Whether it's winning the Tour de France or a city-limit sprint, Tarmac is made for racing, with its powerful acceleration and razor-sharp handling. The Comp features Shimano 105 components, FSA carbon crank, and our new DT-Axis 3.0 wheels for race-ready performance at a great value.
I have a 2010 Tarmac Comp which I bought second hand for £920, whilst the bike is built for speed is is suprisingly comfortable and climbs effortlessly. The bike would have cost double new but I still feel this was great value for money with a full 105 groupset. The only thing I would upgrade on this bike are the wheels the Mavic Askiums do spin up relatively quick but are heavy, but they are reliable and solid. I just want to ride this all the time as every ride is a pleasure.
Weaknesses: - Stock tires seem to lack traction at times
- Would prefer a shallower drop
This is for an '06 Tarmac Comp. The bike is stiff and responsive without being too harsh. I have never owned a nice road bike like this before, but too me, it is very light weight. I find the bike a joy too ride, and enjoy the crisp shifting of the 105 components.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2011
Strengths: None, other than Sram components work much better than expected. Replaced wheels initially thinking cause of shimmy. Tried two sets or Ksyriums, tried Hed Kermesse wheels (helped some due to C2 rim w/Vittora Open Pave 24mm tires but shimmy not eliminated). Replaced junk saddle, replaced junk brakes with Dura Ace, replaced crankset initally with FSA K-Force 53/39 vs. OEM compact.
Weaknesses: Poor customer service, no real effort to solve problem by local bike shop (Specialized Dealer). Specialized does not stand behind product. Had S-Works frame with similar experience 6 years ago but partially my fault as I crashed bike twice racing and it began to shimmy but offered no support from Specialized to rectify the situation. Will not buy another Specialized at this point, very dissatified.. Many options out there in price range would suggest spending more money to by a more reputable brand and utilize a reputable dealer before purchasing.
Had issues with shimmys since purchased. LBS recommended that "I try to move things around to fix it" and referred to on-line resources. Eventually supposed recommendation by Specialized area sales rep for Western NC to go to BG Fit Studio for fit (no price break offered since bike has had problems from week 1). Still trying to tweak bike, still stwitchy. Called back local shop with offer to pay for fame replacement despite ongoing issues. Would not recommend bike to anyone, former racer with over 25yrs riding experience, LBS acts as if I do not know what I am talking about. Will not buy another Specialized bike.
Favorite Ride: Blue Ridge Brutal, West Jefferson, NC and Tour of Davie, Mocksville, NC
Purchased At: LBS in Catawba Count
Similar Products Used: 2004 Specialized S-Works E5
2008 Cannondale Super Six (superior to Tarmac)
2007 Pinarello Gallielo
Bike Setup: Tarmac replaced most OEM equipment due to quality other than Sram Rival Shifters and derailleurs(very impressed despite price point). Other bikes used Campagnolo Record and Chorus 10 speed.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2010
Strengths: Light, fast, responsive, all around nice ride
Weaknesses: Too many "Specialized" stickers, I feel like a rolling billboard.
Replaced my Trek 5900 (OCLV 110 or Black Carbon) with the Specialized. I did not expect to notice much of a difference given that I was riding the top of the line Trek frame. I was suprised to find that it rides smoother, takes bumps better and handles better than my Trek. A terrific ride. Total weight with Dura Ace/Ultegra components 16.5#.
So I'm kinda stuck here.
I have a 2012 Allez (base) that used to have the 2300 shifters. Since then, I've upgraded my shifters and both derailleurs (to 105), cassette (Tiagra), and chain (SRAM PC-1031). I am pleased with the results so far. I've lost at least 15lbs since I started biking this winter ... Read More »
hello, i'm about to buy a new bike, and i have this two options:
specialized tarmac comp mid-compact 2012
colnago clx 3.0 (full 105) 2011
they both are in the same price and i need to diside which one i want,
my previous bike was specialized allez sport compact 2011 and i love the geomatry and all, ... Read More »
Man I'm in a pickle. I've ridden all of them and really like them all. They all have comparable groups, and fit me very well. The Tarmac is the most expensive and I LOVE the shop that sells it. The Defy at another local shop, but might have to get it shipped to me from across the country to get the ... Read More »
I was looking into buying a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Comp and had a few questions for anyone who has owned one. I was wondering if it used the osbb(bb30) and also if anyone knew the frame weight? I know its not a weightweenies, but just wondering. Also, if anyone could chime in on the ride it would b ... Read More »
Writing up ad now.
Selling a 2011 Specialized Tarmac Comp frameset size 54. There is 3200 miles on this frame since buying it in May of 2011 at Boulder Cycle Sport. Serial number is STAR310E0959
Frame is in amazing condition and was never crashed. I am very anal about cleaning the bike after e ... Read More »