New Specialized Roubaix: front suspension makes a comeback on road bikes

Updated endurance model comes with a suspension system built into the steerer tube for a more compliant and hopefully faster bike

For a brief period in 1990s it looked as though suspension on road bike was here to stay, with riders using the Rock Shox Paris-Roubaix SL suspension fork winning three successive editions of the Hell of the North between 1992 and 1994. However, just a few years later and the technology had all but disappeared.

Fast forward to 2016, and the brand new Specialized Roubaix (as well as the also-updated Specialized Ruby women's bike) is giving front end suspension a second life, with its new Ride Control technology that integrates a suspension system into the steerer tube, giving up to 20mm of travel. This creates a front end which is, wait for it, 4,538% more compliant than that on the old Roubaix.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.