McLaren and Specialized release special edition Roubaix to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix racing

And it has a race-car sized price tag

Quite some time ago, Specialized teamed up with McLaren to make a special edition Venge, where the British Formula 1 giant took the existing frame and optimized the carbon layup — which led to a lighter and stiffer frame.

Since then we’ve also see the brands collaborate on a limited edition and seriously expensive S-Works Tarmac, the new Venge ViAS, a TT Lid and now a bright Orange S-Works Roubaix.

The bike is a celebration of McLaren’s 50 years of Grand Prix racing, and the bike is painted with what Specialized is calling 'Heritage Orange', paying homage to the Automaker's now trademark ‘papaya orange’ that adorned its race cars in the late 1960s.

Specialized used McLaren's data logging software to develop the new Roubaix
Specialized used McLaren's data logging software to develop the new Roubaix

Let’s not forget that Specialized and McLaren have a technical partnership, and the Automaker provided the data logging equipment used to develop the Rolling Efficiency Simulator — an integral piece of software used in part to design the new Roubaix.

The bike itself is a top-end S-Works Roubaix, the frame and fork are made with the brand’s own FACT 11r carbon, with 12x100 and 12x142 thru-axles front and rear, hydraulic flat mount disc brakes and an S-Works carbon fibre crankset.

The bike's head badge is a polished silver finish to commemorate the silver wheels McLaren once used on its race cars
The bike's head badge is a polished silver finish to commemorate the silver wheels McLaren once used on its race cars

Beyond just the paint, the McLaren Roubaix gets custom leather bar tape complete with Heritage Orange stitching to match the paint. The head badge is a polished silver finish, as are the hubs in the Roval CLX 32 hoops, which according to Specialized mimic the silver wheels found on McLaren race cars of yesteryear.

Topping off the no expense spared special edition is Shimano’s latest Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain, while the bearings in the hubs and bottom bracket have been upgraded to CeramicSpeed.

The hubs are polished silver too and get a CeramicSpeed bearing upgrade
The hubs are polished silver too and get a CeramicSpeed bearing upgrade

If you can't afford any of McLaren’s four wheel offerings, but have a Specialized Roubaix sized hole in your garage, the bike will set you back an eye-watering US $11,500 — the standard S-Works Roubaix (with Etap) costs $10,000. International pricing is to be announced.

Celebrating McLaren's 50 years of Grand Prix racing
Celebrating McLaren's 50 years of Grand Prix racing

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
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  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
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