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Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2018 - Road Bike

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Push your competitive edge to the next level with the Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert. This carbon road race bike has been tried and tested at the very highest level and will help you to fly up the climbs and descend with confidence.

Key Features:

  • FACT 10r Carbon SL6 frame for top-flight performance on the road
  • S-Works full monocoque FACT Carbon fork for precise steering control
  • Shimano Ultegra 2x11 speed drivetrain for slick shifting accuracy
  • Roval SLX 24 wheels with DT Swiss 350 hubs for lightweight rolling
  • Sizes: 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm
  • Colours: Black/Gloss Acid Pink Clean, Red/White/Silver/Black
  • The Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert is available with 0% APR Finance
Specialized Tarmac review

Our S-Works Tarmac may be the optimal bike for winning a Grand Tour, but chances are, you’re not going to be competing in Southern France this season. But when you need a bike that’s ready to annihilate the competition on your training rides and local races, the new Tarmac Expert is pretty damn hard to beat.

To get the weight around 950 grams, we utilized advanced aerospace composite optimization software to revolutionize the construction and layup of our new FACT 10r carbon. It's the most advanced material and schedule we've ever made—the shape, schedule, and material optimization allowed us to shed nearly 200 grams. That's right, a 20% reduction in frame weight—the perfect recipe for your next hill climb PR.

We then further improved our Rider-First Engineered™ technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places. With this revamp, we also updated the geometry—basing it on countless Retül data points and professional rider input. This enabled us to develop a performance road geometry that perfects the combination of a responsive front end and short wheelbase, delivering instantaneous response and optimal power transfer.

And while stiffness aids in the aforementioned, compliance must also be utilized for an optimal ride quality. That's why we designed a seatpost that builds compliance into the upper 120mm where clamping doesn’t happen, dropped the seatstays, and altered the seat tube shape. We also added tire clearance up to 30mm, which translates to a 28mm Turbo Cotton on a Roval SLX 24 rim. This allows lower pressures for decreased rolling resistance, increased traction, and more comfort. Altogether, these additions still have the Tarmac riding like a true race-machine, but just takes a bit of the sting out of those road imperfections. You’ll thanks us on your next long ride.

And while this is all great, we know that aerodynamics are the most important thing we can do to make you faster. Both our Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Quick Step Floors Pro Tour riders, after all, are demanding aero improvements on every bike. With this, the aero goal was to discover where we could essentially “add aero for free,” by not taking anything away from the hallmarks of the Tarmac design. During the six-month iterative process, three areas were discovered where we could do this—a new fork shape, dropped seatstays with aero tubes, and a d-shaped seatpost and seat tube. The result? A bike that’s approximately 45 seconds faster over 40km compared to other lightweight bikes in the same category. A speed savings that you'll feel when you're attacking off the front of the peloton.

This new Tarmac comes ready to race out of the box, featuring a crisp Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, lightweight Roval Rapide CL 50 rims laced to DT Swiss hubs, our fastest S-Works Turbo 26mm tires, and a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle.

The FACT 10r carbon frame combines the lightweight performance and compliance of our top-end carbon production methods with our Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary climbing responsiveness and descending prowess you'd expect from a Tarmac.

S-Works full FACT carbon fork with a tapered construction provides incredible front end stiffness and steering response for instantaneous accelerations and high-speed descents.

The 11-speed Shimano Ultegra 8000 shifting is extremely reliable, lightweight, and precise.

All Tredz bikes are:

  • Fully built & ready to ride
  • Fully checked & tested by Cytech qualified mechanics
  • Available with 0% APR finance (up to 48 months) on any basket over £99
  • UK price match guarantee
  • 365 day no hassle returns
  • Free delivery in the UK Mainland on a date that suits you

In the box with every Tredz bike is:

  • Free Tredz 9 key trail tool
  • Free Tredz pedal spanner
  • Free basic pedals
  • Tredz drawstring kit bag
  • 16 point quality control check sheet
  • Basic bike setup instructions
  • Free Cycle Plan insurance voucher (8 weeks)

Specification

Frame: Specialized Tarmac SL6, FACT 10r carbon, Rider-First Engineered™, OSBB, clean routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing
Fork: S-Works FACT carbon
Stem: Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
Bars: Specialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 123x75mm
Front Brake: Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
Rear Brake: Shimano Ultegra 8010 direct mount
Front Mech: Shimano Ultegra 8000, braze-on
Rear Mech: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11-speed
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 8000
Speed: 22
Rims: Roval SLX 24
Front Hub: DT Swiss 350
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
Front Tyre: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Rear Tyre: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Seat Post: S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset
Chainset: Shimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36T
Bottom Bracket: Praxis BB30 w/ Shimano conversion adaptor
Chain: Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-speed, 11-30t
Pedals: Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

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Tarmac SL6 Sizing

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Sizing

See the table below to find the right size Specialized Tarmac SL6.

Height

Size

5’0” / 152cm

49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5’1” / 155cm

49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5’2” / 158cm

49

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

5’3” / 160cm

49

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

5’4” / 163cm

49

50

52

 

 

 

 

 

5’5” / 165cm

 

 

52

 

 

 

 

 

5’6” / 168cm

 

 

52

 

 

 

 

 

5’7” / 170cm

 

 

52

54

 

 

 

 

5’8” / 173cm

 

 

 

54

 

 

 

 

5’9” / 175cm

 

 

 

54

56

 

 

 

5’10” / 178cm

 

 

 

 

56

 

 

 

5’11” / 180cm

 

 

 

 

56

58

 

 

6’0” / 183cm

 

 

 

 

 

58

 

 

6’1” / 185cm

 

 

 

 

 

58

 

 

6’2” / 188cm

 

 

 

 

 

58

61

 

6’3” / 191cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

 

6’4” / 193cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

 

6’5” / 196cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

64

6’6” / 198cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

6’7” / 201cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

6’8” / 203cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

6’9” / 205cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

Read our bike size guide for more information on sizing.

Tarmac SL6 Geometry

 

49

52

54

56

58

61

Crank length

170mm

170mm

172.5mm

172.5mm

175mm

175mm

Stem length

80mm

90mm

100mm

100mm

110mm

110mm

Seatpost length

320mm

320mm

380mm

380mm

380mm

380mm

Saddle width

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

Handlebar width

400mm

420mm

420mm

420mm

440mm

440mm

Reach

375mm

380mm

384mm

395mm

402mm

408mm

Top tube length, horizontal

508mm

531mm

540mm

562mm

577mm

595mm

Stack

514mm

527mm

544mm

565mm

591mm

612mm

Wheelbase

973mm

975mm

978mm

990mm

1005mm

1012mm

Chainstay length

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

Front center

574mm

577mm

579mm

591mm

606mm

613mm

Bb drop

74mm

74mm

72mm

72mm

72mm

72mm

Bb height

266mm

266mm

268mm

268mm

268mm

268mm

Seat tube angle

76°

74°

74°

74°

74°

73°

Head tube angle

72°

73°

73°

74°

74°

74°

Seat tube length

431mm

462mm

481mm

501mm

522mm

553mm

Head tube length

115mm

126mm

143mm

163mm

190mm

210mm

Bike standover height

740mm

755mm

775mm

795mm

826mm

850mm

Fork rake/offset

47mm

47mm

44mm

44mm

44mm

44mm

Fork length, full

363mm

363mm

363mm

363mm

363mm

363mm

Trail

63mm

58mm

58mm

55mm

55mm

52mm

Read our Road Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on Road geometry.

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Road Bike Guide

 

Is a Road Bike Right for Me?

If you’re new to the cycling world, we highly recommend taking a look at our bike buying guide overview or our road bike buying guide to help you decide what type of bike is right for your needs.

When you’re choosing a road bike, there are a few things to look out for which can help you work out the quality and performance you can expect from a particular model.


Usage

What road bike is right for you? There are a few different kinds of road bike, and they all have their specialities. We break down their strengths and usage in an easy to read table below.

Type of Road Bike

Usage

Pros

Cons

Sportive Road

Long distance, training, sportive and endurance riding, as well as rough roads.

Comfortable, relaxed geometry is more accessible for riders new to road cycling.

Not as aggressive or stiff, so serious racers may look for a road race bike.

Road Race

Racing and training.

Lightweight, aggressive geometry for most efficient riding position.

Range limited to tarmac roads and cycle paths.

Aero Race

Road and criterium racing.

Aero dynamically efficient and fast. Stiff frames and aggressive geometry.

Heavier than road race bikes.

Flat Bar Road

Training and commuting. Comfortable, fast city riding.

Upright riding position is great for training and city riding.

Limited options of bikes. MTB-like position not great for racing.

Type of Road Bike / Usage

Pros

Cons

Sportive Road

Long distance, training, sportive and endurance riding, as well as rough roads.

Comfortable, relaxed geometry is more accessible for riders new to road cycling.

Not as aggressive or stiff, so serious racers may look for a road race bike.

Road Race

Racing and training.

Lightweight, aggressive geometry for most efficient riding position.

Range limited to tarmac roads and cycle paths.

Aero Race

Road and criterium racing.

Aero dynamically efficient and fast. Stiff frames and aggressive geometry.

Heavier than road race bikes.

Flat Bar Road

Training and commuting. Comfortable, fast city riding.

Upright riding position is great for training and city riding.

Limited options of bikes. MTB-like position not great for racing.


Frame Material

The vast majority of road bikes are made from either aluminium alloy or carbon fibre. Alloy bikes can offer higher tier groupsets for a lower price, whereas carbon frames come at a significant premium, but are lighter and give that extra performance advantage.

Aluminium

Aluminium alloy frames
Alloy frames have come a long way recently, using hydroforming and butting to keep the weight low, while keeping stiffness high.

Carbon fibre

Carbon fibre composite frames
Carbon frames have a lighter weight and greater stiffness, while maintaining excellent comfort.


Fork

Road bike forks are made to be lightweight and stiff, giving accurate steering, as well as a comfortable ride. Budget road bikes will have alloy forks, whereas mid-range forks often have mix-material forks, with alloy steerer tubes and carbon fork blades. Carbon bladed forks deliver a more comfortable ride, absorbing road vibrations and flexing slightly in rough roads. Full carbon forks are found on high end road bikes. They are especially lightweight and offer even greater stiffness.


Groupset

A bike’s groupset, or drivetrain, is where the biggest difference in component quality is seen. A complete groupset comprises of the following parts:

  • Chainset (aka Crankset)
  • Bottom bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters
  • Front & rear derailleur
  • Chain
  • Cassette

Road groupsets are supplied by Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo. Having reliable and fast shifting can make all the difference when pushing hard. The majority of road bikes have double chainring drivetrains, while triple chainring setups are usually only found on low end bikes and touring bikes. Road bikes will have 7-11 speeds in the rear, with higher gears meaning more options for smoother riding.

Road Groupsets

Brakes

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes
Disc brakes offer greater stopping power and modulation. They work as well in wet as dry weather, and don’t require the rims to be replaced periodically. They come at a weight penalty, however.

Calliper Rim Brakes

Calliper rim brakes
Rim brakes are lightweight and easy to maintain. They allow greater aerodynamics for aero road bikes and


Wheels & Tyres

Types of tyres

Road bikes tyres don’t vary as much as mountain bike or even hybrid, but they still make a huge difference to how the bike rides. For a detailed look into road bike tyres, see our guide.

Road tyres have long been offered as either clincher or tubular. Clincher tyres are the standard tyres that fit onto standard rims with a tube holding the air. Tubular tyres are glued to a special tubular rim and are fully encased, doing without a tube.

Tubeless tyres are now a feature of road bikes, delivering a compromise between tubular and clincher tyres. They look the same as clincher tyres, but pair up with special rims to offer a proper seal within the tyres, also doing away with tubes.

Tyre Size

Road tyres are traditionally quite narrow. Nowadays the accepted standard is 25c, but 23c and 28c tyres are very common too. The larger the size tyre, the more comfortable they will be, but they will also be heavier and potentially slower rolling. Sportive and flat bar road bikes will commonly have wider tyres, whereas race and aero road bike will tend towards narrower tyres.

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What's In The Box

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Most bikes don't come with pedals as standard so we include a set of basic pedals, free of charge with every bike we send out. We will also provide you with a pedal spanner to fit them and a 9-key trail tool, along with full instructions for setting your bike up out of the box. Each bike is sent out with a 16 point, quality control check sheet so you can be confident that your bike has been fully checked by our qualified mechanics.

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All these items are provided at no extra charge and are packed into a Tredz drawstring bag that doubles up as a handy backpack for carrying your ride essentials.

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