RIDE #59 Round Table – Specialized Roubaix SL4

The Specialized Roubaix SL4…
“Look at any photo essay from recent editions of Paris-Roubaix and you will find so much reassurance that this bike is legitimately built to endure some harsh conditions. That is why it is such a rewarding bike to ride. If you step onto this bike it will coax you to go and ride the most neglected roads and perhaps seek out more of them. This bike will entice you to go and explore.”
• Read Dan Bonello’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #59.

Detail of details…
Click the image below to view more images of the Specialized Roubaix SL4.

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    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 5 - Detail of details

Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.

Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Specialized Roubaix SL4:

Greg Chalberg: 

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Rob Arnold: 

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Shane Lovejoy: 

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Toby Shingleton: 

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(There are now 14 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 84 bikes.)

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Author: greg@ride

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