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Posted 8 May 2023

Specialized Tarmac SL7 Comp SRAM Rival eTap Road Bike 2023 in Teal/Black/Silver - £3,999 @ Balfe's Bikes

£3,999£5,50027% off
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By no means cheap, but a chunk knocked off RRP from Specialized (£5,500) and from other retailers for this top-quality bike. SRAM Electronic shifting and buying new means you get a lifetime warranty on the frame too. All sizes currently available.

With a lightweight, Rider-First Engineered™ frame, it delivers the best-possible ride characteristics, no matter the size. So no matter what you have planned for your new Tarmac, it's ready to help you achieve your goals—PRs, KOMs, or podium top steps. One bike to rule them all.

With the new SRAM Rival eTap AXS 12-speed group to bring wireless shifting to the masses, along with some fast rolling tires in the Turbo Pro 700x26mm tires, this new Tarmac delivers performance at a more palatable price point.
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  1. namnam's avatar
    You'd think for 4 grand they'd stick a pair of pedals on it.
    warriorscot's avatar
    When I got my last bike from them they did chuck on a pair of beater pedals till my clipless ones arrived, plenty people come in to replace plastic stock pedals so they've at least in the shop I was in got a bucket of odds and sods spares like that.

    Manufacturers don't provide them because whatever pedal they put on there's a good chance the buyer will replace it so what's the point in manufacturing junk.
  2. clarkeyi's avatar
    Good price for a Sl7. All bike prices are now over inflated. SL8 on the way
  3. alexf's avatar
    alexf Author
    Looks like Sigma Sports are now price-matching this. also available in Gloss White sigmasports.com/ite…0N?
    SeanRTK's avatar
    Looks even better in white.
  4. jr007's avatar
    As a roadie and cycle enthusiast- you’re been taken for a ride if a bike cost that much and you’re not racing. (edited)
  5. coalfield's avatar
    You have to be pretty Specialized to spend £4k on a bike
  6. rodman's avatar
    You could buy brand new car for that, or wait.........
  7. Abs1875's avatar
    Expensive and heavy, no carbon wheels
    SeanRTK's avatar
    I thought 8.3kgs for the 56cm version was quite good. Do you have any recommendations for a lighter bike with carbon wheels for under 4k?
  8. victor.kovachev's avatar
    A Giant TCR or Cannondale SuperSix Evo are much better value.
    sergiup's avatar
    Can you get a similar spec for the same price? Genuine question.
  9. kizzzle's avatar
    lmao - unless you enjoy having you pants down don't be silly enough to buy this..... cool bike decent groupset, awesome gearing at the back.... but 4k for not even the highest spec with what a £200 set of wheels on? come on now. If you have 4k to spend of a bicycle go get the s-works version second hand.

    Whats with these new tarmacs anyway getting heavier by the year.
    clarkeyi's avatar
    I know what you are saying, and agree. Wish you could get a 2nd hand S-Works for £4k. Maybe an SL5 or SL6 with rim brakes.
  10. stewartrichardson988's avatar
    Just got a Boardman 9.4 in immaculate condition for a grand. Same gears as this
    afroylnt's avatar
    With the etap groupset that would an amazing price
  11. basergorkobal's avatar
    I guess it's a good discount, but value wise it doesn't feel great.
    You do get a quality frameset but at the same time You're paying so much for the badge here.
    Something like a Vitus Vitesse evo or Boardman Slr 9.4 are so much better value. And same spec bikes essentially.
    alexf's avatar
    alexf Author
    Agreed, those Boardmans come with a lifetime warranty also much like the Specialized. You are paying for the brand really, I guess it depends on what you want (I'd probably still go with the Specialized ). (edited)
  12. Sentral's avatar
    All the usual classic silly comments, appear in every single bike post
    Amazing bike, and it's a great offer over the RRP.
  13. Zephyz's avatar
    Out of interest and wanting to know more about bikes, what makes this better than the Boardman SLR 9.6 Disc Carbon?
    clarkeyi's avatar
    Good Q. I think the brand is one of the biggest in the world and I guess they spend millions in R&D compared to Boardman.

    Comparing components the Boardman is a much better spec. (edited)
  14. darrensk's avatar
    For similar money I went for new 2021 bike which from giant has changed little. I know there’s been a mild refresh of sram force but that’s not on the 2023 bikes either.
    alexf's avatar
    alexf Author
    that's a nice bike! I will say the Tarmac has a more race-focused geometry than the Defy (it's more in line with a TCR in Giant's lineup) but that's a fair amount of bike for the money nowadays. 
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