The new Specialized Tarmac SL7 review: The Venge is dead

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Take a Specialized Venge and a Tarmac SL6 and squish them together. This is what you get.

The underlying promise of the all-new Tarmac SL7 is that it’s as light and sharp as the old Tarmac SL6 and as aerodynamic as a Venge. No compromises, the Specialized marketing materials shout. The SL7 is, they say, the best of both worlds. So good and so fast that two of the brand’s existing road bikes, the SL6 and Venge, have reached overnight obsolescence.

Think I’m kidding? Specialized said it themselves.

“Based on the performance targets and where we landed, the Tarmac SL7 really is the complete package, and knowing that there are no compromises for the rider it is hard for us to tell anyone to go out and buy a Venge once this bike launches,” Specialized product manager Cam Piper told us on this week’s special CyclingTips Podcast.

“You’ll see that even with our world tour athletes, they’re all in agreement and really have validated the performance of the new bike, and will be racing that going forward,” Piper said. “So currently the Venge in our line right now does not meet much of a need for that rider looking for the performance product.”

Maybe we should call the new Specialized Tarmac SL7 the Cannibal, since it seems designed to eat its own.