2011 Specialized Tarmac Expert at first glance

The 2011 Specialized Tarmac Expert

The 2011 Specialized Tarmac Expert

Specialized has begun to roll out it’s 2011 line up, and the Tarmac Expert sits near the top of the road line. Featuring Specialized’s SL3 contruction, the same as the S-Works just with a different carbon layup, the Expert comes with Shimano Ultegra components and Fulcrum’s new Racing 4 wheelset.

In the first miles it’s proven to be a nice mix of stiffness, comfort, handling and efficiency. The Shimano Ultegra components work well and the Fulcrum Racing 4′s seem up to the task. We’ll check back shortly with a full review after we get the chance to put some long miles on it and test it’s racing prowess. See more pics after the break.

The Romin saddle provides good comfort, though seems wide in the nose at times.

The Romin saddle provides good comfort, though seems wide in the nose at times.

Fulcrum's Racing 4 wheels and Specialized Turbo Pro tires make the bike roll. White looks nice, but for how long?

Fulcrum's Racing 4 wheels and Specialized Turbo Pro tires make the bike roll. White looks nice, but for how long?

The headtube goes from 1.25 to 1.5 for precise handling.

The headtube goes from 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 for precise handling.

Comments

Pépin - 08/20/10 - 3:31pm

Is the engine included ?

PaulC - 08/21/10 - 2:02pm

How I would love to ride this bike every day in the city. Unfortunately I lock up and the fear of damaging the fame with my big krypto chain is too great.

wilson - 08/23/10 - 1:54am

anybody want to buy a 2010?

i’m with Contador, not to pleased with it.

Bennett - 08/29/10 - 11:58pm

I want order a 2011 Tarmac Expert SL3, but can only find the satin carbon/red/white and the gloss carbon/neon green/white. Where can I find this color (gloss blue)? Does anyone know if it will be available later this year? It’s not on the Spesh’s website.

Mark Taylor - 09/13/10 - 4:04pm

I got a 2011 Tarmac Expert in black/white/red 58cm 2 weeks ago. I’m not an experienced road biker, but I chose this bike:
* Right price range.. I think about the $2900-$3500 aka Carbon bike with Ultegra components is the sweet spot in the return on investment curve. This is a personal thing, but being 220lbs, I cannot justify small weight savings and slightly better operating components for for 2.5 more. Maybe when I’m down to 180lb I might change my mind.

* Zero issues so far.. Only have done a couple of 25 mile group rides so far on the bike, but all is flawless.

* Crisp / responsive ride.. I’m not an experienced onroad rider, but in test riding $3000 bikes I liked the responsive and crisp feel of the bike, yet I’m not getting beat up. Again, not much experience other than lining a bunch of bikes up at the store and going from one to the next.

Brad - 09/24/10 - 9:53pm

I have a 2005 Tarmac. The Ultegra 6600 shifters died and I replaced them with 6700 series. Other then that I still love, Love, LOVE my bike. It is quick and comfortable. It’s more like an extension of my body that goes where I look and less like a bike I ride and steer. Every time I ride it I am even more happy with my purchase.

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