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It's taken a while for us to get this Tarmac Pro out of Spesh - but well worth the wait. It's their flagship Tarmac racing model and mighty pretty it is too.

Main features include a Specialized FACT 6r carbon frame with compact race geometry and Zertz seatstay inserts. Lightweight full FACT carbon fork with vibration damping Speed Zertz. There's also a lighter weight S-Works FACT carbon stem with magnesium face plate, a lighter, vibration-damping S-Works FACT carbon aero handlebar with ergo/aero shaping.

Smoother shifting, lighter weight Shimano Dura-Ace/Ultegra 20-speed drivetrain Lighter FSA SLK MegaExo 2-piece carbon crankset Lighter Mavic Ksyrium Elite high performance wheels. All good stuff at a pretty tempting price too.

It's long and low - designed specifically for racers. The Gerolsteiner team have Tarmacs in their armoury and you can see why. The first impressions have been good, very good in fact - turning sedate club runs into sprinting rip-ups... The full test to follow in a week or so.

Frame: Specialized FACT 6r carbon, triple monocoque, compact race geometry, Zertz seatstay inserts

Fork: Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork, full carbon legs, crown and steerer, with Speed Zertz.

Headset: Specialized Mindset Plus, 1 1/8" integrated threadless, sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings, carbon 20mm cone with two 5mm alloy spacers

Stem: S-Works FACT carbon stem, magnesium face plate, 31.8mm handlebar clamp

Bars: S-Works FACT, 31.8mm clamp diameter

Tape: Body Geometry Bar Phat, cork ribbon with 2.5mm gel padding

Brakes: Shimano Ultegra

Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible

Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull

Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace, short cage

Cassette sprockets: Shimano Ultegra, 12-25t

Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed

Cranks: FSA SLK MegaExo, 2-piece carbon crankset 53x39T

BB: FSA integrated, exterior cartridge bearings, alloy

Pedals: None

Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Elite, welded aluminum double wall rim, machined sidewalls

Tyres: Specialized Mondo Pro, 700x23C, aramid bead, 120TPI

Tubes: Specialized standard presta tube, 0.9mm thickness

Saddle: Body Geometry Alias, carbon reinfoced base, hollow titanium rails, microfiber cover

Seat post: Specialized Pavé FACT carbon seatpost with Zertz insert, 27.2mm

Seat clamp: Specialized, forged/CNC, double wedge

• Sizes: 49, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 61 sloping geometry.

• Colours: Blue

• Price: £2699.99

www.specialized.com


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