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Customer reviews for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike

Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike

Overall rating:
4.286 / 5
4.3
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5
(7 reviews) 7
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6 out of 7(86%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer reviews for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
Review 1 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Anonymous
Country:United Kingdom
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Bristol

Great first bike

PostedApril 8, 2014
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Lightweight, Looks great
I got this bike after being converted from mountain biking to road cycling, and what a bike it is!
I was loaned a Specialized Secture to get the feel of it for a few months, and absolutely loved it.
I purchased the Specialized Tarmac, and noticed the difference immediately. It's lightweight frame makes for a super fast ride! I can't get off the thing now.
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Review 2 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Matston
Country:United Kingdom
Age:35-44
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Nottingham

Very light and very quick

PostedFebruary 24, 2014
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Lightweight, Looks great
Really pleased with this carbon bike at less than a grand. Bang for buck can't be beat
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Review 3 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Gustas

PostedJanuary 26, 2014
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Comfortable, Looks great
Cons: Heavy
Being a basic version of Tarmac this bike has a great carbon frame (same as Tarmac Comp) combined with entry level components and heavy stock wheels. This configuration does make sense if you are planing to upgrade and customise the components gradually as they wear out. I can feel the difference comparing to Allez I had before - Tarmac is more stiff and being lighter makes a tangible difference in starting, climbing and general handling of the bike. I found Sora shifters being fast and precise, although shifting while using power is not so smooth. A perfect investment for a beginner.
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Review 4 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
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4 / 5
4 / 5
EICO
Country:USA
Age:35-44
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

wonderful bike ready for upgrades!!!

PostedJanuary 10, 2014
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Comfortable, Looks great
Cons: Heavy
The bike looks so much better in person and the picture doesn't make justice to the bright red painting. It is pretty piece of equipment. It arrived packed amazingly well. No dents or chips at all in the frame.
The bike is heavy considering it is a carbon frame. The components are probably on the low end but still get the job done. It is a wonderful frame with a marvelous geometry that lets you decide how much you want to spend in upgrades saving you the upfront investment.
I will probably start with a new seat and then explore upgrading the wheels since they represent the largest savings in weight.
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Review 5 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dan82
Country:United Kingdom
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Nottingham

Excellent frame, shame about the wheels etc

PostedSeptember 27, 2013
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
Cons: poor accessories
The reason I bought this bike was for the frame and I'm very impressed. The wheels are heavy cheap things but saying that I'll keep them on over winter and get some lighter ones in the spring. The group set isn't great either, very entry level stuff but as I said it's all about the frame. For a couple of pounds over a grand you're getting a very nice bike that is ripe for upgrading parts, whether you do it part by part or splash out and do it all at once you'll end up with a super lightweight steed.
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Review 6 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tony53
Country:United Kingdom
Age:45-54
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Castleford

Light and a comfortable ride

PostedAugust 15, 2013
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
Cons: poor equipment
Having read some of the other reviews, I have to agree that the equipment could have been better for a bike costing £1200, but apart from that I love the bike, it’s been comfy on 60 mile rides, the Shimano gears are very smooth even under pressure, and the frame feels responsive when out of the seat climbing.
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Review 7 for Specialized Tarmac 2013 Road Bike
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Dan87
Country:United Kingdom
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Expert
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Great frame, not so good on anything else

PostedJune 19, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
Pros: cost, the frameset
Cons: the components are too poor quality, very heavy for a carbon bike
With the latest edition of the Tarmac, Specialized seem keen to market what is a good spec carbon fibre bike to customers at an eye catching £1,200 price point.
The frame is nice and stiff and well regarded as a good ride, and in terms of carbon frames it's good quality, especially for the price.
However, Specialized's cost slashing is evident in two places - the groupset and wheels. Instead of shipping these bikes with components that would match the quality of the frame, they have opted for a 9 speed Sora (yes, Sora, not even Tiagra) groupset rather than a 105 or Ultegra - which would seem the more obvious choice. Similarly, 105 or Ultegra level wheels would be more appropriate to the frame although the spec is rather suspiciously missing any reference to the hubs. Finally, the saddle is Specialized's £25 Riva, and when spending >£1,000 on a bike having a £25 saddle just seems a bit, well, insulting. The Toupe or Romin would be a better choice.
Obviously at £1,200 it's quite difficult to complain about these issues, as the frame takes up the majority of the cost. Specialized are obviously trying to appeal to a market that wants a carbon fibre bike but at a cut price. My advice? Don't bother. Carbon gives you two things: stiffness and weight reduction.
The wheels are not rigid enough to match the stiffness of the frame and the groupset is heavy by comparison, and you don't even get 10 gears - nullifying both advantages. Better to spend £1,000 on a bike with an aluminium frame, a Tiagra or 105 groupset, some nice wheels (like Fulcrum Racing 5s or Quattros) and then upgrade to carbon later. Doing this will also confer more of an appreciation of an upgrade to the stiffness of a carbon frame and forks. There are plenty of deals on carbon frames around.
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