SPECIALIZED - TARMAC EXPERT
NEW FOR 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 utilised advanced aerospace composite optimisation software to revolutionise 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 optimisation 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 utilised 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 tyre 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, resplendent Roval SLX 24 alloy rims laced to DT Swiss hubs, our fastest S-Works Turbo 26mm tyres, and a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle.
FRAME : Specialized Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing
FORK : S-Works FACT carbon
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
INNER TUBES : 66mm alloy tubeless valve
FRONT TYRE : S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
REAR TYRE : S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
CRANKSET : Shimano Ultegra R8000
CHAINRINGS : 52/36T
BOTTOM BRACKET : Praxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor
SHIFT LEVERS : Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR : Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEUR : Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
CASSETTE : Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t
CHAIN : Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
FRONT BRAKE : Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
REAR BRAKE : Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
HANDLEBARS : Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
TAPE : S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
STEM : Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
SADDLE : Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge
SEATPOST : S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
SEAT BINDER : Tarmac SL6 clamp assembly
PEDALS : Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors
To purchase this product or for help and advice on making your selection, please contact us on 03 688 889