20/12/2023

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2 VS GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0

The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and the Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 (2024) are both state-of-the-art road bikes designed for top-tier performance.

The Specialized Tarmac focuses on a balanced blend of aerodynamics and lightweight design for versatile racing, while the Giant Propel prioritizes aerodynamic efficiency for high-speed cycling, particularly in competitive scenarios. Both bikes cater to serious cyclists seeking exceptional performance and speed on the road.

Best suited to: Competitive road racing, Fast-paced group rides, High-speed criteriums, Chaingangs, Aggressive solo training rides, Hilly or mountainous terrain rides

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1. Price and General Description

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Price: £
12,000.00
Price: £
11,999.00
Description:

The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 is a top-tier road bike, designed for competitive racing and serious cyclists. It offers an optimal blend of aerodynamics, light weight, and advanced tech for a responsive, high-speed ride. Ideal for those who aim for peak performance on varied terrains.

Buy at Tredz: S-Works Tarmac

Description:

The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 (2024) is a high-performance road bike primarily designed for racing and high-speed cycling. It emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency and includes advanced technologies to enhance its performance in competitive settings. This bike is suitable for cyclists who seek a fast, aerodynamically optimized machine for racing or fast-paced road cycling.

Buy at Tredz: Giant Propel SL0

2. Weight and Material

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Weight:
6.62kg
Weight:
NOT AVAILABLE
Frame Material:
S-Works Tarmac SL8 FACT 12r Carbon
Frame Material:
Advanced SL-grade composite

3. Frame and Fork

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Frame:
sizes 44,49,52,54,56,58,61 - Lifetime warranty (original owner only)
Frame:
sizes S,M,ML,L - Lifetime warranty on frame (original owner only)
Fork:
S-Works FACT 12r Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc - Lifetime warranty (original owner only)
Fork:
Advanced SL-grade composite, full-composite OverDrive Aero steerer, disc - 10 year warranty (original owner only)

4. Drivetrain

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Dura-Ace R9250, braze-on
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9250
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Dura-Ace R9250, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9250
Cassette:
Shimano Dura-Ace, 12-speed, 11-30t
Cassette:
Shimano Dura-Ace, 12-speed, 11x30
Crank:
Shimano Dura-Ace R9200, HollowTech II, 12-speed 52/36T with 4iiii Precision Pro dual-sided powermeter
Crank:
Shimano Dura-Ace, 52/36 with FC-9200P power meter

5. Brakes

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Brakes:
Shimano Dura-Ace R9270, hydraulic disc
Brakes:
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic, Shimano RT-MT900 rotors [F]160mm, [R]140mm

6. Wheels and Tyres

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Wheels:
Roval Rapide CLX II F:51 R:60 21iW
Wheels:
CADEX 50 ULTRA DISC
Tyres:
S-works Turbo Rapidair 2BR 26
Tyres:
CADEX AERO TUBELESS

7. Cockpit and Seat

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2
GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0
Handlebars:
Roval Rapide Cockpit, Integrated Bar/Stem
Handlebars:
Giant Contact SLR Aero
Stem:
-
Stem:
Giant Contact SLR Aero
Saddle:
Body Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base
Saddle:
Giant Fleet SLR
Seatpost:
S-Works Tarmac SL8 Carbon seat post, FACT Carbon, 15mm offset
Seatpost:
Advanced SL - grade composite, integrated design, -5/+15mm offset

8. Conclusion

SPECIALIZED - S-WORKS TARMAC SL8 DURA-ACE DI2 vs GIANT - PROPEL ADVANCED SL 0

The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 is characterized by its overall competitiveness in multiple areas, despite not being the lightest, it strikes a balance between aerodynamics and weight, making it a practical choice for most riders, though it requires a significant financial investment.

The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 Dura-Ace Di2, on the other hand, is a top-tier race bike with no expense spared in its design. It may be excessively advanced for some riders and is pricey. However, for those seeking a high-end race bike and are not concerned about the cost, it stands out as one of the best in its category, offering a fast and rewarding ride without being overly punishing.

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