Specialized unveils new McLaren Tarmac

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Jul. 2, 2014
  • Updated Oct. 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM EDT

McLaren Tarmac buyers will also receive limited edition S-Works shoes and a Prevail helmet. Photo: Specialized

A stand to display it all is also a must, so Specialized includes one of those as well. Photo: Specialized

Specialized uses boutique brand EE Cycleworks brakes with on the Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2-equipped McLaren Tarmac. Photo: Specialized

When Specialized announced its new Tarmac, they cited McLaren’s key role in developing its “Rider First” data collection system.

Specialized used this system to study how different-sized riders rode their bikes, in an effort to better the bike’s overall ride quality, rather than just improving stiffness and lowering weight. Specialized was cagy about the procedure used to collected this data, but knowing its partnership with McLaren, we were left with no other option than to trust them. After all, 30 podium appearances at the F1 World Championships aren’t achieved by sub-par auto racing teams.

At the time of the new Tarmac launch , we expected a McLaren edition, but Specialized declined to discuss the possibility of another super-bike project carrying the McLaren name. Today, just a few days ahead of the Tour de France, Specialized has unveiled the S-Works McLaren Tarmac.

Specialized athletes Jacob Fuglsang of Astana, and Nicholas Roche of Tinkoff-Saxo will race the McLaren Tarmac at the Tour this year.

Using the 2015 Tarmac S-Works as the starting point, McLaren’s composite design engineer, Joe Marsh, sought to extract more performance using data that Specialized and McLaren had collected when developing the new Tarmac. The result is a very expensive and very exclusive bike that has a parts list that will make even the detail-oriented weight-weenies jealous.

The bike’s estimated price tag is an astronomical $20,000. The McLaren Tarmac will be limited to 250 bikes, with pre-orders starting today and running through the end of July.

The Tarmac is outfitted with a reliable high-end drivetrain, Dura-Ace 9070 Di2, with a custom EE Cycleworks brakes. The tubular wheelset, Roval CLX40R, is exclusive to the McLaren Tarmac and saves 90 grams compared to the general public’s CLX40 wheels. Components like the crankset, stem, and handlebars will all be selected by a Body Geometry fitter when the buyer orders their McLaren from a Specialized S-Works dealer.

Additionally, color-coordinated S-Works shoes and a Prevail helmet will be included with the McLaren Tarmac, along with a wall-mounted stand to display your investment, preferably next to your McLaren 650S. If you’re going to ride a super-bike, might as well drive a super-car too.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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