Specialized Tarmac Expert
While the S-Works Tarmac might be the optimal bike for winning Grand Tours, we know the chances are you’re not going to be launching it up Alpe d’Huez come July. Even so, if you need a bike that can set you up to blow the competition away on the weekly shakedown ride or at your local crit race, the Tarmac Expert always has its nose in front.
To bring the frame weight down to 950 grams, we revolutionised the construction and layup of the new FACT 10r carbon with advanced aerospace composite optimisation software, producing the most advanced material and schedule we’ve ever put together. This innovative means of construction helped us lop 200 grams off the frame weight – that’s nearly 20% – making the Tarmac Expert ideal to help you hit your next hill climb PB.
We’ve improved our Rider-First Engineered technology so we can give you a new Tarmac that’s both compliant and stiff exactly where you need it to be. Drawing on hundreds of Retül data points, as well as input from our professional riders, we’ve updated the geometry of the Tarmac. That means you get the ideal combination of a front end that’s incredibly responsive plus a short wheelbase – the two together makes for instantaneous response and optimal power transfer.
We haven’t neglected the quality of the ride though, as it’s no good a bike being stiff if it also leaves you unable to comfortably step off at the end of a ride. We’ve designed a seat post that includes compliance in the top 120mm. This allows a little bit of movement, without affecting the effectiveness of the seat post clamp. We’ve also dropped the seat stays and modified the shape of the seat tube. Improved tyre clearance means you can go all the way up to 30mm tyres, which translates to a Roval SLX 24 rim shod with 28mm Turbo Cotton tyres. This means you can run your tyres at lower pressures for reduced rolling resistance, increased traction and improved ride comfort.
All these characteristics combined mean this iteration of the Tarmac delivers an exhilarating and deadly-quick ride, while still taking some of the harshness and buzz out of the road. You can thank us after your next long ride.
Our WorldTour riders on both Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Quick-Step Floors never stop demanding aero improvements, and we're only too happy to pass the innovations we came up with for them down to you too. The name of the game is seeing what aero adjustments we can make to the frame, without hampering the bike’s essential Tarmac-ness.
Through six months of development, we narrowed it down to three parts of the bike – designing a new fork shape, a D-shaped seat post and seat tube, and lower seat stays with aero tubes. All this means we can bag you 45 seconds over 40 km compared to other same-category lightweight bikes – something we’re sure you’ll notice when you’re putting in the big hits at the front of the peloton.
The new Tarmac will be ready to race as soon as you get it out of the box, with lightweight Roval Rapide CL50 rims on DT Swiss hubs, a precise Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle and our quickest S-Works Turbo 26mm tyres.
- 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.
BOTTOM BRACKET Praxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor
CHAIN Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
CRANKSET Shimano Ultegra R8000
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
CASSETTE Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
REAR WHEEL Roval SLX 24 Rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 24h
INNER TUBES 66mm alloy tubeless valve
FRONT TIRE S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
REAR TIRE S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
FRONT WHEEL Roval SLX 24 Rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, 20h
SADDLE Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge
TAPE S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
SEATPOST S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
HANDLEBARS Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
STEM Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
FRONT BRAKE Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
REAR BRAKE Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
PEDALS Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors
SEAT BINDER Tarmac SL6 clamp assembly
FORK S-Works FACT carbon
FRAME Specialized Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing