The Tarmac was designed by Specialized to be a complete racing bike and not a one-trick pony. Whether you're looking for a bike that can fly you to finish on a technical route or straight-line speed on a time-trial or even an uphill climb, the Tarmac can do it all. The progression from the SL5 to the SL6 results in an incredible 20% reduction in frame weight. Yes, nearly 200g has been saved through aerospace optimisation software that saw Specialized go about their carbon-layup completely differently. You should also know the frame itself is made from over 500-pieces, ensuring every frame size delivers the same great quality of performance thanks to the Specialized Rider-First Engineered™ design. As well as this, brand-new components such as a D-shaped seatpost, fork and tube-shapes all help contribute to the Tarmac saving 45 seconds over 40km compared to its predecessor. Finally, the SRAM Force eTAP AXS groupset delivers 24 gears on a 10-tooth electronic cassette ensuring shifting is smoother than you have ever experienced before.
20% Reduction in Frame Weight
Yes, you read it right. 1/5th of this bikes frame weight has been saved from the SL5 to the SL6. You may be left asking whether if it was done through rocket science? You would be absolutely correct. Specialized's advanced aerospace composite optimisation software allowed them to go about the layup of the carbon-fibre in a completely different way. Meaning the FACT 10r carbon fibre is now the perfect recipe for your next PB whether that's uphill, downhill, straight or round the bends.
500 Piece Frame
Constructing a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is tough enough, try constructing 500-pieces of carbon-fibre. Specialized has managed it through their Rider-First Engineered™ technology which allows them to be able to ensure the same great performance in every frame size. This has been done by tacking different carbon layups, quantities of materials, flexibility arrangements and orientations for each sized model.
45 Seconds Faster over 40km
And no, that doesn't mean you can take your training easy this week. But through the development of key components, Specialized has found a way to save a whopping 45 seconds over 40km. This has been down through a new D-shaped seatpost, re-engineered aero tube and seat stays as well as a new fork shape.
Frame - Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Fork - FACT 10r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Front Wheel - Roval CL 50 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 50mm depth, 21h
Rear Wheel - Roval CL50 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 50mm depth, DT Swiss 350 internals, 24h
Front & Rear Tyres - S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Crankset - SRAM FC Force DUB, 12-speed
Chainrings - 46/33T
Bottom Bracket - SRAM DUB BSA 68
Shift Levers - SRAM Force eTap AXS
Front Derailleur - SRAM Force eTap AXS
Rear Derailleur - SRAM Force eTap AXS
Cassette - SRAM CS XG 1270, 12-speed, 10-33t
Chain - SRAM CN Force 12-speed
Front & Rear Brake - SRAM Force eTAP, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop x 75mm reach
Stem - Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
Saddle - Power Pro
Seatpost - S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
Seat Binder - Tarmac SL6 clamp assembly