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The Tarmac Disc Sport is the perfect entry-level, high-performance road bike. With a full carbon fiber frame, a list of reliable components, and many of the features found in way more expensive models, it's sure to get you out on the road riding with an ear-to-ear smile.
In order cut some grams from the Tarmac, but to also ensure that it's stiff and compliant in exactly the right places, we took major steps to improving our Rider-First Engineered™ technology. From different layup schedules and materials, to visibly different forks, we scrutinized every single aspect of the Tarmac to ensure you're getting the perfect ride. 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, which delivers 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 dropped the seatstays, and altered the seat tube shape. We also added tire clearance up to 30mm. 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 it also takes a bit of the sting out of road imperfections. You'll thank us on your next long ride.
But why disc brakes? The real question is "why not?" They offer superior braking power and modulation, work exceptionally well in wet weather, and offer a very, very minor weight addition. All this means that you have more control and can go faster with more confidence.
We also know, however, that aerodynamic improvements are the most important thing we can do to make you faster. Our Bora-Hansgrohe and 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 and dropped seatstays with aero tubes.
This Tarmac comes with a reliable spec that includes Shimano 105 mechanical shifting, quick-stopping hydraulic disc brakes, durable DT R470 Disc wheels.
|FRAME||Tarmac SL6, FACT 9r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, clean routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|FORK||FACT 10r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano threaded|
|CHAIN||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|CRANKSET||Shimano 105 R7000|
|SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano 105 Disc R7020|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano 105 R7000, braze-on|
|CASSETTE||Shimano 105 R7000, 11-speed, 11-30t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano 105 R7000-GS, medium cage|
|GRIP/TAPE||S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel|
|HANDLEBAR||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|SEATPOST||S-Works FACT carbon 27.2mm, 20mm offset|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano 105 R7070, hydraulic disc|
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano 105 R7070, hydraulic disc|
|FRONT WHEEL||DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h|
|REAR WHEEL||DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h|
|FRONT TIRE||Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm|
|REAR TIRE||Turbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm|
|PEDAL||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/reflectors|
About the bike: It is an absolute joy to ride, breezes on the the flats and is a beast on the climbs.
The bike came in semi-assembled, well packed and it took about 5 mins to setup the handlebar & pedals.
Kudos to the team over at BOTS for replying to every query (bike size/ bike fit/ logistics) before I finally decided on picking this one.
New Specialized Geometry
Beautiful battleship cast colors and decals satisfy my eyes.
The ultimate entry-level model for experiencing a specialized high-end bike.
I recommend it to you.
Riding a tarmac sl6 is a pure joy, with endurance geometry i feel great riding long distance rides on this bike, I call it my ferrari. I will recommend this bike for those who wants to upgrade from hybrid to road bike.
Specialized Men's Tarmac SL6 Disc Sport (CSTBTLSHP/HYP)