For 2011, Specialized puts emphasis on its Tarmac SL3, which includes six different models. The six are Enumerated as followed: S-Works Tarmac SL3 SRAM ($7400) in Gloss White/Navy Blue color, S-Works Tarmac SL3 LTD ($9400) in Satin Carbon/Gloss White/Neon Red color, S-Works Tarmac SL3 Dura-Ace ($7700) in the same colors with LTD, Tarmac SL3 Pro SRAM ($4700) in Gloss White/Black/Red finish, Tarmac SL3 Pro Dura-Ace ($5000) in Satin Carbon/Neon Blue/White color, and last but not the least, the Tarmac SL3 Expert Double ($3600) available in Carbon/Gloss White/Red touch.
The first three among the six road bikes carry the same carbon frames known as the “notorious Pro Tour-dominating SL3 FACT IS 11r”, which has a phenomenal stiffness to weight ratio, with a tapered head tube and an OSBB carbon shell. It has been a popular choice for cyclists Fabian Cancellara and Alberto Contador. All six models come ready to race for they have an adjustable, super light weight carbon seat post and cradle, which too was designer stiff for optimal power transfer.
2011 S-Works Tarmac SL3 LTD has S-Works SL FACT carbon cranks and Zipp 202 tubular wheels. The third bike from the list has been decked-out with the legendary Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed shifters for better and precise shifting.
With the Specialized Pro FACT carbon crankset, oversized BB with a removable spider, SRAM RED components and a FACT 10r frame, Specialized introduces the Tarmac SL3 “Pro” SRAM. While the Tarmac SL3 Pro Dura-Ace possess many of the same features as the Pro SRAM, the differences lie in their components; The Pro SRAM carries SRAM RED. The last Tarmac SL3 mode, the Expert Double, has Ultegra components and wheelset from Fulcrum.
Being emphasized also here is their new offer of framesets, namely, the Tarmac SL3 Pro Frameset ($2000) in which you can choose from two colors: Gloss White/Black/Red or Satin Carbon/Neon Blue/White. The SL3 FACT IS 10r carbon frame has the looks of a campy-style 1-1/8” to 1-1/2” headset with steel bearings for low maintenance and lighter weight. For a more stiff and compliant fork comes the FACT carbon with a tapered steerer.
The S-Works Tarmac SL3 OSBB Frameset ($2900) and the S-Works Tarmac SL3 Frameset ($2900) possess a three-color option, SL3 FACT IS 11r carbon frame, uniweave full carbon monocoque fork with a tapered steerer, and a 1-1/8” to 1-1/2” campy-style headset.