I bought this bike a few weeks ago and couldn't be happier with it. From it's beautiful understated looks, to it's frankly stunning stopping power I couldn't recommend one more, if you have the money.
The biggest change from my old s-works Tarmac are the brakes of course, and the added confidence in the stopping power that they bring means I can really attack downhills even if I'm unsure of the route. This really improves the riding experience as all that caution is thrown to the wind.
Now clearly there are other bikes with discs so that's not really going to swing you in deciding to buy one, but this should, the bike really flies. It's so fast, particularly on downhills. I've hit 80km/h a few times already and that's on small downhills. It's natural rolling speed seems a couple of km/h faster than my previous bikes. It wills you to go faster, and attacking hills is so easy as it's smoothness means no power is lost.
It sounds great too, a lovely whirr of the rubber on the Tarmac.
The comfort of the ride is great too. I've already done a London to Amsterdam ride and it felt very comfy even with a heavy pack on.
And to top it off, the bike just looks cool. Beautifully understated. No one will know you're riding a £8k bike unless they're a proper cyclist. It looks like a stealth bike. I guess if it had been designed by someone I would say Hugo Boss, smart, understated & very, very cool.
Buy one, you will never regret it!
A bicycle thought by Specialized to offer an optimal and powerful operation. With a little less than 7 kg on the balance, the comfortable behavior, and optimized rigidity are the two major points of the new Tarmac. At the time of these High Road, I did only one with the bicycle. Even in the difficult moments, I did not have a difficulty in bring the bicycle. I was never alone.
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