Have you heard that Specialized is about to release the new Tarmac SL7? If you’re already on the Specialized Ride App, you probably have. Front and center on its home screen is a teaser for the new bike, offering the chances to “See the bike before you can see the bike.” What does that mean? If you click through, it powers up an Augmented Reality viewer which pops the new bike into your living room. Now, instead of searching for Pokemon, you can use your phone to get an “in person” first look at the new Tarmac which launches next week.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

The only real photo of the SL7 that Specialized has released. For now.

Now, I have no way of knowing just how accurate this AR version of the SL7 really is, but from here it looks pretty detailed. While the overall silhouette of the bike looks familiar, there are a number of details that stick out.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

With everything aero these days, the new bike appears to have a more integrated stem/steerer area with an all new stem design that hides the cables and blends into the frame.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

The aero handlebar looks to have a round clamp for compatibility with other bars and plenty of adjustment. There’s clearly an integrated computer mount as well.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

The AR version seems to indicate that we’ll see a new seatpost design with what looks to be a Shimano Di2 juction box built into the back of it. Also, not sure what that second bolt is on the saddle rails – AR error? Locking bolt to adjust saddle tilt and fore/aft separately? We’ll see.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

Not much of a surprise, but the bike appears to have thru axles front and rear with flat mount disc brakes.

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

Here’s where we wonder how accurate the AR really is. This certainly looks like a threaded bottom bracket, complete with tightening instructions (though backwards). Does this mean the SL7 abandons the OSBB of the SL6?

Specialized leaks the new Tarmac SL7 - but only in Augmented Reality

Overall, the bike looks very clean – even in AR. Spot something we missed? Want to check it out for yourself? Download the Ride App for apple or android devices, and give it a (virtual) spin. Or, just wait to see the real thing on the 28th!

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11 comments

  1. scottg on

    In the immortal words of BikeSnob, I tell from looking at this VR, that the new SL7 is 21.5% stiffer,
    17.1% more compliant and contains 11% more proprietary parts, than the last model.

    Fashion note, skinwall tires look silly on carbon aerobikes.

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    • Dave on

      But if you are a Specialized dealer you will tell everyone it the greatest bike they have ever made and you have to have it.

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    • Czechmate on

      Buzzwords of yesterday are stiffness and compliance, young jedi, being too difficult to quantify by the average Joe.
      “13.2% lighter” is the first new buzzword of today. Easily quantifiable by the average Joe in a bike shop by using the most accurate of tools: the force of their arms when trying to lift the bike off the showroom floor. I’ll let you in on a secret of how this works: you put a Tarmac SL6 weighing 7,00kg next to a Tarmac SL7 weighing 7,00kg with a tag on it on which is written “13,2% lighter than the Tarmac SL6!” The average Joe walks in, looks at both bikes, picks up the SL6 and lifts it 3 inches off the floor. Then proceeds to do the same with the SL7. “Wow! You can really feel the weight difference with the SL7!!”
      “12.1% more aero” is the second new buzzword of today. Easily quantifiable by the average Joe by: a) the lack of exposed cables and b) the sheer amount of photos showing this bike inside a wond tunnel, preferably with smoke injected into the windstream to highlight the streamlines and accentuate the aero “advantage”.
      The new Tarmac SL7: 13.2% lighter, 12.1% more aero. That, young jedi, is how you sell bikes today.

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