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    Roubaix future shock spring settings

    Just a note of caution for anyone with a 2017 Roubaix-

    I test rode a Roubaix expert and was impressed by the comfort and smoothness, particularly the front end, so ordered a Roubaix S Works.

    Bike felt harsh compared to the test ride, so after investigating I found that the bike was shipped with a hard spring installed ( 40 lb/in ) so swapped to the medium spring ( 25lb/in ) which comes with the bike as a spare

    Much better.

    Specialized recommend the medium ( black ) spring for most use so cant understand why the bikes are shipping with the hard ( yellow ) spring installed

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    Any pics of your S-works bike? Possible...that the S-works bike which is top of the Roubaix food chain with most racing bias is shipped with the heavy spring whereas lessor models are shipped with the medium spring rate shock. Conjecture only.

    Congrats on favorite new bike. I like the bike so much...I own a Roubaix SL3 pro...I may pick one up at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11spd View Post
    Any pics of your S-works bike? Possible...that the S-works bike which is top of the Roubaix food chain with most racing bias is shipped with the heavy spring whereas lessor models are shipped with the medium spring rate shock. Conjecture only.

    Congrats on favorite new bike. I like the bike so much...I own a Roubaix SL3 pro...I may pick one up at some point.
    Could be right. I graduated from a Roubaix Elite, to Roubaix SL2 Pro, then SL3 S works, to 2017 S Works. I will post a review elsewhere. Here is a pic. I didnt like the bright red seat or black bar tape so swapped for white


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    Quite a bike, congrats!


    Quote Originally Posted by carrock View Post
    Could be right. I graduated from a Roubaix Elite, to Roubaix SL2 Pro, then SL3 S works, to 2017 S Works. I will post a review elsewhere. Here is a pic. I didnt like the bright red seat or black bar tape so swapped for white


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    Per my LBS, they come with the hard spring installed because most people get a feel for it on the show room floor. I.e. not riding the bike. The difference is a lot more body weight compared to when riding the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Bronco View Post
    Per my LBS, they come with the hard spring installed because most people get a feel for it on the show room floor. I.e. not riding the bike. The difference is a lot more body weight compared to when riding the bike.

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    Forgive me, but as comes out of the mouths of too many bike shops, that sounds like utter BS. To change a shock after a customer buys a bike because of the feel of the shock on the shop floor? Ah, no.

    I do agree and most report that the medium shock is preferred to the stiff shock because of amount of weight on the front end for most people...but not all. The more aggressive the position, the more the weight on the hands and more aggressive riders 'may' prefer the stiffest shock. But as reported, most will prefer the medium spring rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11spd View Post
    Forgive me, but as comes out of the mouths of too many bike shops, that sounds like utter BS. To change a shock after a customer buys a bike because of the feel of the shock on the shop floor? Ah, no.
    If I had to guess, the avg joe will base their initial impression on how it feels on the shop floor. So if it feels to soft, they are likely to think it will be spongy underneath them and be turned off by the bike.

    People like us will understand how it works better and know that it can't be judged how it feels while standing over the bike. I'm not disagreeing with you, but I think you have to give the bike shop slack to deal with a wide customer base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Bronco View Post
    If I had to guess, the avg joe will base their initial impression on how it feels on the shop floor. So if it feels to soft, they are likely to think it will be spongy underneath them and be turned off by the bike.

    People like us will understand how it works better and know that it can't be judged how it feels while standing over the bike. I'm not disagreeing with you, but I think you have to give the bike shop slack to deal with a wide customer base.
    Maybe you are right. Just seems implausible to put a spring rate on the bike which invariably will be changed out. To me, any sponginess can be explained by the salesman...and confirmed with a test ride. You could be right and this position may even be specific your particular shop...but doesn't seem like a sound practice to end up changing shocks on most builds...and many bikes are also demoed off the shop floor and prospective buyers wouldn't like the stiffer shock generally on the road so out the road a given bike demo'ed off the shop floor would not be flattered with the stiffer shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11spd View Post
    Just seems implausible to put a spring rate on the bike which invariably will be changed out.
    I believe that no matter what they put in it, most owners would change it out just to see what the difference is. Curiosity is part of being human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Butcher View Post
    I believe that no matter what they put in it, most owners would change it out just to see what the difference is. Curiosity is part of being human.
    Excellent point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrock View Post
    Just a note of caution for anyone with a 2017 Roubaix-

    I test rode a Roubaix expert and was impressed by the comfort and smoothness, particularly the front end, so ordered a Roubaix S Works.

    Bike felt harsh compared to the test ride, so after investigating I found that the bike was shipped with a hard spring installed ( 40 lb/in ) so swapped to the medium spring ( 25lb/in ) which comes with the bike as a spare

    Much better.

    Specialized recommend the medium ( black ) spring for most use so cant understand why the bikes are shipping with the hard ( yellow ) spring installed
    Yes, I found this when I took delivery a my Roubaix Expert a couple of weeks ago. The LBS told me (incorrectly) they are delivered with the lightest spring (13lb), which I think is what I test rode. However, my understanding is that the 40lb (yellow) spring is the default on all models.

    I changed to the 13lb (Blue) spring last week and it feels a lot smoother over rough surfaces.

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    Out of interest, for those who have changed the spring in their Roubaix, did you add extra lubricant / grease to the new spring? The default yellow spring was covered in a thick red grease when I took it out, and I tried to transfer some of this to the new spring with a brush. Just wondering whether I should add some more....

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