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Specialized Tarmac

  • Model2018 Tarmac Expert Dura Ace
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $5500
  • Model2018 Tarmac Expert Ultegra
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $5000
  • Model2018 Tarmac Comp
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $4000
  • Model2018 Tarmac Sport
  • Star Rating (4.5)
  • RRP $2400

As road bikes have evolved over the years and new niches have emerged, sometimes it’s nice to cut through all the marketing hype to take a look at a regular ol’ road bike like the Specialized Tarmac. Sure it may not be one of the ‘buzzword’ bikes of the week, but the latest Tarmac subtly represents the pinnacle of modern road bike technology. In terms of its intent, the Tarmac isn’t an endurance road bike like the Roubaix, or an aero race bike like the Venge. And it’s definitely not a gravel adventure bike like the Diverge. Nope, the Tarmac is simply a high performance all-round road bike that is superlight, responsive and highly adept at going very, very fast.

 

The Tarmac is built to tear apart racetracks with alarming efficiency. But where others places an emphasis on aerodynamics and straight-line speed, the versatile Tarmac offers a more supple ride quality to deliver increased comfort on longer rides, as well as a lower overall weight that makes it a firecracker on the climbs. Helping to lay down the Watts, the Tarmac is equipped with an oversized downtube, as well as the huge OSBB bottom bracket. The Tarmac frameset is available in three different levels of carbon fibre construction. FACT 9r carbon is used on the Tarmac Sport and Tarmac Comp, while FACT 10r carbon is used for the Tarmac Expert. To assist with lowering weight under the 1 kilo barrier, the top-of-the-range Tarmac S-Works features a FACT 11r carbon fibre construction, which also makes it stiffer and more responsive under power.

 

All Tarmac models feature a carbon fibre fork, carbon seatpost and 11-speed drivetrains. The Tarmac S-Works upgrades to the new Dura Ace Di2 9150 Electric shifting and also features deep-section carbon rims from Roval.




Reviews from bike beagles

At a glance

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    Riding typePerformance

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    Drive trainDura Ace

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    Gear ratiosSemi Compact

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    Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

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    Riding typePerformance

  • Ultegra.png

    Drive trainUltegra

  • Semi_Compact.png

    Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Carbon_Mid.png

    Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

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    Riding typePerformance

  • Ultegra.png

    Drive trainUltegra

  • Semi_Compact.png

    Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Carbon_Basic.png

    Frame buildCarbon Basic

At a glance

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    Riding typePerformance

  • 105.png

    Drive train105

  • Compact.png

    Gear ratiosCompact

  • Carbon_Basic.png

    Frame buildCarbon Basic


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame Specialized Tarmac SL5, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, compact race design, 1-3/8" lower bearing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing
  • Fork S-Works FACT full carbon, size-specific taper

  • Wheels Roval SLX 24 Rims
  • Tyres S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm

  • Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-speed
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, braze-on
  • Crank Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Cassette Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28t
  • Chain Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano Dura-Ace BB

  • Saddle Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge
  • Seatpost Specialized Comp carbon, single bolt
  • Handlebar Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
  • Stem Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
  • Brakeset Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • 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

  • Wheels Roval SLX 24 Rims
  • Tyres S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

  • Shifters Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
  • Crank Shimano Ultegra R8000
  • Cassette Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t
  • Chain Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket Praxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor

  • Saddle Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge
  • Seatpost S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
  • Handlebar Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
  • Stem Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
  • Brakeset Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
  • Frame Specialized Tarmac SL5, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, compact race design, 1-3/8" lower bearing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing
  • Fork S-Works FACT full carbon, size-specific taper

  • Wheels Roval SLX 24 Rims
  • Tyres S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x24mm

  • Shifters Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
  • Crank Shimano Ultegra R8000
  • Cassette Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28t
  • Chain KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano Ultegra

  • Saddle Toupe Comp Gel, 143mm, hollow Cr-Mo, Adaptive Edge
  • Seatpost Specialized Comp carbon, single bolt
  • Handlebar Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
  • Brakeset Shimano Ultegra 8000
  • Frame Specialized Tarmac SL4, FACT 9r carbon, compact race design, 1-3/8" lower bearing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing
  • Fork Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque

  • Wheels DT R460
  • Tyres Espoir Elite, 60 TPI, Kevlar® bead, 700x23mm

  • Shifters Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano 105, 11-speed
  • Front Derailleur Shimano 105 Ez, braze-on
  • Crank Praxis Alba M30, solid forged arms, 6061 chainrings, 110 BCD, 11-speed
  • Cassette Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-28t
  • Chain KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link

  • Saddle Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Specialized Comp carbon, single bolt
  • Handlebar Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
  • Brakeset Axis

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