Tarmac is the top-of-the-line model of Specialized’s road bike series. It is developed in a partnership with the British Formula One constructor McLaren.
Most recently, team Saxo Tinkoff’s Spanish rider Alberto Contador won the Vuelta a España 2014 using a Specialized S-Works Tarmac bike.
The motto of the Specialized Tarmac is “Rider-First Engineered™”. Specialized explains that “it is a totally new way to approach bicycle development that grew out of our partnership with the leaders in Formula 1 development, McLaren. Rider-First Engineered™ begins and ends with the Rider; each of the seven frame sizes was developed independently, based exclusively on the real-world stresses introduced by the corresponding rider.”
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