Bike Upgrades

2015 Rouabix SL4 Comp Ultegra Di2Recently I’ve made some changes to my bike. My trusty 2013 Roubaix Apex Comp has been replaced with an updated version. I am now a proud owner of a 2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Comp Ultegra Di2. I saw this bike being displayed at my favorite local bike shop (LBS), Bicycle World RGV in McAllen and immediately loved the paint job. Finally Specialized splashes color on their bikes. I am tired of the all white, all black, or shades of grey. To me those are lazy, unimaginative paint jobs. This bike also had electronic shifting too! I knew I had to get it for my Freddyness (is that a real word?) in me. Before I could, I would need to sell my existing bike.

My bike had 9200 solid miles on it plus my first century ride (see Wildflower Centurion), so it has a special place in my heart. It’s all stock except for the Richie handle bar, Crank Brothers Candy pedals and the Specialized FACT carbon CG-R seat-post. The bike is in excellent shape so I knew I could sell it. So happens that I ran into a friend of mine at the LBS and over heard him talking about wanting a new bike, a Roubaix! Long story short, he bought my bike and I got the new one. I had the LBS swap out the pedals, handlebar, handlebar stem, bottle cages and nick knacks. They also transferred the measurements of the old bike to the new one so it should be the same fit.

I had ordered some new speed and cadence sensors from Wahoo (Wahoo Blue SC)and I installed them when it arrived. Yesterday was my first ride, the shake down ride. Get all the glitches fixed and verify the bike fit. I had to tweak the spoke magnet a little to get steady reliable speed results. Since the Blue SC is dual band I used bluetooth to connect to my Magellan 505 and ANT+ to connect to my iBike Newton power meter. The speed matched up correctly between the two units but the cadence was about two beats slower on the Magellan. Close enough for me.

How does the bike ride compared to the old bike? Night and day difference! I felt that the new bike was a lot smoother ride especially over chip seal surface even with the 700×23 tires (Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II). I don’t know if it’s the difference in tires, rims or both, but the new bike was also faster and more nimble. Shifting is a dream! Gone is the long or short throw to shift. I just click click click like using a mouse. Sweet! Loving it!

Now to get back to training and keep on losing that weight!

7 thoughts on “Bike Upgrades

  1. The paint job is beautiful. You mention that it’s a world of a difference between these bikes, it makes me wonder about the Ruby 2015 since mine is a 2013. But I wouldn’t change it for anything after losing it and miraculously getting it back. I look forward to riding with you šŸ™‚

    • It is a testament to their strength. Keep inspecting it closely to see if any latent damage is surfacing. Otherwise, keep on pedaling. I too hope to ride with you sometime šŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations on the new bike. I agree sharp graphics make the bike. I have a Stradalli and get comments on it about every where I ride. My previous bike was a mundane paint scheme and rarely got a comment. I have been tempted by the Di2. Write more about your experiences with it.

    • Thanks! I have no idea why Specialized is so tame with the paint jobs. Top end Roubaix with Disc brakes looks absolutely horrid with that white frame and all black rims. Yuk!

      I’ve been reading up on the Di2 system and what it can do and future plans for it. I do have an upgrade in mind and I’ll write up on that as well as the whole system and experience.

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