The previous Tarmac had an exceptional palmarès—a win in every Grand Tour, plus two World Championships—so you might ask yourself, "why a new Tarmac?" Well, Specialized never been one to rest on their laurels, which is why they are constantly hunting for even the smallest of improvements. In other words, we innovate or die. For this exact reason, the new S-Works Tarmac breaks all the traditions of race bike design to create the fastest bike for all conditions. To get the weight below 800 grams, it utilises advanced aerospace composite optimisation software to revolutionise the construction and layup of new FACT 12r carbon. It’s the most advanced material and schedule Specialized have ever made;the shape, schedule, and material optimisation allowed us to shed nearly 200 grams. In the search to save every last gram, the S-Works Tarmac Ultralight also uses a newly developed paint finish that further reduces weight. We then further improved our Rider-First Engineered technology to ensure that the new Tarmac is stiff and compliant in exactly the right places.