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Prototype Specialized SL3 ‘Project Black’ Roubaix Spotted at Paris Roubaix

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James Huang over at BikeRadar captured some pics of a prototype Specialized ‘Project Black’ bike that’s looking to be a 2011 S-Works Roubaix, likely with the SL3 moniker.  They’ve got a full gallery of photos (including both of these, which are ©James Huang/BikeRadar) and speculation, but here are the Cliff’s Notes on visible improvements and changes over the current SL2 version:

  • Internal derailleur and rear brake housing with caps that should make it Di2 internal wiring compatible.
  • Larger Zertz damper inserts in both the seat stays and fork legs.
  • Seat tube gets much wider, squarer toward the bottom bracket.
  • Huge downtube flows more consistently (smoothly) under the BB for larger overall cross section.
  • Thinner seatstays, but HUGE chainstays.
  • Miniscule alloy rear dropouts.

Specialized has hinted they’ll be showing a couple new items, including at least one frame and some tires, at Sea Otter, but I doubt they’ll be showing this bad boy off so early.  The Paris-Roubaix is this coming Sunday, April 11, and the bike you see here will be piloted by Saxobank’s Stuart O’Grady.  Watch the race on Versus at 6pm EST.


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14 years ago

I like Specialied quite a bit but, cough *THATS A CERVELO* cough.

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