Specialized Tarmac Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Specialized Tarmac

The Specialized Tarmac ranks among the best of the best when it comes to bicycles. This bike is fast, stylish, and built with the finest bike parts possible.

The bike has a power meter, which shows you how much energy you're using to pedal and calories burnt on each ride.

The Specialized Tarmac is a light and fast bike, which is the reason why it is a permanent feature in top world cycling competitions.

Well built. The parts used to make this bike are of the highest-quality.

Expensive. The Specialized Tarmac is a premium bike, and it doesn't come cheap.

The bike is available in limited colors.

Specialized is one of the top bicycle brands in the world. The U.S company was started in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, a cycling enthusiast, and has its headquarter in Morgan Hill, California. Specialized manufacture bikes for all types of riders from amateur to professional cyclists.

Their line of bikes includes commuter e-bikes, full-suspension mountain bikes, and world tour winning racing bike bikes. To design their bicycles, Specialized says they use rider first engineering. 

What that means is while constructing a bike, they ask riders what they would like in a bike model they're considering. They mostly collect data from professional cyclists then implement the feedback to make the most remarkable bikes. Their bike quality can only be compared to Cannondale bikes.

One thing I will say is when you buy a Specialized Tarmac or any other bike from them, you're guaranteed a fast and quality bike. The bicycle may cost you a pretty penny, but it will be totally worth the ride.

Who is this bike for?

  • If you want a fast bike, then you should get the Specialized Tarmac. This bike is built for speed, and that is why it has won three Grand Tours.
  • This bike is also perfect if you have saved up and are ready to ditch your entry-level bike for a high-quality bicycle with outstanding performance.
Specialized Tarmac

Performance

Tarmac is marketed as an excellent race bike, and it has all the features to live up to this description. To begin with, the Specialized Tarmac is a light bike, weighing only 7.63 kg. 

Its lightweight and aerodynamic features help the Tarmac gather speed quickly. Something you would expect of a racing bike. Within the first few pedals, you can tell this bike was made to be fast. Going up mountains is also made bearable by the lightweight of the bike.

The Tarmac comes with Roval CLX 50 wheels, which are one of the best bicycle wheels on the market. What we love about these wheels is if you stop pedaling, they don't slow down immediately so you can maintain your speed.

The disc brake gives the Specialized Tarmac exceptional braking speed. Giving you confidence to slow down in an instant, whenever you need it.

The bike's frame offers a comfortable ride and helps you experience the performance of the wheels as you cycle. Overall the Specialized Tarmac is a high-performance bike, that continues to take professional cyclists to the top of the cycling world.

Conclusion

The Specialized Tarmac is an excellent bike. It has great handling, is comfortable to ride and fast. If we were to rate it, we would give it a 9 out of 10. If you don't mind spending on your bike, get the Tarmac. You'll love it!

Specifications

Frame:

Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Suspension

Fork:

FACT 10r carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

SRAM Force AXS, 48/35T

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM DUB for BB30

Shifters:

Shimano Di2 Disc R9170

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM Force eTAP AXS

Number of Gears:

RAM CS XG 1270, 12-speed, 10-33t

Brakes:

SRAM Force eTAP, hydraulic disc

Wheel Size:

Roval CL 50 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 50mm depth

Tires:

S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm

Handlebar:

S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon, 125mm drop x 75 mm reach

Stem:

Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

Seat Post:

S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset

Saddle:

Power Pro

Headset:

Chain:

SRAM Force, 12-speed

Specialized Tarmac

The Specialized Tarmac ranks among the best of the best when it comes to bicycles. This bike is fast, stylish, and built with the finest bike parts possible.