Specialized Tarmac SL2 review

Specialized Tarmac SL2 2013
Cycling Weekly Verdict

I found myself enjoying the livelier feel and racier geometry of the Tarmac despite the 9kg weight. In essence, the steering is sharper, the wheelbase shorter, head angle a degree steeper and the head tube shorter than my regular ride, which all adds up to a quick-handling, racier-feeling bike that will probably bring out the wannabe pro in you.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Great frame and fork package

  • +

    Good ride quality

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Not much

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The headline here is that this Tarmac frame is technology that cost close to two grand a few seasons ago. Trickle-down economics - whereby the rich getting richer is meant to help all of us - is obviously nonsense, but it looks like trickle-down technology holds, er, water.

In fact, the frame and fork of this model is the same as the 2013 Tarmac Comp, a bike more than twice the price. It's the same basic frame that Tom Boonen rode in the Tour during 2007, albeit that this one uses Fact 8r carbon.

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