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Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized — gallery

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Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Roubaix rim brake for Paris-Roubaix 2018

Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Roubaix rim brake for Paris-Roubaix 2018 (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Philippe Gilbert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix rim brake for Paris-Roubaix 2018

Philippe Gilbert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix rim brake for Paris-Roubaix 2018 (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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As well as satelite sprint shifters on the handlebar drops, Gilbert also runs a climbing switch close to the stem on his handlebars for ease of gear change on the tops

As well as satelite sprint shifters on the handlebar drops, Gilbert also runs a climbing switch close to the stem on his handlebars for ease of gear change on the tops (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Specialized explained that Stybar requested grip tape on the Future Shock adjuster, which can alter the dampening settings on the unit

Specialized explained that Stybar requested grip tape on the Future Shock adjuster, which can alter the dampening settings on the unit (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A look at the seat cluster on Stybar's S-Works Roubaix

A look at the seat cluster on Stybar's S-Works Roubaix (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert runs an identical drivetrain to Stybar

Gilbert runs an identical drivetrain to Stybar (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Both riders run Roval CLX 50 carbon wheels

Both riders run Roval CLX 50 carbon wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Both Stybar and Gilbert's bikes are equipped with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupsets

Both Stybar and Gilbert's bikes are equipped with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupsets (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Both riders also use 53/44 chainrings, 172.5mm crank arms and have Specialized's new power meter equipped to their crankset

Both riders also use 53/44 chainrings, 172.5mm crank arms and have Specialized's new power meter equipped to their crankset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur is paired with an 11-28 Dura-Ace R9100 cassette

The Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur is paired with an 11-28 Dura-Ace R9100 cassette (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Roval produce stickers to prevent any valve rattle on the carbon rims over the rough Paris-Roubaix pave

Roval produce stickers to prevent any valve rattle on the carbon rims over the rough Paris-Roubaix pave (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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For Paris-Roubaix, Quick-Step Floors switch from Tacx Deva bottle cages to the more secure Tacx Tao

For Paris-Roubaix, Quick-Step Floors switch from Tacx Deva bottle cages to the more secure Tacx Tao (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Like the latest Specialized Tarmac SL6, the rim brake Roubaix has direct mount brakes front and rear

Like the latest Specialized Tarmac SL6, the rim brake Roubaix has direct mount brakes front and rear (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Stybar uses an S-Works Toupe saddle

Stybar uses an S-Works Toupe saddle (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The Specialized Roubaix features a 'Future Shock' suspension system at the front end of the bike, suspending the handlebars and improving comfort over rough surfaces

The Specialized Roubaix features a 'Future Shock' suspension system at the front end of the bike, suspending the handlebars and improving comfort over rough surfaces (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Stybar has additional brake levers on the handlebar tops to allow easy braking when his hands are on the tops, a popular position when riding cobbles

Stybar has additional brake levers on the handlebar tops to allow easy braking when his hands are on the tops, a popular position when riding cobbles (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A look at the front end of Stybar's bike

A look at the front end of Stybar's bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Stybar and Gilbert's bikes use regular Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shifters

Stybar and Gilbert's bikes use regular Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shifters (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Ahead of last year's race, Specialized launched the S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres and Quick-Step Floors have the choice of 28mm or 30mm tubulars

Ahead of last year's race, Specialized launched the S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres and Quick-Step Floors have the choice of 28mm or 30mm tubulars (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Standard 172.5mm cranks for both riders

Standard 172.5mm cranks for both riders (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Stybar on the other hand, opts for individual Di2 shifting buttons either side of the stem

Stybar on the other hand, opts for individual Di2 shifting buttons either side of the stem (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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K-Edge also provide the team with matching chain catchers

K-Edge also provide the team with matching chain catchers (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Lowered seat stays on the Roubaix increase comfort and reduce fatigue for the rider

Lowered seat stays on the Roubaix increase comfort and reduce fatigue for the rider (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The direct mount rim brakes feature a carbon booster plate and titanium bolts

The direct mount rim brakes feature a carbon booster plate and titanium bolts (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Both bikes had the caliper quick release half open, allowing for brake adjustment mid-race

Both bikes had the caliper quick release half open, allowing for brake adjustment mid-race (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert and Stybar each use a PRO Vibe seat post with 20mm offset

Gilbert and Stybar each use a PRO Vibe seat post with 20mm offset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert prefers to use an older Specialized Chicane saddle

Gilbert prefers to use an older Specialized Chicane saddle (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The Roval CLX 50 wheels have contrasting white decals, while the gum-wall 'Hell of the North' tyres also stand out

The Roval CLX 50 wheels have contrasting white decals, while the gum-wall 'Hell of the North' tyres also stand out (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A look at the front end of Gilbert's bike

A look at the front end of Gilbert's bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert opts for a 130mm PRO Vibe stem

Gilbert opts for a 130mm PRO Vibe stem (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert has the same braking setup as Stybar with additional brake levers on the handlebar tops

Gilbert has the same braking setup as Stybar with additional brake levers on the handlebar tops (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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K-Edge produced custom blue out-front mounts for Quick-Step Floors this season

K-Edge produced custom blue out-front mounts for Quick-Step Floors this season (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Gilbert has satellite Di2 sprint shifters on his handlebar drops

Gilbert has satellite Di2 sprint shifters on his handlebar drops (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Unlike Stybar, Gilbert doesn't choose to have grip tape on the Future Shock adjuster

Unlike Stybar, Gilbert doesn't choose to have grip tape on the Future Shock adjuster (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Each of Quick-Step Floors' riders have their name and national flag on the seat stays of their bikes

Each of Quick-Step Floors' riders have their name and national flag on the seat stays of their bikes (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Both riders bikes were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals

Both riders bikes were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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CeramicSpeed provide the bottom bracket bearings for Quick-Step Floors, as well as headsets and wheel bearings

CeramicSpeed provide the bottom bracket bearings for Quick-Step Floors, as well as headsets and wheel bearings (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Specialized's S-Works range is the high-end, race-specific collection of products from the American brand

Specialized's S-Works range is the high-end, race-specific collection of products from the American brand (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Quick-Step Floors' emphatic start to the season continued in the past week with Niki Terpstra's victory at the Tour of Flanders and Fabio Jakobsen's bunch sprint win at Scheldeprijs, while Julian Alaphilippe took the opening two stages at Pais Vasco in sunnier climes.

Heading into Sunday's Paris-Roubaix and Quick-Step Floors run of victories could easily continue with both Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar two of the favourites for the third Monument of the season.

Quick-Step Floors raced on the Specialized Roubaix at last year's race and will do so again this year using the unusual 'Future Shock' front suspension system, which suspends the handlebars to improve comfort.

While the consumer version of the bike is now only available as a disc brake model, the team is using a rim brake version of the bike, which isn't yet available to consumers.

The team opts for rim brakes to 'give riders the most flexibility with technical support', says Specialized, possibly a reference to accessing neutral service in the often chaotic race.

Both bikes had the caliper quick release half open, allowing for brake adjustment mid-race

Article 1.3.007 in the UCI's technical regulations state: "in all cases the product must be a finished product in the condition that it will be marketed."

Specialized confirmed to BikeRadar that the same situation as last year remains, in that a rim brake version of the bike may be produced in the future depending on market demands but it currently doesn't have any plans in motion.

Unlike Stybar, Gilbert doesn't choose to have grip tape on the steerer top cap

For the race, the Quick-Step Floors riders will also have a Project Black (Specialized's professional development program) Future Shock, featuring an adjustment knob directly above the stem. 

This knob allows riders to adjust the settings of the Future Shock system depending on the varied terrain of the Paris-Roubaix course. It can also lock out the suspension when needed, something especially useful for a sprint on the Roubaix velodrome.

Both Stybar and Gilbert's bikes are equipped with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupsets

Both Gilbert and Stybar run almost identical setups for their bikes, including full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 electronic groupsets and the same gearing of 53/44 chainrings alongside an 11-28 Dura-Ace R9100 cassette.

Ahead of last year's race, Specialized launched the S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres and Quick-Step Floors has the choice of 28mm or 30mm tubulars

Specialized's wheel brand Roval provides the team with the CLX 50 carbon wheels, which are paired with S-Works 'Hell of the North' tyres. Both riders opt for 28mm tubular versions of the tyre, which is also available as a 30mm option.

Stybar has additional brake levers on the handlebar tops to allow easy braking when his hands are on the tops, a popular position when riding cobbles

Paris-Roubaix's rough cobbled 'secteurs' add extra fatigue to the hands of riders and a popular position over the cobbles is on the handlebar tops.

While this position may be the most comfortable, it can restrict braking and gear shifting. Quick-Step Floors has countered this by using additional brake levers on the handlebar tops for their riders, and while Gilbert runs a Di2 climbing switch next to his stem, Stybar opts for an individual Di2 shifting button on either side of his stem.

Both riders have also opted for double wrapped handlebars for added comfort and vibration dampening.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at both riders’ bikes. 

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 Full specifications — Philippe Gilbert

Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix Rim Brake
Fork: S-Works FACT 11r Carbon with Future Shock suspension
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with Di2 climbing switch next to stem and satellite sprint shifters on handlebar drops
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Specialized power meter, 172.5mm crank arms, 53/44 chainrings
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
Tyres: Specialized S-Works ‘Hell of the North’, 28mm tubular
Handlebars: PRO Vibe, 420mm
Stem: PRO Vibe, 130mm
Tape/grips: S-Works Roubaix, double wrapped
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Specialized Chicane
Seatpost: Pro Vibe, 20mm setback
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao
Other accessories: K-Edge out-front computer mount in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors, K-Edge chain catcher in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors


Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.79m
Saddle height (from bottom bracket to saddle top): 765mm
Saddle tip to centre of stem at handlebars: 585mm


Full specifications — Zdenek Stybar

Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix Rim Brake
Fork: S-Works FACT 11r Carbon with Future Shock suspension
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with satellite Di2 buttons on handlebar tops
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Specialized power meter, 172.5mm crank arms, 53/44 chainrings
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
Tyres: Specialized S-Works ‘Hell of the North’, 28mm tubular
Handlebars: PRO Vibe, 400mm
Stem: PRO PLT, 125mm
Tape/grips: S-Works Roubaix, double wrapped
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Specialized S-Works Toupe
Seatpost: Pro Vibe, 20mm setback
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao
Other accessories: K-Edge out-front computer mount in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors, K-Edge chain catcher in custom finish for Quick-Step Floors


Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.83m
Saddle height (from bottom bracket to saddle top): 750mm
Saddle tip to centre of stem at handlebars: 580mm