S-Works Tarmac SL6 - 6.43kg

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billspreston
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by billspreston

I recently purchased this S-Works Tarmac SL6 frameset. I don't believe this colorway was a standard offering and I actually prefer the look of the additional Specialized logos on this frame. The SL6 is the first Specialized bike where I really liked the way it looks. It has a nice combination of modern features in a clean looking lightweight package. Certainly not the most exclusive or exciting option, but I'm pleased so far and itching to get the build underway. The build quality and finish is excellent upon first inspection.

This 52cm frame weighs in at 862g with derailleur hanger and brake cable stops. The fork is 342g uncut. I will build this frame with eTap 11 and an 'aero' cockpit. This is intended to be an all-around workhorse machine striking a fair balance between aero and lightweight.

Completed photos and build list with actual weights to follow soon!

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billspreston
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by billspreston

Yesterday I finished the build! Everything came together smoothly without issue. Build list with actual weights below.

6.67kg with Zipp 303 Firecrest
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6.43kg with Zipp 202 Firecrest (Tune Mig45/Mag170)
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Jbass
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by Jbass

Very nice build, well put together!
How is the ride?

TheRich
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by TheRich

Looks good, white on black is always a solid choice and the Specialized logos keep it from going towards murdered out...which is not a solid choice.

FelixTheCat
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by FelixTheCat

Love the look of it, and it should ride just as good.

I have a 'all black' bike and I don't mind the white writing, its consistent against most of the items on the bike.
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1llum4
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by 1llum4

Looks like a black/white version of the ultralight that was available in 2018. Looks nice and I like it better than the reflective logo of the ultralight.

billspreston
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by billspreston

Thanks for the comments all.
Jbass wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:19 pm
Very nice build, well put together!
How is the ride?
The ride is superb. Everything I'm looking for in an all-around bike. Fast on the flats while being responsive and lightweight going uphill. The rear end has very good compliance. The front end less-so, but it's a race bike afterall. The frame does have a muted feeling, but overall it's pretty comfortable so I'm not going to complain too much about that. The handling is excellent, which is something companies often get wrong on small frames. I came from an XS Parlee Altum that had a shockingly high trail of 68mm and this SL6 with it's 58mm of trail has brought me back to reality.


hyvent
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by hyvent

very identical to my build hahaha

billspreston
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by billspreston

^ I definitely saw your bike on Instagram somewhere and it convinced me to go with the Enve Aero stem vs Zipp Sprint. The stem looks goofy on most builds, but really matches the SL6 nicely somehow. So I thank you for having good taste!

oldturd
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by oldturd

Great build, and really awesome photos! That light!

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