Specialized Tarmac Disc Sport


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 worlds.

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 fitters.

photos by Bence Bujaki


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