The 2016 Specialized Ruby Comp UDi2 is the women’s version of the classic Specialized Roubaix that is their comfort road bike. This Ruby comes with electronic shifting, Ultegra derailleurs, Shimano 105 brakes, and a compact drivetrain ideal for climbing.
Weight as Tested: 19lbs 5 oz (51CM)
Frame Specialized FACT 9r-carbon w/Zertz inserts
Fork Specialized FACT-carbon
Rims/Wheels Fulcrum Racing S-19 Light
Tires Specialized Turbo Pro w/BlackBelt Protection, 700 x 26c
Crankset Praxis Works TURN Zayante
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 11-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2
Handlebars Specialized Women’s Comp, aluminum, shallow-drop
Tape/Grips Specialized Roubaix w/gel padding
Stem Specialized Comp Multi, aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra
Brakes Shimano 105
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Ruby Expert
Seatpost Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon
What we liked:
Electronic shifting is the BOMB! It’s pretty much maintenance free. No cables to stretch.
We also like the slightly more relaxed geometry for longer road rides. The Zertz really do a great job of absorbing road vibrations.
It’s light weight and stiff. It has a nice bottom bracket with the oversized OSBB30 so all the power in transferred through the frame to the wheels.
When it comes to graphics – we love the stealth white on white graphics!
What we didn’t like:
Specialized generally likes to run with longer top tubes. That’s great most of the time but depending on the rider, this seat post (Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon) with it’s setback might run you out of room. Instead we think you could do better with a straight styled seat post in order to get a little more saddle adjustment.
We might swap out the tires to something a little more durable and flat resistant.
Who is this best for?
It’s perfect for the strong rider who would like to ride on a fast road bike for long distances but wants a good degree of comfort. It’s a great bike in it’s price point for centuries, triathlons – it’s pretty much a do it all kind of bike!
Compare to: Trek Emonda S 5 WSD (but it doesn’t have electronic shifting) 🙁