Along the Duwamish River, the Tarmac’s industrial design fits right in.The gear wheel is from the recently rebuilt South Park Bridge and the crane sits near an old Boeing Building. This industrialized waterway served the gold rush, war, jet age, tourism, and I cross it at least once on every ride. Earlier this year, I shared another photo from this park and more thoughts on Seattle’s only river.
A view from the South Park Bridge north towards Seattle
Riverside park with boats working
The Tarmac Disc just arrived for a long term review and is the one I rode in Santa Cruz earlier this year. When the new Tarmac launched, I reviewed it in issue 12. Also from issue 12, see Patrick Brady’s article about the fun we had there
Smooth pavement, knowledgeable riders, sticky 25mm tires and a bike with geometry I trust. It’s a pretty good recipe.
The Tarmac turns heads around town and riding it on familiar routes, I’m appreciating that good recipe even more: a tuned ride and engineering learned from a collaboration with McLaren. Read more about the Tarmac’s intent in my recent Wired review.
It’s the intent and the experience: what a bike is designed to do, how it handles, and the way it connects to the ground for a distinctive Tarmac feel.
On the roads that follow the Duwamish, the connection to the ground is just as distinctive, with the disc brakes making it handle even better.