Planview of new Specialized® bicycle
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Morgan Hill, California
Michael Sinyard, founder and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components®, announced today that the company will be introducing the latest version of its S-Works Tarmac® racing bicycle in time for two of the biggest races in the Spring Classics season.
Mr. Sinyard said that the poor weather conditions at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix have often resulted in a slew of mechanical issues that have bedeviled pro riders for years. "We are very excited about the new S-Works Tarmac Drais®, which not only does away with the problems associated with jammed chains, but also elimates problems with the drivetrain in general by doing away with the drivetrain entirely," he noted, "along with other unnecessary distractions, such as the shifters and brakes. And steering."
Artist's conception of the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac Drais®
To handle the harsh conditions presented by the famously cruel cobblestones in Flanders and Roubaix, Specialized®'s engineers have turned away from the advanced carbon frames for which they have developed a strong reputation in the peloton, turning instead to really thick lumber, a natural multi-matrix composite material. Specialized® product manager Eron Chorney, a former pro racer, pointed out that while the frames were somewhat heavier this was offset by their easy repairability in the field and their attractive grain. Coupled with the solid iron tires on eight-spoked composite (ie. wooden) rims, Specialized® was confident that the Tarmac Drais® would make the Spring Classics unforgettable.
Although details of the new bicycle remain embargoed until next Sunday, Specialized® has provided a planview of the Tarmac Drais®. Mike Sinyard added: "Tom Boonen is particularly keen on the new orange and red Specialized Flahute® aerodynamic clothing we have developed, but we admit that issues still remain with the visored helmet."