Specialized Ruby Elite Disc review

A bike with women's-specific geometry, rather than just a shrunken men's frame, Jocelyn Mack got to grips with the Specialized Ruby Elite Disc

Cycling Weekly Verdict

With each fiercely sweeping descent in the Alps, with each tough gradient on Dartmoor and with each tight hairpin bend on the island of Majorca, this bike impressed. It’s clearly a well thought-out machine that hits the nail on the head when it comes to female geometry and endurance riding. The disc brakes are the show-stealer, and with disc brakes now being tested in the professional peloton, will we one day look back fondly and laugh over rim brakes? To me, discs are a no-brainer: they offer the extra degree of control and confidence on long descents and, more importantly, in all weathers. The only downside to the Ruby was the odd missed gear — as the set-up needed tweaking — and the occasional dropped chain

Reasons to buy
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    Comfort over long miles

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    Addition of disc brakes

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    Women-specific geometry and contact points

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Reasons to avoid
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    FSA chainset

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    A little weighty

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It is only recently that manufacturers have started to take the female bike market seriously. The days when a bike maker’s nonchalant shoulder shrug was followed by an exclamation of ‘shrink it and pink it!’ no longer cuts the mustard in a market where savvy shoppers are demanding more comfort and performance from their machines.

Specialized is one of the few companies that has put much research into its women’s range, with all models offering female-tailored geometry and contact points. The Ruby Elite Disc is marketed as an endurance bike and promises comfort over any road.

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