Tour de France Tech: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized S-Works (Shark) Tarmac

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The 2014 Tour de France is far from over, but after 10 days of racing Italian Vincenzo Nibali is clearly the odds-on favorite to be wearing the yellow jersey in Paris. The Italian owns a 2:23 lead over second-placed Richie Porte (Team Sky), and already has two stage wins. Carrying the Astana team captain toward glory is this custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac. RoadBikeReview got an up close look. See what we saw in the photo gallery below.


Nibali Tarmac

The Tarmac is Specialized’s pure bred race bike. Nibali’s size 56cm is outfitted with mechanical Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed, Corima Viva carbon tubular wheels, and a mix of carbon FSA components.

Nibali Shark Paint

The custom paint job is a nod to Nibali’s menacing nickname, the Shark of Messina. Nibali was born in the city of Messina on the island of Sicily.

Nibali Saddle

The Italian runs this non-sponsor-correct Fizik Antares saddle complete with black electrical tape and sharpie markings.

Nibali Post

The saddle is perched on a FSA carbon K-Force seatpost.

Nibali Post Bolt

A internal binder bolt in the frame eliminates the need for an external seatpost clamp.

Nibali Pink Stripe

Pink striping down the back of the seat tube is a nod to Nibali’s overall GC win at the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Could a yellow stripe be in order soon?

Nibali Pedal

Look KEO Blade’s are the pedal of choice.

Nibali Non Drive

The 11-speed Campy Super Record group is broken by these Specialized S-Works carbon cranks.

Nibali Nametag

The frame is mechanical or electronic compatible. Nibali prefers the former.

Nibali Levers

No mistaking the sexy ergo curves of Campagnolo’s Super Record levers. These are the RS model, which is specially tuned for racing.

Nibali Cranks

This jumbled set-up includes Campy chainrings, an SRM power meter and Specialized cranks.

Nibali Brakes

Campy brakes are outfitted with Corima’s special red brake pads, which are specially formulated to work with the Corima wheels.

Nibali Bars

An 120mm FSA stem links up with 42cm FSA carbon bars.

Nibali Wheel

Corima is a France-based component and frame maker. The clincher version of these carbon hoops retail for north of $1400.

Nibali Tire

Veloflex tires are the tire choice for standard road stages.

Nibali Stem

Nibali’s stem measures 120mm. Astana also has a relationship with Ceramicspeed, which provides headset and BB bearings.

Nibali Roubaix

For stage 5’s battle on the cobblestones, Nibali opted for the Specialized Roubaix, which provides a more compliant ride on rough roads.

Nibali Roubaix Tires

The Tour’s Roubaix stage also necessitated a switch to these 27c FMB/Specialized tires.

Nibali Clearance

Brake clearance was tight with the 27c tires mounted up.

Nibali Zertz

The Specialized Roubaix utilizes bump-absorbing Zertz inserts in the fork and seatstays.

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 / 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.

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