2011 Roubaix Expert SL3

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Check our our post on the internal routed cables on the SL3…

Just arrived last week.  The Expert comes out of the same SL3 mold as the S-Works only uses a different carbon layup and recipe.  The similarities go as far as the Shimano Di2-ready internal cable routing; lending a clean look and easy-clean up after a typically wet Pacific Northwest ride.  Internal cable routing usually gets a bad rap for difficulty of assembly/service – but this is one of the better bikes “out-of-the-box” and really shows Specialized’s attention to detail.  It still requires a little extra attention to do it right, but the big red S has made it as easy as they can and I notice no real added drag on the shifting when done correctly.

The 2011 model gets redesigned Zertz elastomer inserts in the fork and seatstays which no longer “press-fit” or glue into the frame but are now mechanically attached.  Also of note are the new Shimano in-line barrel adjusters for the shift lines.  Very nice and effective enough to bear the Shimano name.

The Specs:

-Specialized Roubaix SL3 10r frame/fork
-Shimano Ultegra 6700
-Fulcrum Racing 4 wheels
-Specialized Avatar 143 saddle
-Specialized Pave’ carbon seatpost

The Roubaix Expert – with all these new upgrades – is set to be a hot bike again this year!  Get one before they’re gone!


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One response to “2011 Roubaix Expert SL3”

  1. Dave Sheldon says :

    I got the black 2011 expert SL3 in Oct. so I only have about 300 miles on it. I’m 75 and had an entry level flat bar three ring Marin before, it was a nice bike BUT this Roubaix is making me forget it! I’m riding like I was 60 again, that probably sounds bad to you but it’s super for me. How often can you take 15 years off your age! Love the Zertzs, rides great

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