The first feeling on the bike is that the cushion is really wide …… Now Specialized is equipped with a 155mm wide cushion for 52 and below the whole bike, I am a bit uncomfortable with 143mm. Not enough consumers do not have to worry, buy Specialized bike is to replace the width of the cushion suitable for their own. In addition, the SL7 PRO is also equipped with SW Aerofly II pneumatic handlebar, the evaluation of this handlebar has been more polarized. A part of the dislike of the upper handle is too wide, the grip is not good; but I personally still quite like this handlebar, I think the upper bending position is very wide and comfortable, with TT posture ride also more smooth.
The SL7 is really fast on the flats and downhills, mainly due to aero gains. I personally think the aero gain is mainly attributed to the excellent performance of the Rapide wheelset. Seriously, the aero optimization on the frame, for sure, can not be tested for a while, only in the long-term use, through the data comparison with the ride of the old model (and also similar configuration), to come to a conclusion
Handling and rigidity, are very familiar feelings. Based on the experience of riding the 10R FACT bike on SL6, the rigidity and comfort of the frame will not be significantly different from the 12R SW frame, but mainly the weight difference. This Tarmac SL7 PRO still maintains the tradition of high rigidity, and the power is very direct, which makes people have the desire to attack when climbing. However, the front brake slightly scuffs the disc when shaking the bike significantly.
Although the Rapide wheelset is slightly more draggy than the previous CL50 and CLX50 when climbing, it is a strong climber when compared to disc brake wheelsets with the same frame height. In less than 10% of gentle slopes, there is no obvious feeling of heavy dragging, so one can’t help but guess what the climbing performance will be like with Alpinist.
The handling is still very responsive, the body responds quickly when cornering and changing lanes, and it still has the same feeling of pointing and hitting. The lower five-way also provides some extra stability on high-speed descents, giving the user plenty of confidence on the long, high-speed descents of the test route.
Theoretically, the thicker rear fork and riser seat tube shape will reduce the comfort of the rear end, but the general road riding feeling is not significantly lower than the SL6, or the standard race road bike flavor, the overall performance is relatively moderate. On rough roads, it still has the feeling that the front end of the SL6 is a little bumpier than the back end. In fact, I used to think the SL6 was a little bumpy, but after being “spoiled” by a new model recently, I don’t mind the SL6 and SL7 being bumpy anymore ……
It is also worth mentioning that the SRAM FORCE AXS single-disc kit uses the front 44T and rear 10-36T gears to match, which is quite enough for 12%-15% gradients, but the higher difficult climbs are a bit “chicken”, and 44T with 10T is obviously not enough for high-speed descents.
The Tarmac SL7 rides like a hard racing bike, it’s really a pure machine, and turning the power you put on the pedals into forwarding momentum is the highest priority for this kind of bike.
The Tarmac SL7 is a bike that integrates all the features of a first-class racer, an aero bike, and a climber, and the only thing it doesn’t include is the option of “comfort”. This is unlike the Specialized Roubaix, which takes into account the rider’s comfort.
Personally, I don’t really like Tarmac bikes, just like I don’t like FACTOR VAM and GIANT TCR. The common point of these bikes is that the head tube is short, the geometry is shorter and the reach is slightly longer, so you can ride a bike that is very “sprawling”. The pressure is on …… The bike is a very pure racing bike, which only considers how to convert the rider’s power to the highest efficiency.
I really don’t like the current SRAM AXS, whether it’s a RED or a FORCE kit, the front shift adjustment tolerance is really low.