Specialized Tarmac SL8 first ride review - no wonder the internet got excited

The latest iteration of Specialized's WorldTour race bike claims to be its 'fastest ever'. But how does it ride?

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 road bike
(Image credit: Future)

The Specialized Tarmac SL8 has finally been launched

Now in its eighth generation, the American brand is making all the claims one expects to hear from a modern WorldTour-ready bike. More aero, lighter, stiffer and, of course, faster over the all important 40kms. 

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Sam Gupta
Video Manager

After discovering his love of cycling in college, Sam has always kept two wheels very close. Having spent over five years working in a couple of local bike shops, it's fair to say he enjoys getting hands on. He also loves to push himself to ride ever longer distances and to explore as many new places as possible. 

Sam has been Cycling Weekly's video manager since January 2022. You'll find him on our YouTube channel where he brings you the latest cycling tech news, rides, reviews and all of the most important new launches while taking in some incredible cycling adventures too.