Specialized Tarmac SL4

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Dannnnn
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by Dannnnn

Hello

I've been lurking here for a while, so thought I'd get a thread going for my bike.

I've been riding for about 4 years now. Firstly on a Cube Peloton, which I got bored of and go this instead.

So I went into my local Hargroves Cycles and they had this orange Tarmac on display so it's the first thing you see when you walk in.

My first reaction....I want that.

So I bought one and collected it on my 27th birthday.

Quite a lot has changed since I got it but here goes (Starting Spec)

Specialized Tarmac SL4
9 KG (at a guess)

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Tamac SL4 Sport
Specialized Carbon 25mm setback seatpost
Specialized Toupe Sport saddle (143mm)
Specialized aluminium 90mm Stem
Shallow drop 420mm Handlebars
Garmin out front mount
Generic cork bar tape.
2 x Speicalized gloss black rib cage 2
105 5800 groupset (F+R mech and brakes)
105 5800 11-28 Cassette
105 5800 Pedals
Praxis Alba Crankset (172.5mm with 50/34 chainrings)
Mavic Kysrium Elite wheels
Specialized Turbo Inner tubes
S-works Turbo 26c tyres

After changing the saddle to a Fi'zi:k Antares R3 (160g lighter) I rode it for about 6 months happily.
Then it all started.....
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Dannnnn
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by Dannnnn

Picked up a full brand new Ultegra 6800 groupset for ~£260

Fitted with a new KMC X11-SL chain, generic black cork bar tape and Shimano "Dura-Ace" cables.

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Then had a bike fit (due to picking up an ITB/Knee related Injury) and changed the saddle to a Specialized Power Pro (155mm)

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Following this, I just took it easy but still continued riding, in preparation for Revolve 24.

On the weekend of that I ended up taking over 90 seconds off my previous years fastest lap time. So I fitted a new stem cap as a reminder (Strava time is 13 seconds faster for some reason)

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Dannnnn
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by Dannnnn

Following that I took a month off to allow my knee to recover and cut my rides down from 4 a week at 40mi each to one a week at 20mi (flat). Whilst I was off the bike, I bought and built up a second hand Allez to use over winter (see the winter bike thread)

Over winter the Tarmac stayed on my turbo trainer.

As it was getting round towards my birthday again, I decided to treat myself to a new set of wheels.
I've always wanted deep section wheels so bought some 2nd hand Cosine 45mm full carbon clinchers.

Having covered over 2000 miles on the S-Works turbos, I decided another pair would be a safe bet. So fitted the Cosines with them along with Specialized Turbo inner tubes (lightweight Butyl)

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I then managed to drop it (non drive side) whilst crossing a ford, which scuffed a shifter, the bar tape and broke a bottle cage. So replaced all of that.

The bar tape was changed to Supacaz Galaxy (Neon orange), I had the steerer cut down and a new S-works stem fitted (30g weight saved)

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Dannnnn
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by Dannnnn

Following that I've started to look towards saving some more weight to break into the 7kgs.

One of my big hates has been the cone spacer on the bike.
So I bought a carbon one as used on the S-works Tarmac, along with a "superlight" 10mm spacer

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This meant firstly buying a new seatpost (3T Stylus 25 LTD -50g) and another new saddle (S-works Turbo -53g)

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So now the spec sits like this:

Tamac SL4 Sport
3T Stylus 25 LTD seatpost - 213g
S-works Turbo saddle 155mm - 160g
S-works SL Stem 90mm - 108g
Shallow drop 420mm Handlebars -
K-edge out front mount + custom Exposure Trace holder.
Supacaz Galaxy Neon Orange Bar Tape
2 x Specialized gloss black rib cage 2
Ultegra 6800 Groupset (Front & SS Rear Mech and Brakes)
Ultegra 6800 11-28 Cassette
105 5800 Pedals
Ultegra 6800 Crankset (172.5mm with 50/34 chainrings)
Cosine 54mm Full Carbon Clinchers
Specialized Turbo Inner tubes
S-works Turbo 26c tyres

Final weight: 8.1kg (TBC)

Next up S-works Aerofly handlebars + new cables & Ultegra pedals
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treetrees
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by treetrees

I have the same tarmac sl4 in size 52 same colour , with same supercaz tape ,bottle cages but with DA and ultegra di2 mix . Just saving up for some Zipp 302 now . You can check it out on instagram (life’s a cycle ). Great bikes for the money it’s my Sunday best .

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4ibanez
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by 4ibanez

Great bikes. My Tarmac SL4 Expert @7.3kg has me doing better times than the 4.5kg bike, including smashing a 20%+ hill climb PB by 6 seconds this week. Weird!

The WW in me wants to get it at least under 6.8kg though.

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