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Road race bike head to head: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 vs Canyon Ultimate CFR

Road race bike head to head: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 vs Canyon Ultimate CFR

Spesh Tarmac vs Canyon Ultimate h2h – 01 In the summer of 2023, Specialized launched the Tarmac SL8, updating one of the most successful –…

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Spesh Tarmac vs Canyon Ultimate h2h – 01 In the summer of 2023, Specialized launched the Tarmac SL8, updating one of the most successful – and highly rated – race bikes on the UCI WorldTour.

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A year prior to that, Canyon had refreshed the Ultimate , which is also one of the most well-regarded race bikes in the world.

Both are pitched to deliver top-tier race performance, and neither is designed to be out of reach of mere mortals who want to ride a fast race bike. However, each bike goes about that aim a little differently.

Here, while acknowledging what the brands say about their own bikes, I’ve taken a long hard look at both in order to help you decide which is the best one for you.

My conclusion? The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 is probably the faster race bike of these two, but there are certainly caveats that make the bottom line far less clear. Introducing the bikes

These are two of the best race bikes your money can buy. Kai Eves / Our Media These are so-called all-round race bikes, designed to excel everywhere.Both have racy silhouettes, and top-spec carbon constructions and builds, yet both are underpinned by more affordable models, which people are far more likely to be able to afford.Largely irrespective of which model falls within your budget, turn up at your local club ride, and your friends are going to know you’re riding one of the most covetable road bikes in the world.But while […]

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