Just got back from a week in Provence including Ventoux and some Alpine cols and it handled them superbly.I have a 2006 Roubaix Comp which I bought at the end of last year, at serious discount because it was end-of-year and ex-demo, but completely unmarked.
It's a bit of a 'bitsa', made-up of whatever the bike shop had lying around, I think
- Roubaix Comp frame, full Ultegra gruppo, Fulcrum Race 5 wheels, Cinelli Axis bars, Pinarello MOST stem, S-Works Pave seatpost
It also had Conti GP4Season tyres, but I replaced them because they had the most atrocious wet-weather grip and have put Michelin ProRace2 on - black and red frame, black wheels with red decals, red and black tyres : all looks a bit bling now !
I've also read that the OEM bars are a bit flexy but can't comment - my Cinelli's certainly aren't.
Out-of-the-box it comes with a couple of thick spacers under the stem and a big conical thing, but the bike shop had removed them and cut the stem down, so even though it has a relatively-long headtube the front end of mine isn't anything like as over-high as all the magazine reviews complain of.
I moved-up from a Spesh Allez and find the overall ride fairly similar - predictable and stable.
I got the tape measure out and adjusted all the dimensions the same, now swap between the two bikes - Roubaix for 'best' and sportives, Allez for winter/wet-weather/light-commuting.
On going back to the Allez, I notice just how much smoother and nicer the Roubaix is - not only is there far less vibration and kick from the back end over bumps, but everything seems to operate so much more smoothly too.
hi mate ....im also on the brink of getting a roubaix ....£999 is the best price i have found ....sat on one at Evans and they are knocking it out at £1200. So now ive got all the advice and goodwill from Evans im off to buy it cheaper elsewhere. Gorgeous bike in the flesh and sooooo light. Im recommending it!User76 said:
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