5,500.



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