2022 Specialized Tarmac SL6 Sport Road Bike

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The 2022 Specialized Tarmac SL6 Sport Road Bike is a designed to be fast everywhere. Long climbs, windy flats, Grand Tour stages, local sportives. The Tarmac Disc range is built to be the most complete race bike out there.

The Tarmac SL6 is a built around a FACT 9r carbon frame with Specialized’s Rider-First Engineering. This approach gives you a frame with a perfectly-tuned ride quality for every size. They have added in some serious aero tech that makes it 30 seconds faster over 40 kilometres than the Tarmac SL5, and then made it 20% lighter.

This Tarmac SL6 Sport comes with a reliable spec that includes 11 speed Shimano 105 mechanical shifting and quick-stopping hydraulic disc brakes, durable DT R470 Disc wheels, and the popular Specialized Power saddle. This makes it a great value package that can be ridden every day.


This bike is perfect for

Road riders who want a serious race bike. Although it looks like a very classic race bike the SL6 has serious aero tech as well as being light and comes in at a very budget friendly price thanks to the reliable Shimano 105 equipment.


Key features

  • New lighter weight Tarmac SL6 frame using rider first engineering with built in aero tech.
  • Shimano 105 11 speed mechanical gears and hydraulic disc brakes
  • DT Swiss R470 tubeless ready wheels

Guide To Road Bike Gears

If you are buying a road bike one of the big differences between models will be which gears they use. Most manufacturers will make the same bike, using the same frame but putting different gears and wheels on it. So for instance you can buy a Trek Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris gearing for £975 or get the Trek Domane AL 4 Disc with Tiagra gearing for £1625. They are fundamentally the same bike. One comes with the Shimano Tiagra gears and the other comes with Shimano Claris gears.

In most cases, the bottom of the range gears and top of the range gears will basically work in the same way. The big differences are in the quality of material used and the weight. Top of the range gears will be lighter and smoother to use.

One thing to watch out for when comparing bikes is whether the full groupset is being used. If you are buying a bike that has Shimano 105 gears on it. Shimano makes 105 brakes, gear levers, front and rear derailleurs, cranks, chainrings and bottom brackets. So basically all of the running gear on the bike. Some bike manufacturers will fit the full groupset, others will fit Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs but use their own brakes and cranks to save a few pounds. So if you are comparing bikes be sure to check how much of the groupset the bike actually uses.


Read our Guide to Road Bike Gears

Road Bike Buying Guide

Nothing beats the feeling of effortless speed you get on a road bike. There are lots of reasons to ride a road bike, from the simple joy of it, to racing, long distance challenges, or café rides with friends. Whatever you want to do there will be road bike out there for you.

Men’s and Women’s road bikes

Nearly all manufacturers have stopped making dedicated men’s and women’s bikes. They are now all unisex. What you will see is that on smaller bikes, brands will often fit a wider saddle (generally more female friendly). On larger bikes they will often fit a narrower one (generally more male friendly).

Disc or rim brakes

It is getting increasingly hard to buy new bikes with rim brakes as the industry has almost exclusively switched to discs. The reasons for this are pretty simple. Disc brakes are much, much, more powerful than old rim brake systems so you can stop a lot more easily and safely. Disc brakes also allow much bigger tyres to be fitted which is more comfortable. Older disc brake systems did often suffer from rubbing and squeaking. While this hasn’t been completely fixed yet it is much less common on modern bikes with hydraulic brakes. Mechanical disc brakes can still take a bit of fettling to get them right so go for hydraulic if you can.

Read our full road bike buying guide


Who are Specialized?

Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.

" Made for riders, by riders."

They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.

Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.


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Price Match at Cycles uk

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FrameTarmac SL6, FACT 9r carbon, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, threaded BB, clean routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
ForkFACT carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
HandlebarsSpecialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
StemSpecialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
TapeRoubaix S-Wrap
Front BrakeShimano 105, Hydraulic disc
SeatPostS-Works FACT carbon 27.2mm, 20mm offset
Seat BinderCollar for carbon frames
Rear BrakeShimano 105, Hydraulic disc
Shift LeversShimano 105 R7020 hydraulic disc
Front DerailleurShimano R7000, clamp-on
Rear DerailleurShimano 105 R7000, long cage, 11-speed
CassetteShimano 105 R7000, 11-speed, 11-30t
CranksetShimano 105 R7000, HollowTech 2, 11-speed
Bottom BracketShimano Threaded BSA BB
ChainKMC X11 Extra Lightweight, 11-speed
Front WheelDT Swiss R470 rim, 20mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples.
Rear WheelDT Swiss R470 rim, 20mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, alloy freehub body, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples.
Front TireTurbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, steel rails
Rear TireTurbo Pro, 60 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Inner TubesPresta, 48mm valve
Colours Flo Red / Tarmac Black, Lagoon Blue / Cool Grey - Wild
Sizes 44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61
Brand Specialized
Model Year 2022
Barcodes 888818767472, 888818767984, 888818768073, 888818768400, 888818768608, 888818769087, 888818769476, 888818769599
SKUs / Part Numbers 90622-6044, 90622-6049, 90622-6052, 90622-6054, 90622-6056, 90622-6058, 90622-6061, 90622-6154

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