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Introducing the latest iteration of the Specialized Tarmac SL8 S-Works SRAM Red AXS Bicycle, showcasing the pinnacle of innovation in componentry with the all-new SRAM Red AXS E1 Group. Representing SRAM's cutting-edge advancements, this groupset is hailed as their lightest and fastest offering yet. Experience seamless performance and flawless precision. SRAM has meticulously refined every aspect of the RED series, resulting in effortless one-finger braking, fluid front shifting, and seamless wireless connectivity. With expanded gearing options catering to every rider, SRAM has spared no detail, integrating features like precise power measurement, optimized shift points, and enhanced brake adjustability, all while achieving a remarkable reduction in weight across each component. Embrace the unparalleled agility and efficiency of the lightest electronic groupset ever created. With RED, riding transcends effort; it becomes effortless perfection.

With the Tarmac SL8, Specialized has strategically integrated aerodynamic features in areas of maximum impact. Their meticulous approach has led to the creation of our most aerodynamically efficient road bike to date, surpassing even the previous Specialized Venge model in aerodynamic performance. The design focuses on optimizing clean airflow through the introduction of the Tarmac's innovative front-end structure: the Speed Sniffer nose cone. By repositioning the steer tube, which determines the head tube's width, they have achieved a significantly sharper leading edge for the head tube. This results in a remarkable reduction in aerodynamic drag. The Tarmac SL8 incorporates the slimmest and most aerodynamically advanced seat post ever designed, enhancing airflow around the rider's legs for improved aerodynamics.

Leveraging insights gained from the Aethos model, the Specialized engineering team accomplished an impressive feat with an astonishingly lightweight frame weighing just 685 grams. This represents a remarkable 15% weight reduction compared to the Tarmac SL7. Drawing lessons from the Aethos project, Specialized prioritized weight reduction in critical areas like the down tube, seat tube, and rear of the bike. The SL8 frame achieves exceptional load distribution efficiency, rendering extra carbon stiffness layers unnecessary.

Boasting a substantial improvement in stiffness-to-weight ratio—an impressive 33% increase over the SL7—the Tarmac SL8 not only maintains its renowned handling characteristics and aggressive responsiveness but takes these attributes to an unprecedented level. The bike demonstrates heightened rigidity at the pedals and enhanced precision at the handlebars for exceptional steering control. This performance seamlessly blends with a compliant riding experience, setting a new standard for comfort in competitive road cycling. Specialized's Rider-First Engineering approach ensures that riders of all sizes enjoy the same exceptional ride quality and handling prowess. When seated, the Tarmac SL8 offers a notable 6% increase in compliance, smoothly gliding over uneven road surfaces with unmatched suppleness, a rare trait in the dynamic realm of race-oriented bikes. While retaining the proven geometry and accommodating the 32mm tire clearance of the SL7 model, the Tarmac SL8 maintains its adaptability and the flexibility to accommodate wider and higher-volume tires.

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  • S-Works Tarmac SL8 12R Frameset
  • S-Works Tarmac SL8 S-Works Carbon seat post (15mm offset)
  • Roval Rapide Cockpit, Integrated Bar/Stem
  • SRAM Red AXS Groupset E1 Version (2024)
  • SRAM RED Crankset with Powermeter E1 Version (2024)
  • Specialized Body Geometry S-Works Power saddle (carbon rails)
  • Roval Rapide CLX II Carbon Wheelset (21mm internal width)
  • Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapidair Tires (26mm)
  • Supacaz Super Sticky Kush handlebar tape
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Size 44cm 49cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm
Wheel Size 700c 700 700 700 700 700 700
Stack 509mm 522mm 535mm 552mm 573mm 599mm 620mm
Reach 363mm 372mm 377mm 381mm 393mm 400mm 406mm
Head Angle 70.5° 71.75° 72.5° 73° 73.5° 73.5° 74°
Seat Angle 75.5° 75° 74° 74° 73.5° 73.5° 73°
Top Tube Length 496mm 509mm 531mm 541mm 563mm 577mm 595mm
Head Tube Length 99mm 109mm 120mm 137mm 157mm 184mm 204mm
Standover 723mm 735mm 746mm 768mm 786mm 808mm 834mm
Fork Trail 71mm 63mm 58mm 58mm 55mm 55mm 52mm
Fork Offset 47mm 47mm 47mm 44mm 44mm 44mm 44mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 74mm 74mm 74mm 72mm 72mm 72mm 72mm
Front Center 572mm 574mm 577mm 579mm 592mm 606mm 613mm
Wheelbase 970mm 973mm 975mm 978mm 991mm 1006mm 1013mm
Chainstay Length 410mm 410mm 410mm 410mm 410mm 410mm 410mm
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