Specialized reveals Tarmac SL6 range

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

There’s a new Specialized Tarmac in town. It’s designated the SL6 to continue Specialized’s previous naming protocol, but the company just want it to be called Tarmac, giving an all-embracing, familial feel.

Rather than building an aero, climbing or all-round bike, Specialized wanted the new Tarmac to be more versatile and equally effective on all-road terrain.

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This rider first engineered Tarmac range uses specific carbon layups for different frame sizes. Instead of the SL5’s differing fork sizes across frame sizes, the SL6 fork has a short crown height and 1.5″ lower bearing, plus the steerer tube’s internal taper varies by frame size.

Chris Yu, director of integrated technologies at Specialized explains that the new Tarmac has been influenced by what the brand’s learnt from the pros who have ridden the bike to success over the years. “If we are honest, racing is getting crazier, in terms of demands. The exact same three week stage race is getting faster on the flats, harder on the descents and steeper on the climbs, all the extremes have gotten more extreme.

“Up to now we have served our riders well with different bikes, sometimes the ideal would be different bikes on the same stage, so as Tarmac is racing it really has to be at the top of its game on most terrain,” he continued.

Aero improvements

Light weight considerations

Models

Women’s S-Works Tarmac

  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 44-56cm, S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works SL bar and stem
  • Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount brakes
  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • S-Works carbon crankset
  • Roval CLX50 wheels with Specialized Turbo Cotton 26mm tyres
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost
  • Price: £9,000 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Women’s Tarmac Expert

  • Tarmac SL6 FACT 10r carbon
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • Specialized Pro SL stem, Expert bar
  • Shimano Ultegra
  • Roval SLX24 wheelset with S-Works Turbo 26mm tyres
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, Oura Expert Gel saddle
  • Price: £3,500 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Women’s S-Works Tarmac frameset

  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 44-56cm
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost
  • Price: £3,250 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s S-Works Tarmac Ultralight

  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 49-61cm, S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works SL bar and stem
  • eecycleworks direct mount brakes
  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • S-Works carbon crankset
  • Roval CLX32 wheels with Specialized Turbo Cotton 26mm tyres
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, S-Works Toupe saddle
  • Price: £9,500 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s S-Works Tarmac

  • As above, but with conventional paint, Dura-Ace direct mount brakes and Roval CLX50 wheelset
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, S-Works Toupe saddle
  • Price: £9,000 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s Tarmac Pro

  • Tarmac SL6 FACT 10r carbon
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • Specialized Pro SL stem, Expert bar
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 with Ultegra direct mount brakes
  • S-Works carbon crankset
  • Roval CL50 wheelset with S-Works Turbo 26mm tyres
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, Toupe Expert Gel saddle
  • Price: £5,750 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s Tarmac Expert

  • Tarmac SL6 FACT 10r carbon
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • Specialized Pro SL stem, Expert bar
  • Shimano Ultegra
  • Roval SLX24 wheelset with S-Works Turbo 26mm tyres
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, Toupe Expert Gel saddle
  • Price: £3,500 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s S-Works Tarmac frameset

  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 49-61cm, five colour options
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost
  • Price: £3,250 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s S-Works Tarmac Sagan Superstar frameset

  • The S-Works Superstar limited edition Peter Sagan frameset
  • The S-Works Superstar limited edition Peter Sagan frameset
  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 49-61cm
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost
  • Price: £3,350 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Men’s S-Works Tarmac Ultralight frameset

  • S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon, sizes 49-61cm, 10g paint finish
  • S-Works FACT carbon fork
  • S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost
  • Price: £3,450 / $TBC / AU$TBC  

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