Specialized Tarmac SL by Coach Lee

Specialized Tarmac SL by Coach Lee

In the immortal words of a great Jane’s Addiction song, ‘Flying down the mountain…..’. That is just what I did on my new Tarmac Pro SL and it was, as the kids say today, da bomb. I have ridden every material made for road bikes and been fortunate to race and train on some great bikes from a variety of companies but this Tarmac Pro SL was the best thing thus far. I have it tricked out with the new Dura Ace 7900 which is nice and all and very clean without cables getting in the way up front. But, if I had my pick I think that the new SRAM Red offers cleaner and lighter shifting action. Now back to the bike.

With the Fulcrum wheels and standard Dura Ace package the bike weighed in a little over 16 pounds. Not a super light but light nonetheless. The Tarmac has traditional road geometry and knowing I was going to be in the mountains a while I moved the saddle back 2 millimeters as it helps with climbing a bit to engage more of the hammies and glutes and also as I am not much of a descender I like to get my butt back on the seat when going down mountains.

The bike felt great from the start with light and responsive actions and very effortless on the climbs. I reached speeds of 45 MPH and the bike tracked very well and was stable with no sign of speed wobbles from it or the rider. A miracle, I know. The way the frame was constructed it was extremely responsive to the out of the saddle accelerations. I used it for one crit race as well and it felt super quick out of the turns without any softness felt with some road frames. The entire AEG Cycling team is on them this year as well and using the Nude Carbon color way.

If you can demo one them then please do so the Specialized Demo trucks are around and also check out www.specialized.com for more info.
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