Be first to own 2016 Specialized Tarmac with SRAM eTap

eBay auction supporting World Bicycle Relief first chance to buy new bikes

Road Bike
MSRP is $9500, though we fully expect these five bikes to fetch quite a bit more.

MSRP is $9500, though we fully expect these five bikes to fetch quite a bit more (click to enlarge).

If you want to be the first cyclist on your block with a brand new SRAM eTap equipped Specialized S-Works Tarmac, now is your chance. Starting February 16 at 8 a.m., the California-based bike maker will auction off five of these special bikes, with all proceeds donated to World Bicycle Relief.

Zipp carbon wheels will adorn these five very special top shelf bikes.

Zipp carbon wheels will adorn these five very special top shelf bikes (click to enlarge).

These eBay auctions will not have a buy it now option and will end on February 18 at 7:59 a.m. For your donation, you’ll have exclusivity of ownership for roughly three weeks, as stock bikes equipped with the new eTap wireless shifting system are not expected to hit bike shop floors until sometime in March.

More importantly, you’ll be helping out an amazing cause. World Bicycle Relief is a non-profit that provides bicycles to people across rural Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. To date, the organization has delivered more than 275,000 bicycles and trained more than 1000 bike mechanics.

The wireless drivetrain will come with a mid-compact 52-36 chainring set-up.

The wireless drivetrain will come with a mid-compact 52-36 chainring set-up (click to enlarge).

The quintet of S Works Tarmacs with include three size 56cm builds and two size 54cm. Retail value of the bikes is roughly $9500. The frames will feature the Etixx-Quick Step WorldTour team livery and have no unused cable ports, as they are electronic compatible only. The Tarmac is Specialized’s do-it-all race bike that has been ridden to overall victory in all three Grand Tours.

All parts on the bikes have been donated, and eBay is covering PayPal fees, so this is truly a donation to a great cause. “The bikes that World Bicycle Relief delivers to communities are effectively work trucks that help save time — and lives,” explained Specialized road brand manager Mark Cote, adding that Julina Sinyard, daughter of Specialized founder Mike Sinyard, is currently working for the organization whose bikes are typically earmarked for students, health care workers, or entrepreneurs.

Cockpit components are all Zipp carbon fiber, including the wind cheating Zipp SL 70 Aero handlebar.

Cockpit components are all Zipp carbon fiber, including the wind cheating Zipp SL 70 Aero handlebar (click to enlarge).

For more information or to place a bid visit www.specializedcharityauction.com. You can also sign-up to get email updates on all Specialized charity auctions here.

Photo Thumbnails (click to enlarge)
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


Related Articles


NOTE: There are two ways to comment on our articles: Facebook or Wordpress. Facebook uses your real name and can be posted on your wall while Wordpress uses our login system. Feel free to use either one.

Facebook Comments:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*