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Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact

Specialized

Roubaix Elite Compact
2012

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (6 Reviews)
 

2012 Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact

Specialized's Roubaix Elite Compact is a zippy road machine that rides so smoothly and comfortably you'll enjoy all your favorite loops more than ever. Specialized's Zertz vibration-damping elastomer inserts boost the carbon frame's inherent road-smoothing qualities, while the back-friendly riding position means total comfort and control. Plus, the 20-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain delivers the ideal gearing for every ride, while the Fulcrum Racing wheelset rolls effortlessly and is built to last. And, this carbon beauty comes with a full complement of Specialized's excellent aluminum components.

Features and Information

  • View the geometry chart.
  • Specialized's FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) carbon frames and components are made from the finest materials and utilize a unique manufacturing process that creates amazing durability, awesome efficiency and super-low weight.
  • Specialized's Zertz viscoelastic inserts damp vibrations for a velvety smooth ride so you stay comfortable and refreshed mile after mile.
  • Choose your preferred pedals (sold separately) from our wide selection.
 
Specification Description
Frame Specialized FACT 8r-carbon w/Zertz inserts
Fork Specialized FACT carbon w/Zertz inserts
Rims/Wheels Fulcrum Racing 6
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Specialized Espoir Elite w/double BlackBelt puncture protecton, 700 x 25c
Crankset Shimano 105
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano 105
Handlebars Specialized Comp, aluminum
Tape/Grips Specialized Roubaix w/gel padding
Stem Specialized CompSet, aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano 105
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Toupé Plus Sport
Seatpost Specialized Comp, carbon

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

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Pros

  • Handles Well  (4)
  • Absorbs Shock Well  (4)
  • Comfortable  (4)
  • Lightweight  (3)
  • Good Geometry  (3)

Cons

  • Could use stronger brakes 
  • Tire Upgrade required 

Best Uses

  • Serious Training  (3)
  • Casual Riding  (3)
  • Climbing  (3)
  • Sprinting 
  • Racing 

Reviewed by 6 customers

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth, Sleak Ride

By Scott1777

from Undisclosed

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        This bike has an ultra smooth and plush ride. Comfort is not an issue with this Roubaix. I opted for the Compact Elite due to price and experience. I did not feel my level of experience warranted much more bike. However, I have no regrets with this purchase. This bike fulfilled more than I anticipated. I have owned other brands of bikes, faster in one regard, but certainly not this comfortable. This bike is a true pleasure to ride for hours and is a surprisingly better climber than I would have imagined. Web-picture also does not do it justice. This bike is great looking and the gold accent looks great in person against the white/black combo.

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        4.0

        Awesome Ride

        By mike lambie

        from Lake Orion, mI

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              Comments:

              Great ride but maybe its because I've been riding mountain bikes or my old 78 raleigh competition and everything feels better. Shifts great, very agile, the fit was done well. Did 20 miles on a path that was a little muddier and messier than I expected and it handled and rode well. No complaints from me on this bike, very happy camper... err.. biker. mike lambie

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It's good.

              By Rick

              from Maryland

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Handles Well
              • Absorbs Shock Well
              • Good Geometry
              • Great Components
              • Comfortable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Riding

                Comments:

                I have about 350 miles (and counting) so far including a century. This bike is light and the components are a step above. Consider this bike if you want quality and comfort, in a flashy package. Be prepared to go fast! I am really impressed with this bike, good job Specialized. A few questions I've answered: Q) Mushy carbon? A) No, not here. Q) Does it flex? A) Yes, that's good for dampening the bumps.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Plush Bike!

                By DWP

                from Central Alberta

                About Me Avid Cyclist

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                Pros

                • Handles Well
                • Absorbs Shock Well
                • Good Geometry
                • Lightweight
                • Great Components
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Riding
                  • Serious Training
                  • Climbing

                  Comments:

                  This bike is an excellent combination of speed and comfort. The geometry is aggressive enough to accelerate and stay there, but relaxed enough to stay on for a long time. The the bike climbs well, and descends even better. I have yet to experience hand numbness thanks to the carbon frame, Zertz inserts and gel bar tape. I rode a well-decked 6061 bike with carbon post, stem and fork, but this is much smoother. The 105 drive train works well too. Great bike at this price point.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very comfortable and fast bike

                  By gw

                  from Staten Island, NY

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Great Components
                  • Good Geometry
                  • Handles Well
                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Absorbs Shock Well

                  Cons

                  • Could use stronger brakes

                  Best Uses

                  • Sprinting
                  • Casual Riding
                  • Climbing
                  • Serious Training

                  Comments:

                  Have just about 150 miles on the bike so far. After a re-fitting (shorter stem) the bike is fantastic to ride. Planning to do a century on it in June and I expect to have a great time riding on this bike.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Love it!

                  By Dan G.

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Weekend Warrior

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Handles Well
                  • Comfortable
                  • Absorbs Shock Well

                  Cons

                  • Tire Upgrade required

                  Best Uses

                  • Racing
                  • Serious Training
                  • Climbing

                  Comments:

                  Had it for about 2 weeks and love it. Would not hesitate to use it on Triathlons, Long Rides or short rides for fun.

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