The 2014 Specialized Robaix SL4 Expert Disc comes equipped with Shimano's new hydraulic road disc brake and Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting.
They introduced these disc equipped Roubaix models last year, and the frame has now been designed around the disc brakes. The rear caliper is mounted inside the dropout and the hose, along with the gear cables, is routed inside the frame. The new fork has the hose mounted externally, and the rotors are mounted to the DT Axis 4.0 wheelset.
BB30 continues to be Specialized preferred bottom bracket standard, so FSA chainsets abound across the 2014 range. In this case, the Expert Disc comes with a carbon armed FSA SL-K light chainset.
Of course, the S-Works version of the frame comes with the amazing Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9070 electronic groupset, rolls on Roval CLX 40 hoops, and is powered by a FACT carbon chainset.
The Roubaix Sport is offered with a double or triple chainset, both FSA Gossamer, and both with Shimano 105 dual control levers and mechs and Specialized Axis 2.0 wheels.
At the Comp level, you will find the spec similar to the Elite, but with Ultegra dual control levers and mechs. The reintroduced Pro represents a more significant leap, with Dura Ace shifting, a FACT carbon chainset, and Roval Fusee aluminum clinchers.
Next is the 2014 CruX
Specifically the Sport E5 disc — is built around an aluminum frame and carbon fork will be slowed this year by SRAM S-Series hydraulic brakes. The mechs are SRAm Apex, the chainset SRAM S-Series, and the wehels, Specialized's own CHECK Axis 2.0 Disc.
The Sport Carbon (pictured) comes with a FACT carbon chassis with cantilever brakes. Shimano 105 STI levers and mechs take care of the shifting. An FSA Gossamer chainset with cyclocross specific 46 and 36 tooth rings, and proprietary Axis 2.0 wheels.
The low end model - Crux E5 is built around the same aluminum chassis, but is fitted with Shimano Sora mechs and shifters and Tektro cantilever brakes.
Three frameset options will be offered, each in striking paint schemes. The Pro Carbon fameset will be available with disc mounts or cantilver bosses.
Check our blog later this week to see more about Specialized Bikes like the 2014 Allez and the 2014 Venge!