Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2

Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2

  • Frame: Tarmac SL8 FACT 10r Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150, 12-speed
  • Weight: 7.16 kg
  • Tire Size: 700x26mm
  • Brake Type: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8170, hydraulic disc

Our Verdict: With advanced aerodynamics, lightweight design, and high-quality components, the Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2 is a top-tier choice for race-driven cyclists seeking performance and precision.

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The Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro: Where Race-Ready Engineering Meets the Open Road

If you're a performance-focused road cyclist aiming to unlock new levels of speed, efficiency, and capability, listen up. The Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro represents the pinnacle of advanced bike engineering explicitly dialed for dominating the tarmac. Two decades of continual refinement have culminated in this new eighth generation model that's ready to deliver unprecedented performance gains.

Cutting-edge Aerodynamic Design

The SL8's aerodynamically sculpted frame boasts a 16.6-second advantage over 40km compared to its SL7 predecessor, according to Specialized's own wind tunnel testing. A newly integrated 'Speed Sniffer' Nose Cone leads the way, followed by deep airfoil tubing that slices through the wind. Even the Venge struggles to match the SL8's slippery profile.

Featherweight FACT 10r Carbon Construction

Lying at the heart of this bike is an impeccably constructed FACT 10r carbon frame, touting the ideal blend of low weight and rock-solid stiffness. For a size 56cm model, the frame tips the scales at a scant 760g. Rider-First Engineered construction maintains balance and responsiveness across every size. This combination allows the Tarmac to deliver a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio.

Shimano Ultegra Di2: Crisp, Instantaneous Electronic Shifting

 This bike rolls out with Shimano's high-performance Ultegra 8070 Di2 electronic shifting system for lightning-fast gear changes. The motors deliver consistent, precise shifting to keep you in your optimal cadence through punchy accelerations or climbing grinds.

Hydraulic disc brakes provide exceptional stopping power and modulation to shed speed entering corners. This drivetrain is dialed for chasing breakaways on high-speed group rides or conquering epic climbs.

Technical Specs - Frameset and Components

FACT 10r carbon frame with aerodynamic tube shaping  
Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150 front & rear derailleurs
Shimano Ultegra R8170 hydraulic disc brakes 
Roval Rapide CL II carbon wheelset
S-Works Turbo Cotton tires, 700x26mm
Specialized Power Expert saddle
Specialized Aerofly II handlebar     

Rolling Stock Engineered for Speed and Stability

The bike cruises atop lightweight Roval CLX 50 carbon clincher wheels wrapped with fast-rolling 700x26mm S-Works Turbo tires. With their wide internal rim width, low weight, and aerodynamic profile, these components maintain momentum over varied terrain. The minimal tread rolls quickly while the grippy rubber sticks through high-speed corners.

Cockpit and Saddle Dialed for Long Rides

 The short reach handlebars allow you to stretch into an aero tuck to cheat the wind on flats and descents. The 5mm shorter stem compared to the SL7 keeps the front end lively when whipping through twisting descents. Meanwhile, the Body Geometry Power Expert saddle with Mirror technology supports mile after mile in the drops.

For riders ready to chase podiums this season, the Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro with Shimano Di2 delivers unprecedented performance. Feel how this featherweight carbon rocket earned its reputation out on the open road.

Thoughts of the Riders

Riders who have experienced the Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2 first-hand express high praise for its features and performance. Reports of its seamless speed and handling on the tarmac corroborate the top-tier status it enjoys in its category. One rider noted, "It feels like the Aethos and SL7 had a child - which is great." while another rider shared, "I’ve been riding my new SL8 for about 3 weeks now. Absolutely love it! So fast and smooth handling."

The Bottom Line

The Specialized Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2 delivers on every front expected of a high-performance road bike. Offering unrivalled aerodynamics, a feather-light frame, top-class components, and a sublime riding experience, this race bike is truly a marvel. Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist, or an enthusiast seeking top-tier performance, this road bike is a worthy investment for a truly transformative riding experience. Don’t wait, hit the tarmac today with the Tarmac SL8 Pro - Ultegra Di2!