What makes a bicycle worthy of a house deposit? You’re paying for the expertise of McLaren engineers over at its Special Operations Center in Woking – the same place where the McLaren P1 is hand finished – who have reduced weight and optimised every element for aerodynamic performance. Oh, and the frankly ludicrous amounts of carbon fibre that have been meticulously shaped and moulded to make this one lightweight, sportive-smashing missile.
Just how light is it?Positively featherweight, considering boffins have managed to shave around 10 per cent of excess fat from the already anorexic S-Works Tarmac model. Expect this bike to hover under the 6kg mark.
I presume the components are top notch, too. We’re talking Tour de France-spec components on this speed machine. Specially crafted S-Works Aerofly handlebars (tested in a wind tunnel for aerodynamic performance), Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 gears, high performance eeCycleworks brakes, a diamond-like coated chain and an S-Works carbon crankset with CeramicSpeed coated bearings. Chris Froome wouldn’t complain if you handed him one of these on the Grand Départ.
The paintjob looks menacing, tell us more… The team over at McLaren Special Operations Centre have employed exactly the same painting techniques used on the awesome P1 hypercar. That means numerous coats for a rich hue and hours spent hand polishing to ensure it sparkles in the sunlight. It even sports the iconic shade of orange that's bespoke to McLaren super cars.
Ok, I’m sold – but I expect a few freebies if I’m parting with £16,000 You’re in luck, because you’ll not only be the proud owner of one of just 250 S-Works McLaren Tarmacs in existence but Specialized will also throw in a pair of custom made S-Works Road Shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet, both painted to match the frame. All that’s left for you to do is invest in a heavy-duty lock.
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