The 2024 Specialized Roubaix SL8 is Specialized’s updated entry into the Endurance Road category. They made the Roubaix lighter, faster and smoother than its predecessor. The new Roubaix SL8 takes Specialized philosophy of Smoother is Faster to the next level. The Roubaix SL8 is made for the person who wants to push their bike to the limits, with Future Shock 3.0, increased tire clearance and added capability, the Roubaix makes the rough roads disappear so you can ride farther, faster and be more comfortable.
Future Shock 3.0
Riders can now tune how Future Shock reacts to bumps and terrain with the new Future Shock 3.0. Three different springs – firm, medium and soft – and five preload washers are used. If you can remove a stem, you have the ability to tune your future shock 3.0 at home. You can also tune the Future Shock while in the saddle, keep it stiff for climbing and open it up for the rough descent. The new Future Shock 3.3 delivers better in the saddle adjustability of compression than ever.
Future Shock 3.3 is found on the S-Works and Pro models: Hydraulically damped to control the movement of the Future Shock, not only for a smoother ride but a more controlled ride. Highly tunable for the individual, riders can adjust pre-load to their desired firmness for their unique position or the terrain they are riding. Compression is highly adjustable during the ride to ensure that riders can set their Future Shock for the surface or the situation.
Future Shock 3.2 is found on the Expert and Comp models: Hydraulically damped to control the movement of the Future Shock, not only for a smoother ride but a more controlled ride. Highly tunable for the individual, riders can adjust pre-load to their desired firmness for their unique position or the terrain they are riding. Compression is pre-set to the smoothest setting, so riders don’t have to think, just ride.
Future Shock 3.1 is on the Sport 105, Sport Apex and Base models: An ultra-responsive undamped Future Shock. Highly tunable for the individual, riders can adjust preload to their desired firmness for their unique position or the terrain they are riding.
Future Shock 3.3 is fully shop serviceable and upgrading from 3.1 or 3.2 to 3.3 is possible with after-market kits for those riders that would like to upgrade.
While Future Shock handles the front of the bike, AfterShock handles the rear to truly suspend the rider. The Pave seatpost and Dropped Clamp design together make the AfterShock technology. The Pave seatpost Carbon layup ensures that rearward deflection moves in a path opposite the rear axle to reduce impact and vibrations to you. The Dropped Clamp sits 65mm lower than a traditional seatpost clamp, creating a longer lever. All of this delivers a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Light and Aero
Specialized shaved four watts of drag by changing the bike’s leading edge, created a new fork shape, reimagined the downtube shape, and dropped the seat stays even lower to hide them from the wind. Over a 100-mile ride averaging 3 watts/kg of rider power, that adds up to be 17.7 seconds faster – or 11 seconds over 100 kilometers. Specialized took what it learned from the Aethos and optimized the layup of the new Roubaix SL8 to shave over 50 grams from the frame weight.
Take It With You
The Roubaix SL8 makes the best rides better, no matter how long they are. But we also know it inspires really BIG days on the bike, so Specialized has given the new Roubaix SL8 every mount your adventures could need—three bottle mounts, top-tube mounts, and it’s even fender-ready.
Made In Racing
Over the years, Smoother is Faster has been Roubaix’s calling card. From that first carbon Roubaix, we brought more and more innovation to smoothing out the ride—from Zertz inserts to damp high-frequency vibration to more tire clearance to fit higher volume tires. But the Future Shock and dropped clamp designs of the 2016 Roubaix truly changed the game by using a “Suspend the Rider” strategy to deliver a ride smoother than ever that was faster than ever.
This is for you if: You are looking for a confidence inspiring endurance bike that emphasizes rider comfort and compliance over all out speed.
This is not for you if: Are looking for a Race bike that puts speed and efficiency over comfort and compliance. Look at the Specialized Tarmac.
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Written By: Zane Thomas – ERIK’S Visual Media Producer