Looking to upgrade from the very old peugot steel 7spd (105/Ultegra upgrades) I currently have...
I've been offered both a 2009 Secialized Roubaix Comp and a 2005 Trek Madone 5.9 Aero at about the same price. The Specialized is v lightly ridden, the previous version of 105 components (5600 series) with Ultegra wheels (though I'll swap the back for a powertap I've just acquired).
The Trek obviously has more miles, Ultegra is apparently the first 10 speed version, 6600, with a new chain and cassette about 150 miles ago, has a very nice project 1 paint job, 'lowish mileage' Bontrager Race XLite wheels with white spokes/red nipples (not sure when these are from, though again I probably wouldn't be using the rear...).
Components wise, they both have the same 'era' (x600 series Shimano, Hollowtech 2 chainset etc), will the Ultegra though more heavily used be better than the almost unused 105?
Framewise - While I'm happy to accept the they are marketed as two different types of frame (one full out race, one 'endurance road'), most of the reviews suggest the Trek has a pretty comfortable, neutral ride and that some of the Roubaix 'soft' ride is due to larger tyres, gel handlebar tape, saddle etc - all things that can easily be swapped. The main difference then is the geometry, with the Trek essentially having a shorter headtube and so possibly more head down posture. Again though there is a reasonable stack of spacers on the Trek and I'm happy to switch to a slightly higher rise stem for really long rides if it increases comfort...
The Trek was US made, top of the range when it came out, the Roubaix frame was 2 down from the top of the Roubaix range in 2009... Have things changed so much in 3/4 years that a mid range 'comfort' frame from last year would be better, lighter, stiffer, faster etc than a top of the range race frame from 2005/6?
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