Art’s Employee: Matt Gutowski
Position: Customer Service Representative
Bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
About The Build: Can you say roadie dream bike? The Specialized S-Works Tarmac is not just a pro-level bike, it’s the pro-level bike, plain and simple. Timmy Duggan, Tom Boonen, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are just a handful of the countless pro tour riders that have thrown a leg over an S-Works Tarmac. They’re not just posing for pictures either, they’re winning on this SL4, FACT IS, 11r carbon masterpiece. Not unlike the pro peloton, the Art’s crew has a fine eye for fine rides. At least four members of our staff have been lucky enough to pilot one of these frames in the past but Matt Gutowski’s S-Works Tarmac SL4 is the one currently creating puddles of drool in the employee hallway.
Matt didn’t just stop with a top of the line frame, and honestly who could? He gave his S-Works Tarmac the full pro treatment. The reliability and durability of SRAM Red components have made them increasingly popular for elite riders who make or break their careers on a single shift. Although Matt doesn’t race quite at that level, his full SRAM Red drivetrain, including a SRAM Red Yaw Front Derailleur, makes sure every shift is on point and lightning fast. He chose HED Ardennes + SL wheels for the improved aerodynamics and wider rim width to keep his ride fast and comfortable over mixed terrain. Dura Ace 7800 pedals give him a solid platform to lay the power down and SRAM Red Aerolink Brakes help him reel it in. Matt’s tag team cockpit, made up of a stiff and light Ritchey WCS stem and a vibration dampening Specialized Pro Carbon bar, helps him stay comfortable and in control while still allowing him to take advantage of that Tarmac race geometry. Once you find a comfortable saddle it tends to follow you from bike to bike. Matt says the Bontrager Inform saddle has been with him for many years and it is his go to for both road and mountain riding. Matt has meticulously built his S-Works Tarmac with the best of the best and, as you can see, it has the looks to leave any roadie itching for a test ride.
Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 FACT 11r Carbon – 58cm
Fork: S-Works Tarmac, FACT carbon
Headset: 1-1/8″ upper and 1-3/8″ lower stainless steel cartridge bearings
Brakes: SRAM Red Aerolink
Crankset: SRAM Red
Chainrings: SRAM Red
Chain: SRAM PC-1091R
Cassette: SRAM PG-1070 11-28
Bottom Bracket: Ceramic Speed, OSBB integrated ceramic
Shift Levers: SRAM Red 2012
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Yaw 2012
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red 2012
Pedals: Dura Ace 7800
Wheels: HED Ardennes + SL
Seatpost: Specialized S-Works SL, FACT carbon, 27.2mm
Saddle: Bontrager Inform 154mm Wide
Stem: Ritchey WCS C260 Matte Black
Handlebars: Specialized Pro Carbon
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4000 S
Water Bottle Cages: Arundel Dave-O Carbon Oil Slick Cage Matte
Bar Tape: S-Works Classic
Weight: 15.8 lbs.
Need some inspiration? Matt not only has a sweet bike but he has quite the story of determination and perseverance. We all know that cycling is an intense sport chocked full of adrenaline pumping and sometimes dangerous situations. This is partially why we love it so much. Matt has had his share of close calls but a crash in his last criterium got the best of him. The crash left him with a broken femur and a punishment worse than death itself, the inability to ride his bike. I’m happy to say that Matt has bounced back like a champ and is on his bike once again faster than the doctor could have hoped (or recommended). If I’ve learned anything from Matt, it’s that you can’t let obstacles stand in the way of achieving your dreams. The tattoo on his arm says it all. You have to face and overcome the barriers that life throws your way and believe that things will work out for the best in the end.