Launch season is well underway, with a plethora of new and updated frames being released on a weekly basis. What we’ve yet to see launched is the hotly anticipated new bike from Specialized – which the brand has confirmed is indeed a 2021 Specialized Tarmac, the SL7.
The fact that there will be a new release is this year is perhaps one of the worst guarded secrets in cycling (not the worst, that sits in the groupset world). However, we’ve been unable to share a glimpse, up until now.
A leaked image surfaced on Twitter in May this year, which showed what appeared to be a re-worked Specialized Tarmac. And now, the brand itself has pushed out a cheeky snap of what looks to be the same bike on its ‘Specialized Ride App‘, with the caption ‘see the new Tarmac SL7 in your own space using augmented reality’.
In the app, you can place the bike in an ‘augmented reality’ and see it sitting proudly in your own living room.
The image shows a top model S-Works bike with a characteristic Tarmac outline, but with what looks like the Aerofly II handlebars specced on the Venge, with tidied cables sitting neatly within the stem.
The seatstays, also pictured in the app, look remarkably Venge like, too.
With the 2020 Specialized Roubaix gaining aero touches from the Venge which made it reportedly more aero than the current Tarmac model – the SL6 – the obvious next move would be to cast the aero paintbrush over the brand’s GC bike.
Specialized has also added an ‘event’ in the app, called ‘Specialized Premier Launch’, the date is Tuesday, July 28, at 5pm. So far, 147 people have clicked ‘attend’ and it’s said to be a hard, road event.
We’re now well into July, so we’ve every expectation that the new Specialized bike – which judging by the caption in the app, will be the Tarmac SL7 – will no doubt surface in full, very, very soon – and we’ll be here to bring you all the details when it does.