BenH said:OK, I know few if anyone have tried the Roubaix SL3 but I thought I'd post my bike choice of the day and see if anyone had comments. I'm looking for a enthusiast road bike that has vertical give. Both Roubaix SL3 and CR1 are supposed to have that. The SL3 in particular had it's seat stays remodeled to accomodate it. Scott as well. The CR1's chain stays are actually flattened.
I did own an Ultegra equipped Roubaix perhaps 3 years ago. I never did love the bike. It always seemed a bit like a bike yacht. It was stable to the point of not being very fun or responsive so I hope the new SL3's (perhaps the Expert model which has Ultegra) will be, as Bicycling put it, a "Quantum Leap". I've heard great things about the 2010 CR1 as well. I'm not sure I'll get the chance to ride both so would love to hear from anyone who might have tried an SL3 at some special event and/or a CR1.
I had the chance to ride a S-Works SL-3 Roubaix about a month ago while I was at the 2011 dealer event in Colorado and was pretty impressed. Since I race and own a S-Works Tarmac SL-3, I always lean toward the fast , nimble , quick accelerating bike. I can say that out of all the Roubaixs I have rode in the past, this one was the most spirited by far. I still would not trade it for my Tarmac, but it was pretty lively with some "get up and go".