Spe­cial­ized S-works Tar­mac

Up­dated de­sign takes the all-round bike to new lev­els

Bikes Etc - - FIRST RIDE -

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.

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