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Specialized Tarmac Elite
  • Color: Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean
  • Color: Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White

Specialized Tarmac Elite

2016

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (13 Reviews)
$2,400.00
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2016 Specialized Tarmac Elite

Specialized's Tarmac platform has Tour de France and Giro d' Italia wins to its credit. One ride on its lightweight FACT-carbon frame and monocoque tapered fork and you'll know why! The Tarmac Elite boasts an awesome combo of feathery weight and maximum stiffness for road-scorching power transfer that you'll appreciate whenever the road tilts skyward or you pick up the pace to put the hurt on your friends. It's equipped with a 22-speed Shimano 105 component group with a Praxis Works crankset and quick, smooth-rolling Fulcrum wheels. Plus, you'll love the Specialized carbon and aluminum components throughout this fine road machine, while the super comfy Body Geometry saddle feels great from mile one to 100.

Features and Information

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Specialized FACT 9r carbon
    Fork Specialized FACT carbon, monocoque
    Rims/Wheels Fulcrum Racing S-19
    Hubs See Rims/Wheels
    Spokes See Rims/Wheels
    Tires Specialized S-Works Turbo w/BlackBelt puncture protecton, 700 x 24c
    Crankset Praxis Works TURN Zayante
    Chainrings 52/36
    Front Derailleur Shimano 105
    Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
    Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 11-speed: 11-28
    Shifters Shimano 105 STI
    Handlebars Specialized Comp, shallow drop, aluminum
    Tape/Grips Specialized Roubaix
    Stem Specialized Comp Multi
    Brake Levers Shimano 105
    Brakes Shimano 105
    Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Toupe Comp Gel, 143mm
    Seatpost Specialized Comp, carbon

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 49cm 00888818065837 90616-4049 104747
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 52cm 00888818060344 90616-4052 103475
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 54cm 00888818065158 90616-4054 105483
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 56cm 00888818062799 90616-4056 102783
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 58cm 00888818059072 90616-4058 105484
    Satin Carbon/Charcoal/Clean / 61cm 00888818066216 90616-4061
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 49cm 00888818064182 90616-4149 105496
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 52cm 00888818060269 90616-4152
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 54cm 00888818059065 90616-4154 102974
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 56cm 00888818064588 90616-4156 102975
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 58cm 00888818060764 90616-4158 105270
    Gloss Rkt Red/Tarmac Black/White / 61cm 00888818061716 90616-4161
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    5.0 stars

    (based on 13 reviews)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Handles Well  (11)
    • Lightweight  (11)
    • Fast  (10)
    • Good Geometry  (9)
    • Responsive  (9)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat  (3)
    • A bit pricey 
    • No cons 
    • No seat sizing in 2D fit 
    • Stock Tires 

    Best Uses

    • Racing  (9)
    • Serious Training  (8)
    • Casual Riding  (5)
    • Exercising  (4)
    • Climbing  (3)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    5.0

    Terrific Ride

    By The 42 Supreme

    from South Plainfield, NJ

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Handles Well

    Cons

    • Stock Tires

    Best Uses

    • Racing
    • Climbing
    • Serious Training

    Comments:

    I ride this bike in all of my training and triathlon races and it is always there when I need it. I ride from 60 to 120 miles a week and it's incredible how responsive this bike is. Then, with the price, you can't go wrong. It is honestly one of the best bang for your buck deals in the cycling industry. I would recommend you upgrade the tires.

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    5.0

    Fantastic and gorgeous

    By Slowtwitch

    from Chicago IL

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Good Geometry
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Racing

      Comments:

      An amazing frame at a great price. The groupo it comes with (a 105 mix)is very serviceable but should be upgraded for competitive riding. The crank it comes with weighs in at a full 2.2 pounds! The wheelset is great for training and completely bomb-proof, but is very heavy. All that said, I didn't upgrade anything until a year later. I'll beg to differ with one of the previous posters: I think the toupe seat it comes with is incredibly comfortable. The first few weeks in any seat will cause your sit-bones to ache. Buy this bike: it will change your life and you won't regret it. You will soon be crushing the dreams of your competitors beneath its gorgeous carbon frame!

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      5.0

      Great Bike

      By Kato

      from Weston, FL

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training
      • Racing
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      Great bike, good quality components, very light, responsive and fast. I got a good deal from Megacycle for a 2009 close-out model. The Toupe Saddle turns very uncomfortable after one hour on the bike. It is probably designed to minimize weight, so it doesn't have any padding, which is incredible for a saddle valued at $150. So, I will be trading that saddle for another one better designed for long rides. Despite the saddle issue, I am very happy with the bike and the dealer. This is my 2nd bike from Megacycle.

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      5.0

      This bike changed my life

      By B-Rash

      from The Santa Rosa, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Fast
      • Responsive
      • Handles Well
      • Comfortable
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Casual Riding
        • Climbing
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I love this thing. Can't stop riding it. Totally changed my life. If you get really into riding you can upgrade the components to something lighter...

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Bike

        By none

        from Houston

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Responsive
        • Lightweight
        • Handles Well
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Fitness

          Comments:

          Not cheap but you certain get what you pay for with this fast and comfortable bike. I tried Tarmac Elite vs. a Trek with carbon stays and forks in the shop. On the cycle trainer, both felt good and while the Tarmac was quite a bit more expensive, it was hard to tell. [...]. I tied the Trek first and it was good but within 100ft of riding the Tarmac I was sold. The full carbon really does make light work of uneven concrete pavement. I took it out for a 30 mile ride the following morning and it is simply excellent for good fast riding for riders who want speed and comfort.

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          5.0

          100% Recommended

          By Fundadores

          from monterrey, MX

          About Me Casual Cyclist

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Good Geometry
          • Fast
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Racing

          Comments:

          I ride three times a week and the bike is perfect!!!. My friends has a trek and perfomed very well too. It is very lightweight and confortable.

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          5.0

          Just one fantastic bike!

          By G.A. Beck

          from Winter Park, FL

          About Me Casual Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Handles Well
          • Responsive
          • Good Geometry
          • Lightweight
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          I love this bike and plan to keep it for a long time. The only problem I had was the standard saddle being uncomfortable. The staff at Orange Cycle helped me resolve this quickly. I was the problem,not the saddle. A very comfortable, fast, responsive bike. I wouldn't hesistate to recommend this bike to friends. Or anyone else who asked. All levels of cyclists would enjoy it. Buy one before they run out!

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          5.0

          Great bike.

          By Mac

          from Ft. Worth, TX

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Racing
            • Serious Training

            Comments:

            Fast, light weight and good looking.

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            5.0

            F1 carbon-fibre & platinum crankset

            By schumi

            from tail of the dragon

            About Me Casual Cyclist

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • A bit pricey

            Best Uses

            • Offseason training

            Comments:

            You can impress friends & enemies alike with the price you paid.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice and smooth - wonderful ride!

            By JB

            from RI

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Handles Well
            • Good Geometry
            • Comfortable
            • Absorbs Shock Well
            • Fast

            Cons

            • No seat sizing in 2D fit

            Best Uses

            • Racing
            • Climbing
            • Serious Training

            Comments:

            Bought this bike because I saw it for $600 less than 2008 list price. Full carbon for $1200? Are you kidding me? Taking this bike out the first time was like going to heaven. I've had steel bikes and aluminum bikes with carbon forks and the Tarmac is, by far, the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. New England roads in February are not exactly smooth, but the bike absorbed everything the road threw its way. The 105 group is definitely on par with Ultegra of yesteryear. May upgrade to lighter wheels, but the Mavic CXP22 wheels roll well and provide a nice ride. Only been on a couple rides, but I can't wait to go out again. This bike wants to be ridden.

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