The previous Tarmac had an exceptional palmarès—a win in every Grand Tour plus two World Championships—so you might ask yourself 'why a new Tarmac?' Well we've never been one to rest on our laurels which is why we're constantly hunting for even the smallest of improvements. In other words we innovate or die. And for this exact reason the new S-Works Tarmac breaks all the traditions of race bike design to create the fastest bike for all conditions.
To get the weight below 800 grams we utilized advanced aerospace composite optimization software to revolutionize the construction and layup of our new FACT 12r carbon. It's the most advanced material and schedule we've ever made—the shape schedule and material optimization allowed us to shed nearly 200 grams. That's right a 20% reduction in frame weight—the perfect recipe for your next hill climb PR.
In our search to save every last gram the S-Works Tarmac Ultralight also uses a newly developed paint finish that further reduces weight. In combination with our improved preparation process it achieves a paint job that has the same weight as nine gummy bears or 10 grams.
We then further improved our Rider-First Engineered™ technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places. With this revamp we also updated the geometry—basing it on countless Retül data points and professional rider input. This enabled us to develop a performance road geometry that perfects the combination of a responsive front end and short wheelbase delivering instantaneous response and optimal power transfer.
And while stiffness aids in the aforementioned compliance must also be utilized for an optimal ride quality. That's why we designed a seatpost that builds compliance into the upper 120mm where clamping doesn't happen dropped the seatstays and altered the seat tube shape. We also added tire clearance up to 30mm which translates to a 28mm Turbo Cotton on a Roval CLX 50 wheel. This allows lower pressures for decreased rolling resistance increased traction and more comfort. Altogether these additions still have the Tarmac riding like a true race-machine but just takes a bit of the sting out of those road imperfections. You'll thanks us on your next long ride.
And while this is all great we know that aerodynamics are the most important thing we can do to make you faster. Both our Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Quick Step Floors Pro Tour riders after all are demanding aero improvements on every bike. With this the aero goal was to discover where we could essentially 'add aero for free' by not taking anything away from the hallmarks of the Tarmac design. During the six-month iterative process three areas were discovered where we could do this—a new fork shape dropped seatstays with aero tubes and a d-shaped seatpost and seat tube. The result? A bike that's approximately 45 seconds faster over 40km compared to other lightweight bikes in the same category. A speed savings that you'll feel when you're attacking off the front of the peloton.
This S-Works Tarmac comes ready to race with Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 groupset with direct mount brakes and the lightweight yet impressively aerodynamic Roval CLX 50s with 26mm Turbo Cotton tires.
Featuring our Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary climbing responsiveness and descending prowess you'd expect from a Tarmac. The S-Works FACT 12r frameset is our highest quality carbon frame offering the ideal blend of light overall weight and targeted stiffness.
S-Works full FACT carbon fork with a tapered construction provides incredible front end stiffness and steering response for instantaneous accelerations and high-speed descents.
A 52/36T S-Works carbon fibre crankset delivers the ultimate in power delivery with a chainring grouping that's equally suited to big alpine climbs as it is to throwing down the gauntlet on the flats.
OSBB CeramicSpeed bearings
S-Works carbon fiber
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150 braze-on
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150
Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 11-speed 11-30t
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150 11-speed
Roval CLX 50 Win Tunnel Engineered carbon rim 50mm depth Roval AF1 Hub CeramicSpeed bearings 21h
66mm alloy tubeless valve
Turbo Cotton 700x26mm 320 TPI
Turbo Cotton 700x26mm 320 TPI
Roval CLX 50 Win Tunnel Engineered carbon rim 50mm depth Roval AF1 Hub CeramicSpeed bearings16h
S-Works Toupé Body Geometry shape 143mm width carbon rails
S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel
S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac seatpost 20mm offset
S-Works SL alloy titanium bolts 6-degree rise
S-Works SL Carbon Shallow Drop 125x75mm
Shimano Dura-Ace 9110F direct mount
Shimano Dura-Ace 9110RS direct mount
Nylon 105x78x28mm loose balls w/ reflectors
Tarmac SL6 clamp assembly
S-Works FACT carbon
S-Works Tarmac SL6 FACT 12r carbon Rider-First Engineered™ OSBB clean routing internally integrated seat clamp 130mm rear spacing
* Specifications are subject to change without notice