Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Campbell, CA 95008
Bikes: 2013 Specialized Tarmac SL4 Di2
Finally got off my bike and took a picture!
It's probably considered ridiculously expensive, all carbon, with Di2 shifters and Dura-Ace components. But I figure after making my goal ride this year with the base model bike, being committed to riding going forward, and having some options to sell from the previous company, I could justify spending more than my first car on a bike that's going to last several years. Just speaking about the servo power shifters though, "It's so choice, if you have the means I highly recommend picking on up." --Ferris Bueller
With pedals and cages, without GoPro, saddle bag, and water, it was right on 14 lbs.
As far as the geometry between the Allez and the Tarmac goes, they feel very similar, I haven't been fit on this one yet but when I picked it up the seat was a good 2.5 inches farther back than on the Allez, making the reach really really out there, so I moved it as far forward as it would go, leaving it still 0.5 inches back from the Allez, but also getting it into the realm of comfortability. The transition between the two has been really easy, other than the twitchyness of the ultralight Tarmac. I feel like the wheels and stiffness make my acceleration actually mean something.
One other difference, I added a triple to my Allez so I had a granny gear that made breathing while climbing possible at all. I went on the same climb over the last weekend on the Tarmac and the weight difference made up for the difference in gearing, even while I had the NiteRider 1800 attached to the Tarmac, adding several pounds.
Totally worth the price, although I'm debating the attention it draws... and whether I should care if people think I'm worthy of such a bad-assed piece of equipment.