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Old 03-16-19, 10:40 PM
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Looking to buy endurance bike - club members pushing me away from Roubaix

first post here...Im looking to get a new bike as my Focus Izalco is a bit too aggressive for me with my minor back problems.

i test rode both the Specialized Roubaix and Canyon Endurace (I live close to Canyon HQ in Carlsbad, CA). Loved them both. Great climbing and speed. I posted my test rides on Strava (Roubaix in hills, Endurace in flats). Both had solid numbers.

Anyway, a couple of my club members were knocking the Roubaix, but didn’t have much content beyond “it’s not stuff enough” and “you’ll be disappointed”. Also “it’s a second rate bike”. Not much else content. But these are longtime cycling guys who know their stuff. Didn’t have much time to get more details from them.

both bikes felt great, and with Specialized having a really good sale on the model I like (Roubaix Comp Di2, for $3450), and also seeing good deals on an Outlet Canyon in my size, I’m hesitating pulling the trigger.

question for the group. Anyone have a mid range Roubaix or Endurace and have trouble keeping up with a club B group, with occasional A group rides? I’m guessing the answer is no, but was hoping to validate my theory.

thanks in advance!
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Old 03-17-19, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by LargoPQ View Post
Anyway, a couple of my club members were knocking the Roubaix, but didn’t have much content beyond “it’s not stuff enough”
Not stiff enough for what? If it pedals and handles well for you, that's what matters.

Are they specifically concerned about the Future Shock? By and large, if a suspension spring is bobbing in a way that interferes significantly with a rider's power delivery, the rider will notice and be annoyed by it.

But these are longtime cycling guys who know their stuff.
How do you know that they know their stuff?
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Old 03-17-19, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by LargoPQ View Post
first post here...Im looking to get a new bike as my Focus Izalco is a bit too aggressive for me with my minor back problems.

i test rode both the Specialized Roubaix and Canyon Endurace (I live close to Canyon HQ in Carlsbad, CA). Loved them both. Great climbing and speed. I posted my test rides on Strava (Roubaix in hills, Endurace in flats). Both had solid numbers.

Anyway, a couple of my club members were knocking the Roubaix, but didn’t have much content beyond “it’s not stuff enough” and “you’ll be disappointed”. Also “it’s a second rate bike”. Not much else content. But these are longtime cycling guys who know their stuff. Didn’t have much time to get more details from them.

both bikes felt great, and with Specialized having a really good sale on the model I like (Roubaix Comp Di2, for $3450), and also seeing good deals on an Outlet Canyon in my size, I’m hesitating pulling the trigger.

question for the group. Anyone have a mid range Roubaix or Endurace and have trouble keeping up with a club B group, with occasional A group rides? I’m guessing the answer is no, but was hoping to validate my theory.

thanks in advance!
And all this time I thought it was ability and conditioning that determined what group you rode in...
Seriously though, I wouldn’t put too much stock in any advice that cannot be backed up with specifics. As already referenced though, I would read up on the Future Shock system very thoroughly if I was considering a Spec

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Old 03-17-19, 05:41 AM
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Look at the Trek Domane.
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If you rode the bike, it felt great, and it performed great, nobody in the club can tell you it it's not a great bike for you. Comfort can translate to speed. If you can't keep up with the group, it won't be because of the bike. The B group in the club I used to ride with had some unlikely bikes in it.
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I ride an old '07 Roubaix, and it's my go to bike for lots of rides, centuries, even club rides where I just want a comfortable bike for recovery rides. The new Roubaix are light years ahead of mine. As for the new Roubaix, several club members have the new ones, Di2, hydro disc, new compliant suspension tweaks, and love them. How much more stuff do you need? As for Domane, our ride leader just moved from a couple year old Domane to a new Roubaix, and he loves his.


My old Roubaix near the top of Gibraltar Road climb

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Look at the Trek Domane.
I second this recommendation. While there isn't much wrong with the Roubaix, the Domane was more comfortable for me and was what I wound up going with. I couldn't imagine giving it up for anything! Fast and comfortable.
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Are your club members paying for your bike? No?? Then they don't get a say. Buy what you love.
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As noted here, without providing concrete examples of what elements are being considered, people usually just refer you to the bike "they" own. Selection bias.
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I also have a older Specialized Roubaix with a triple crank. The most comfortable bike I've ever owned and is my go to bike. At my age 70, the road can really beat you up if the frame is to stiff. The Roubaix is incredible when it comes to absorbing what the road will throw at you!

PS: I've had many bikes and now am down to a handfull. A tri bike which is incredibly stiff and punishing, the Roubaix , a electric gravel bike( my newest), a folding bike for camping , and two tandems. the Roubaix is still my favorite!
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As noted here, without providing concrete examples of what elements are being considered, people usually just refer you to the bike "they" own. Selection bias.
We cant argue that!
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
I ride an old '07 Roubaix, and it's my go to bike for lots of rides, centuries, even club rides where I just want a comfortable bike for recovery rides. The new Roubaix are light years ahead of mine. As for the new Roubaix, several club members have the new ones, Di2, hydro disc, new compliant suspension tweaks, and love them. How much more stuff do you need? As for Domane, our ride leader just moved from a couple year old Domane to a new Roubaix, and he loves his.


My old Roubaix near the top of Gibraltar Road climb
Say, isn't that the same road where Jim Rockford, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman had their brake lines cut by the bad guys and had to drive down it at high speeds, tires squealing around corners with no brakes, and almost got killed?
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'05 S-works Roubaix. This bike was good enough for TDF, I'm sure any shortfalls in my experiences are not from this bike.
And, yes, the Campy Record triple FR provides a gear for every situation.
Not my only bike, but a go-to for both the long ones and the steep ones..
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Say, isn't that the same road where Jim Rockford, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman had their brake lines cut by the bad guys and had to drive down it at high speeds, tires squealing around corners with no brakes, and almost got killed?
Quality post.

Any many more I'm sure.
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Not Roubaix, They want you to stay in Belgium ?
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Say, isn't that the same road where Jim Rockford, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman had their brake lines cut by the bad guys and had to drive down it at high speeds, tires squealing around corners with no brakes, and almost got killed?
Could be. There isn't hardly a mile of road down here that hasn't been used for filming something. It seems like 90% of car commercials use PCH driving by Magu Rock, too.
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Had a 2010 Roubaix. Loved it. Got an eTap Endurace. Don't miss the Roubaix, wasn't super switched on about the whole front headset shock things...
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If you can get a Di2 Roubaix for $3,450 that is a smoking deal. Out of curiosity what bike do the fellas who are dissing the Specialized ride?

$3,450 and work towards getting a better wheel set down the road you will have a sweet ride.

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first post here...Im looking to get a new bike as my Focus Izalco is a bit too aggressive for me with my minor back problems.

i test rode both the Specialized Roubaix and Canyon Endurace (I live close to Canyon HQ in Carlsbad, CA). Loved them both. Great climbing and speed. I posted my test rides on Strava (Roubaix in hills, Endurace in flats). Both had solid numbers.

Anyway, a couple of my club members were knocking the Roubaix, but didn’t have much content beyond “it’s not stuff enough” and “you’ll be disappointed”. Also “it’s a second rate bike”. Not much else content. But these are longtime cycling guys who know their stuff. Didn’t have much time to get more details from them.

both bikes felt great, and with Specialized having a really good sale on the model I like (Roubaix Comp Di2, for $3450), and also seeing good deals on an Outlet Canyon in my size, I’m hesitating pulling the trigger.

question for the group. Anyone have a mid range Roubaix or Endurace and have trouble keeping up with a club B group, with occasional A group rides? I’m guessing the answer is no, but was hoping to validate my theory.

thanks in advance!
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A very strong and experienced rider in our club rides a 2018 Roubaix with future shock and loves it. I rented one in Boise last fall and enjoyed it. I could feel the future shock doing it’s thing on bumps but did not feel it detracted from putting power into the wheels. At age 61 I’m a big fan of not beating up the rider.

FYI I’m also in SoCal, Orange County. I can’t imagine why a Roubaix would not be suitable for club rides in your area. I ride an older 2008 Roubaix Comp myself and am very happy with it. The endurance geometry suits me. And $3,450 does sound like a very good price for a Di2 bike. Good luck.
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Thread makes no sense. How could a current Roubaix Comp w/ Di2 not allow a cyclist to 'keep up' on 'B/A' group rides?

What, precisely, are the deficiencies in any decent current road bike that would do so? Where would they come from?

An aluminum-framed, properly fitted and tuned/maintained bike w/Claris or Sora and unseized bearings wouldn't make a gnat's p__s worth of difference in such a context relative to the most expensive 'superbike'.

Silly.
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Great stuff. Thanks everyone for the great examples. Good stuff to hear.
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Buy the bike you want. Ride it.

Bike snobs who think their bikes are what keeps them in the "A/B" group are looking to justify spending $5K when they could have bought a $1800 Fuji and done the same speeds. When I was quick enough to ride with a group, I saw people riding old Fujis, new Cervelo S3s, old and new Cannondale, Domanes, Emondas, some sort of Bianchis, Felts .... and one guy on a steel Surly (mostly flat rides, to be honest.) The bike carries the rider, the rider brings the speed. Put a fast rider on a bike, it is a fast bike. Put me on a bike, I don't care if it is a $12,000, 12-pound handmade carbon-fiber superbike, suddenly it is a lawn ornament.

Buy what you like.
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The only thing fredlier than bike club B riders, is bike forums members. The Roubaix is fine.
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I can't speak about group rides, but I'll comment based upon the 2018 Roubaix Sport I bought last November. It's a lower-end bike than you're looking at, but I mainly chose this model because I wanted Future Shock.I'd been riding a 2010 Secteur since Jan, 2011, put about 25,000 miles on it, but was tired of the beating I was taking on rough country roads up here in Central California. The Roubaix has proven to be a good choice. Routes I've ridden for years and know well, and know how the roads 'feel', are now riding much smoother with a lot less jarring and sharp jolts. Highly recommended.
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I have a roubaix Elite of the 2018 version. I moved up from a Jamis comp. World of difference in the ride. The future shock (in my opinion) is a non event. Yes you can feel it working on the bumps and an occasional movement when standing. I like the small movement for the bumps. It is much more comfortable when riding on rougher roads/paths. It came equipped with 105 from Shimano and has worked flawlessly. I run 28 mm tires on it for even more comfort. I would not hesitate to buy it again. For 2800 bucks, it was a pretty good investment of my recreational money, but really worth it. Have a shade over 5000 miles on it in a year since I bought it and if not for health problems would have more.
In my opinion, you won't go wrong . I have not had any trouble keeping up with any riders that are of similar ability. My old (65 years) engine is the problem, not the bike
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