Sagan’s new ride is lighter with better handling. – By Matt Phillips
One of the most impressive details of the new Tarmac: room for up to 30mm tires with rim brakes. Even with Sagan’s 26mm-wide tyres, plenty of clearance remains.
The finish on Sagan’s bike looks subtle at first, but a closer look reveals complex details. The silver has an iridescent quality that, depending on the light, reflects back the colors of the rainbow: an homage to Sagan’s World Champion jerseys. The outline of the “S-Works” logo appears gold, but it too changes colors as the viewing angle changes. Small touches of Bora-Honsgrohe’s team colour–a light green–provide tasteful accents.
Like the bike he rode in last year’s Tour, Sagan’s new Tarmac uses Specialized Aerofly flat handlebar. The 250 gram (claimed) carbon bar features a wing-shaped top section which helps the bar cut 17 seconds from a 40k ride (compared to a traditional drop bar), claims’s Specialized’s product information.
This K-Edge out-in front mount for Garmin Edge is laser etched with one of Sagan’s nicknames.
This port in the downtube is unused when running an electronic drivetrain like Sagan. When a mechanical drivetrain is used, the blank is swapped for a different insert that routes the derailleur cables through the down tube.