Road Bike Of The Year – Comfort – Specialized Roubaix Vs.Trek Domane

Road Bike Of The Year – Comfort – Specialized Roubaix Vs.Trek Domane


In their search for the very best road bike of 2017, Cycling Plus collected a few arch rivals in five different categories and pitted them against each other. The best of those will eventually be crowned overall Bike of the Year.

Comfort doesn’t have to be a dirty word, as being more comfortable can allow you to push the pedals harder, and for longer. Senior technical editor Warren Rossiter gives the low down on two of the best comfort bikes of the moment.


  1. "comfort is just gonna make u stronger for longer…"

  2. Your opinion is based on the size bike you ride. Different sizes have different geometries as well as having different frame layup. Different geometries ride different . So your opinion is just on the bike you ride and cannot be cross referenced to any other frame sizes, geometries with certitude. What size are you riding, is it custom fitted to you? Do you know positively it is correct? Price is usually asymetrical to comfort, the lighter the bike the stiffer it is, the stiffer it is the more road vibration you get.

    Comfort depends on rider position, rider position depends on frame geometry. Frame geometry depends on size of the frame because manufacturers design smaller bikes, less than 56cm for safety (toe overlap) not human physiology. The more upright the seat tube the more road surface transfer, the more the weight is on the saddle and bars instead of the pedals. Check the geometry specs of the manufacturers, tube lengths, seat and head tube angles are different. An aluminum frame of the right geometry and rider fit can out-comfort bad geometry and fit of any carbon road frame.

  3. Im so glad that the road bike industry is completely and utterly giving zero fucks about breaking "tradition" or conventions that, for a very long time and until very recently, were here to stay.

    It used to be that if you said your bike was uncomfortable on rough roads, the roadie answer was, "Harden the fuck up and ride pussy"

    Or if you tried to put a saddle that was anything more than mere millimeters of carbon fiber and barely wider than your top tube, the response was "Why dont you just put a cruiser seat on it pussy"

    But, finally, this shit is becoming less and less the norm, and rather becoming the exception. Now, the only type of people you get these comments from, are people that think we should still be riding steel frames with downtube shifters, nothing but campagnolo groupsets and 17c wide tires, and CALIPER BRAKES. Finally, its only the people stuck in their ways, grasping at the word tradition as if they think the use of disc brakes and a spring on the seattube is going to ruin the sport of cycling. Dont worry about the springs guys, EPO has already damaged cycling more than any "traditions" being ruined ever could.

    Hydraulic Disc brakes are better, a saddle that is comfortable will allow you to ride longer, wide tires are faster and more aero, not to mention more comfortable, and bikes that are labeled "endurance", 100%, unequivocally, are ROAD bikes.

  4. Phil Weatherley

    The suspension elements here – clever tho they are – could all be replaced by the simple expedient of fatter tyres. Less absurd macho suffering seen as virtue, less vibration too.

  5. It's all just a load of gimmicky testicles to sell bikes. "Comfortable bike" is just another oxymoron. This is from someone who has been riding all sorts of bikes for over 40 years. Whatever happened to the Zertz inserts on the Specialized for instance?

  6. I cannot watch that guy ride…like he's on some sort of step machine

  7. The seat post collar/bolts on the Roubaix is ugly as sin and I really don't think I can get past how bad it looks.

  8. These bikes are losing the purity of a road bike but they have a market. Perhaps they represent a sub- genre of road bikes. I definitely don't think the Roubaix is a pure road bike.

  9. ajussiwannabe

    Just the review I've been waiting for… For weeks I've been debating between Roubaix and Domane for purchase. Given that Domane can take wider tires (32mm I think) and all other things being "equal but different", I think I'll go for Domane.

  10. How does the Roubaix 'hit the right notes' on kit level? You are getting 1/2 mechanical ultegra, 105 level brakes, a cheapo crankset and bargain basement wheels, for £2,650?

  11. Boris Cid Vidal

    why do they always look like they are riding bikes 2 sizes too big for them? for the love of god those handlebars are too wide, and almost no seat to handlebar drop..

  12. domane over roubaix purely based on the fact that the roubaix is ugly as sin.

  13. Those monster looking brake levers on the Specialized are reason enough to wait another season for a new bike. Hopefully new Ultegra level hydro levers are on the way……

  14. the future shock looks so ghetto, it makes the domane's isospeed look so sleek

  15. They Live We Sleep

    does lower seatstay increase comfort??

  16. They Live We Sleep

    I think that road bike frames reached it's peak in 2015 today the frames and paint job are predictive, safe, uninspiring and dull, only thing that's great is that the are more versatile for different rider preferences

  17. Charlie Bennici

    I'll stick to my 70's steel-is-real bike. THAT is comfort.

  18. Kingsoupturbo

    The specialized looks fantastic! Just the thing for city riding, or anything with bumps. I've been waiting to replace my current road bike with something like this for a long while, something legit different in the comfort arena, great review!

  19. Anybody knows which sunglasses the rider of S-Roubaix wears? Looking for some like these! Thanks a lot!

  20. Fugly.

  21. thechosendude

    They put the Headshok on the wrong end of the headtube….

  22. The spec head cartridge will not stop you getting a flat tyre hitting a pothole! Utter pseudoscience claim. Less shock to your hands, yes, but the wheel and tyre doesn't know what's happening above the headset.

  23. Allan Phillips

    Not sure why they made a big thing of the 11-32 cassette on the Trek when the Specialized has it too.

  24. Ugly bikes both of them imo

  25. These bikes with a 25mm tire will probably not be significantly more comfortable than a frame without fancy comfort features and a 28mm or 30mm tire. Tires are more important for comfort than frame.

  26. I just can't get past the look of the Roubaix. It reminds me of a quill stem and I understand the bars are about fit but eww.

  27. I love that the Specialized seat post is called the Cobble Gobbler.

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