Newly launched, Specialized's pure breed racing machine, the Tarmac SL7, is here and it's already made quite a name for itself out in the professional racing world with Vincent Luis dominating at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Hamburg on the S-Works SL7. The SL7 Expert model might not be the creme de la creme S-Works version but you'll be happily surprised by the Experts impressive performance none the less; with a newly modified and improved design the features a more aerodynamic tube shape. The Tarmax SL7 is a staggering 33 seconds quicker over 40km than its predecessor, the SL6. When designing the SL7, Specialized wanted to see the best of both worlds combined, bringing the weight down to just 920grams thanks to their FACT 10r carbon frame. This means the new Tarmac Expert isn't just aero, it's super light in weight as well, hitting that sweet spot just right. The Tarmac SL7 truly has no weakness being a lightweight and aerodynamic road bike, giving you the ability to fly up the most grueling of climbs whilst also swiftly descending and cutting through the strongest of headwind stretches. To achieve this high-performance design, Specialized took every UCI rule to the absolute limit to find the best possible result they could, bringing you a racing machine in its truest form. When designing the new Tarmac, Specialized decided to use the most desirable features their very own Venge has to offer and transfer these across into their Tarmac, bringing a more aggressive and effective overall FreeFoil design. To ensure the SL7 frame maintained its rigidity, Specialized increased the stiffness in other areas to provide and offer you a more efficient power transfer. Although the Tarmac has been built as a pure racing machine, Specialized didn't want to completely sacrifice your comfort and so their Rider-First Engineered™ technology and layup ensure you'll find a set-up that's not only comfortable but provides top-quality handling as well. And finally, to finish off a truly stunning bike, Specialized equipped this Expert with a Shimano 8070 Ultegra Di2 groupset that provides lightweight, effortless and futuristic gear shifting, perfect for that race-winning performance.
Faster & More Aerodynamic
"Aero is everything”- Specialized 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 Specialized has tested—33 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 920 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.
The Perfect Race Bike
Continuing their quest to develop the perfect race bike, Specialized used their 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 Specialized's three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — they made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. Specialized 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 - Tarmac SL7 FACT 10r Carbon, Rider First Engineered™, Win Tunnel Engineered, Clean Routing, Threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Fork - FACT Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Front Wheel - DT Swiss R470 rim, 20mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru-axle hub, center lock disc, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples
Rear Wheel - DT Swiss R470 rim, 20mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, alloy freehub body, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples
Front & Rear Tyres - S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Inner Tubes - Turbo Ultralight, 48mm Presta valve
Crankset - Shimano Ultegra R8000, HollowTech 2, 11-speed
Chainrings - 52/36T
Bottom Bracket - Shimano Threaded BSA BB
Shift Levers - Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc R8070
Front Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050, braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050, GS medium cage
Cassette - Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-speed, 11-30t
Chain - Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
Front & Rear Brakes - Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop x 75mm reach
Stem - Tarmac integrated stem, 6-degree
Saddle - Body Geometry Power ExpertSeatpost - 2021 S-Works Tarmac Carbon seat post, FACT Carbon, Di2 Compatible, 20mm offset
Seat Binder - Tarmac integrated wedge