2018 Specialized Tarmac SL6

Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans wins opening team time trial at Giro Rosa; Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation announces anti-doping measures for Tour de France; Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’; Cavendish: ‘Sometimes following the right wheel is enough for winning’; Dan Martin: ‘I’m very optimistic about my chances’; Froome extends with Team Sky through 2020; Fuglsang extends with Astana through 2019; Bardet, Latour, Naesen extend with Ag2r La Mondiale through 2020; Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France; Coryn Rivera extends with Team Sunweb through 2021; Wiggins hopes to compete in rowing at 2020 Olympics; Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast.

2018 Specialized Tarmac SL6

Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France

by CyclingTips

Trek and Specialized have launched new framesets on the eve of the Tour de France, and CyclingTips editors have had a chance to ride them both.

Trek launched a new Emonda SLR, including a disc-brake version, which will be raced by Trek-Segafredo at the Tour. Claimed weight for the new disc-specific frame is just 690g for a 56cm frame; the new rim-brake version is lighter still, dropping a further 25g down to just 640g. Tubing diameters have shrunk a bit overall, and the profile is narrower where the top tube meets the seat tube; knees no longer brush this area while riding. Tire clearance has gone up to 28mm front and rear, too – although it looks like there’s room to possibly go even wider.As with the Domane and Madone, the Emonda is offered in both the aggressively low H1 fit option as well as the more relaxed H2 option with its higher head tube. CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett attended the Emonda launch in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and presented his first impressions here.

Specialized launched a new S-Works Tarmac SL6, which will be raced by Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour. The new Tarmac SL6 features a slimmed-down head tube, flatter fork blades, and a deeper-section, D-shaped seat tube and seatpost. According to road product manager Stephanie Kaplan, in-house wind tunnel data gives the Tarmac SL6 a 45-second advantage over 40km as compared to more traditional round-tubed bike like a Trek Emonda or Cannondale SuperSix EVO, putting it roughly on-par aerodynamically with Specialized’s previous-generation Venge dedicated aero road bike. The Tarmac SL6 is lighter than the SL5, with a claimed weight of just 733g for a 56cm frame. Ella CyclingTips editor Anne-Marije Rook attended the Tarmac launch in New Jersey, and presented her first impressions here.