Specialized Tarmac SL7, what can we expect? The company has shown us that they are capable of creating different bikes to fulfill what the market needs. We have seen them getting into the mountain and road bikes for quite some years now. Lately, they have entered the e-bike market, but what we will show you today is one of the most impressive road bikes of 2021.
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Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert: A new look of an old friend
Have you heard about the Venge model? It is an old familiar face from the Specialized family that has evolved into something more powerful than we could expect.
The new Tarmac is built on the base of what Venge used to be, which for people who have used Specialized for a while it’s a good improvement on what they are getting.
As you can expect on a road bike, they are looking to make it faster and lighter, which will later translate into velocity when a cyclist uses it. And that’s what Specialized thought about when making the Tarmac. Designed to go faster, the Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert has more than just aerodynamic prowess.
Thanks to the Rider-First Engineered frame and many quality components, we take the first look at a bike made to help people achieve their goals and beat their daily performance. This is a bike to rule them all.
Having a look at the newest Tarmac flagship
We have seen some Tarmac models before. You might remember that the Tarmac SL6 was a surprise for most people when it came out. Well, the SL7 is taking the same spotlight that its ancestor had.
Most of what Specialized uses come from Shimano, but we have a different bet on what the bike has inside this time. In case you are wondering if they are making a cheap bet, you might want to reconsider that, especially as it comes from Specialized.
The Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert hides some of the best components. Even though we can’t find any FOX or Bosch on it, it’s pretty impressive what they did. These are the pieces the Tarmac SL7 hides:
- Saddle: Body Geometry Power Expert, Ti rails, 143mm/155mm
- Tape: Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
- Seatpost: 2021 S-Works Tarmac Carbon seat post, FACT Carbon, Di2 Compatible
- Stem: Tarmac integrated stem, 6-degree
- Seat Binder: Tarmac integrated wedge
- Handlebars: Specialized Expert Shallow Drop
- Rear Brake: Shimano Ultegra, Hydraulic Disc
- Front Brake: Shimano Ultegra, Hydraulic Disc
- Front Hub: Tubeless Valve
- Rear Tire: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection
- Rear Wheel: Roval C 38 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready
- Front Wheel: Roval C 38 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready
- Front Tire: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection
- Crankset: Shimano Ultegra R8000, HollowTech 2, 11-speed
- Shift levers: Shimano Ultegra Disc R8020
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000
- Cassette:Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-speed
- Bottom Bracket: Shimano Threaded BSA BB
- Chain: Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000, Shadow Design, 11-speed
- Fork Fact:Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, Flat-mount Disc
As we can see, Specialized went for a full Shimano bet, but they are also using some of their gear due to how powerful they want the bike to be.
Rider-First Engineered: Behind the Tarmac SL7 Expert frame
As Tarmac evolves to become one of the most promising road bikes on the market, all the pieces that complete this bike also improve. In this case, we have to take a deeper look at what Specialized did with the frame, creating something that will improve the overall usage of this bike,
Specialized mentioned that they want to create a balanced road bike between power, weight, and comfiness. Based on what Three World Tour Teams: SD Worx, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and Bora-Hansgrohe have experienced, they bet to change their frame to the Rider-First Engineered one.
Built on what Venge used to be, the Tarmac SL7 Expert uses a different integration system to create a frame easy to use and live with. Also, we have to mention that the Tarmac SL7 is designed to be used through all roads and still deliver a great result.
Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert: A road bike worth having
As road bikes are one of the most used models worldwide, Specialized couldn’t just wait and see how other companies rule the market. With the Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert, they are looking to take advatange due to how incredible the bike is.
The components, frame, and overall structure are just what a cyclist could expect and want, and for us, the Tarmac SL7 is a must for cyclists looking for speed and quality.