Spotted: Specialized hydraulic disc Roubaix prototype

With mechanical disc version available, SRAM Red hydraulic isn't far behind

Specialized has a Roubaix bike in the works with SRAM Red hydraulic brakes. BikeRadar recently spotted a prototype on a Specialized group ride. While the company is mum on the details of the new bike, a mechanical Roubaix Disc model is available now.

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There are a number of visually apparent differences in the prototype and the mechanical Specialized Roubaix Disc, but, being a prototype, it in unclear what designs and components will make it to production and what elements will be discarded.

A red hydraulic caliper on the roubaix fork post mounts: a red hydraulic caliper on the roubaix fork post mounts
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SRAM Red hydraulic caliper on a Roubaix fork

“We are always testing new prototypes in the field with real athletes,” said Specialized PR man Chris Riekert. “This is a hugely important piece of our development process.”

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Take a look through the gallery at right for some hints at what could come.

The specialized roubaix hydraulic disc prototype: the specialized roubaix hydraulic disc prototype
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