When I was getting a second bike I spent months looking, but what I really wanted was Specialized Tarmac. While there were a few second-hand bikes around in Ireland, they were either not in great condition, and the new ones all had disc brakes (in 2016 it was still up in the air whether the UCI would ban them or not so, plus I figured I would never need disc brakes as I’d never go to the Alps).
After a few months of sleuthing, I stumbled across an SL4 in Raw Cycles, in Limerick, and it was a beauty! It was actually an ex-demo bike that was used for Di2 testing, and they had put it up for sale with a brand-new Ultegra 6800 groupset. One of the things that makes it really stand-out is that the demo colour scheme for that vintage bike was silver & blue, which is quite rare.
This is now my primary bike and has done Paris2Nice and the Alps.
- Frame: 2014 Specialized Tarmac SL4
- Shimano Ultegra 6800 Crankset 172.5 mm 50/34
- Shimano Ultegra R8000 Cassette 11-32
- Shimano TUltegra R8000 (medium cage) Rear Mech
- Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed STi Levers
- Shimano Ultegra 6800 BB
- Pedals: Shimano Ultegra R8000
- Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Elites
- Tyres: 25mm Continental GP 4000s
- Bottle Cages: Elite
- Handlebars: Zipp Service Course SL
- Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
- Saddle: Specialized Romin Evo Pro