It's back and it's more impressive than it's ever been before. I know, how can Specialized's newest Tarmac actually be better than last year's super impressive SL6 model? Well, let's not just 'talk it up' because the test results can speak for themselves. Specailized's S-Works Tarmac SL7 is a whopping 45 seconds quicker over 40km than last years stunning SL6 and weighs just 7.0kg in total, keeping it aerodynamic AND lightweight, the ultimate power couple when it comes to racing. Specialized ensured their newest Tarmac didn't have any weaknesses, featuring a new lightweight carbon fiber frame layup, weighing just 800grams, so that you're guaranteed to fly up the toughest of climbs with ease as well as their new aerodynamic design that allows you to descend at an unmatched speed compared to the SL6. To achieve this impressive new ride, Specialized worked tirelessly to stretch every UCI rule to the absolute limit to achieve the best performance possible. They didn't just start from scratch though, they took the best parts of their own Venge and used these features to design and improve the Tarmac SL7 with their latest FreeFoil Shaping technology. While this aerodynamic design is awesome, Specialized made sure they didn't allow this to create weaknesses in other areas, instead they enhanced the stiffness of their frame to make sure every watt you push through those pedals works with you to propel you forward. With Specialized's Rider-First Engineered™ technology you're guaranteed a comfortable set up that provides top quality handling that comes from a very thoroughly researched library of rider geometry. Taking all of your needs into consideration, Specialized made sure this Tarmac is simple and hassle free to travel with, utilising a more simple integration system at the cockpit, allowing for an easier service as well much like their Venge. Since this S-Works Tarmac truly is at the top of the game, Specialized equipped it with a Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 group with a power meter for blissfully crisp shifting as well as hydraulic disc brakes for breaking power that simply don't let bad weather get the better of you. To complete this professional and smart look, Specialized equipped this SL7 with Roval's new CLX Rapide wheels.
Faster & More Aerodynamic
"Aero is everything”- Specailized has been preaching it for years and it’s still the driving force for the new Tarmac. In their quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, Specialized took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized their FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a library of optimized shapes, they turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike, for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac that’s the fastest Specilized has tested—45 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6. No compromises, just pure speed.
Super Light In Weight
While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, and to the development of all of Specialized's race bikes, weight was the co-pilot on this optimal race bike journey. Previously “aero bikes” always compromised in the weight department—the more drag you reduced, the more weight you gained. With the new Tarmac, Specialized's design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. And with the help of the FreeFoil Shape Library, tools like isotopic FEA analysis, and some engineering wizardry by the best engineers in the industry, Specialized delivered a frame that weighs a mere 800 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.
The Best Of The Best
To complement the world's fastest frame, only the best components will do—which is why you'll find the likes of Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 group with power meter, and Roval's new CLX Rapide wheels, with their exceptional stability and aerodynamic prowess. The S-Works Tarmac is a top-level race machine, right out of the box. Continuing their quest to develop the perfect race bike, Specialized used our Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy to ensure that the new Tarmac is the most balanced, best handling Tarmac yet—no matter the size. With an army of the world’s best test riders from their three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — Specialized made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. Specialized's balanced the ride quality between the front and rear end, so even the longest days in the saddle continue to be comfortable—all without giving up anything to the Tarmac’s legendary handling and race-winning snappiness.
Frame - S-Works Tarmac SL7 FACT 12r Carbon, Rider First Engineered™, Win Tunnel Engineered, Clean Routing, Threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Fork - S-Works FACT Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Front Wheel - Roval Rapide CLX, 21mm internal width carbon rim, 51mm depth, Win Tunnel Engineered, Roval AFD hub, 18h, DT Swiss Aerolite spokes
Rear Wheel - Roval Rapide CLX, 21mm internal width carbon rim, 60mm depth, Win Tunnel Engineered, Roval AFD hub, 24h, DT Swiss Aerolite spokes
Front & Rear Tyres - Turbo Cotton, 320 TPI, 700x26mm
Inner Tubes - Turbo Ultralight, 60mm Presta valve
Crankset - Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, HollowTech 2, 11-speed, Dual-sided Power meter
Chainrings - 52/36T
Bottom Bracket - Shimano Dura-Ace, BB-R9100
Shift Levers - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc R9170
Front Derailleur - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, 11-speed
Cassette - Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-speed, 11-30t
Chain - Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-speed
Front & Rear Brake - Shimano Dura-Ace R9170, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - S-Works Aerofly II
Stem - Tarmac integrated stem, 6-degree
Saddle - Body Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base
Seatpost - 2021 S-Works Tarmac Carbon seat post, FACT Carbon, Di2 Compatible, 20mm offset
Seat Binder - Tarmac integrated wedge