Specialized S-works Tarmac
Updated design takes the all-round bike to new levels
While it may sound like a cliché, there were no losers or poor bikes in this test and given the retail prices of them, perhaps that’s no surprise. Each bike shows just how far road bike technology is advancing in recent years, with comfort and handling being a real highlight. The Storck Fascenario felt like the fastest on test, even if that didn’t always prove to be the case when we looked at the numbers. While it may only be a small issue, the brake cable hose routing highlighted that it wasn’t quite as perfect as we had hoped for given the price. The Bianchi Specialissima is a bike worthy of the name – truly extra special. Smooth and confident but most importantly, fast. It ticks all the boxes for what riders would want from a fast road bike. Against any other competition, either the Storck or Bianchi might have been a clear test winner, but they were taking on the new S-works Tarmac SL6. With this bike, Specialized has raised the bar on what’s possible from an all-round bike. It wasn’t only the lightest on test but also the most comfortable, yet stiffness and responsiveness were superb and throughout our tests proved to be the fastest too. It was a beautiful bike to ride and if we were to add one bike to our wishlist, this would be the one. We just hope Santa’s reading.