ALLIN- ONE ROAD BIKES
There’s an expression in cycling that when you’re looking to buy bike products that are strong, and light, and inexpensive… pick any two. Because you’ll have better luck finding a unicorn than something that’s all three.
In terms of road- bike frames, the same applies to light weight, comfort and aerodynamics – you just can’t have all three.
Well, that was until the arrival of Specialized’s new Tarmac – a race bike that meets all three of these expectations. With the topend version weighing in at just 733g, this is Specialized’s lightestever frame. The carbon lay-ups (especially those in the rear end) are tuned for lateral stiffness, while simultaneously allowing for vertical compliance; which means ride comfort and control aren’t compromised.
While these two characteristics are a pretty standard combination on lightweight race bikes, it’s the new Tarmac’s upgraded aerodynamic performance – claimed by Specialized to equal that of the first- generation Venge – that sees the most dramatic improvement. Helping to cheat the wind are a redesigned fork, dropped seatstays with aero tubes, and a D- shaped seatpost and seat tube.
Ultimately, the Tarmac’s weight, comfort and aerodynamic performance trifecta has created a versatile package that can truly do it all.