Specialized S Works Roubaix SL2
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

Specialized S Works Roubaix SL2

Comfort Performance

Specialized S Works Roubaix SL2
John Bradley

When Specialized launched the original Roubaix, in 2004, it legitimized “comfort performance” as a viable category. With the all-new Roubaix SL2, the company stays ahead of the growing pack. Not only did this carbon bike receive higher marks for climbing and handling than most of the race bikes we tested; it also dominated the comfort category. “A top-notch balance of damping and responsiveness,” said one tester. Don’t be fooled by the word comfort, though. This is an elite racer, too, already proven in Europe’s grueling cobbled classics. $7,400; 15.2 lbs (56cm); specialized.com

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak