In his last classics campaign, Tom Boonen has three custom bikes prepared for him by Specialized, his team sponsor.
The Belgian superstar rode his last ever Tour of Flanders aboard a new Specialized Roubaix which has been redesigned to accept regular rim brakes.
Boonen’s Roubaix comes with Future Shock, which is a spring cartridge that suspends the front end. It’s built into the fork and sits within the head tube.
Tom Boonen experimented with disc brakes earlier in the season but was back to rim brakes for Tour of Flanders.
“In a time where bikes with disc brakes have not yet been adopted by all teams, there exists a discrepancy in mechanical assistance along the course. For these technical and strategic reasons, working closely with our teams and riders, we have decided to supply him (for whom Paris-Roubaix will be the last race of his career) and all of our riders competing at both Flanders and Paris-Roubaix with S-Works Roubaix bikes that have traditional rim brakes,” says Specialized.
The bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 with 53/39-tooth chainrings and not the latest 9100. He’s using a 4iii power meter to gauge his power output.