When we developed the new S-Works Tarmac Disc, we didn't just want it to be fast. No, we wanted it to be fast everywhere. Long climbs, windy flats, Grand Tour stages, local fondos—we built a race bike to be the most complete out there. And now with SRAM RED eTAP, you’re looking at an unstoppable race machine.
For the construction, we utilized advanced aerospace composite optimization software to revolutionize the construction and layup of our new FACT 12r carbon. It's the most advanced material, and schedule, we've ever made and this allowed us to shed nearly 200 grams. That's right, a 20% reduction in frame weight—the perfect recipe for your next hill climb PR.
We also took major steps to improving our Rider-First Engineered technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places, all while shedding some serious weight. From different layup schedules and materials, to visibly different forks, we scrutinized every single aspect of the new Tarmac to ensure you're getting the perfect ride. With this revamp, we also updated the geometry, basing it on countless Retul data points and professional rider input. This enabled us to develop a Performance Road Geometry that perfects the combination of a responsive front-end and short wheelbase, which delivers instantaneous response and optimal power transfer.
And while stiffness aids in the aforementioned, compliance must also be utilized for an optimal ride quality. That's why we designed a seatpost that builds compliance into the upper 120mm where clamping doesn't happen, dropped the seatstays, and altered the seat tube shape. We also added tire clearance up to 30mm, which translates to a 28mm Turbo Cotton on a Roval CLX 50 Disc wheel. This allows lower pressures for decreased rolling resistance, increased traction, and more comfort. Altogether, these additions still have the Tarmac riding like a true race-machine, but it also takes a bit of the sting out of road imperfections. You'll thank us on your next long ride.
But why disc brakes? The real question is "why not?" They offer superior braking power and modulation, work exceptionally well in wet weather, and offer a very, very minor weight addition. All this means that you have more control and can go faster with more confidence.
We also know, however, that aerodynamic improvements are the most important thing we can do to make you faster. Our Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors Pro Tour riders, after all, are demanding aero improvements on every bike. With this, the aero goal was to discover where we could essentially "add aero for free," by not taking anything away from the hallmarks of the Tarmac design. During the six-month iterative process, three areas were discovered where we could do this—a new fork shape, dropped seatstays with aero tubes, and a D-shaped seatpost and seat tube. The result? A bike that's approximately 45 seconds faster over 40km compared to other lightweight bikes in the same category.
This S-Works Tarmac comes with the best component spec around, with the all new SRAM RED eTAP AXS groupset, hydraulic disc brakes, Roval CLX 50 Disc wheels dressed with 700x26mm Turbo Cotton tires, and even an integrated power meter in the RED AXS crankset.
- Featuring our Rider-First Engineered design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary climbing responsiveness and descending prowess you'd expect from a Tarmac. The S-Works FACT 12r frame is our highest quality carbon frame, offering the ideal blend of light overall weight and targeted stiffness.
- SRAM's RED eTAP AXS group provides exceptionally crisp shifts, smooth braking modulation, and it keeps the overall weight of the Tarmac at an absolute minimum.
- The Win Tunnel Engineered Roval CLX 50 Disc carbon wheelset offers superior aerodynamics, a svelte 1415-gram weight, and plenty of durability to be both a perfect training and race wheelset.
Electronic drivetrain systems deliver excellent shifting, easy set up, and solid battery life. Here are some benefits of electronic shifting that you don't want to miss.
Electronic shifting systems use powerful servo motors to rapidly shift the chain. Because microprocessors and sensors constantly monitor every aspect of the system, they shift with surgical precision and without chain rub.
Many major systems have customizable shifting. Some have the ability to add remote shifters for common riding positions, and some even allow you to change the functions of the shifting buttons.
Electronic groupsets are responsive and consistent. There are no cables to stretch and wear out, so you get a flawless shift every time. The added bonus is you'll never have to replace a derailleur cable ever again.
|Frame||S-Works Tarmac SL6, FACT 12r carbon, Rider-First Engineered, OSBB, clean routing, Di2 specific, internally integrated seat clamp, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||S-Works FACT 12r carbon, flat-mount disc|
Front: 12x100mm, thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
Front: Roval CLX 50 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 50mm depth, CeramicSpeed bearings, 21h
Rear: Roval CLX 50 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 50mm depth, DT Swiss 240 internals, CeramicSpeed bearings, 24h
|Tires||Turbo Cotton, 700x26mm, 320 TPI, 60mm Turbo tube w/ Talc|
|Crankset||SRAM RED AXS Power Meter|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB for BB30|
|Chain||SRAM RED 12-speed|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM RED eTAP AXS, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM RED eTAP AXS, 12-speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM RED XG-1290, 12-speed, 10-33t|
|Shifters||SRAM RED ETAP, 12-speed|
|Handlebars||S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon, 125mm drop x 75 mm reach|
|Tape/Grips||S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel|
|Brake Levers||SRAM RED ETAP, 12-speed|
|Brakes||SRAM RED eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors|
|Saddle||S-Works Power, carbon rails, carbon base, synthetic leather|
|Seat Post||S-Works FACT carbon Tarmac seatpost, 20mm offset|
* Subject to change without notice.