Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert Ultegra Bicycle 2022
If you want the pure, reliable, and ruthless effectiveness of Shimano's 12-speed Di2 shifting system in frame design that can be raced and ridden hard every day of the week, the 2022 Tarmac SL7 Expert Ultegra Bicycle is built to satisfy. The incredible competitive balance between weight, handling, aerodynamics and overall performance of the frameset design is perfectly matched in the this complete bike with the Ultegra Di2 groupset. Add-in the proven and improved road hydraulic brake and a great Spcialized/Roval build kit and you can pilot and control with precision, making this a great choice for any cyclist who seeks an unmatched riding experience at a reachable price.
In addition to thousands of hours of FEA engineering analysis, Specialized utilized their most advanced technologies and learned knowledge- such as their FreeFoil Shape Library to create an all-new, Rider-First Engineered™ frame in delivering a race bike that is truly without compromise. The days of making sacrifices between "aero" and "lightweight" bikes are over. It ins't really wrong to suggest the Tarmac SL7 is a combination of the Venge and the SL6, it's not that simple either.
Aero road has been a driving force behind Specialized's recent bike development and their design engineers have developed and tested many shapes and combinations to build their library of in-house resources. In their quest for tube shapes that deliver the fastest frame that the UCI rules allow, they took a page out of the Venge development book and utilized the FreeFoil Shape Library. Armed with a core book of optimized shapes, they turned to the Win Tunnel to plug these shapes into a modular test bike for more testing and validation. The result? A new Tarmac that’s the fastest they've tested- 45 seconds faster over 40km than the Tarmac SL6.
While aerodynamics were paramount to the Tarmac’s development, weight was also in focus on this optimal race bike journey. With the S-Works Tarmac SL7 frameset, the design philosophy was to keep it at, or below, the UCI weight limit out of the box as a complete build, with no sacrifices to aerodynamics. Tools like isotopic FEA analysis and the tube shape library enabled Specialized to deliver a frame that weighs 920 grams, consistently across sizes, without giving up a gram of aero, stiffness or ride quality while allowing for 700x32 tires. The Expert's frame is a bit heavier as the the primary ingredient in all this has been FACT 10r Carbon (versus the lighter 12r of the S-Works), developed in-house to provide a more cost effective combination of build properties that are the foundation of the lay-up schedule, delivering the tubeset and junctions that make the SL7 design unique at all levels.
Finishing off the Tarmac SL7 frameset, the designers drew off their experience and proven systems of the Venge to apply simple integration to create a clean, fast cockpit that’s easy to live with. A BSC threaded bottom bracket system was integrated and found to test as well or better than other systems for stiffness and power transfer. The frame features a 12/142mm rear thru-axle and flat mount disc standard, which matches the SL7 FACT Carbon Fork, albeit with a 12/100mm set-up. The lightweight, upper-section compliant S-Works FACT Carbon Tarmac Seatpost is included, as is the Tarmac integrated stem, 6-degree, with detailed spec determined by frame size.
The groupset is the aforementioned updated Di2 12-speed Shimano Ultegra R8170/8150/8100 set-up. You get true road bike gearing with a 52-36 crankset and 11-30 cassette. and the amazing shifting of Di2, with its new wireless shifters, and all controls and the charging port now found on the rear derailleur. The internal seatpost battery uses thinner, lighter e-Tube wires directly to each of the derailleurs. The battery delivers around 1200 miles of use depending on shifts. The shifters themselves use a secure wireless protocol to communicate and require little power, so these feature CR1632 coin cell batteries that offer about 2 years of use. Without wires back from the shifters to the battery, today's integrated cockpit assemblies are much easier to adjust for rider fit and travel.
Shimano's mineral oil based hydraulic braking is even easier to service, and the Servo Wave lever action improves feel and pad response. Specialized equipped the brake system with 160mm front and 140mm rear Center Lock disc rotors that shed even more heat and resist warping. The rotors sit on the DT370 hubs used by the Roval Rapide C 38 carbon wheelset, which carry the venerable S-Works Turbo clincher tires in the 700x26 size with Turbo Ultralight tubes.
In the cockpit, the S-Works Tarmac Carbon Seatpost carries their Ti-rail Power Expert Saddle, while the Specialized Expert Shallow Drop alloy handlebar with it's 125mm drop / 75mm reach mounts to the integrated -6 degree Tarmac stem. Supacaz Super Sticky Kush tape finishes off the build. Bar, stem, post and crank lengths are equipped by bike size, as is saddle width (see details below).
- Incredible overall value in a road disc race bike with advanced aero efficiency, compliance and incredible riding dynamics, equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2/Hydraulic disc groupset
- Ideal geometry and build for developing racers and serious enthusiasts who simply love speed and performance
- Frame design and features of the S-Works, with FACT 10r carbon instead of 12r, only 120 gram gain in weight at an approachable price
- Rider First Engineering means specific requirements of each size were developed to ensure the same resulting ride characteristics in a 920 gram frame
- Simple, fully integrated cable/wiring system for electronic/mechanical shift set-ups, hydraulic disc braking
- Max tire size: 700x32mm, with 4mm on either side
- Frameset requirements: BSC 68mm threaded bottom bracket, braze-on front derailleur, Flat Mount disc calipers for 140-160mm rotor use, 31.8mm handlebar
- Groupset: Ultegra 12s Di2 R8170 w/ Dual Control levers for Di2/hydraulic disc use, R8170 FM disc brake calipers
- Di2: R8150 Front (braze-on) and Rear derailleurs; RD features controls/junction/charging port/DFly; Shifters are wireless, FD and RD are directly wired to battery
- R8100 Hollowtech II Crankset 52-36, BSC threaded BB, 11-30 cassette, CN701 chain, Ultegra CL disc rotors (160mm front, 140mm rear)
- Wheelset: Roval Rapide C 38, TLR, 38mm profile / 21mm IRW / 26.6mm ERW; DT Swiss 370 Hubset w/Ratchet LN 18T internals (20°)
- Tires: S-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm w/Turbo Ultralight tubes
- Cockpit: Specialized Expert Shallow Drop Alloy 31.8mm Handlebar, Integrated Tarmac Stem, 2021 S-Works Tarmac Carbon Seatpost (20mm offset), Power Expert Ti-rail Saddle, Supacaz Super Sticky Kush Tape
- Sizes | Included component spec by bike size
- 44cm | Post: 300mm | Bar: 36cm | Stem: 70mm | Crank: 165mm | Saddle width: 155mm
- 49cm | Post: 300mm | Bar: 38cm | Stem: 80mm | Crank: 165mm | Saddle width: 155mm
- 52cm | Post: 300mm | Bar: 40cm | Stem: 90mm | Crank: 170mm | Saddle width: 155mm
- 54cm | Post: 380mm | Bar: 42cm | Stem: 100mm | Crank: 172.5mm | Saddle width: 143mm
- 56cm | Post: 380mm | Bar: 42cm | Stem: 100mm | Crank: 172.5mm | Saddle width: 143mm
- 58cm | Post: 380mm | Bar: 44cm | Stem: 110mm | Crank: 175mm | Saddle width: 143mm
- 61cm | Post: 380mm | Bar: 44cm | Stem: 110mm | Crank: 175mm | Saddle width: 143mm
- Colors: Maroon/Black/Light Silver, Gloss Carbon/Oil Tint/Forest Green
- Weight: 16.82 lbs (58cm)
|Top Tube Length||508mm||531mm||540mm||562mm||577mm||595mm|
|Head Tube Length||109mm||120mm||137mm||157mm||184mm||204mm|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||74mm||74mm||72mm||72mm||72mm||72mm|