'We knew the 'Speed Sniffer' would be polarizing, so we decided to own it' - five Specialized Tarmac SL8 facts the brand isn't shouting about

After talking with Specialized's head engineers, we've picked out five taking points on the new Tarmac SL8

Specialized tarmac sl8 being ridden on road
(Image credit: Specialized)

The Specialized Tarmac SL8 is finally here. After a number of leaks earlier in the year, that eventually turned into a tidal flood earlier this week, the American bike giant has finally shed some light on what it believes is the "fastest race bike ever".

I've been in Glasgow, riding the bike and speaking with the engineers heading up the Tarmac SL8 project. Of course, the marketing material hits all of the 'new bike' top trumps: lighter, stiffer, more aero. But that's no surprise. So after some miles on the bike, and picking the engineers' brains, here are five less expected talking points about the latest incarnation of one of cycling's favourite race bikes. 

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