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  1. #1
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    Need HELP to choose a bike..

    I am confused between these 2 options. I am going to test ride both on coming weekend but wanted to know if anyone of them have an extra edge when comfort is a priority.

    I assume both have 105 groupset. Also Roubaix is $350-400 cheaper than Defy.

    Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by hardycool; 08-31-2017 at 09:46 AM.

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    The Roubaix SL4 Sport is the "old" frame with zertz inserts. The Roubaix Elite is the new frame with Headshock and seat cluster improvements.

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    I looked at both bikes online and bought the SL4. My reasoning may not help you but I'll tell you what made me decide.
    The bike is a gift for a newly engaged future son in-law so he can ride with my daughter.
    The SL4 has axis brakes and Tiagra. The Giant was better equipped with 105 and disk brakes.
    I'm not familiar with disks first but more importantly of these "comparable" bikes one was a new '16 leftover at $1149 and the Giant was a "perfect, hardly used" trade at a dealership I trust. It was $1600.
    Both were similarly priced new.
    I did not like the color for the Giant, or the brakes, and the Specialized was $450 cheaper for me in this deal.
    I think the SL4 is the right frame for my future son in-law to get out and ride and so I decided that way.
    True, I never rode either bike, a different decision path but price, frame ride, color etc and a great eBay deal of $1149 on a new $18-1900 bike was the driver.
    Anyways, the different equipment may help you with information.

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