You probably can’t afford this bike.
Just a day after Trek unveiled its new Émonda road bike line highlighted by the $15,750 10.25-pound SLR 10, Specialized lifted the lid on its own super bike, the $20,000 (yes, you read that right) S-Works McLaren Tarmac.
But unlike the SLR 10, you wont find the McLaren version at your local bike shop. Only 250 are being offered worldwide, including several which will be raced by various Specialized sponsored riders at the upcoming Tour de France. If you’re interested — and not racing at the Tour — head over to Specialized.com to register your interest and reserve a bike. Soon after you’ll be contacted by a Specialized representative who will help schedule the included Body Geometry fit session that comes complimentary with the bike. You’ll also get a McLaren S-Works Prevail helmet and shoes, both painted to match this admittedly stunning orange and black frame. No word on whether proof of financial worth or a credit check is required.
This isn’t the first time the Big Red S and McLaren have teamed up. Over the years, the pair have developed a relationship built upon a foundation of collaborative technical progress and a dedication to pushing the design envelope. That’s resulted in the S-Works McLaren Venge aero road bike and S-Works McLaren TT helmet.
This time they say the partnership produced a new way of looking at the forces exerted on bicycles via a new data acquisition and simulation program developed with McLaren, best known for its achievements in the motorsports world.
Included is a set of CLX40R tubular wheels, which save 90 grams compared to a standard set of CLX40 wheels, and a McLaren S-Works Prevail helmet and shoes, both painted to match.
Now on the heels of the launch of the new S-Works Tarmac, the S-Works McLaren Tarmac takes the technical and performance standards of that bike and improves them. Specialized calls it the “most exclusive and technically advanced bike” it’s ever released.
According to Specialized, the pricey rig utilizes 300 percent more high-modulus fiber, reducing material required and weight. They also claim to have used 500 different composite ply shapes, more than twice what’s used in a standard S-Works Tarmac.
Joe Marsh, a composite design engineer from McLaren Applied Technologies Limited, was instrumental in the development of the frame. “Our design benchmark, the new S-Works Tarmac, was already a very efficient structure to start with and in some ways this was a much tougher challenge than the Venge we worked on,” said Marsh.
The S-Works McLaren Tarmac maintains all of the performance characteristics of the standard S-Works Tarmac via Rider-First Engineered design while reducing the weight of the overall frame and fork by 9-11 percent depending on frame size.
Design in process at McLaren HQ.
This was done in part via the proprietary carbon layup process. Specialized claims the weight savings come with no cost to the overall performance of the bike. But more than just a frame and fork, the S-Works McLaren Tarmac is a collection of cohesive parts. Along with the included fit to dial in best frame size, a range of component sizes are selected to best fit the customer including handlebar and saddle width, stem length and crank size.
Also included is a set of CLX40R tubular wheels, which save 90 grams compared to a standard set of CLX40 wheels. Shifting is provided by a Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 electronic drivetrain. EE Cycleworks brakes further reduce weight.
The reservation process closes on July 31 or while availability lasts. Included in the final product is a personalized name plate and wall mount plaque for displaying the bike, shoes and helmet if you’d rather look at it than ride it.