The Specialized Roubaix Sport was designed to thrive on long rides. The light weight frame has been constructed from FACT 9r carbon fiber that features off the chart stiffness. The front end features Future Shock, which is a piston in the head tube with 20mm of travel.
Specialized developed this technology in partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies, and the result of this are a host of drastic performance improvements, namely in the vertical compliance department. Specialized found that focusing on vertical compliance, instead of fork splay, meant that they could improve smoothness, speed, and comfort in one fell swoop.