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Including the all-new Tarmac Disc SL6, Venge, Roubaix, Ruby, Allez, Diverge and Sequoia

Founded in 1974, Specialized is one of the biggest and most popular bicycle brands. It produces a vast number of models covering a wide range of cycling disciplines, so to help guide you through the 2018 range and help you choose the right bike for you, here’s an overview of the US company’s latest bikes.

We've picked out highlights from the new range. You can see a list of the full range with prices here.

Tarmac Disc

This is the 6th generation Tarmac SL and is available with a choice of rim or disc brakes.

The Tarmac SL6 was the big noise for 2018, and shortly after the rim-braked version debuted a disc-braked bike was introduced, first with an S-Works only version but very soon more affordable models followed.

2019 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Right at the top of the range is the S-Works Tarmac Disc Sagan Collection LTD (£10,000) and the plain old S-Works Tarmac Disc (£9,250). There’s also Women's S-Works Tarmac Disc too for the same price, although the differences appear to be down to colour scheme, a woman's saddle and an additional, smaller size for the women's bike. Each of those bikes is adorned with all the bells and whistles including Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and Specalized carbon cranks with power meters.

2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro

Below those stratospherically expensive models is the Tarmac Disc Pro (£6,000) with Shimano Ultegra and Roval CL50 wheels. The Tarmac Disc Expert (£4,000) is available for men and women with Ultegra mechanical shifting and Roval CL38 carbon wheels.

Specialized Tarmac Disc Comp – Sagan Collection LTD

If you’re a Peter Sagan fan (and who isn’t) then check out the Tarmac Disc Comp - Sagan Collection LTD (£3,100). The Tarmac Disc Comp (£2,900) brings the regular Tarmac Disc under the £3k mark with men and women versions. The most affordable model is the Tarmac Disc Sport (£2,250), again in men and women versions and sporting a Shimano 105 groupset.

2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Comp

The new models fill out a range of SL6-based Tarmac Disc bikes and replace the previous SL5 Tarmac Disc models. Visually, the new bikes can be distinguished from the old ones by their dropped seatstays. Specialized has also changed the naming convention, so the bike that replaces the Tarmac Comp Disc is the Tarmac Disc Comp. Because that's not confusing at all.

Tarmac

The Tarmac has long been the company’s go-to race bike, favoured by its many sponsorship professional cyclists and amateur racers alike. Most of the top racers are still preferring rim brake bikes but Specialized is offering just three rim brake models in the UK, a slim range compared to the depth in the disc brake Tarmac line-up. That disparity clearly shows where Specialized believes the market is going for modern road race bikes.

You can read all about the tech details here and watch an unboxing of the top-end S-Works Tarmac here.

Specialized reserves its best for the fabled S-Works top-tier models, with the highest grade of carbon fibre used and the best components, picked to create what is in anyone's world, a superbike.

specialized tarmac s-works 2019

The S-Works Tarmac (£9,150) then heads the range with all the best kit and ensuring it’s still the lightest bike in the complete Tarmac range, thanks to that 733g frame and very light components on this lavish build. You can also buy the S-Works frameset (£3,250) and build your own dream bike.

- Review: Specialized Tarmac Pro 2018

specialized Tarmac Expert  2019

The Tarmac Expert (£4,250) uses FACT 10r carbon rather than the FACT 12r carbon of the S-Works frame, so it’s a little heavier, but has all the same tube shapes and features.

specialized tarmac comp 2019

The Tarmac Comp (£3,000) is the most affordable of this 6th generation race bike and gets a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset.

Venge

If racing and generally riding as fast as you possibly can is your thing, then you want to take a closer look at the Venge. This is the company’s aerodynamic road bike and this year it launched a brand new version, the third iteration since it first arrived in the company’s range back in 2011.

You can read all the juicy details here and get David’s first impressions on riding the new bike here.

The new Venge is more aerodynamic than the previous version, a claimed 8 seconds according to the company’s own wind tunnel testing. The frame is hugely lighter as well, a 56cm frame coming in at 960g and further savings in the fork, handlebar and stem and seatpost. It all adds up to a 460g saving. They’ve also improved the handling and geometry, designed a new aero handlebar and stem that offers easy fit adjustment and can be swapped for regular components. Oh, and the frame is only compatible with disc brakes and electronic groupsets, with all cables and hoses internally routed.

specialized s-works venge sagan

Given its newness, it’s a small range of models to choose from. At the top is the S-Works Venge - Sagan Collection (£10,000) with a custom paint job and a full plethora of top-end kit from Roval and Shimano, and includes the new Specialized S-Works carbon crankset with a power meter.

specicalized S-Works Venge 2019

The regular S-Works Venge (£9,750) uses the same frame and components but with a satin black and holographic decals finish.

specialized Venge Pro 2019

The cheapest new Venge is the Venge Pro (£6,500) which uses the same but swaps the high-end kit for Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Roval CL50 wheels.

Roubaix

The Roubaix is one of the most distinctive endurance bikes due to the novel Future Shock, a small spring houses in a cartridge and place between the headset and stem. It’s designed to isolate the upper body and arms from all the impacts and vibrations normally felt through the handlebars when the front wheel encounters a bump or hole.

Specialized Roubaix Expert - Future Shock and stem.jpg

Other key changes are the redesigned frame with a CG-R seatpost housed inside a large diameter seat tube to provide more seated comfort, lower overall weight and evolved geometry to make it a bit racier. There’s bigger tyre clearance as well, up to 32mm tyres, and there’s a cool SWAT Box storage option on the higher-end models for neatly storing tools and spare tubes.

- Review: Specialized Roubaix Expert (2017)

specialized S-Works Roubaix 2019

The S-Works Roubaix (£9,100) spearheads the range with the highest grade FACT 11r carbon frame and Dura-Ace Di2 build. The Roubaix Expert (£5,150) gets a FACT 10r carbon frame with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and deep section Roval wheel and keeps the SWAT storage.

specialized roubaix Comp–Ultegra Di2 2019

The Roubaix Comp Ultegra Di2 (£4,100) keeps the same frame and groupset as the model above it, but different wheels bring the price down substantially.

specialized roubaix Comp 2019

Next up is the Roubaix Comp (£3,100) which features the same FACT 10r carbon frame but with mechanical Shimano Ultegra and hydro disc brakes and DT R470 aluminium wheels.

specialized Roubaix Sport 2019

The Roubaix Sport (£2,600) brings the price down further with a lower grade FACT 9r carbon frame and Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Roubaix – Hydraulic Disc 2019

The most affordable model is the Roubaix - Hydraulic Disc (£2,100) a Shimano Tiagra groupset and RS505 hydraulic disc brakes and Axis Sport Disc wheels with commuter-friendly Espoir Sport 28mm tyres.

Ruby

The Ruby is the women’s version of the Roubaix and features all the same tech, with frame sizes going down to 44cm, and seven models to choose from.

specialized S-Works Ruby 2019

As usual, an S-Works model tops the range, with the S-Works Ruby (£9,000). A full complement of Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, carbon wheels and top-end finishing kit.

specialized Ruby Comp – Ultegra Di2 2019

In the middle of the range is the Ruby Comp Ultegra Di2 (£4,100) with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset.

specialized Ruby Sport 2019

At the other end of the range is the Ruby Sport (£2,600) with a carbon frame and Future Shock and a Shimano 105 mechanical groupset with DT R470 wheels.

Allez

The Allez is Specialized’s aluminium line of road bikes and is offered in two versions; the Sprint Comp at the top with an aero frame, and the regular Allez which takes a few style tips from the new Tarmac SL6.

specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc 2019

The Allez Sprint Comp Disc (£1,900) is an all-new bike and brings disc brakes to the aero Allez for the first time. It’s specced with a Shimano 105 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, a Praxis Zayante chainset with KMC chain, DT R470 wheels with Specialized Turbo Pro 26mm tyres.

You can read the full detailed story on this new bike here.

specialized Allez Sprint Comp 2019

The Allez Sprint Comp (£1,700) swaps the discs for rim brakes and is specced with a Shimano 105 groupset and DT R460 wheels. You can also buy the Allez Sprint Frameset (£1,350) with a selection of colours to choose from.

Onto the regular Allez, and a revised E5 aluminium frame and all-carbon fork drop the weight by 450g. As well as reducing weight, they’ve also relaxed the geometry to make it a better all-around bike well suited to new cyclists, and they’ve added mudguard and rack mounts. A thumbs up for those.

Now you might be aware of a recall affecting the fork on December 14, 2017. Interim fork replacements are devoid of the mudguard mounts that make this bike such a versatile choice for commuting demands as well as winter riding. It is working on producing a new carbon fork with mudguard mounts.

specialized Allez Elite 2019

Topping the range is the Allez Elite (£1,050) which combines an aluminium frame with a FACT carbon fork and a Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Allez Sport 2019

Splitting the three model range is the Allez Sport (£799) which has the same E5 Premium aluminium frame and FACT carbon fork, with a Shimano Sora groupset.

specialized Allez 2019

The cheapest model is the Allez (£630) with the same aluminium frame and carbon fork, and specced with a Shimano 2000 Claris groupset and Axis Sport wheels.

Diverge

The Diverge was a well-received bike when it first arrived, which was at a time when the whole gravel and adventure style of riding was only just starting to take off. But after a few years of good reviews and sales, the Diverge has been completely updated to keep it abreast of the changing trends in this sector. It now takes bigger tyres, is disc brake only as before, now with 12mm thru-axles and flat mounts, but borrows the Future Shock from the Roubaix. It’s been adapted for off-roading with a firmer spring.

- Review: Specialized S-Works Diverge 2018

specialized  S-Works Diverge 2019

Look to the most expensive model and your eyes are greeted by the S-Works Diverge (£8,750) with a frame made from high-grade FACT 11r carbon fibre and an S-Works FACT carbon fork. Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupset is combined with an XTR rear mech and Easton EC90 SL Carbon crankset for a bespoke 1x drivetrain, and Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels complete the package.

specialized Diverge Sport 2019

Step down to the Diverge Sport (£2,750) available in men and women’s versions, and you get much the same frame just made from a lower grade of carbon and using a Shimano 105 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes.

specialized Diverge 2019

The Diverge (£2,100) is also available in men and women’s versions and uses a carbon frame and fork with the same details as the S-Works model, but a 2x Shimano Tiagra/Praxis groupset and RS405 hydraulic disc brakes.

specialized Diverge E5 Comp 2019

The Diverge E5 Comp (£1,600) is the cheapest model in the range to be equipped with the Future Shock. It’s bolted to an aluminium frame with a carbon fork and a Shimano 105 groupset.

specialized Diverge E5 2019

The Diverge E5 Elite (£999) and Diverge E5 (£799) both use an aluminium frame without the Future Shock, but the frame shares all the key features such as wide tyre clearance and mounts for adding mudguards.

- Review: Specialized Diverge E5 Comp

Sequoia

The Sequoia is another adventure bike in the company’s range that is intended to sit alongside the Diverge as a less racy option more aimed at exploring and bikepacking riding, and there are mounts all over it for fitting racks and bags.

- Review: Specialized Sequoia Expert

specialized Sequoia Elite 2019

There are two models in the 2019 range. This, the Sequoia Elite (£2,000) is now the priciest option available in the UK with a 1x SRAM Apex groupset using a Praxis Alba chainset and SunRace 11-42t cassette. Tyres are the company’s own 38mm wide Sawtooth with a tubeless-ready design.

specialized Sequoia 2019

The Sequoia (£1,200) uses the same steel frame but swaps the carbon fork for one made from steel, and a Shimano Sora groupset takes care of shifting duties while Tektro Spyre disc brakes control your speed.

The full 2019 Specialized road bike range

Model Bike type Frame material Groupset Brakes Price
Tarmac          
S-Works Tarmac Disc – Sagan Collection LTD Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £10,000.00
S-Works Tarmac Disc Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £9,250.00
Women's S-Works Tarmac Disc Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £9,500.00
Tarmac Disc Pro Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc £6,000.00
Tarmac Disc Expert Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £4,250.00
Tarmac Disc Comp - Sagan Collection LTD Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £2,899.00
Tarmac Disc Comp Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £2,900.00
Tarmac Disc Sport Road Carbon-fibre Shimano 105 Disc £2,350.00
S-Works Tarmac Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Rim £9,150.00
Tarmac Expert Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Rim £4,250.00
Tarmac Comp Road Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Rim £3,000.00
S-Works Tarmac Disc Frameset Road Carbon-fibre N/A Disc £3,400.00
S-Works Tarmac Frameset Road Carbon-fibre N/A Rim £3,400.00
S-Works Tarmac Disc Frameset – Sagan Collection LTD Road Carbon-fibre N/A Disc £3,800.00
Venge          
S-Works Venge - Sagan Collection Aero Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £10,250.00
S-Works Venge Aero Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £9,750.00
Venge Pro Aero Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £6,250.00
S-Works Venge frameset Aero Carbon-fibre N/A Disc £3,500.00
Roubaix          
S-Works Roubaix Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £9,100.00
Roubaix Expert Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc £5,150.00
Roubaix Comp Ultegra Di2 Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc £4,100.00
Roubaix Comp Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £2,480.00
Roubaix Sport Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano 105 Disc £2,600.00
Roubaix - Hydraulic Disc Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Tiagra Disc £2,100.00
Ruby          
S-Works Ruby Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £6,499.00
Ruby Expert Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc £5,150.00
Ruby Comp Ultegra Di2 Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Di2 Disc £4,100.00
Ruby Comp Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £3,100.00
Ruby Sport Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano 105 Disc £2,600.00
Ruby - Hydraulic Disc Endurance Carbon-fibre Shimano Tiagra Disc £2,100.00
Allez          
Allez Sprint Comp Disc Road Aluminium Shimano 105 Disc £1,900.00
Allez Sprint Comp Road Aluminium Shimano 105 Rim £1,700.00
Allez Sprint Disc Frameset Road Aluminium N/A Disc £1,350.00
Allez Sprint Frameset – Red Hook Crit LTD Road Aluminium N/A Rim £1,300.00
Allez Elite Road Aluminium Shimano 105 Rim £1,050.00
Allez Sport Road Aluminium Shimano Sora Rim £850.00
Allez Road Aluminium Shimano Claris Rim £630.00
Diverge          
S-Works Diverge Adventure Carbon-fibre Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc £8,750.00
Diverge Expert X1 Adventure Carbon-fibre SRAM Force Disc £4,250.00
Diverge Comp Adventure Carbon-fibre Shimano Ultegra Disc £3,400.00
Diverge Sport Adventure Carbon-fibre Shimano 105 Disc £2,750.00
Diverge Adventure Carbon-fibre Shimano Tiagra Disc £2,100.00
Diverge E5 Comp Adventure Aluminium Shimano 105 Disc £1,600.00
Diverge E5 Elite Adventure Aluminium Shimano Tiagra Disc £1,050.00
Divege E5 Adventure Aluminium Shimano Claris Disc £850.00
Sequoia          
Sequoia Elite Adventure Steel SRAM Apex 1x Disc £2,000.00
Sequoia Adventure Steel Shimano Sora Disc £1,200.00
Dolce          
Dolce Elite Road Aluminium Shimano 105 Rim £1,050.00
Dolce Sport Road Aluminium Shimano Sora Rim £700.00
Dolce Road Aluminium Shimano Claris Rim £630.00
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IanEdward [306 posts] 5 months ago
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They might have added mudguard mounts to the Allez but good luck getting a traditional set of guards in there with the stock tyres! 

After a hefty does of cutting and shutting I've managed some sort of solution by stopping the front guard at the back of the fork crown, and splitting the rear guard either side of the rear calliper, using a PDW Z-bracket to support one half of the guard, and an old SKS bracket to support the other half.

 

Still get a bit of rubbing over bumpy surfaces or gritty roads, nothing like as good as my other winter bike...