How can you tell if S-Works Tarmac is real?
The Tarmac is engineered to ride like a high-performance bike; the counterfeit is designed to simply look like a Tarmac. The top of the down tube on the Specialized is measurably stronger than the bottom, while on the counterfeit, the top of the down tube is slightly weaker than the bottom.
Why is Specialized S-Works so expensive?
Every part of a S-Works bike is delicate and it must be efficiently aligned with the other parts. Its frames, wheels and other parts must be in tune in order for it to be a great bike! That is why it is so expensive; any mistake in servicing it may bring down its value and usefulness.
Is Specialized and S-Works the same company?
Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., colloquially known as and stylized as SPECIALIZED, is an American company that designs, manufactures and markets bicycles, bicycle components and related products under the brand name “Specialized”, as well as the premium and professional oriented “S-works”.
Where are s-works frames made?
If you look at a sticker on the frame it proudly says ‘hand-made in Taiwan’ as a badge of honour. And the frame is handmade, with the number of pieces of carbon used to construct a frame rising from 350 on the SL5 to 500 for the SL6.
What is so special about S-Works?
The S-Works frames are lighter and stiffer. Also they come with ceramicspeed BB as standard. I believe that they are built in a different factory and with a higher level of quality control.
How much does an S-Works Tarmac weight?
In its lightest build with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, the S-Works Tarmac SL7 is claimed to weigh 6.7kg for a 56cm bike. This would put it under the UCI’s 6.8kg minimum legal weight for racing, although, of course, Specialized’s figure does not include pedals, bottle cages and other accessories that racers can’t do without.