Specialized Ruby Comp Road Bike

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $2200.00

Product Description

Specialized FACT 7r carbon, triple monocoque frame with Zertz seatstay inserts
Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork legs, crown and steerer with Zertz
Specialized Pro-Set lightweight stem
Smoother shifting, lighter Shimano 105, 10-speed group
FSA Gossamer MegaExo, 2-piece compact crankset
Specialized All Condition Pro, 700 x 23c tires
Specialized Pavé, FACT carbon seatpost with Zertz insert

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by minan a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2008

Strengths:    Light, absorbs vibration (carbon/zertz), great up hills, 105 gruppo does the job.

Weaknesses:    Comes with a really dorky huge saddle. I think the new models have a much better saddle. Also, I also have come to appreciate the geometry that a bike with 650c wheels could afford me and I wish that Specialized offered an XS version with 650c and a more relaxed seat tube angle. For that matter, I wish they made a TT bike (the Transition) that fit me too!

Bottom Line:   
I have no regrets spending $2200 on this bike, which was my first ever road bike. I tried different Specialized bikes and believe me, the extra money is well worth it especially if you are going to do long rides on a regular basis, or are starting to do organized rides or races, whether road or tri. The Ruby was the first bike that I found to fit me (I am 4'9") that had 700c wheels and was also a quality bike. I do road racing as well as triathlon and it has served me well in both sports. I like the zertz inserts that soak up the road vibration - it makes a huge difference in road "feel" compared to my aluminum Specialized bike, which has a carbon fork but had a harsher ride that I noticed esp over 50+ mile rides. I love riding the Ruby especially over longer distances because it is just flat out more comfortable. But it is definitely a speedy bike, on flats and hills, and I liked the Shimano WH-560 wheels it came with - except for the bladed spokes, which made me tip over more in high wind (I am also <100ln). When I traded the wheels out for regular spoke Neuvation wheels, it made a big difference. Now I ride the Ruby with aero bars and zipp 404s and it's an OK setup for triathlon - but I would really rather get a custom TT bike if I had the dough.

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Favorite Ride:   Masi Rider 5BBT - wouldn't do it any other way

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Dolce Vita 2005

Bike Setup:   Upgraded saddle and wheels: Specialized Toupe and Zipp 404 clinchers. Salsa short & shallow handlebars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJ Fussell a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2008

Strengths:    Everything! Please see my summary

Weaknesses:    Weakness.............. maybe the rider, but not for long

Bottom Line:   
I am so pleased with my purchase. I am 60 years old and decided I would get exactly what I wanted... and why not. Shifts like butter, rides like a dream, handles beautifully and is good looking to boot. I'm 4'11" and the XS size fits like a custom bike. I'm thrilled that it has the 700 wheels. I feel like a real adult!!

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Favorite Ride:   Natchez Trace

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   The Biker's Choice

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1.2 . Is not even close to the Ruby

Bike Setup:   Stock everything

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aggiealum2 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2007

Strengths:    light, fast, smooth and responsive

Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
The bike's actually a 2008--didn't have the '08 option. It's light, fast, smooth and responsive--a totally joy to ride.

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Favorite Ride:   Larkspur to S.F.

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Davis Wheelworks

Similar Products Used:   Rockhopper A1 Comp
Trek 1000 (demo'ed)
Giant OCR1W (demo'ed)
Dolce Elite (demo'ed)
Dolce Comp (demo'ed)
Ruby Elite (demo'ed)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jesse George a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

Strengths:    weight, componentry, overall a very fast bike.

Weaknesses:    ride is a little stiff thats about it.

Bottom Line:   
this is an entry level time trial/triathlon bike with aluminum frame and carbon forks. it came with ironman carbon stryke aero bars, shimano dura-ace shifters and rear deurailer, shimano sram chain and ultegra brakes and cranks. The only mods I have made is to switch out the carbon seatpost for a thompson elite aluminum zero setback seat post. I am very satisfied with the componentry. The ride is great it is a little stiff but it's expected from an aluminum bike. The frame is a semi aero frame resembling that of a cervelo. This bike is light and fast.

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Favorite Ride:   specialized transition comp

Price Paid:    $1799.00

Purchased At:   in cycle

Similar Products Used:   I have ridden the 06' model cervelo dual with the ultegra package and they are quite similar.

Bike Setup:   I have a performance fit on the bike zero setback seat post and took the spacers out of the arm rests for the aero bars. components: Dura ace- rear deurailer, aero bar shifters; Ultegra-cranks, brakes,front deurailer; SRAM chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gottaluvhills a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2007

Strengths:    Light, solid components, zertz inserts dampen vibration.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was purchased for my wife who is just started riding about 6months ago. She is a petite rider at 4'11" and the bike fits her perfectly. The Shimano 105 components are solid and the carbon fram with the zertz inserts provide her a comfortable ride. The bike is smooth, fast, and comfortable...everything she needs.

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Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Stock setup - 105 components, FSA gossamer compact cranks, Shimano wheels, Specialized for women bar and saddle. Added UST carbon post and Panaracer Stradius Pro rubber.

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