I am happy that finally Roubaix got rid of these ugly zertz inserts...
Why? Are you gonna buy one now?
@Leiblingsleguan: Interesting... yes, I know the geometry of Boonen's bike is different, that is easily seen. Was just wondering if the bike offered to the public would have this geometry, but seems it's just a paint job.
Ah, now I see what you meant
I'm a fan of the rear iso-speed on the Treks. But not so much on the front. Seems the engineering involved is way overkill for the amount of flex it could generate over such a short span. Specialized likes to call Trek's front iso-speed "fork splay". They say their spring is better than "fork splay". "Fork splay", clearing referring to Trek's front iso-speed. Two approaches to front "suspension", but not really. Ha ha... let the gimmick wars begin.
And - taking the upper bearings ability away to take rotational loads creates higher bearing forces and torques on the lower bearing. Tom Meussens' Trek Boone head tube with the same front isospeed cracked in half at the lower bearing at this years' CX world championships. Id really like to hear the internal discussions at Trek after that...
No, by the time I was watching the race was pretty much over, but I would have gladly have paid for the event. I will be more ready next time. But thanks for the tip.
You can watch the entire race via Eurosport Player after the event for one week. Watched it in the evening as I didn't have time to see it live.