Back at Innsbruck in late September, Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen became the first pro cyclist to win a road world championship title aboard a disc brake equipped road bike. Specialized celebrated as they do by painting up a custom rainbow themed bike for the newly crowned World Champ. But now you can get one too in a special limited edition run of her Worlds-winning S-Works Tarmac Disc.
S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc limited World Champion frameset
The Specialized team just presented the new bike to van der Breggen at her last training camp of the year. In fact, that ‘studio shot’ above was an impromptu setup in the hotel bar when she first saw the new frameset.
“The design we created for Anna pays tribute to the colors of her new jersey in a loud and exciting way – just like her race victory. We combined several elements from years past to put a new spin on what a World Champion’s bike could look like. An energetic explosion of color in an all-over frame application draws the eye from front to back, giving the frame an element of speed while maintaining its brash ‘In Your Face’ style. Just like in years past, we kept the design a secret until it was time to unveil it to Anna, leaving her with no idea of what to expect. As always, a big thanks goes to Anna for giving us the opportunity to create another World Champion’s bike.” – Ron Jones, Designer
“The race was amazing. I decided to ride the Tarmac Disc because you can always count on your braking system. The Tarmac is honestly perfect for the hilly races and this was the case. From the first climb, I felt that my legs were good. The breakaway went away pretty early, and I didn’t have a choice, so I had to continue while remaining focused on nutrition and hydration. I also knew I had strong teammates backing me up. After the race, I also learned I’ll have a custom paint job Tarmac Disc, and I loved the design right away. I am really looking forward to matching my bike with my kit.” – Anna van der Breggen, 2018 Road World Champion
Anna van der Breggen edition Tarmac Disc
Beyond Anna’s own bikes, Specialized will paint up another 250 limited edition World Champion S-Works Tarmac Disc framesets to be sold to the public. The bike itself is the long-awaited Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc that we saw introduced back in early 2018.
The frame kits include the top-level 800g FACT 12r carbon frame & 338g fork with 12mm thru-axles & flat mount disc brakes, plus a 20mm offset FACT carbon seatpost and a CeramicSpeed bottom bracket.
The special edition, road disc frameset will be available in a five size run (49-58cm, sorry no 44cm or 61cm frames) which features Specialized’s size-specific ‘Rider-First Engineered’ geometry that adapts to each frame size to ensure consistent handling at all speeds.
We haven’t received official word yet on pricing
, but expect it to sell for the same $5250 as the limited Sagan collection Tarmac Disc. An update from Specialized suggests that it should retail for the same $4500 price as the standard frames! The bikes are available globally now through your local Specialized dealer.
If the rainbow bike is too flashy for you, you can still represent van der Breggen by riding one of her Team Boels Dolmans replica bikes in either its 2018 or 2019 livery which are a bit more subtle and sell for the same $4500 of the stock S-Works framesets.