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.
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 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.