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How Specialized made the new Tarmac - Interview with aerodynamics expert Chris Yu

We get all the details on the new Specialized Tarmac from the aerodynamics expert Chris Yu

Specialized launched the completely redesigned Tarmac at the 2017 Tour de France, and we were able to chat with one of the people responsible for the new bike, aerodynamics expert Chris Yu before the race got underway.

You can read the full story of the new Specialized Tarmac, which drops 200g and adds aero and comfort features, right here in our first look story. 

The bike in the video above was actually Peter Sagan's and the video was filmed the day before the race started. We all know what happened to Sagan of course, but he at least got one stage win on the new bike, though Specialized were probably hoping for a few more stage wins.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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BarryBianchi | 6 years ago

I am astonished to learn that it's stiffer, lighter, more aero and more compliant.  If I were doing one of these interviews I would not be able to resist the temptation to announce that "we've made this bike far more porky, and designed in way more flex too, at the expense of rider comfort and performance".

I like the bit about "as ridden by Peter Sagan in this year's tour".  Not really any need to change the tyres then...

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