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Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6 2018

Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6 2018

  • Specialized's classic carbon road bike
  • More aero and lighter weight than ever
  • Full Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset

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£3,500.00

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Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6 2018

Specialized's classic carbon road bike upgraded for 2108 with a more aero shape to help you maximize your speed and an even lighter weight frame for easier hill climbs.

The Specialized Tarmac Expert's new fork shape, dropped seatstays with aero tubes, and D-shaped seatpost and seat tube helps create a bike that's approximately 45 seconds faster over 40km compared with other lightweight bikes in the same category.

Another great feature of the Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6 is that it conforms to the current pleasing trend of coming equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset including cranks, brakes, cassette and chain - components that manufacturers tended to substitute with sub-Shimano parts in previous years to save costs. We can assure you that full Shimano Ultegra is noticeably smoother than a diluted version.

Here's how Specialized describe the Tarmac Expert SL6 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 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, 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.

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Technical Data

Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6
2018
 
FRAMESpecialized Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, full internal, electronic-specific routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing
FORKSpecialized S-Works FACT carbon
STEMSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
TAPESpecialized S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
FRONT BRAKEShimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
REAR BRAKEShimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
SHIFT LEVERSShimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
CASSETTEShimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t
CHAINShimano Ultegra, 11-speed
CRANKSETShimano Ultegra R8000
CHAINRINGS52/36T
BOTTOM BRACKETPraxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor
FRONT WHEELRoval SLX 24, DT Swiss 350 hubs, clincher
REAR WHEELRoval SLX 24 Rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, clincher
FRONT TYRESpecialized S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, 700 x 26mm, clincher
REAR TYRESpecialized S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, 700 x 26mm, clincher
SADDLESpecialized Toupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails
SEATPOSTSpecialized S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
Weight- weighed in our Bruntsfield shop March 201856cm Frame: 7.80kg/17.2lb

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