Specialized Roubaix - Advice Needed

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13/06/2013 at 19:56

OK so I have placed an order at Evans for a specialized roubaix but I am now having 2nd though due to its position. I haven't tested it yet but I was wondering if anyone has one or knows anything about them and specifically are they good for long distance triathlons? Apparently the position is very high and may not be suitable for aero bars. However the staff at Evans seem to be massively lacking in the knowledge department when it comes to road bikes and I don't want to spend 1200 on a bike that isn't suitable for what I need it for.

any help would be very much appreciated

M...eldy    pirate
13/06/2013 at 20:06

I am not quite sure I understand the problem, if the bike is the right size for then it will be the right size regardless of what you do on it ..
Aero bars will fit on a standard road bike and if you need a lower riding position then this can be adapted by shifting the spacers

13/06/2013 at 20:14

It's designed as a sportif bike which is what attracted me to it but from the reviews I have read people have said that it is difficult to get a good position with aero bars due to the general position being much higher than normal to make it more comfortable.

as you can probably tell I know very little about bikes and this will be my first proper road bike, as such I want to make sure that what I am buying has at least the potential to be a good bike even if I am not yet the best rider! Lol

M...eldy    pirate
13/06/2013 at 20:19

If this is your first proper road bike then I would think that it would do the job ... however I would wait for someone with slightly more technical knowledge than 'oohh thats a pretty colour'

13/06/2013 at 20:21

I hear black goes faster it's pretty

13/06/2013 at 20:24

Buggar, it only comes in white with black writing! Lmao

 

13/06/2013 at 20:26

It is my first proper bike but at £1200 I want it to be better than just 'do the job' 

13/06/2013 at 20:32

Is the fact that you are buying a bikle that you've never test ridden from a shop who's staff you have no confidence in not a huge warning?

I must admit that I thought the Tarmac had the racier (is that a word) geometry of the specialised range at that price point.

13/06/2013 at 20:38

Yes, apparently the Tarmac does have a racier geometry but apparently it's designed for shorter distances rather than long distance (according to Evans).

I'm going to test ride it tomorrow as it has arrived and built but obviously I can't ride it for 100 miles to test it properly. Hence why I asked for advice on the bike. 

I suppose a better question would be, does anyone know of any decent road bike shops in the midlands area? 

13/06/2013 at 20:39

My buddy has one, It's a sportive bike with a very tall steerer tube also a very forgiving frame with Zertz inserts to soak up road Buzz so a very comfy bike for long distances but not so good for aero bars cause of the tall steerer tube if you like specialized I would cancel the order and go for a Tarmac, Evans are one up from Halfords for woeful. Sales staff, If you are spending this sort of dosh a test ride is a must, our local specialized store (Certini) loan test bikes out for a day or so

13/06/2013 at 20:44

Absolute balls about Tarmacs being to "racy" for long distance it's a stiffer frame but all road bikes are fine for Ironman distance the pros use em day in day out over the Tours, it's the fit that counts that will dictate if you are comfy on it

M...eldy    pirate
13/06/2013 at 20:45

Specialized have a number of concept stores, if there is one near you I would go to them direct

13/06/2013 at 20:45

It is my first proper bike but at £1200 I want it to be better than just 'do the job' 

13/06/2013 at 20:45

Bloody repost 

Edited: 13/06/2013 at 20:47
13/06/2013 at 20:47

GG - not sure where you are based but I got my bike from leisurelakes bikes http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/Location/StoreDetail?storeId=22 just off the M1 near Derby/nottingham. The guys there really know their stuff.

I know someone got a bike from TFN a tri store: and was pleased with the service http://www.tfn.uk.com/

13/06/2013 at 20:47

I would not buty a bike from a shop that tells you that the tarmac is designed for shorter distances as to be blunt they are talking crap.

As for midlands shops, well it's a few years since I lived there but my 2 fave shops were Red Kite in Solihull and Fred Williams in Wolverhampton. 

For £1200 you can get a lot better bike than the specialised, it doesn;t offer much for the money. And you will never get a great position on it for the reasons Ridgebackmax states - it is simply too high at the front. There is a felt on the Evans site (F75) which to me looks a much beter buy for waht you want.

Or, as in effect you are buying mail order anyway why not look at what planet x/dolan/ribble can do for that sort of money.

13/06/2013 at 20:49

Hmm I think I'll have a look at a specialist store.

13/06/2013 at 20:50

I think there is planet x store in Sheffield...

13/06/2013 at 20:57
mathschick wrote (see)

GG - not sure where you are based but I got my bike from leisurelakes bikes http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/Location/StoreDetail?storeId=22 just off the M1 near Derby/nottingham. The guys there really know their stuff.

I know someone got a bike from TFN a tri store: and was pleased with the service http://www.tfn.uk.com/

Thanks MC I might give leisure lakes a buzz tomorrow and possibly pop over in the afternoon. 

13/06/2013 at 20:58

GG pedal power in Loughborough are the shiz awesome service, dont sell you stuff you don't need and will order what ever you want in - can't recommend them highly enough.

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