2023 Specialized Tarmac, Aethos, Allez and Roubaix Range Explained

By : Mr Mamil
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These days, the Specialized brand is almost everywhere in cycling. Look at the bikes in your riding group; chances are you’ll see either S-Works or Specialized.

But did you know Specialized only started in 1974?

It was founded by Mike Sinyard, who initially imported Italian-made bike components and resell them into the U.S. market. It wasn’t until 1981 that the first Specialized bike was released; the Allez and Sequoia.

From then onwards, Specialized has gone from strength to strength and has a complete lineup of bikes that we often see today. It’s among the leading bike brands today. Their range is extensive, from lightweight to aero road bikes, gravel, mountain bikes, and everything in between.

Specialized vs S-Works models

Specialized uses the S-Works branding for their top-of-the-line models. For example, the all-rounder Tarmac SL7 comes in the S-Works and non S-Works versions, called the Specialized Tarmac SL7. The major difference lies in the carbon fiber materials and the components.

Below the S-Works, there are the Specialized Pro, Expert, Comp, Sport, and Base models. S-Works models are always specced with the best electronic shifting groupsets (Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red eTap AXS).

As the models trickle down from Pro to Base, and components from Shimano Ultegra to Sora, SRAM Force to Rival, the prices follow the same direction.

ModelDesigned forPrice range
Specialized Tarmac SL7All-rounder race bike$5,500 to $14,250
Specialized AethosLightweight climbing bike$5,500 to $14,250
Specialized AllezEntry-level road bike$1,000 to $6,800
Specialized RoubaixEndurance bike$2,700 to $12,250
Specialized Turbo Creo SLElectric bike$6,000 to $16,500
Specialized Road Bikes Lineup

Carbon vs aluminum models

Most Specialized road bikes are available in both carbon and aluminum frame options except the Allez, which is purely aluminum frame only.

The lower end, such as the Base and Sport models, are all aluminum, while the mid to top end is carbon. Within carbon models, there are 8r, 9r, 10r, 11r, and 12r carbon fibers. The higher the number, the lighter, stiffer, and more expensive.

Specialized Tarmac SL7

S-Works Tarmac SL7
S-Works Tarmac SL7. Photo : Specialized

The Specialized Tarmac is the complete race bike. It’s without a doubt the most popular model among all Specialized bikes.

Now in its seventh iteration (hence SL7), the Specialized Tarmac combines an aerodynamic, lightweight, and disc-only road bike for all terrains. Light enough to climb the steepest mountain passes in Tour de France, fast and aero for the sprints on Champs Elysees.

The S-Works frame uses the lighter and stiffer FACT 12r carbon, while all other Specialized frame uses the FACT 10r carbon. The difference lies in the choice of groupset, wheels, and components.

There are five models in the Specialized Tarmac SL7 lineup based on its groupset setup. All models are electronic shifting only. It’s also available in frameset only for Specialized and S-Works editions.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetPrice range (USD)
S-Works Tarmac SL7Carbon (FACT 12r)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$14,250
S-Works Tarmac SL7Carbon (FACT 12r)SRAM Red eTap AXS$14,000
Specialized Tarmac SL7 ProCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Force eTap AXS$9,000
Specialized Tarmac SL7 ExpertCarbon (FACT 10r)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,300
Specialized Tarmac SL7 CompCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,500
Specialized Tarmac SL7 retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) vs SRAM Red eTap AXS Groupsets

Specialized Aethos

S-Works Aethos
S-Works Aethos. Photo : Specialized

The Specialized Aethos is a super lightweight road bike designed for hardcore weight weenies. Featuring a more traditional shape with rounded tubes and non-dropped seat stay, the Aethos weighs only 5.9kg for a complete bike.

Pronounced as Ay-thoss, the naming is based on the Greek word Ethos, meaning character.

With its weight below the minimum of 6.8kg mandated by the UCI, the Aethos will not feature in professional cycling. Similar to the Tarmac, the S-Works frames use the FACT 12r carbon, and non S-Works frame use the FACT 10r carbon.

There are five models in the Aethos lineup based on its groupset setup. It’s also available in frameset only for Specialized and S-Works editions.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
S-Works AethosCarbon (FACT 12r)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$14,250
S-Works AethosCarbon (FACT 12r)SRAM Red eTap AXS$13,750
Specialized Aethos ProCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Force eTap AXS$8,700
Specialized Aethos ExpertCarbon (FACT 10r)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,000
Specialized Aethos CompCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,200
Specialized Aethos retail prices in USD
More reading : 
Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs SRAM Force eTap AXS Groupsets
List of Road Bikes with Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)

Specialized Allez

Specialized Allez Sprint Disc
Specialized Allez Sprint Disc. Photo : Specialized

Over the years, many cyclists have used the Specialized Allez to race criteriums. Eventually, Specialized made a model specifically for that; the Allez Sprint.

The Specialized Allez is an aluminum, entry-level road bike which has been around since 1981. Unlike the aggressive geometry of the Specialized Tarmac and Venge, the Specialized Allez geometry is more relaxed to cater to a wider range of cyclists.

There are five models in the Specialized Allez lineup based on its groupset setup. It’s also available in a frameset only. The Sprint model is welded using the D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology, which offers greater acceleration and handling for crit racing.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Specialized Allez Sprint LTDAluminum (D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology)SRAM Force eTap AXS 1X$6,800
Specialized Allez Sprint CompAluminum (D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology)Shimano 105 (R7000)$3,000
Specialized Allez EliteAluminum (E5)SRAM Rival 22$1,700
Specialized Allez SportAluminum (E5)Shimano Sora (R3000)$1,400
Specialized AllezAluminum (E5)Shimano Claris (R2400)$1,000
Specialized Allez retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) vs SRAM Rival eTap AXS Groupsets

Specialized Roubaix

S-Works Roubaix
S-Works Roubaix. Photo : Specialized

The Specialized Roubaix is an endurance bike that got its name from the hardest one-day bike race; the Paris Roubaix. It has a slightly relaxed frame geometry ad wider tire clearance compared to the Tarmac.

Specialized sponsored teams will ride this model for the race instead of their usual Tarmac for its Future Shock suspension system. This technology helps to make a more comfortable ride when the pros are riding across rough cobblestones at 30mph.

There are six models in the Specialized Roubaix lineup based on its groupset setup. It’s also available in S-Works frameset only.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
S-Works RoubaixCarbon (FACT 11r)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$14,250
Specialized Roubaix ProCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Force eTap AXS$8,700
Specialized Roubaix ExpertCarbon (FACT 10r)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,000
Specialized Roubaix CompCarbon (FACT 10r)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,200
Specialized Roubaix SportCarbon (FACT 10r)Shimano 105 (R7000)$3,500
Specialized RoubaixCarbon (FACT 10r)Shimano Tiagra (R4700)$2,700
Specialized Roubaix retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) Groupsets

Specialized Road Bikes in Professional Cycling

Specialized is probably the bike brand that has won the most bike races in the past decade at the highest levels. Grand Tours, Spring Classics, Road World Championship, and Olympics, among others.

In 2023, the Specialized bikes will be ridden by current and former World Champions such as Julian Alaphilippe and Peter Sagan.

More reading : Bikes at the 2022 Tour de France

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Specialized’s warranty?

Specialized offers a lifetime warranty for the original owner covering the frame and fork. There is a two-year warranty from the initial purchase date for second or subsequent owners.

More about Specialized’s warranty policy.

Where are Specialized bikes made?

Specialized bikes are made in China while being designed in Morgan Hill, California headquarters.

Where can I buy Specialized bikes?

Specialized bikes are sold through their network is dealers globally. You easily find a Specialized dealer in most major cities around the world.

Alternatively, try the Specialized Store Finder.

Which professional team does Specialized sponsor?

In 2021, Specialized sponsors Bora-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck Quickstep, and SD Worx. They’re the team of Julian Alaphilippe and Anna van der Breggen, the current men’s and women’s World Road Race champion.

In 2023, three World Tour teams are riding Specialized bikes; Soudal-Quick-Step, BORA Hansgrohe, and Team Total Energies.