Barry recently had the chance to test the disc brake equipped version of our 2017 "Bike of the Year", the S-Works Tarmac SL6, in the Pyrenees. He was impressed.
So naturally, when he got an invitation to the Haute Route Stelvio, there was only one bike to choose...
Three days of mountain passes, epic climbs, challenging descents and superb Pro-level support. It's about the most fun you can have on two wheels, all packed into a long weekend.
Full post-ride report coming soon. Meanwhile, check out the Tarmac in our mini gallery below:
Hairpins, low visibility, wet roads... trust us, disc brakes are not a fad.
The classic view. What goes up must come down, and that's where disc brakes come into their own. Precise modulation, wet-weather performance and sheer reliability.
I don't care who you are or what you ride, everyone deserves to start a ride off a ramp at least once in their cycling career.
Neutral service vehicle, sir? Why thank you...
Yes, we test our kit thoroughly - that's a new Bespoke Base Layer you can see in this shot. We believe in what we sell, and that's not just empty marketing speak: we ride it, we test it, we trust it.
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