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TARMAC

THE ALL-NEW TARMAC SL7

ONE BIKE TO RULE THEM ALL

 
Morph Sagan’s superhuman speed with Alaphilippe’s climbing power and you’ve got the Tarmac SL7. The bike that knows no compromise. Climb on the lightest bike the rules allow, sprint on the fastest – all with legendary Tarmac handling. The only choice you need to make is when to attack.
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UCI LEGAL 6.9KG

AERO, STIFF, LIGHT. PICK THREE.

 
Forget the days of choosing between a climbing bike and an aero bike. This is 2022, and compromising is a thing of the past. After 45 years of innovation, Specialized have dropped a Tarmac that wins by any measure – race at the legal weight limit, on the fastest bike in the peloton.
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ZERO ADDED WEIGHT

FASTER BY 45 SECONDS

 
After two decades of Tarmac development, we found a way to go 45 seconds faster over 40k than the Tarmac SL6, without adding a gram of weight. How? By targeting the tubes that truly impact aero – seat tube, seatstays, head tube, fork blades – with shapes from our FreeFoil Shape Library and mating them with hidden cables and our fastest components.
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Godly Geometry

TELEPATHIC HANDLING

 
Tarmac handling is so responsive it’s as if it reads your mind – with an unrivaled response at the bars, magic at the pedals, and the comfort to stay fresh over hundreds of kilometers. The new Tarmac SL7 raises the bar again, it’s the most balanced Tarmac ever and the greatest example of Specializeds Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy.

What do we think? 

 
The Specialized Tarmac is the all-time most popular staff bike here at The Ark Cycles. It took Ellie from cat4 to cat2 in just one season and is the bike of choice for our cat1 race team.  If speed is your main goal then there is nothing faster, lighter, or stiffer than the Tarmac SL7. And unlike aero bikes of the past, you can still ride it all day without breaking your body. 
 
If you love road cycling for its simplicity and essence then we think you'd like Specialized Aethos here. 
 
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MILES ABOVE THE REST

TARMAC SL6 STILL SETS THE BAR

 
To this day, nothing is faster, lighter, or better handling, except of course for the new Tarmac SL7. And now, you can still get all that performance with our Tarmac SL6 Comp, Sport, and Base models.

Models

TARMAC SL7 COMP

£5,000

IN STOCK SIZE 56CM

With the new SRAM Rival eTap AXS 12-speed group to bring wireless shifting to the masses, along wtih some fast rolling tires in the Turbo Pro 700x26mm tires, this new Tarmac delivers performance at a more palatable price point.

 

  • "Aero is everything”—we’ve been preaching it for years and it’s still the driving force for the new Tarmac. In our quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, we took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized our FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a library of optimized shapes, we turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike, for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac Comp that’s faster than before—33 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6. No compromises, just pure speed.

  • While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, and to the development of all of our race bikes, weight was the co-pilot on this optimal race bike journey. Previously “aero bikes” always compromised in the weight department—the more drag you reduced, the more weight you gained. With the new Tarmac, our design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. And with the help of the FreeFoil Shape Library, tools like isotopic FEA analysis, and some engineering wizardry by the best engineers in the industry, we delivered a frame that weighs a mere 920 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.

  • Continuing our quest to develop the perfect race bike, we used our Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy to ensure that the new Tarmac is the most balanced, best handling Tarmac yet—no matter the size. With an army of the world’s best test riders from our three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — we made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. We balanced the ride quality between the front and rear end, so even the longest days in the saddle continue to be comfortable—all without giving up anything to the Tarmac’s legendary handling and race-winning snappiness.

  • Building on the learnings from the Venge, the new Tarmac utilizes simple integration to create a clean, fast cockpit that’s easy to live with. We’ve improved the routing for any configuration — mechanical shifting, traditional stems, round bars, etc. — all while keeping its aerodynamic attributes. These same traits also make the new Tarmac easy to work on and easy to travel with. It’s a win-win.

TARMAC SL7 EXPERT 

£6,850

IN STOCK SIZES 54CM, 56CM

 

With a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic groupset to keep shifts crisp and fast, and S-Works Turbo 700x26mm tires to keep you rolling fast, this new Tarmac delivers performance at a more palatable price point.

  • 'Aero is everything'—we’ve been preaching it for years and it’s still the driving force for the new Tarmac. In our quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, we took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized our FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a library of optimized shapes, we turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike, for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac Expert that’s faster than before—33 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6. No compromises, just pure speed.

  • While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, and to the development of all of our race bikes, weight was the co-pilot on this optimal race bike journey. Previously “aero bikes” always compromised in the weight department—the more drag you reduced, the more weight you gained. With the new Tarmac, our design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. And with the help of the FreeFoil Shape Library, tools like isotopic FEA analysis, and some engineering wizardry by the best engineers in the industry, we delivered a frame that weighs a mere 920 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.

  • Continuing our quest to develop the perfect race bike, we used our Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy to ensure that the new Tarmac is the most balanced, best handling Tarmac yet—no matter the size. With an army of the world’s best test riders from our three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — we made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. We balanced the ride quality between the front and rear end, so even the longest days in the saddle continue to be comfortable—all without giving up anything to the Tarmac’s legendary handling and race-winning snappiness.

  • Building on the learnings from the Venge, the new Tarmac utilizes simple integration to create a clean, fast cockpit that’s easy to live with. We’ve improved the routing for any configuration — mechanical shifting, traditional stems, round bars, etc. — all while keeping its aerodynamic attributes. These same traits also make the new Tarmac easy to work on and easy to travel with. It’s a win-win.

TARMAC SL7 PRO

£7,900

Available to pre-order.

 

The all-new Tarmac Pro delivers the perfect blend of performance and value. A full SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x groupset aides in aero performance, will delivering a gear range that provides plenty of range for most rides—a 46t chainring with a 10-36 cassette. Add in Roval’s new Rapide CL, with their exceptional stability and aerodynamic prowess, and the Tarmac Pro with SRAM eTap is perfect for crit racing, smashing the group ride, or piloting you to that next PR.

  • Aero is everything—we’ve been preaching it for years and it’s still the driving force for the new Tarmac. In our quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, we took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized our FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a library of optimized shapes, we turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike, for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac that’s the fastest we’ve tested—45 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6. No compromises, just pure speed.

  • While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, and to the development of all of our race bikes, weight was the co-pilot on this optimal race bike journey. Previously "aero bikes" always compromised in the weight department—the more drag you reduced, the more weight you gained. With the new Tarmac, our design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. And with the help of the FreeFoil Shape Library, tools like isotopic FEA analysis, and some engineering wizardry by the best engineers in the industry, we delivered a frame that weighs a mere 920 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.

  • Continuing our quest to develop the perfect race bike, we used our Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy to ensure that the new Tarmac is the most balanced, best handling Tarmac yet—no matter the size. With an army of the world’s best test riders from our three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — we made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. We balanced the ride quality between the front and rear end, so even the longest days in the saddle continue to be comfortable—all without giving up anything to the Tarmac’s legendary handling and race-winning snappiness.

  • Building on the learnings from the Venge, the new Tarmac utilizes simple integration to create a clean, fast cockpit that’s easy to live with. We’ve improved the routing for any configuration — mechanical shifting, traditional stems, round bars, etc. — all while keeping its aerodynamic attributes. These same traits also make the new Tarmac easy to work on and easy to travel with. It’s a win-win.

Available to pre-order from spring 2022

TARMAC SL7 S-WORKS SRAM RED AXS / SL7 S-WORKS Di2

£12,600 / £13,200

SPECIAL ORDER ONLY

 

To complement the world's fastest frame, only the best components will do—which is why you’ll find the likes of SRAM’s RED eTap AXS 12-speed groupset with a power meter or brand new Shimano 12-speed Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Roval’s new CLX Rapide wheels, with their exceptional stability and aerodynamic prowess. The S-Works Tarmac is a top-level, 6.8kg race machine, right out of the box.

 

  • "Aero is everything”—we’ve been preaching it for years and it’s still the driving force for the new Tarmac. In our quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, we took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized our FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a library of optimized shapes, we turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike, for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac that’s the fastest we’ve tested—45 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6. No compromises, just pure speed.

  • While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, and to the development of all of our race bikes, weight was the co-pilot on this optimal race bike journey. Previously “aero bikes” always compromised in the weight department—the more drag you reduced, the more weight you gained. With the new Tarmac, our design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. We delivered a frame that weighs a mere 800 grams, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality.

  • Continuing our quest to develop the perfect race bike, we used our Rider-First Engineered™ philosophy to ensure that the new Tarmac is the most balanced, best handling Tarmac yet—no matter the size. With an army of the world’s best test riders from our three World Tour Teams — Boels-Dolmans, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-hansgrohe — we made changes to the Tarmac based on their thousands of kilometers on the road. We balanced the ride quality between the front and rear end, so even the longest days in the saddle continue to be comfortable—all without giving up anything to the Tarmac’s legendary handling and race-winning snappiness.

  • Building on the learnings from the Venge, the new Tarmac utilizes simple integration to create a clean, fast cockpit that’s easy to live with. We’ve improved the routing for any configuration — mechanical shifting, traditional stems, round bars, etc. — all while keeping its aerodynamic attributes. These same traits also make the new Tarmac easy to work on and easy to travel with. It’s a win-win.

Available to pre-order from spring 2022

SPECIALIZED TARMAC SL6 CUSTOM 

£2,995

IN STOCK NOW SIZE 56CM
 

We've just built this custom Specialized Tarmac SL6 with Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheelset and 105 groupset to create a perfect race bike or fast club ride bike for anyone looking to upgrade from an aluminium road bike or as a second bike for racing on!

  • Frame - Used Specialized Tarmac SL6 Carbon Frame

  • Fork - Used Specialized Tarmac SL6 Carbon Fork 

  • Rear Der - Shimano 105

  • Cassette - Shimano 105 11-28

  • Chain - Shimano 105 11 speed

  • Crankset - Shimano 105 Semi-Compact Chainset 52-36 175mm cranks

  • Shifter - Shimano 105 Hydraulic 11 speed shifter

  • Brakes & Rotors - Shimano 105 Hydraulic Flat Mount

  • Stem - Deda Superlegra

  • Handlebar - Specialized 44cm compact drop

  • Grips - Supercaz Bartape

  • Seatpost - Specialized Tarmac SL6 Carbon

  • Saddle - Specialized Power Saddle

  • Wheelset - Used Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST 

  • Tires - Specialized Turbo 26c

Must-have accessories!

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WAHOO GPS COMPUTER

Never get lost on a ride again whilst also
keeping track of every metric you can think of with our range of Wahoo GPS Computers. Choose the Roam for a bigger screen or the Bolt for an aero advantage.
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PEDALS

Pedals are a very personal matter which is why high-end bikes don't come with any. We recommend Speedplay pedals from £134 or add a power meter to your bike with the Powrlink Pedals from £549.
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TURBO TRAINERS

If you're serious about road cycling and want to be the fastest rider you can be then training on a turbo is the way to go. With interactive trainers from £699 you'll actually look forward to training.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

FIND OUT WHAT THESE INDEPENDENT REVIEWERS THINK

"Going fast on a bike you’d be happy to ride all day has never felt so good as it does on the Specialized Tarmac SL7"

- cyclist.co.uk

"If you’re a rider who likes speed, efficiency and precise handling, the newly redesigned Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 offers race-proven performance and aerodynamic design."

-T3.com

"Fearsomely effective speed machine that will delight go-fast riders with its ultra-stiff frame, sublime handling and engaging ride"

- Bikeradar