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One of the most exciting announcements for us was when Specialized let us in on the secret of the new Tarmac! We were unsure how much they could really improve their existing version by but once riding the new Tarmac SL6 frame we were blown away. The weight difference is phenominal and immediately noticeable - 200 grams less than the previous incarnation. The bike just goes as soon as you put your foot down, even with very little effort. The moment you ride it in anger then it flies!
The most impressive thing is how well it climbs. The weight reduction paired up with the super stiff carbon lay up of the frame means you get everything you put into the bike straight back out of it. I'm always looking forward to the next race where I can push this bike to its limits!
The Ultralight version is another step above, reducing the frame weight by another 10% for those serious about how light their bikes are. If you fancy some cool colours, check out the S-WORKS Framesets available with their funky new designs and limited edition runs. The Tarmac for us might just be the best performance bike of 2018!
Our S-Works Tarmac may be the optimal bike for winning a Grand Tour, but chances are, you’re not going to be competing in Southern France this season. But when you need a bike that’s ready to annihilate the competition on your training rides and local races, the new Tarmac Expert is pretty damn hard to beat.
To get the weight around 950 grams, we utilized advanced aerospace composite optimization software to revolutionize the construction and layup of our new FACT 10r carbon. It's the most advanced material and schedule we've ever made—the shape, schedule, and material optimization allowed us to shed nearly 200 grams. That's right, a 20% reduction in frame weight—the perfect recipe for your next hill climb PR.
We then further improved our Rider-First Engineered™ technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places. With this revamp, we also updated the geometry—basing it on countless Retül data points and professional rider input. This enabled us to develop a performance road geometry that perfects the combination of a responsive front end and short wheelbase, delivering instantaneous response and optimal power transfer.
And while stiffness aids in the aforementioned, compliance must also be utilized for an optimal ride quality. That's why we designed a seatpost that builds compliance into the upper 120mm where clamping doesn’t happen, dropped the seatstays, and altered the seat tube shape. We also added tire clearance up to 30mm, which translates to a 28mm Turbo Cotton on a Roval SLX 24 rim. This allows lower pressures for decreased rolling resistance, increased traction, and more comfort. Altogether, these additions still have the Tarmac riding like a true race-machine, but just takes a bit of the sting out of those road imperfections. You’ll thanks us on your next long ride.
And while this is all great, we know that aerodynamics are the most important thing we can do to make you faster. Both our Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Quick Step Floors Pro Tour riders, after all, are demanding aero improvements on every bike. With this, the aero goal was to discover where we could essentially “add aero for free,” by not taking anything away from the hallmarks of the Tarmac design. During the six-month iterative process, three areas were discovered where we could do this—a new fork shape, dropped seatstays with aero tubes, and a d-shaped seatpost and seat tube. The result? A bike that’s approximately 45 seconds faster over 40km compared to other lightweight bikes in the same category. A speed savings that you'll feel when you're attacking off the front of the peloton.
This new Tarmac comes ready to race out of the box, featuring a crisp Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, lightweight Roval Rapide CL 50 rims laced to DT Swiss hubs, our fastest S-Works Turbo 26mm tires, and a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle.
- The FACT 10r carbon frame combines the lightweight performance and compliance of our top-end carbon production methods with our Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary climbing responsiveness and descending prowess you'd expect from a Tarmac.
- S-Works full FACT carbon fork with a tapered construction provides incredible front end stiffness and steering response for instantaneous accelerations and high-speed descents.
- The 11-speed Shimano Ultegra 8000 shifting is extremely reliable, lightweight, and precise.
- Tech Specs
Frame Specialized Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, full internal, electronic-specific routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing Fork S-Works FACT carbon Stem Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt Handlebars Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm Tape S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel Front Brake Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount Rear Brake Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed Shifters Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed Bottom Bracket Praxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor Cassette Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t Chain Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed Crankset Shimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36T Front Wheel Roval SLX 24 Rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 20h Rear Wheel Roval SLX 24 Rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h Front Tyre S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm Rear Tyre S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm Inner Tubes 66mm alloy tubeless valve Saddle Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge Seatpost S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
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