Specialized Mens S-Works Tarmac 2018

Specialized Mens S-Works Tarmac 2018
The previous Tarmac had an exceptional palmarès—a win in every Grand Tour, plus two World Championships—so you might ask yourself, "why a new Tarmac?" Well, we've never been one to rest on our laurels, which is why we're constantly hunting for even the smallest of improvements. In other words, we innovate or die.
 
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The previous Tarmac had an exceptional palmarès—a win in every Grand Tour, plus two World Championships—so you might ask yourself, "why a new Tarmac?" Well, we've never been one to rest on our laurels, which is why we're constantly hunting for even the smallest of improvements. In other words, we innovate or die. And for this exact reason, the new S-Works Tarmac breaks all the traditions of race bike design to create the fastest bike for all conditions.

To get the weight below 800 grams, we utilised advanced aerospace composite optimisation software to revolutionise the construction and layup of our new FACT 12r carbon. It's the most advanced material and schedule we've ever made—the shape, schedule, and material optimisation 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.

In our search to save every last gram, the S-Works Tarmac Ultralight also uses a newly developed paint finish that further reduces weight. In combination with our improved preparation process, it achieves a paint job that has the same weight as nine gummy bears, or 10 grams.

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 utilised 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 CLX 50 wheel. 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 S-Works Tarmac comes ready to race with Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 groupset with direct mount brakes, and the lightweight, yet impressively aerodynamic, Roval CLX 50s with 26mm Turbo Cotton tyres.

  • 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 S-Works FACT 12r frameset is our highest quality carbon frame, offering the ideal blend of light overall weight and targeted stiffness.
  • 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.
  • A 52/36T S-Works carbon fibre crankset delivers the ultimate in power delivery, with a chainring grouping that's equally suited to big alpine climbs as it is to throwing down the gauntlet on the flats.
BIKE SPECS
FRAME
S-Works Tarmac SL6, FACT 12r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing
FORK
S-Works FACT carbon
FRONT WHEEL
Roval CLX 50, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 50mm depth, Roval AF1 Hub, CeramicSpeed bearings,16h
REAR WHEEL
Roval CLX 50, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 50mm depth, Roval AF1 Hub, CeramicSpeed bearings, 21h
INNER TUBES
66mm alloy tubeless valve 
FRONT TYRE
Turbo Cotton, 700x26mm, 320 TPI
REAR TYRE
Turbo Cotton, 700x26mm, 320 TPI
CRANKSET
S-Works carbon fiber
CHAINRINGS
52/36T
BOTTOM BRACKET
OSBB, CeramicSpeed bearings
SHIFT LEVERS
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150
FRONT DERAILLEUR
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEUR
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11-speed
CASSETTE
Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-speed, 11-30t
CHAIN
Shimano Dura-Ace,11-speed
FRONT BRAKE
Shimano Dura-Ace 9110F direct mount
REAR BRAKE
Shimano Dura-Ace 9110RS direct mount
HANDLEBARS
S-Works SL Carbon Shallow Drop, 125x75mm
TAPE
S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
STEM
S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
SADDLE
S-Works Toupé, Body Geometry shape, 143mm width, carbon rails
SEATPOST
S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
SEAT BINDER
Tarmac SL6 clamp assembly
PEDALS
Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors
GEOMETRY
495254565861
BB Drop 74mm 74mm 72mm 72mm 72mm 72mm
BB Height 266mm 266mm 268mm 268mm 268mm 268mm
Bike Standover Height 740mm 755mm 775mm 795mm 826mm 850mm
Chainstay Length 405mm 405mm 405mm 405mm 407mm 410mm
Fork Length, Full 363mm 363mm 363mm 363mm 363mm 363mm
Fork Rake/Offset 47mm 47mm 44mm 44mm 44mm 44mm
Front Center 574mm 577mm 579mm 591mm 606mm 613mm
Head Tube Angle 72° 73° 73° 74° 74° 74°
Head Tube Length 115mm 126mm 143mm 163mm 190mm 210mm
Reach 375mm 380mm 384mm 395mm 402mm 408mm
Seat Tube Angle 76° 74° 74° 74° 74° 73°
Seat Tube Length 431mm 462mm 481mm 501mm 522mm 553mm
Stack 514mm 527mm 544mm 565mm 591mm 612mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal 508mm 531mm 540mm 562mm 577mm 595mm
Trail 63mm 58mm 58mm 55mm 55mm 52mm
Wheelbase 968mm 970mm 973mm 985mm 1002mm 1012mm

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