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Pro Bike: Tom Boonen's Quick Step Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL2, April 12, 2009

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) captured a third Paris-Roubaix win
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The Roubaix's slacker geometry and Zertz dampers
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The Roubaix SL2 fork includes Zertz dampers of its own
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Short of a keen eye and a tape measure,
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Specialized say the Zertz viscoelastic inserts
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The Roubaix SL2 uses even more material around the bottom bracket area
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Team bikes are fitted with threaded bottom bracket sleeves
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Team bikes also use one-piece dropouts
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For whatever reason, Boonen has opted for the 10-speed version
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A custom chain guard combines with the close-ratio chainrings
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New tight-ratio 53/46T chainrings
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A 11-23T cassette still provides Boonen
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The 10-speed crankset is matched to a 10-speed front derailleur.
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Boonen does use an 11-speed rear derailleur and cassette though.
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The new Campagnolo Record rear derailleur
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Paris-Roubaix's brutal pavé demands reliable wheels
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The rims are laced with Sapim spokes and brass nipples
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Any guesses as to the make of these tubulars?
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The front hub isn't marked, either,
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Even with the longer top tube
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Boonen prefers FSA's New Ergo semi-anatomic bend
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Thick padding is used up top but team mechanics
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Yet another spring tornado has now swept through
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