Specialized Roll

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Roll. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

22 reasons to buy

  • Riders report that the Roll is very comfortable over long distances.
  • Low Entry Roll models are easy to get on and off, for riders of all abilities.
  • The Roll is versatile; owners say it handles roads, grass & mild gravel with aplomb.
  • A tester confirms that the Roll’s geometry allows riders to easily put a foot down.
  • Riders appreciate the Roll’s comfortable, ergonomic & upright seating position.
  • Beginner riders say they found the Roll easy to use and to get used to.
  • Riders found the Roll comfortable to ride over gentle gravel and similar trails.
  • Comfort is enhanced by the generous 2.3” width of Specialized’s own Nimbus tires.
  • On longer journeys, riders remain comfortable, using The Roll’s gel saddle.
  • The Roll 3.0 features a suspension seatpost, for even more comfort.
  • Owners complimented the power of Tektro hydraulic brakes on the Roll 3.0.
  • Riders praised the action of microSHIFT’s 8-speed drivetrain, on the Roll 3.0.
  • Owners laud the Roll 2.0’s 7-speed SunRace/microSHIFT gearing.
  • The Roll sports eyelets to fit front and rear racks, fenders and 1 or 2 bottle cages.
  • The entry-level price for the Specialized 2.0 is very affordable for a quality build.
  • Owners are delighted by summery color options, including teal and ‘ice papaya’.
  • Reviewers and owners feel that the Roll is a lightweight comfort bike.
  • Parents report success choosing the Roll as their teen child’s first full-size bike.
  • An owner describes the Roll as a great alternative option for a Beach Cruiser.
  • Due to its minimalistic aesthetic, the Roll receives many compliments.
  • Low Entry Roll models are available in 3 sizes, to fit riders from 5’1” to 6’0”.
    Stepover Roll models are available in 4 sizes, accommodating riders 5’1” to 6’4”.
  • The Roll’s paintwork is reflective, increasing visibility in traffic.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A tester found the Roll’s geometry less favorable for climbing steep hills.

Bottom line

The Specialized Roll is designed around comfort and ease-of-use. Owners eagerly describe how much fun it is to ride, especially on casual jaunts. But it can also handle gentle gravel and rail-trails, thanks to Specialized’s own 2.3” wide Nimbus tires. Buyers appreciate the bike’s simplicity. An upright, ergonomic seating position is comfortable for casual, older and beginner riders. With the Low Entry model, riders of varying abilities and ages can easily mount and dismount when stopping or at lights. Two spec' levels are available a few hundred dollars apart. The Roll 3.0 offers hydraulic disc brakes and a 1x8 drivetrain from microSHIFT. On the 2.0, buyers receive mechanical brakes and a 7-speed drivetrain featuring microSHIFT and SunRace components. The Roll doesn’t boast many bells and whistles, just quality mid-range components and comfortable geometry.

Expert Reviews

93/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
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The Specialized Roll Low-Entry Is for Exploring

Everything about the Roll felt nice and easy. This bike is built first and foremost for comfort. The smooth, stable ride quickly became addictive. It rides like an urban cruiser, using the relaxed positioning of a beach cruiser on a commuter-ready frame that can haul cargo.

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Specialized Roll Review on Monon Trail, Indiana

We picked up these Specialized Roll bikes. An amazing cruiser/hybrid style bike for casual rides. They are great, super-comfortable. This has the 650b wheel, wrapped in a 2.3” width tire; very plush, super comfortable. This is a 1×8 groupo.

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Specialized Roll 2.0

It’s a comfort bike, it’s really easy to ride. It’s not really meant to go off-roading, although I am putting mountain bike tires on it. It has a nice, upright riding position and a fat-ass seat.

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User Ratings

99/100 based on 39 ratings
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