Luxury automakers often come up with something special or limited when celebrating special events like anniversaries or when they reach a milestone. And this year, McLaren celebrates their 50th F1 anniversary. So the first thing you’ll probably ask is, what special edition model are they going to unveil? Well, it isn’t an F1 car, but a road bike instead.
The street bike is a product of McLaren and Specialized as they work together to build a bike that would blend in with any road race, while celebrating fifty years of historic grand prix and Formula One racing. They call this the S-Works McLaren Roubaix, a road bike with a handful of collaborations between both brands, after the Venge, the S-Works Tarmac and the Venge ViAS.
Looking at it from afar, it looks like it had been painted in yellow. But it is actually finished in a custom Heritage Orange that mimic the automaker’s race cars and modern street legal vehicles, accented with matte black parts. The road bike uses McLaren’s own data logging software that works hand in hand with the Rolling Efficiency Simulator, which is the software they use when designing a part of the bike.
Moving onto the technical bits, the body is made of FACT 11r carbon that is exclusively by Specialized, with 12x100 and 12x142 thru-axles and rear, hydraulic cat mount disc brakes, and S-Works carbon fiber crankset. Now, not all of you may be into bikes so it’s going to be difficult to digest. To make it easier to understand, the Roubaix’s body is close to a 720S’ carbon fiber build.
To match the bike’s unique orange finish, the street bike was also given a custom leather bar tape that’s been fitted to its measurements, it gets the same Heritage Orange stitching to match the body too. To give you an impression of the McLaren race cars, the Roubaix had been given a pair of Roval CLX 32 hoop wheels. To complete the look, it gets a polished head badge in silver with matching hubs.
There isn’t one thing about this car that is not inspired by McLaren race cars. This means that even the drivetrain is up to par with McLaren’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The equivalent of that is the Shimano Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain, paired with upgraded CeramicSpeed bearings in the bottom bracket. Having said that, do not expect this McLaren Specialized road bike to be affordable. In fact, it comes with an asking price of $11,500, which makes it even more expensive than the standard S-Works Roubaix that costs $10,000.