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  1. #1
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    Oct 2005

    Specialized Roubaix Comp or Litespeed Solano...

    I have been mt. biking forever my wife has drug me into this whole road game. I have been riding my 30 year old Windsor. It is now time for a new bike. I am 6' 2" with a 36" inseam. I rode a 58cm. Specialized. It seems faster but after 2 and a half hours on the bike I feel like I have been on a bike a long time. The Solano seems a little less lively but I did a 3 and a half hour ride on it I still feel like I could go on all day. The Solano is a 57cm which seems like it should be too small, but it seems to fit well. It would take some serious research to try and find a 59 in a Solano since they have stopped making it. I also rode a Trek 5200 in a 60cm which I did not really care for. I am really torn between the Solano and the Roubaix. Anyone have any input on this. One of the young kids in the bike shop keeps saying the Litespeed is way to soft and "rides like crap". At 40, I don't know if I care about being seconds faster if I am really comfortable.

    thanks in advance,

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    Sep 2005


    I just bought a Roubaix Comp a couple weeks ago. I haven't done any long rides yet but must say the bike does feel real comfortable. Everything I read said that was the word on this bike and that's why I bought it.
    This is my first venture into road riding after riding mtn bikes the last couple years. I'm 6' and 33 in-seam.The bike shop guy steered me to a 56cm frame, seems like a good fit.
    Don't know anything about the litespeed.
    I think there are still a few 2005 Roubaix's out there, you might get a good deal. I like the all black color also.
    Hopefully you'll get a response from a more seasoned rider.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2004
    I bought my Trek 5200 1 year ago and am very happy with it.

    But I tried the Specialized Roubaix Comp as well as the Solano before I bought. In the end I liked the feel of carbon better than Ti and the Trek just seemed a little 'sportier' to me.

    However, I ride with a friend who bought his Roubaix Comp last summer and he is very happy with it. He is more of a climber and commuter....he doesn't ride very fast. I have never heard of any one unhappy with the Specialised.

    As for the Solano....I like Litespeeds and I liked the Solano. But, as I said, I was looking for comfort with the sportiness and I thought the Trek road more comfortably. The Solano was sportier, though..maybe the nature of the Titanium.
    The real deciding factor, though, was that the Solano just wasn't the right geometry for me personally.

    I think you'd be happy with either. The Solano is not going to be 'too soft' unless your a professional rider.

    As usual, go with what feels more comfortable on a test ride. But if comfort on long distances is your prime concern then get the Specialized.

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