The Tarmac is back – 2017 range of our top-end road machine
For when owning a great bike is not quite good enough, the Specialized Tarmac is an exceptional all-round race bike. Light, stiff and agile, the it’s a versatile machine that is perfectly suited to sprinting, descending and climbing. Furthermore, its Rider-First Engineered design applies specificity to every frame size – so that the optimal balance of rigidity, weight and responsiveness is maintained regardless of frame size.
The Tarmac has an illustrious pedigree and has been up there with the most successful bikes in the peloton for the past few years. Since the beginning of the 2014, it has claimed victory in all three Grand Tours, two World and multiple National Championships. No other bike can say this, or has even come close.
In the 2017 Tarmac range there is most certainly something for everyone – at least, everyone with an appetite for raw performance and refined engineering. Many at the top end feature the pioneering eTap groupset from SRAM and the inclusion of disc brakes is a big presence across the range.
S-Works Tarmac eTap 2017
You would be hard-pressed to find a bike with a more perfect specification than the S-Works Tarmac eTap. The combination of a Grand Tour-winning frame, revolutionary wireless shifting technology, Roval carbon wheels and the option of hydraulic disc brakes (at £500 extra) is more than enough to get the heart pumping and inspire anyone to perform at their absolute best. If you’ve got the money to spend, it couldn’t be better invested anywhere else.
Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc 2017
With geometry identical to the top-level grand tour winning frame, the Expert is exceptionally rigid, light and responsive, and the carbon fibre construction is mere shades away from that of the bikes beneath Nibali, Sagan and Contador. Equipped with Shimano Ultegra components and disc brakes, this bike is prepared for anything, at any time of year and on any stage. Whether you’re lining up on the start line of a race or going Strava segment-hunting, the Expert is more than ready to get you there.
Specialized SL4 Sport 2017
The Sport is a perfect step-up in performance from its entry-level cousins, or as a first bike for those who don’t want to wait before getting their hands on some elite bike tech. Again, the frame has all the performance features of its more expensive siblings, providing unrivalled stiffness and responsiveness. Equipped with a mix of Shimano 105 and Tiagra, the Sport provides a lot of bang for its buck.
An aspiring road cyclist could not ask for much more from a range of bikes that offers something for everyone. The extensive range covers all bases, for all levels of riders, and promises to inspire greater performance and enjoyment of our wonderful sport.
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