Spesh Roubaix - what are it's rivals?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Haffers, 16 Jul 2012.

  1. Haffers

    Haffers Active Member

    Location:
    Yateley, Hampshire
    Hi, still looking to get a Roubaix as next bike but was curious as to what other bikes people would suggest as being close rivals? Appreciate there is a mark-up on Specialized but have grown to love them.

    Keeping the Allez for the sportives but getting into Audax more so want more comfort on the 200, 300 & 400 KM rides as well as a good bike for LEJOG and Ireland end-to-end next year.

    All recommendations appreciated :-)

    thanks
    Jim
     
  2. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Enigma Etape. Fabulously versatile bike. And being titanium, you won't need to worry about it melting in the rain like carbon does :laugh:
     
  3. I was ogling some Sabbath Ti bikes in the lbs a few weeks ago, if I had the funds they would be on my shopping list for a fast, all day audax type bike :thumbsup:
     
  4. OP
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    Haffers

    Haffers Active Member

    Location:
    Yateley, Hampshire
    I think the funds do not stretch as far as the Sabbath :-)
     
  5. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

  6. OP
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    Haffers

    Haffers Active Member

    Location:
    Yateley, Hampshire
  7. For an Audax bike at that budget, I'd be looking at building up a decent touring/winter frame with an Apex groupset and mudguards..
     
  8. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    When I was in the market for a "sportive" bike a few years ago, I narrowed it down to the Specialized Roubaix and the Felt Z35. I test rode both and liked both very much. Not a lot to choose between them, but I ended up going for the Z35 mainly because it was a bit cheaper and slightly better spec.

    In the current range, the Z5 would probably be the nearest equivalent model to the Roubaix Elite.
    http://www.feltbicycles.com/United-Kingdom/2012/Road/Z-Series/Z5.aspx

    I've done 200, 300, 400 and 600km audaxes on the Z35. Very comfortable over long distances, as long as you fit a decent saddle (I don't like the one that came with the bike for anything much longer than 100km).

    d.
     
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    The Spesh Roubaix are amazingly comfortable bikes. If you enjoy riding your Allez then I can imagine You will not be disappointed if you purchase a Roubaix. However you do pay a bit more for the Spesh name. They can't compete with online retailers like Ribble, Rose, Canyon, Planet X etc. But with a original owner lifetime frame warranty and the wonderful smooth ride, then it may be worth it.

    My Roubaix is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden.. and have had a few over the years.
     
  10. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    Lots of alternatives, in addition to the ones already suggested:
    Trek Madone 3/4/5/6 series (3.1 & 3.5 in particular highly rated for VFM, recent C+ group test winner)
    Look 566
    Orbea Onix
    Focus Izalco Ergoride (another top score from C+ for this one)
    Bianchi Infinito
    To name but a few...
     
  11. PaulSecteur

    PaulSecteur Specialized fanboy

    Cannondale synapse... But the roubaix is better!

    This post comes with a specialized fanboy warning.
     
  12. frayBentos59

    frayBentos59 Specialized OCD

    Location:
    Royal Liverpool
    I bought the roubaix elite earlier this year and I have to say it is the most amzing bike. I absolutely adore it. comfort levels are beyond belief. It will now be coming down to 1800 in a lot of stores soon. I'm sure you'll get LBS down a bit further too. Do it!! Buy the elite! You'll wont regret it! :thumbsup:
     
  13. 2pies

    2pies Senior Member

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  14. frayBentos59

    frayBentos59 Specialized OCD

    Location:
    Royal Liverpool
    where do we all stand when it comes to disc brakes? Fantastic on my crosstrail but too weighty for a road bike?
     
  15. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    For every day riding, no. For road racing, then maybe.
    Have disc brakes on my commuter. A Kona Honky Inc.
    Which is in effect a road bike with disc brakes.
     
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