Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized — gallery

A look at the bikes two of Sunday's favourites will be riding

Quick-Step Floors' emphatic start to the season continued in the past week with Niki Terpstra's victory at the Tour of Flanders, Fabio Jakobsen's bunch sprint win at Scheldeprijs, while Julian Alaphilippe took the opening two stages at Pais Vasco in sunnier climes.

Heading into Sunday's Paris-Roubaix and Quick-Step Floors run could easily continue with both Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar being two of the bookies' favourites for the third Monument of the season.

Quick-Step Floors raced on the Specialized Roubaix at last year's race and will do so again this year using the unusual 'Future Shock' front suspension system, which suspends the handlebars to improve comfort.

While the consumer version of the bike is only available as a disc brake model, the team is using a rim brake version of the bike, which isn't yet available to consumers.

The team opts for rim brakes to 'give riders the most flexibility with technical support', says Specialized, possibly a reference to accessing neutral service in the often chaotic race.

Both bikes had the caliper quick release half open, allowing for brake adjustment mid-race
Both bikes had the caliper quick release half open, allowing for brake adjustment mid-race

Article 1.3.007 in the UCI's technical regulations state: "in all cases the product must be a finished product in the condition that it will be marketed."

Specialized confirmed to BikeRadar that the same situation as last year remains, in that a rim brake version of the bike may be produced in the future depending on market demands but it currently doesn't have any plans in motion.

Unlike Stybar, Gilbert doesn't choose to have grip tape on the steerer top cap
Unlike Stybar, Gilbert doesn't choose to have grip tape on the steerer top cap

For the race, the Quick-Step Floors riders will also have a Project Black (Specialized's professional development program) Future Shock, featuring an adjustment knob directly above the stem.

This knob allows riders to adjust the settings of the Future Shock system depending on the varied terrain of the Paris-Roubaix course.

Both Stybar and Gilbert's bikes are equipped with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupsets
Both Stybar and Gilbert's bikes are equipped with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupsets

Both Gilbert and Stybar run almost identical setups for their bikes, including full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 electronic groupsets and the same gearing of 53/44 chainrings alongside an 11-28 Dura-Ace R9100 cassette.

Ahead of last year's race, Specialized launched the S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres and Quick-Step Floors has the choice of 28mm or 30mm tubulars
Ahead of last year's race, Specialized launched the S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres and Quick-Step Floors has the choice of 28mm or 30mm tubulars

Specialized's wheel brand Roval provides the team with the CLX 50 carbon wheels, which are paired with S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres. Both riders opt for 28mm tubular versions of the tyre, which is also available as a 30mm option.

Stybar has additional brake levers on the handlebar tops to allow easy braking when his hands are on the tops, a popular position when riding cobbles
Stybar has additional brake levers on the handlebar tops to allow easy braking when his hands are on the tops, a popular position when riding cobbles

Paris-Roubaix's rough cobbled 'secteurs' add extra fatigue to the hands of riders and a popular position over the cobbles is on the handlebar tops.

While this position may be the most comfortable, it can restrict braking and gear shifting. Quick-Step Floors has countered this by using additional brake levers on the handlebar tops for their riders, and while Gilbert runs a Di2 climbing switch next to his stem, Stybar opts for an individual Di2 shifting button on either side of his stem.

Both riders have also opted for double wrapped handlebars for added comfort and vibration dampening.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at both riders’ bikes.

Full specifications — Philippe Gilbert

  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix Rim Brake
  • Fork: S-Works FACT 11r Carbon with Future Shock suspension
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with Di2 climbing switch next to stem and satellite sprint shifters on handlebar drops
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Specialized power meter, 172.5mm crank arms, 53/44 chainrings
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
  • Tyres: Specialized S-Works ‘Hell of the North’, 28mm tubular
  • Handlebars: PRO Vibe, 420mm
  • Stem: PRO Vibe, 130mm
  • Tape/grips: S-Works Roubaix, double wrapped
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Specialized Chicane
  • Seatpost: Pro Vibe, 20mm setback
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Tao
  • Other accessories: K-Edge out-front computer mount in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors, K-Edge chain catcher in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors

Critical measurements

  • Rider height: 1.79m
  • Saddle height (from bottom bracket to saddle top): 765mm
  • Saddle tip to centre of stem at handlebars: 585mm

Full specifications — Zdenek Stybar

  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix Rim Brake
  • Fork: S-Works FACT 11r Carbon with Future Shock suspension
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with satellite Di2 buttons on handlebar tops
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Specialized power meter, 172.5mm crank arms, 53/44 chainrings
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
  • Tyres: Specialized S-Works ‘Hell of the North’, 28mm tubular
  • Handlebars: PRO Vibe, 400mm
  • Stem: PRO PLT, 125mm
  • Tape/grips: S-Works Roubaix, double wrapped
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Specialized S-Works Toupe
  • Seatpost: Pro Vibe, 20mm setback
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Tao
  • Other accessories: K-Edge out-front computer mount in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors, K-Edge chain catcher in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors

Critical measurements

  • Rider height: 1.83m
  • Saddle height (from bottom bracket to saddle top): 750mm
  • Saddle tip to centre of stem at handlebars: 580mm

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