Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 Dura-Ace Di2 review

The Specialized Tarmac is an iconic bike, and the latest update from the American brand has futureproofed it

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 Dura-Ace Di2
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The new Tarmac SL7 is faster than the SL6 it replaces, with absolutely minimal weight penalty. The excellent handling and responsiveness of the Tarmac lives on, though there's a new stiffness in the latest model which won't suit everyone. However, after over 500km aboard this bike, the more I ride it, the more I love it - and if you're after speed over cushioning this could be the bike for you.

Reasons to buy
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    Great handling

Reasons to avoid
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    More clattery than the SL6

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    Price tag

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The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 Dura-Ace Di2 was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

We must point out that at time of review, the S-Works Tarmac SL7 was £10,500 - the price was increased to £11,500 after review, scoring reflects the original price. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.