Specialized Roubaix SL8

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Roubaix SL8. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • Experts say the Roubaix SL8 is extremely comfortable in terms of both riding position and ride.
  • According to reviewers, the bike’s agile, sure-footed handling inspires confidence at all speeds.
  • Testers say the Roubaix SL8 is a lot of fun to ride.
  • Experts report this bike deals well with poor surfaces, such as cobbles.
  • The Roubaix SL8 comes in seven builds across a wide range of budgets and 1x or 2x gearing.
  • The frame supports mechanical shifting.
  • The top-tier S-Works FACT 12R frame weighs 120g less than the 10R frame of other builds.
  • Experts appreciate Future Shock 3.0’s easy adjustability on all builds.
  • Future Shock 3.3 (S-Works, Pro builds) has hydraulic damping and on-the-fly adjustment.
  • A reviewer appreciates how well the “stiff” Roubaix SL8 Expert performs in sprints and climbs.
  • Experts relish the grip and confidence Future Shock provides on bumpy descents.
  • A regular 1-1/8” stem can be used. Semi-internal cabling makes stem/bar swaps easier.
  • The Roubaix SL8 has above-average clearance for tires up to 40mm wide.
  • A tester believes the Roubaix SL8 is a good mix of comfort and performance.
  • Some experts think an extra set of gravel wheels could make the Roubaix SL8 a one-bike quiver killer. One says this bike can easily handle gravel.
  • Mounts for fenders, a top tube bag, and three bottle cages mean the Roubaix SL8 can handle bikepacking and commuting.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Experts think a gravel or road-specific option would better suit the needs of many riders.
  • Looks and aerodynamics suffer from the external brake hoses mandated by the Future Shock suspension.
  • In the view of a tester, the upright riding position nullifies many of the frame’s aero benefits.
  • Specialized doesn’t offer a Roubaix SL8 build with a high-end Shimano groupset.

Bottom line

Specialized’s Roubaix SL8 is the latest iteration of an endurance road bike famed for winning Paris-Roubaix. Other than increased tire clearance, changes are largely incremental, nudging the bike toward all-road from the endurance road category. Excellent ride comfort, agile and confidence-inspiring handling, and great utility impress experts, who appreciate the wide range of builds. Testers feel the discipline-specific Tarmac SL8 or Diverge may better suit some riders. Nonetheless, the Roubaix SL8 is deemed an excellent all-road option, one that many expect to see contesting gravel races at the highest levels.

Expert Reviews

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Specialized Roubaix SL8 Expert Review

Fundamentally, a hugely versatile and comfortable bike with a great turn of pace, but if you get your kicks only from the road – or only gravel riding… – you may want to look at something more specialized (pun intended).

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Specialized Roubaix SL8 Expert Review – First Ride

The new design feels like a race bike for all roads.

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Gran Fondo

2024 Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL8 in Review – Gravel and All-Road Bike in One?

With the new Future Shock 3.0 and increased tire clearance… [Specialized] have made significant and sensible improvements to the latest iteration. The matching handling rounds the new Roubaix SL8 off perfectly, making it one of the most attractive all-road bikes of 2024.

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All New Roubaix SL8 Is the “Smoothest” and Fastest Endurance Road Bike Ever, Claims Specialized

If you do love long-distance riding and mixing up surfaces, I think that with the added tire clearance, a few more mounts and updated Future Shock, Specialized has managed to make the Roubaix SL8 a very appealing option.

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Cycling Weekly

New: 2024 Specialized Roubaix | Is It Still an Endurance Bike?

So, I’m very much looking forward to taking it out for another ride with a different tune on the shock and maybe taking in some more gravel excursions, too.

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David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

Specialized Roubaix SL8 Review: New Future Shock 3, 40mm Tires and More Aero

… first impressions are good. They clearly built on the foundation of the excellent predecessor…

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Jack Ultra Cyclist

Tested! The All-New 2024 Specialized Roubaix SL8

… the perfect mix of high performance with the ability to have fun.

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James the Bike Guy

This Is the Result of Boardroom Decision Making | Specialized Roubaix SL8 Sport

It’s kind of cool to see how Specialized is just bringing all those different types of bikes together into this one Roubaix which some might consider one bike to do it all…

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Swan Auto47

Specialized Roubaix SL8 Impressions – The Best!

… yeah, I love the bike.

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Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL8 First Ride Review

The latest Specialized Roubaix has the potential to be the best-balanced, most capable version of the brand’s endurance road bike yet.

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Specialized Roubaix SL8 First Ride Review: Compliance Above All Else

The Specialized Roubaix SL8 is a solid offering, and while the Tarmac and Aethos get a lot of road coverage, the Roubaix is the bike for the masses.

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First Ride: The New Specialized Roubaix SL8

What the Roubaix SL8 offers is wide-tire capability AND its signature Future Shock. Both are effective; both add comfort and other performance benefits. But is having both overkill?

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More Aero, Lighter and New Future Shock – First Ride Review of Specialized’s New Roubaix SL8

… it definitely comes across as a bike that can do it all…. fast and responsive, yet when the damper is dialed round the feel of the Future Shock comes through and it becomes versatile and comfortable enough to tackle any terrain…

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Cyclingnews

Specialized Roubaix SL8 Expert: First Ride Review

The Roubaix platform has received further refinement, and the Future Shock, in particular, feels better than ever.

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Rennrad News

Specialized Roubaix SL8 2024 Test: Better Than a Gravel Bike? [German]

The perceived overall comfort of the Roubaix SL8 is unparalleled in the endurance road class. [The Roubaix SL8] comes closer to being a one-for-all road bike with competition chops than any other endurance or all-road race bike I know…

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Test: 2024 Specialized Roubaix SL8 Expert [Portuguese]

… the new Specialized Roubaix SL8 doesn’t make life easy for other endurance bikes… it isn’t overly expensive in this Expert version, it delivers great performance… without compromising the feel of a good road bike.

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New Endurance Road Race Bike: Specialized Roubaix SL8 [German]

A lightweight, quite lively, and responsive endurance road bike – these would be the first words to describe this bike.

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Ciclismo a fondo

Specialized Roubaix SL8: Can It Really Do It All? [Spanish]

The Specialized Roubaix SL8 dispels the question, “Me out there on my deep-profile carbon wheels? No way!”

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New and Tested: Specialized Roubaix SL8 [Dutch]

The Roubaix remains one of the most comfortable road bikes you can buy… Are you looking for a machine that lets you stay in the saddle for hours… or just want to be very comfortable on the road? Then this is your thing.

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Mundo Deportivo

New Specialized Roubaix SL8: More Comfortable, Faster, and Can Go ‘Offroad’ [Spanish]

The new Specialized Roubaix SL8 is, therefore, the bike that everyone wants it to be. It can be seen as a very fast aero bike, a gravel racing mountor anything in between. The complete bicycle.

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