A wheely good welcome to this latest blog from Paul Ashman Cycling. Over the last few weeks you will have read and heard a lot about my s-works bikes well here is the final instalment on these. This is for all the geeks that want to know spec and more technical details.
The two s-works bikes I have are both Roubaix models with the winter/race one being a 2008 limited edition Quickstep model and the Summer one a 2013 SL3.
So let’s start with the winter bike. The Roubaix was designed by Specialized for the cobbles and provides great comfort and a more forgiving ride but not lessening the performance of the bike. This one is the limited edition Quickstep model and was made famous by Tom Boonen. It is a full carbon frame and forks with the zertz inserts to soften the bumps. The groupset is Ultegra bar the chain set being a carbon FSA model. I am running a race set up with 53/39 on the front and a 11-25 cassette. This is for two reasons, I will use this for racing and I feel this set up will make me stronger through the winter. The wheels are Cole wheels and even though aluminium come in very light shod with the Continental GPS 4000 SII rubber. This combination gives a solid feel with great grip and running through the corners. Flat line speed feels great as well. The finishing kit is an s-works carbon seatpost, Specialized stem, 3T aero flat bars and a toupe pro saddle. Along with prologo bar tape, elite bottle cages and 105 pedals it rounds out a great well specced bike for the winter and racing going forward. This bi,e I have owned for two years now and is a very comfy ride coming in at 7.67 kg.
Next up is my summer bike or as many of you know my ‘dream build’. I have built this up over the last few months sourcing all the parts individually and making sure weight was always at the forefront of the build. The frame is a gorgeous 2013 in a gloss red and white with internal cable routing throughout. Again it is a Roubaix model but has a slightly more racey geometry than my other one. The groupset on this is full Dura Ace with a compact 50/34 chainset and a 11-28 cassette. This will predominantly be my summer bike so I wanted a groupset that would climb hills and ride distance better for the likes of Sportives, The Alps etc. The wheels are carbon clinchers made by Far Sports. They come in at 1200g for the pair so are very light and at 40mm deep very aero. I have them shod with the S-works turbo cotton tyres, I like these as the tan sidewall gives a slight vintage look. Finishing kit is an S-works carbon post and bars, stem, bar tape and saddle and along with elite cages and dura ace pedals complete the set up. This comes in at 6.91 kg so very light and it really is my dream build. I cannot wait to be slinging this up and down the Alps next summer and taking it over over the likes of Alpe D’huez, Colombiere, Glandon and more…….
So there you have my geeky detailed breakdown of my bikes. I feel very proud to own them and ride Specialized which in my opinion make the greatest bikes. Until next time happy riding and good luck to those embarking on the Rapha festive 500! It all starts on Sunday! 😊👍🚴🏻