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First Ride: Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Red Disc

Specialized’s Roubaix is the classic endurance road bike and this year it comes with SRAM’s new Red hydraulic disc brakes as an option. We took it for a spin last week at Eurobike.

Now before we start, we need to warn you about something: Specialized UK aren’t bringing the S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc over to these shores. We thought you’d like to know that at the start rather than springing it on you right at the end.

Video trailer: AWOL X TRANSCONTINENTAL documentary follows Specialized riders from London to Istanbul

Specialized launched its AWOL adventure bike earlier this month, just as two riders who had helped develop it, Recep Yeşil and Erik Nohlin, were taking part in the Quick Energy TransContinental Race – and both were followed by a film crew for a feature length documentary to be released later this year.

Specialized launch AWOL adventure bike

Specialized are launching a new range of AWOL bikes designed for everything from commuting to full-on adventure rides. A couple of the bikes are currently being ridden across Europe in the Transcontinental 2013 race from London to Istanbul.

Here’s Specialized’s description of the AWOL:

Specialized 2014: Roubaix and Tarmac SL4 range expands

While there’s no brand new bikes in Specialized’s 2014 range, there’s a raft of refinements and features trickling down through the price ranges from the top. The significant change to the Tarmac and Roubaix is that now all models in the range share the SL4 platform, which includes size-specific carbon layups and frame shaping. There’s more disc brake options on the Roubaix and CruX as well.

Tour Tech 2013: Jacob Fuglsang's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was outsprinted - you might say outsmarted - by Garmin-Sharp’s Dan Martin for the win in the 9th stage of the Tour de France yesterday, but the 28-year-old Danish rider proved again that he’s a serious talent at the top level.

Earlier this season, Fuglsang finished fourth in the Dauphiné while he won both the Tour of Luxembourg and the Tour of Austria last year. He also has a fourth place finish in Amstel Gold and 11th overall in the Vuelta to his name.

Tour Tech 2013: Mark Cavendish’s Venge with SRAM hydraulic rim brakes + video

As we reported at the weekend, Mark Cavendish rolled out onto stage 1 of the Tour de France with SRAM’s Red Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR) brakes. He’s the first rider to use them in any World Tour race. Apparently, after testing riding them before the race, Cav was insistent on running the new brakes in the Tour, although we don't know if any of that is marketing spin.

FS: Specialized Transition Pro

I have for sale my Specialized Transition Pro TT bike. It is a size medium and was purchased less than two years ago - my specialized dealer will confirm, plus I have the receipt. It has the full Dura Ace group set and shifters. It also comes with two Prologo Evo TTR saddles (one black and one white) attached to separate seat posts - one for long distance races with the cages attached and one without. It's easier to change them this way than remove the cage clamps!The Profile design crushed carbon bars were also new @ £600.

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