The current generation Tarmac is one of our absolute favourites,
taking the crisp handling and outright speed of earlier models and
adding an improved position, extra comfort and a dose of good
looks, all without compromising on performance.
The S-Works models are a regular feature in our build gallery,
and if you're after the ultimate road race machine they're a superb
money-no-object choice (particularly with the new SRAM AXS 12 speed
gruppo, where they offer especially great value).
But if you're on a tighter budget, this Sport model delivers
awesome value for money. The full carbon frame and forks share the
geometry of the S-Works models, and Shimano 105 provides crisp,
reliable shifting. It may lack a little of the polish and tactile
feel of Ultegra, but 105 is no slouch, and eminently upgradeable
over time if you're looking to shed a few extra grams.
It's great to see a (very) decent S-Works carbon seatpost here
too. The skinny 27.2mm diameter helps give a little extra shock
absorbance, and it's a true quality lightweight post, not just
there for looks.
Those DT Swiss wheels are reliable all-rounders, but they're the
first thing we'd look at changing as you spend more time with the
bike. Yes they'll happily cope with sportives, race days, etc and
they benefit from DT's usual quality and attention to detail, but
like all wheels found on bikes at this pricepoint they're not the
lightest. Swap to some lighter carbon or alloy hoops for race day
and keep the DTs for training and winter use - best of both
But no need to rush for upgrades, straight out of the box this
is an exceptionally capable bike, and of course fitted to perfection by our Bespoke bike
photos by Bence Bujaki