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Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2019

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Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2019

Are you ready to annihilate the competition on your training rides and local races, then this new Tarmac Expert is pretty damn hard to beat.

Specialized's classic carbon road bike with a aero shape to help you maximize your speed and an even lighter weight frame and Roval CL 50 carbon rims makes for easier hill climbs.

The frame latest FACT 10r carbon is the most advanced to date. The shape, schedule, and material has been optimised to allow Specialized to shed nearly 20% of the frame weight—the perfect recipe for your next hill climb PR.

Roval CL 50, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim are light, aero, stiff and every bit exceptional to complement this bike and its performance!

Another great feature of the Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert is that it conforms to the current pleasing trend of coming equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra 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 SL6 Expert

Our S-Works Tarmac might be the perfect 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.

For the construction, we utilized advanced aerospace composite optimization software to revolutionize the construction and layup of our new FACT 10r carbon. It's the most advanced layup 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 PR.

We started by further improving our Rider-First Engineered™ technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places, all while shedding some serious weight. 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 they just take a bit of the sting out of those road imperfections. You'll thank 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 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.

This Tarmac comes ready to race out of the box, featuring a crisp Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, resplendent Roval CL 50 carbon wheelset, and a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle.

  • Featuring 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. The FACT 10r frame is the perfect blend of value and performance.
  • The 11-speed Shimano Ultegra 8000 shifting is extremely reliable, lightweight, and precise.
  • The Roval CL 50 wheelset utilizes the same rim as its older sibling the CLX 50, but pairs it with traditional bearings and round spokes to keep value at an all-time high.

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Technical Specifications

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2019 
FrameTarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing, direct-mount rim brake
ForkFACT 10r carbon, direct-mount rim brake
ShiftersShimano Ultegra R8000
Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000-GS, medium cage
Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000, braze-on
ChainsetShimano Ultegra R8000, HollowTech 2, 11-speed 52/36T
Bottom BracketPraxis, BB30 for Shimano
ChainShimano Ultegra, 11-speed
Cassette / FreewheelShimano Ultegra R8000, 11-speed, 11-30t
Front WheelRoval CL 50, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 50mm depth,16h
Rear WheelRoval CL 50, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 50mm depth, DT Swiss 350 internals, 21h
TyresS-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
BrakesShimano Ultegra R8010
Brake leversShimano Ultegra R8000
HandlebarsSpecialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop x 75mm reach
Grips / TapeS-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel
StemSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
SaddleToupe Expert Gel, 143mm, hollow titanium rails, Adaptive Edge
SeatpostS-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset

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