The Specialized Roubaix Comp has won the Road Bike of the Year award in our 2017 Bike of the Year testing — the first of our 12 Bike of the Year categories that represent the culmination of a season’s worth of testing.
The road bike testing was headed up by Cycling Plus, Britain’s leading road cycling magazine, which tested dozens upon dozens of the latest and greatest bikes to find a winner. You can read more about the awards in the latest issue — issue 326 — on sale now.
The Specialized Roubaix wins Road Bike of the Year 2017
The Road Bike of the Year came down to five exceptional finalists in the upper mid-range price category. (Scroll down for the complete list of all 25 that were in the initial running.)
There’s nothing out there at the moment that touches the Specialized Roubaix
While all five bikes shone, the Roubaix and its innovative Future Shock front suspension system put it at the top of the class.
“There’s nothing out there at the moment that touches it for comfort, control and the ability to tackle everything from super-smooth blacktop to gravel,” senior technical editor Warren Rossiter wrote in his final summary.
The Roubaix Comp has a Future Shock front suspension system in between the bike’s frame and the stem/handlebars
“It grips impressively, with the Future Shock laughing scornfully in the face of broken surfaces and potholes, even at full tilt,” Rossiter said. “In fact, your riding ability is probably going to be the most limiting factor when you’re on the Roubaix.”
The Future Shock is a coil-spring suspension system, set above the head tube, that allows the stem and handlebar — and thus the rider’s arms and part of the torso — to float across rough patches.
The bike comes with three different spring weights to adjust the suspension to the rider.
There is no bike that touches it for comfort on a variety of road surfaces
At the back, the CG-R seatpost provides more than twice the flex of a normal seatpost, balancing the ride fore to aft.
Hydraulic disc brakes not only allow for supreme, all-conditions braking but also a wide choice of clincher selection.
Check out the full reviews of the Specialized Roubaix Comp and the other four final contenders for the Road Bike of the Year in the links below.