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  1. Specialized have released the latest iteration of their do-it-all electric mountain bike, the Levo. The new Levo brings updated (and adjustable) frame geometry along with a new wheel size configuration of 29" up front and 27.5" in the rear - generally known as a "mullet bike". A new control unit to improve the ride experience with a raft software improvements, a new digital display, over-the-air updates and more. These, along with all-round improvements are said to make for a more natural ride feel, better range and control, and improved reliability in any conditions. More details in the press release from Specialized below. Click here to view the article
  2. Press Release A forty-year obsession with creating the best riding mountain bikes possible takes a bionic leap forward with the new Levo. It sets the standard for full power ride quality with stable, natural trail manners born from an integrated full carbon chassis development approach; fusing together 150mm of rear suspension, progressive geometry, sophisticated motor assist and the advanced MasterMind Turbo Control Unit to bring you a ride like no other. Harness this technology and amplify your experience. More speed. More distance. More freedom. More trails ridden, more pure stoke generated, more unforgettable experiences... experienced. This is where the impossible becomes possible and you are riding better, stronger, farther, and faster than ever before. The new Levo; merging unprecedented power and range with natural, confident handling for an unbelievable ride. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most. The ride. Your ride. Believe it. Ride Quality: Stable & Natural Ride A Ride Beyond Belief The new Levo is the distillation, application and amplification of everything we know about mountain biking; a potent blend of chassis, suspension, geometry and motor assist that adds up to an incredible trail riding experience. It is the liveliest, most nimble, full-power eMTB ever. Mixed Wheels, Nimble Ride We opted for a dedicated “Mullet” design with 27.5” wheel in the back and 29” up front. It’s a challenge to design a full-power electric assist mountain bike with lively handling because the motor takes valuable real estate that usually necessitates longer chainstays. The Levo’s smaller rear wheel allows for short chainstays; delivering a much more playful and nimble ride that carves circles around other full-power eMTBs. The Geometry Of Control Levo’s geometry is totally revamped, with an emphasis on control and capability. The seat tube got steeper, which is great for climbing. The front end got longer, which centers you on the bike, optimizing traction and corner control. The headtube angle is more relaxed, and the fork offset is reduced to keep things stable in the rough and at speed. Additionally, the geometry is adjustable, so it can be tuned to match your style and the terrain you’re riding. Personalized Handling Levo has six geometry settings allowing easy adjustment to match your style and hone performance in any terrain, from mellow fire roads to technical single-track. Choose between three headtube angles from 63 to 65.5-degrees. Bottom bracket height can fine tuned up or down by 7mm, thanks to the flip-chip located on the Horst pivot. Check out the geo finder tool for more details. Bottom bracket height adjustment Head angle adjustment Suspension Levo’s 150mm rear travel/160mm (150 on S1 Size) front travel is dialed for anything; it’s supple on small bumps and devours square- edged hits without a twitch. It eats massive G-outs for breakfast, yet still offers amazing pedal response and delivers your power to the ground with total efficiency. RxTune Our trail obsessed team of engineers stay awake at night thinking of how to make suspension work better. For the Levo they developed specific suspension valving in consideration of the added power and speed that can be generated. They tailored every aspect of the suspension - kinematics, leverage curves, damping and spring rates - to work together in harmony, delivering a highly controlled, responsive and precise ride that handles bump forces like a bike with much more travel. Leverage Rate Levo’s full-analog sibling, the Stumpjumper EVO, won multiple Trail Bike Of The Year awards. We borrowed the Stumpy EVO’s progressive leverage rate, but tailored it to 2.9 Levo travel, torque and power. The result is a suspension package that delivers small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support and compliant but controlled full travel when stomping the big hits. The tuned leverage rate is matched by our proprietary Rx Tune shock valving, allowing the suspension to do what it needs to do so you can do what you want to do: shred. Leverage rate. Axle path. Axle Path Levo’s axle path moves rearward in the first third of travel, and then vertically in the mid-travel before arcing to a forward trajectory toward bottom out. To break this down, the rearward path in the first portion of travel allows the 110 wheel to “swing” back with the bump force, decreasing hangup and thereby helping to carry speed. As the bike moves deeper into its travel, where pedaling isn’t typical, the forward axle path disconnects chain forces from pedaling forces, yielding stellar big hit performance. Power: 4X You Power The Power To Bend Space And Time Levo empowers you to choose where to ride, and when you want to do it. Only got an hour? No problem, you can still bust out your favourite long loop and get back with time to spare. Want to find out what’s beyond that ridge on the horizon of your biggest ride? Go for it. Levo fuels your newfound superpower. The integrated controller responds to your pedal inputs resulting in intuitive amplification of your efforts - as much as quadrupling the power you put into the pedals - with an incredibly natural feel. It’s our most powerful system, capable of supplying up to 565 Watts power and 90Nm torque. You control the power, feeding in as much or as little as you need to flatten the steepest climbs and cover previously inconceivable distances. Specialized Turbo Levo SWORKS Carbon Specialized Turbo Levo Pro Carbon The Power Of Trust Levo’s Turbo Full Power motor delivers extremely quiet and reliable power. This is Full Power that can be trusted to take you deep into the wild and back, ride after ride. Custom tuned motor for optimal power and torque Updated belt ensures long-term reliable power delivery MasterMind firmware smoothly delivers power and reduces drivetrain wear Triple seals at the plug and new hatch boosts weather resistance Range: Go Big 5-Hour Range Ride Anywhere Range Levo shatters limitations when it comes to range, supporting you for up to five hours of trail time. Now you can ride farther and explore more than ever before. Smart Control ensures that you won’t run out of juice; it enables you to input the duration or distance of your ride and then manages support level to complete it with available battery charge. Range like this is only possible by fully integrating our highest capacity Turbo Technology battery (700 Wh) with our Mastermind Turbo Control Unit to ensure maximum efficiency. MasterMind TCU MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is essentially Levo’s “brain”. It is the hardware and software that controls how the motor, battery, bike and you interact. It allows real-time support tuning while riding and displays all relevant data about your bike and ride. MasterMind TCU also enables over-the-air updates so that your bike gets better over time. Finally, MasterMind seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control app for advanced tuning, on-trail diagnostics and more. The following is a rundown of the out-of- the-box functionality: Over-the-air updates ensure Levo gets better over time MasterMind TCU displays remaining charge as an easy to read percentage MicroTune feature allows on-the-fly adjustment of peak power and support levels in 10% increments, enabling easy equalization of effort to riding partners, increasing range by using only the power needed, conserving battery life and stretching out available ride time Personalization of display arrangement (4 choices) and 30 possible data values Clock “Live Consumption” teaches you how to pedal efficiently by displaying real time miles (or kilometers) per watt-hour Rider Power Value display allows you to see the power you’re putting into the bike Heart rate pairing capability to take your training to the next level Precision elevation tracking The Dynamic Of Fit: S-Sizing S-Sizing is based on what matters; rider size and style, not inseam. Six sizes, all with similar headtube lengths and standover, allow you to choose the size that best suits your individual style. Smaller S-Size numbers are going to be nimble, thanks to their shorter reach and front-centre measurement, while bigger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride. Find Your S-Size Determining your S-Size is easy. If you rode a Medium before, then S-3 will be your equivalent size. But... if you want a more flickable ride, you’d drop down to an S2. Want a bike that’s more stable at speed? Bump up to an S4. Following are examples of three riders, all 5’8” (1.73m), who chose three different sizes. Questions and Answers CAN YOU CHANGE THE REAR WHEEL TO 29”? No, the Levo is designed around the 27.5” rear wheel. That’s a good thing, because the smaller wheel is key in shortening Levo’s chainstays, which in turn delivers a much more nimble ride.HOW MUCH SUSPENSION TRAVEL DOES LEVO HAVE? Levo has 150mm of rear suspension travel and 160mm of front travel (150mm up front on the smallest, S1 size); just right for a wide range of off road conditions. HOW MUCH POWER DOES LEVO HAVE? Levo’s new Turbo Full Power motor delivers up to 565 watts of power and 90 Nm of peak torque. These are impressive power and torque values, but what’s really important is the way that all this power and torque is delivered. The integrated functionality of Levo’s Turbo Full Power Motor and the software that controls it results in an extremely smooth and natural quadrupling of your power. The ride experience feels like a natural extension of your own power, only that you are much, much stronger, and fully in control. WHAT ARE THE UPDATES TO THE MOTOR USED IN THE NEW LEVO? The Levo Turbo Full Power System 2.2 motor has a more robust belt for long-term reliable power delivery, revised firmware that eliminates power “spikes” to decrease drivetrain wear. This 2.2 motor is being used on all new Levos. WHAT MAKES THE ELECTRONICS OF THE MOTOR WATER RESISTANT? A new door or “hatch” hatch boosts weather resistance. In addition, the plug on the Range Extender batter has double seals at the to keep moisture out for added reliability in wet conditions. WHAT IS THE WATT HOUR (WH) CAPACITY OF LEVO’S BATTERY? All carbon Levo models have the category leading Turbo 700 Wh capacity battery for all day riding. HOW DOES MASTERMIND MEASURE ELEVATION? Altitude and elevation gain is measured through a built-in pressure sensor; air pressure changes require calibration before riding via remote/display for accurate data. DO YOU HAVE AN APP I CAN USE TO GET MORE OUT OF THE LEVO? Yes, all Specialized Turbo e-bikes connect to your phone via our Mission Control App. Using Mission Control empowers you to get the most out of your bike. Mission Control gives you the ability to customize motor characteristics, control range, tune modes, monitor your heart rate, run system diagnosis, assist with on-trail rider care support, record rides and see real-time ride data, and more. Pretty mind blowing right? WHAT IS THE RANGE OF LEVO? There are many factors that affect how far, how long, and how much climbing a full charge will take you: terrain, rider weight, power assist level, even pedaling cadence all impact range. The following table states the most common range spectrums for elevation gain (M), distance (KM) and ride time (H) for each default mode. MY BATTERY IS DEAD! HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO CHARGE? You can fully charge the 700Wh battery in 5 hours and 15 minutes, and the 500Wh battery in 3 hours and 50 minutes. WHAT IS THE WARRANTY AND LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A TURBO E-BIKE? If looked after correctly and regularly serviced, you and your bike will enjoy a very long and happy relationship, and will no doubt be the talk of the town. Specialized frames come with a lifetime warranty. All MY22 Levo Turbo e-Bike batteries and motors come with a 2yr/15,000km warranty, and an assisted purchasing program post-warranty period. Faults due to manufacture and material defects are covered during this period and handled by your local Specialized Retailer. HOW MANY TIMES CAN I CHARGE MY LEVO’S BATTERY? The lithium ion batteries used on the Levo can be charged more than 1,000 times with little to no degradation. CAN YOU GIVE ME AN OVERVIEW OF COMPONENT COMPATIBILITY AND STANDARD DIMENSIONS FOR MY LEVO?
  3. Electric-assisted mountain bikes are hugely fun bikes to ride but the one unavoidable consequence of a motor and battery is the added weight and the impact that has on the ride feel versus a regular bike. The Specialized Turbo Levo SL is a bold attempt to redefine e-MTBs with a lightweight bike that has the agility of a regular trail bike while packing a functional range. Click here to view the article
  4. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The Turbo Levo Family Before we dive into the Turbo Levo SL, it is worth pointing that the new Levo SL is not a replacement for the more powerful Turbo Levo and Kenevo e-bikes. The slimmer Turbo SL is positioned as another offering in the Turbo range, giving riders a broader choice to suit their riding style. There is no doubt that the powerful Levo and Kenevo models will continue to appeal to many e-bike riders. Check out the cheatsheet below for a quick comparison of the three Turbo Levo ranges. As you can see, the Turbo Levo SL will not suit every e-biker. It lacks the power to fully support the rider the way the Levo and Kenevo can. The Levo SL will likely appeal to a fitter, more active rider that is looking for an experience closer to a conventional bike. Smaller riders that are intimidated by the weight of the Levo will also find the Levo SL much friendlier to handle on and off the bike. The SL Motor Specialized’s aim with the Levo SL is an electric-assisted bike that rides more like a regular bike than any other electric mountain bike they (and anyone else) have built before. This is largely achieved through a smaller, lighter motor and internal battery system. While the Specialized 2.1 motor found in the Levo and Kenevo was built to deliver maximum power, the SL 1.1 motor was designed to be light and efficient. To achieve their goals and desired performance, Specialized developed the SL 1.1 from scratch in-house. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The SL 1.1 motor weighs 1.95 kilograms making it 1.1 kilograms lighter than the Levo and Kenevo motor. The lighter motor is housed in a new magnesium motor casing along with a new internal design of the motor and gears. The SL motor also uses a 48-volt system which allows it to use smaller plugs and hardware compared to the 36-volt system used for the Levo and Kenevo. The result is a motor that produces up to 240 watts and with 35 Nm maximum torque. As a comparison, the Levo motor can output 565 watts and 90 Nm torque. The motor in the Levo SL is the same motor used in the Turbo Creo SL road and gravel bike launched last year. The Levo SL includes some mountain bike specific tuning and the walk assist function. The Levo SL motor. The Specialized 2.1 motor. The power outputs of a motor are easily comparable but it's in the delivery of that power where the best e-bike motors stand out. Specialized put a lot of effort into the riding experience to develop the most natural and smooth e-bike motors. On-bike testing of Levo SL covered over 100 000 kilometres, this excludes the test rig testing time. A big win for the SL motor is that it can completely disengage using a decoupling mechanism when not active. This allows a seamless transition between pedalling and freewheeling. Also when approaching the speed limit (which is 32 km/h in South Africa) the bike does not require the rider to power through any drag. The Specialized engineers say that when disengaged, the SL motor creates drag similar to a conventional bottom bracket. Specialized also looked at how mountain bikers pedal their bikes and have tuned the motor to provide stable support through a broad cadence range (namely 60 to 120). While most riders can’t sustain a 120 cadence for too long, Specialized measured burst quarter and half strokes out on the trails that match (and exceed) these pedal speeds and made sure that the SL motor could react to them naturally. Speed sensors are also used to match the motor support to the rider's needs. Specialized collected data from existing Levo riders in creating the Levo SL. They found that there were riders who never used the full power, or rarely reached the maximum range. Some riders also mentioned that the Levo can be heavy to load or move around off the bike. The main aim of the Levo SL is to create a lighter handling trail bike but in the process of losing weight, they were able to address several other consumer needs. Battery and Range Maintaining an acceptable range was always at the forefront of the Specialized engineers' minds when developing the Levo SL with a smaller battery. While a reduction in weight and maximum power outputs would help conserve battery, there was also a focus on making the SL motor as efficient as possible.All Levo SL models feature a 320Wh internal lithium-ion battery. Of course, there are many factors that determine your range such as how much support the motor provides, rider weight, fitness, tyre choice and pressures, elevation, trail conditions, and even the weather. Taking this into account, Specialized claims that you should manage 3 hours of riding in ECO mode from a single charge of the internal battery. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman Specialized stressed that an important part of the range equation is the efficiency of the motor. You can not simply look at an e-bikes battery capacity as an indication of its range. Let’s use a car comparison. A modern efficient hatchback can get a similar range as a heavier, more powerful bakkie but with a smaller petrol tank. It is the same with e-bikes. The Levo SL is a much more efficient e-bike than the Levo or Kenevo. If you want to go further than the internal battery allows, the Levo SL is designed to fit an external range extender battery. The range extender supplies a further 2 hours of riding and boosts the overall range to five hours (matching the Levo and Kenevo). It packs 160Wh, an additional 50% to the internal battery, and weighs one kilogram. The range extender is stowed in the bottle cage with a cable connecting it to the electrical system. The unit should fit into a normal water bottle cage but Specialized do recommend their Zee Cage as it has undergone thorough testing for this purpose. The range extender can be plugged in at any time and a number of range extenders can be used in a single ride. By default, the bike will drain the most charged battery until they are matched for capacity and then continue using them equally until empty. You can also set the bike to use up the range extender first, which is useful should you have a stash of extenders in your backpack or hidden in the mountains. The Levo SL includes a charger cable that will charge the internal battery and range extender. The Levo SL’s internal battery charges to full in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes while a range extender will do the same in 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Founder’s Edition and S-Works models ship with a split cable that can charge both the internal battery and a range extender at the same time in around 3 hours and 20 minutes. The internal battery is removable which means that you can take the Levo SL on an aeroplane. You can pack a range extender in your carry-on luggage which will allow you to ride the bike but you’ll have to find an internal battery at your destination for the full range. The motor does not need to be completely removed to access the battery as it can swing out of the way after releasing a few bolts. A Range Extender placed in the bottle cage. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman Bike Weights The Levo SL in its lightest form (the S-Works models) weighs around 17.3 kilograms. I weighed a large S-Works bike (with tyre sealant) at 17.28 kilograms so Specialized are not fibbing these numbers. In comparison, the bigger S-Works Levo weighs around 21.3 kilograms. Four kilograms heavier than the Levo SL. I also weighed an Expert Carbon model with a medium frame and it tipped the scales at 17.8 kg while a large frame was 18 kg. Mission Control App The TCU is the on/off button, displays battery life for the internal and range extender batteries, and switches between the three tune modes. It can be used to control the bike without pairing a device or remote. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman For riders looking to customise the Levo SL experience, the Mission Control phone app opens up endless tuning possibilities.Of course, if this sounds like too much hassle, the preset ECO, TRAIL, and TURBO modes are ideally set so you can simply go out and ride without any devices. A rider can switch between the modes by either using the Turbo Control Unit (TCU) button on the top tube or via the remote. The TCU also reports battery capacity with a simple LED scale. Out of the box, ECO mode matches your effort up to 30% of the motor’s power, TRAIL mode matches your effort up to 60% of the motor’s power, and TURBO mode matches your effort to 100% of the motor’s power (240 watts). If you want to jump into the custom tuning, there are two settings that you can adjust: Peak power. This is the maximum support that the motor will output. For example, in TRAIL mode no matter how hard you pedal you will not get more than 60% of the possible support from the motor. Reducing peak power is an effective way of saving battery power. Assistance. This is a measure of how much power the rider must input to get the maximum power out of the motor. Think of it as how quickly you can gain assistance. Setting the assistance to 100 will give the rider the quickest access the motor's maximum support. Reducing the assistance will require the rider to work harder to reach peak power. The Mission Control app offers more than just tuning. You can record your ride with data from the bike and your phone and have it uploaded directly to Strava (as an e-bike activity). Riders can also set the time or distance of a ride so that the bike limits the motor output and battery usage to see them through the entire journey without the worry that the battery might run dry. This feature has been updated to also consider elevation. You can also ask the bike to help you maintain a set heart rate. Handy should you wish to train at a specific intensity for a ride. Obviously, the ability of the bike to assist you is limited to the maximum power of the motor. As a result, the Levo and Kenevo will provide you with more support should you push through your desired heart rate limit than the Levo SL can. The App can also be used for diagnostics such as error messages should something go awry with the Levo. The Frame The Turbo Levo SL frame is similar to the Turbo Levo and Stumpjumper frames. The geometry matches the Turbo Levo but with the placement of the smaller motor, Specialized can shorten the chainstay length more in line with the Stumpjumper. Further improving the Levo SL’s agility on the trail. There are some minor adjustments to the suspension kinematics but it largely mimics the Turbo Levo. Photo credit: Etienne SchoemanThe chassis is based on the Stumpjumper but without the SWAT box storage. The Levo SL downtube is a single piece with the battery stored on the inside. Like the Stumpjumper, the frame side arm improves stiffness to control the compression of the frame into the suspension system. There are some minor adjustments to the suspension kinematics but it largely mimics the Turbo Levo. The Turbo SL also has a flip-chip to allow for two geometry settings. Turbo Levo SL Geometry Available Models There are five models in the Turbo Levo SL range. The Founder’s Edition S-Works Levo SL, S-Works Levo SL, Levo SL Expert Carbon, Levo SL Comp Carbon, and Levo SL Comp. The bikes are available in sizes small, medium, large, and extra-large. The aluminium Levo SL Comp has an additional size, an extra small frame for small adults and even children. S-Works Levo SL Founder's Edition FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Factory, Kashima coating, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Factory 34 FLOAT 29, Kashima Coating, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSyntace MegaForce 2, 6-degree, 31.8mm clampHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm, rainbowRear BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm, rainbowRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXSShift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t, rainbowChainSRAM XX1 Eagle, rainbowCranksetPraxis, carbon M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse SL 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, 2Bliss Ready, hand-built, 28hFront HubRoval Traverse SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacingRear HubRoval Traverse SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacingSpokesDT Competition RaceFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddlePower, Hollow Ti-Rail, Carbon Base, 155/143mmSeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9mm, S: 125, M:150, L/XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized Handlebar Trail Remote w/walk-assistBatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh; also included a Specialized SL1-160, external battery w/Cable, 160WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube w/ Chaintool S-Works Levo SL FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Factory, Kashima coating, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Factory 34 FLOAT 29, Kashima Coating, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSyntace MegaForce 2, 6-degree, 31.8mm clampHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50tChainSRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, carbon M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse SL 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, 2Bliss Ready, hand-built, 28hFront HubRoval Traverse SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 28hRear HubRoval Traverse SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hSpokesDT Competition RaceFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9mm, S: 125, M:150, L/XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube w/ Chaintool The Founder's Edition is limited to 250 bikes and sports top of the range components. The standout feature on the Founder's Edition is the paint scheme. It is a rich purple with a light shading of blue and gold leaf decals that pop in the sun. If you want to stand out in a crowd, the Founders Edition is your bike. It is a similar specification choice as the S-Works model but with the pricier wireless SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS drivetrain. The Founder's Edition includes two range extender battery packs. The S-Works Levo SL boasts the Fox Factory 34 fork and Float DPS shock, SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes, Roval Traverse SL wheels, and a RockShox Reverb AXS dropper seatpost. The S-Works Levo SL includes one range extender battery pack. Levo SL Expert Carbon FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Performance Elite 34 FLOAT 29, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, forged alloy, 4-bolt, 5mm rise, 40mmHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 RSC, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM G2 RSC, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM GX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50tChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse Carbon 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, hand-built, 2Bliss ReadyRear HubDT Swiss 370, 3-Pawl System, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool Levo SL Comp Carbon FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX RHYTHM 34 FLOAT 29, GRIP damper, 51mm offset, 2-position sweep adjust, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50tChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse 29, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless readyFront HubSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28hRear HubSpecialized Turbo, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/BluetoothBatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool Levo SL Comp FrameSpecialized M5 Premium Aluminum, 29 Trail Geometry, integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX RHYTHM 34 FLOAT 29, GRIP damper, 51mm offset, 2-position sweep adjust, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50tChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse 29, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless readyFront HubSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28hRear HubSpecialized Turbo, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, XS:100 mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL:170mm of travelMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool The Levo SL Expert is equipped with a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork and Float DPS shock, SRAM G2 RSC brakes, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Roval Traverse carbon wheels, and an X-Fusion Manic dropper seat post. The Levo SL Comp Carbon features a Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Float DPS Performance shock, SRAM NX Eagle gears, SRAM Guide R brakes, Roval Traverse alloy wheels, and an X-Fusion Manic dropper seat post. This is the model we tested at the launch event. The aluminium frame Levo SL Comp matches the specification of the Comp Carbon model. This alloy frame is also available in an extra small size where the carbon models are not. Riding the Turbo Levo SL Specialized invited Bike Hub to the global press launch for the Turbo Levo SL. It was hosted in Stellenbosch, the town that I live in. While it was a missed opportunity to explore some trails in a foreign country, there is no better place to test a new bike than on the trails I ride daily. Plus, it is always rewarding watching others experience the trails for the first time. For those that know the area, most of the riding took place in Jonkershoek with some riding at GSpot, Eden, Mont Marie, and Coetzenberg. We tested a Levo SL Comp Carbon, the same as the bike above, except ours was an extra large frame and painted black. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman After jumping on the Levo SL for the first time the clutter of technical details surrounding the Levo SL immediately becomes clear. The bike is instantly more recognisable as a trail bike than it is an e-bike. For starters, you can pick it up without damaging your back. The real magic begins once you turn the motor on. The smooth, controlled delivery of power is unlike any e-bike I've ridden before. Climbing Photo credit: Gary PerkinI'll start with climbing because that is how rides in Stellenbosch usually begin. The power delivery of the assistance on the climbs is unbelievably intuitive and naturally smooth. There is no lurking as you stab at a pedal around corners, the bike seemingly senses your intentions and delivers precisely on your inputs. It is a remarkable technological achievement. Even with an extra 240 watts, the climb to the viewpoint atop Saaltjie is no easy task. Photo credit: Gary Perkin It’s worth remembering that the SL motor only produces 240 watts, and it only does so in TURBO mode (if you haven’t tuned custom settings). This means that the rider still has to contribute significantly on the climbs even in TURBO mode. The Levo SL does not give you a free ride. For what it is worth, let's dig into my power numbers to see how much effort is required climbing the Levo SL. In TURBO mode, with the most assistance, climbing to the top of Saaltjie (to the viewpoint deck) in Jonkershoek took 38 minutes. I (me the rider) averaged 264 watts with a maximum of 740 watts. While I didn’t bend myself into a pretzel with the effort, I certainly reached the higher end of my heart rate and puffed heavily. When switching to modes with less motor assistance, the motor expects even more of me and my power numbers climbed, averaging in the 300-watt range. On the steepest sections of the mountain, the motor feels almost helpless in propelling you up the hill as you fully embrace the 50 tooth on the 12-speed cassette. Like on regular bikes, the fit soon moved to the front of the group and waited at the tops. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman While you still shed buckets of sweat with the effort of climbing, the speed at which you ascend is significantly faster. Specialized’s slogan “It’s you, only faster” is incredibly cheesy but it is honestly the best way to describe riding a Levo, especially the Levo SL. You have the sensation of working almost as hard as you do on a normal bike but it helps you go so much faster. The added speed also makes climbing fun (yes, fun) as the trail features require a wholly different approach than you’d take on a regular bike. Descending Photo credit: Gary PerkinClimbing can be enjoyable with the views and endorphins but the real reason you push a 150mm trail bike out the door is for the downhills. While the whole idea of an e-bike is to assist you in getting to the trailhead faster, the motor and battery do have an impact on descending agility. This is where the Levo SL is different. Photo credit: Gary Perkin Photo credit: Justin Sullivan The Levo SL is the most lively e-bike that I've ridden down a trail. The reduction in weight makes a significant difference. There is far more resemblance in handling to a regular trail bike than the Levo SL’s heavier e-bike brethren. The most obvious departure is the ability to throw the bike around, both into the air and around corners. The rear end does not have the same affinity to sticking to the ground as heavier e-bikes do. For example, bunny hopping is typically a feat of strength on an e-bike but with the SL it is an achievable manoeuvre with the bike urging you to boost of even the smallest bump in the trail. There are some signs that the Levo SL is still an e-bike though. There is still a slight hint of muted feedback in the rear end due to the weight while stepping off and pushing the bike is much improved using the walk assist mode. Photo credit: Gary Perkin For those that know the Jonkershoek trails, the Levo SL was leaps and bounds ahead of bigger e-bikes on the smoother, flowing trails like Fire Hut and Armageddon. In both fun and speed. Pointing it down a steeper, tighter trail like Status Quo did not expose any faults in the Levo SL either. It maintained controlled on the slippery rocky shoots and soaked up the bigger drops with ease. Photo credit: Justin Sullivan Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The Comp Carbon Build Kit I am impressed by the Comp Carbon build kit. I know some riders will turn their noses up at the Rhythm fork, NX drivetrain, and Guide R brakes at this price point but with the battery and motor you need to adjust your expectations. On the trails the Comp Carbon was up to the task. And yes, the 34mm forks on the Levo SL range are suitably stiff for the bike. Only the brakes showed some fatigue during the long, hot Jonkershoek descents. I saw no immediate need to upgrade any part on the Comp Carbon. Instead, I'd spend any spare upgrade cash on purchasing a range extender. So what’s the catch? After riding the Levo SL, I'm convinced that lightweight e-bikes are the future of trail riding but there is one thing holding them back from mainstream adoption. The price.Turbo Levo SL Comp Alloy - ZAR 105,000 Turbo Levo SL Comp Carbon - ZAR 125,000 Turbo Levo SL Expert Carbon - ZAR 155,000 Turbo Levo SL S-Works Carbon - ZAR 200,000 Turbo Levo SL S-Works Founder's Edition (limited to 250 bikes) - ZAR 250,000 Electric bikes, in general, are pricier than regular bikes but Specialized's e-bikes do carry a premium price tag. Specialized spend huge amounts of time and money developing in-house motors and batteries, and this reach for perfection does come at a price. If you can afford it, it is the best e-bike there is. That said if you can cope with not keeping up the MTB Jones’s, the Comp Carbon model we tested is a well-balanced bike with no obvious weakness. You will not miss out on the full Levo SL experience owning this more affordable model. In the end Turbo Levo SL will have you climbing much faster but not necessarily any easier. Turn it down a mountain and it shows the agility of a regular trail bike. In short, the Levo SL is the ideal trail e-bike. Scratch that, it is the ideal trail bike full stop.
  5. The new frame The new Turbo Levo is ground up redesign incorporating learnings (and exact design elements) from the Stumpjumper platform. The main differences being a downtube accommodating an integrated battery, a motor mounted in the bottom bracket, and some additional cable routing through the frame. Specialized claim that the new design achieves a stiffer bike with a weight distribution that achieves a lower centre of gravity for improved handling.Like the Stumpjumper, the Turbo Levo is built to ride trails with 150 mm of rear suspension travel. The new bike has a longer reach while maintaining the chainstays length and keeping the centre gravity low. The head angle has also be slackened for descending confidence while the seat angle has sharpened for a good climbing position. Specialized has tuned the bike with better mid-stroke support for pushing into the bike on the descents. Also carried over from the Stumpjumper is the Flip Chip which either slackens or steepens the geometry to suit riding styles or the terrain. The new Turbo Levo has been designed around a 29-inch wheel with a 2.6” tyre replacing the 27.5+ plus sizing on the first-generation Turbo Levo. Specialized explain that while the 6Fattie platform worked well, the designers preferred the speed, precision, and floatation of 29x2.6” wheel and tyre combination. The bike will still operate with 27.5 x 2.8” without detrimental changes to the bike’s geometry and can fit up to 3.0” tyres. Specialized has elected to continue with 11-speed drivetrains on the new Turbo Levo. Explaining that with the electronic support, 11-speed already provides a sufficient range. Another consideration is that SRAM only supports NX 12-speed cassettes for e-bike use which would have meant using the heavier NX cassette across the range, passing on a weight penalty to the higher level bikes. A weight penalty that is also located at the rear of the bike, where it is most noticeable. Lighter motor and larger battery The new motor is remarkably lighter compared to the previous model. By using a specifically shaped magnesium bodied Brose motor and a unique direct-to-frame mounting system, the new S-Works frame drops 800 grams over the previous S-Works frame. Even the full aluminium bike is now lighter than the outgoing full carbon S-Works frame. Specialized are celebrating a total frame weight saving of just under two kilograms. The Turbo Levo Expert model we tested weighed 21.4 kilograms. The new Specialized 2.1 motor is not only lighter but it is also 15% smaller allowing for a more compact frame design. The motor can provide up to 560 watts of pedal-assist and 90Nm of torque which can achieve up to 410% amplification of the riders input. Specialized promise the smoothest power delivery yet on an e-MTB with no awkward power surges for a better natural-feeling ride. Shedding weight on a pedal assist bike means improved range. To add to this the new S-Works and Expert models boast a 40% increase in battery capacity to 700 watt-hours. The other new models will make use of a 500 watt-hour battery with the option of an aftermarket upgrade to the 700 watt-hour battery. The custom Battery Management System regulates battery health, prevents overcharging, and monitors battery life to maximise distance. The Turbo Levo can last between one and five hours depending on the power settings. For riders with range anxiety, you can set the bike to ensure that the battery lasts for a set duration or until you reach a specified point. Specialized’s updated Mission Control app works on Android and iOS and lets you interact with the Turbo Levo. The bike can communicate to your devices via ANT+ or Bluetooth. Through the app, you can perform tasks like monitor battery life, customise your motor settings, control range, and perform basic diagnoses. The power on button and battery indicator has been moved to a display close to the steerer on the top tube. The Expert model we tested arrived with a mode handlebar remote fitted.Unfortunately for existing Turbo Levo owners, due to the integrated shape of the new motor and battery packs, neither are compatible as an upgrade to the first-generation Levo. Geometry South African availabilityThe new Turbo Levo will be arriving in stores in the next few days. Contact your local Specialized store for more details. Launch video Specialized's marketing has continued the whacky launch video theme from the Stumpjumper video. Iwan's First Ride We had an Expert level Turbo Levo for a rainy morning in Jonkershoek. I find that Jonkers provides steep, rocky climbs to test the suspension's pedalling performance as well as a variety of single track downhill sections to get a feel for a bike on a mixture of terrain.Specialized Turbo Levo Expert specifications: FRAMEFACT 9m Carbon w/ M5 alloy rear triangle, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelREAR SHOCKRockShox Deluxe RT3 w/ custom valve, 150mm of travelFORKRockShox Pike RC29, 150mm of travelSTEMSpecialized Trail, forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree, S/M 40mm / L/XL 50mmHANDLEBARSSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thicknessFRONT BRAKESRAM Code R, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmREAR BRAKESRAM Code R, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmREAR DERAILLEURSRAM X1,11-speedSHIFTERSSRAM S700, single-click leverCASSETTESRAM XG-1175, 11-speed, 10-42tCHAINKMC X11ET, 11-speed w/ Missing LinkCRANKSETPraxis, 2D cold-forged alloy, custom offset, 165mmCHAINRING32T, custom steelRIMSRoval Traverse 29, hookless alloy, 29mm inner width, tubeless ready, 28hFRONT HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28hREAR HUBDT Swiss 360, 3-pawl design, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hSPOKESDT Swiss RevolutionFRONT TYREButcher, GRID casing, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.6"REAR TYREButcher, GRID casing, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.6"SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mmSEATPOSTSpecialized Command Post 34.9mm, 130mm of travel (Size: Small), 160mm of travel (Sizes: M/XL)MOTORSpecialized 2.1, custom Rx Trail-tuned motor, 250W nominalUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED state of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth, handlebar remote with walk-assistBATTERYTurbo M2-700, fully integrated w/ rock guard, 700 WhCHARGERCustom charger, 42V4A w/ Rosenberger plugWIRING HARNESSCustom Specialized wiring harnessWEIGHT21.4 kg (size large) Getting a pre-embargo ride meant keeping the bike undercover, a wet Friday at Jonkershoek ensured that there were no other riders around.Specialized has really nailed the component choice on the Expert model. It did not feel like they have short-changed the spec sheet anywhere. Wide bars, a short stem, dropper seatpost, comfortable saddle and grips, good brakes with sensible rotor sizes and great suspension parts all make for a well-rounded bike that frees the rider to focus on the ride rather than riding around component shortcomings. I preferred the 27.5+ (6Fattie) tyres and wheel combination over the 29er version on the previous model, as I felt the bigger wheels and skinny tyres did not cope well with the extra weight and speed potential on offer. The 29x2.6 combo on the new Turbo Levo, however, strikes a perfect balance between extra grip and traction while not being too spongy or wallowy when you don't get the tyre pressure perfect for every ride. On my ride in Jonkershoek, I found the perfect pressures to be closer to what I usually ride and I did not feel that the tyres were as sensitive to pressure as the 6Fattie tyres. This is a good thing, plus tyres can take some time to get right, as too soft left the bike handling like a pool noodle and too hard had it skipping out of control with the smaller change to pressure tipping it either way. Get it right and it worked beautifully, get it wrong and you'd be in for a long day on the bike. Gone are those days! On the practical side, 29-inch wheels mean that it is easier to find spares for tyres and tubes. Also, the 29-inch tube is less bulky than a plus size tube so easier to carry on the trails. Other changes that I found a step in the right direction include moving the Turbo Connect Unit (On / Off switch, battery level, and mode display) to the top tube just behind the stem and the addition of a handlebar remote. The display unit used to be on the side of the top tube which made reaching it on the fly a near impossible task at speed. The remote makes switching between the power modes much easier and being able to see which mode you are in with a quick glance is a major plus. For my riding, I've never been too worried about an integrated display unit with speed and battery details, as I can get that from my paired Garmin head unit. If you don't use a GPS unit or have one that can't pair to the bike to display vital information, then it will most likely be of greater importance to you. The suspension performance deserves a specific mention. I climbed from the bottom of Jonkers to the top of Saaltjie with the rear shock wide open and not once did I feel like I had to bump the dial to make my journey easier or better. I really appreciate this in a place like Jonkers where you often get spat out of trails and have to ride to another spot to drop into the next piece single track. Not having to fiddle with levers or remotes every time one enters or exits single track makes for an even more enjoyable ride as you can just focus on the ride and being out on the bike. Add how well-behaved the suspension is on downhill sections and you have yourself a riot of a ride. Riding as much single track as I could in one morning I never once thought "oh, I'm on an e-bike". The fork and shock does an excellent job of absorbing whatever the trail or rider throws at it. The lighter weight and lower centre of gravity of the new Turbo Levo further add to the 'normal' feel of the Turbo Levo. Did we mention it was wet?In my previous review, I've made mention of the Mission Control app and the adjustability it offers. This should not be underestimated as it paves the way for a characteristic that sets the Turbo Levo apart from the competition: the way it delivers its power. The kick-in is incredibly smooth with a predictable ramp up. Some other e-bikes suffer from a brutal on / off feel that can catch one out and lead to nasty surprises. For example: when going around a corner and you give half a pedal to get your outside foot down. The bike will pick this up as a pedal stroke and the motor will kick in to deliver its pedal assist. When going around a berm or climbing switchbacks this can be quite nasty. Not fun. No such problem on Specialized's e-bikes. The motor also totally disengages when you hit the 32 km/h speed limit for a resistance-free pedaling feel. I have ridden other bike where it feels like you hit a retarder making it harder to keep the unassisted momentum going above the governed limit. Then there is the motor noise. Add a whizzing sound, brutal kick-in and retarder feel at the top end and you're quickly and constantly reminded that you are riding an e-bike - none of which is an issue on the Specialized. It is quiet (both the motor and the bike itself), smooth, and controlled. Early Verdict As stated, this was the first ride and is not meant to serve as a full review. Even so, all the signs of a winning recipe are present with the solid base Specialized had to work from making things easier. Just as the competition has been closing up, Specialized stretched the Turbo Levo's legs and made it better.I'll soon swing a leg over a couple of competitors' 2019 e-MTB models, but until then the new Turbo Levo is the best e-bike I've ridden and the closest an e-bike has come to being a genuine trail bike with pedal assist rather than an e-bike up-skilled with trail travel. The level of seamless integration and technology features of the new Turbo Levo cements it as the category benchmark.
  6. The Bike The Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is available in S-Works, Expert, and Comp specification levels. All models utilize the same M5 Premium Aluminium frame designed around Specialized's FSR suspension with 135mm of rear travel.When developing the Turbo Levo range of bikes, Specailized's goal was to design a mountain bike integrating pedal assist rather than an e-bike with mountain bike components bolted on. To us it may sound obvious, but in other countries where e-bikes are fairly common, many e-mountain bikes have their roots in commuting and are not suitable mountain bikes. The Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is based on the Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie which is the 27.5 plus version of the Stumpjumper FSR - a bike that has been part of Specialized's line up for more than a decade. The challenge for their engineers was to integrate a motor and battery into a custom frame design in a clean and functional manner. And they succeeded. Apart from the bulk around the bottom bracket, the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is instantly recognisable as a Specialized and has managed to retain the stance of its siblings. The Battery The battery pack comes in two capacity models: a 504Wh model for the S-Works and Expert bikes and a slightly lower 460Wh for the Comp specification. The Turbo Levo battery conveniently clicks into place via a cam-lock and a mini 15mm thru axle that can be loosened with a 5mm hex key. This has two benefits.First, it makes for a rattle free design with the battery securely locked in place which, along with the quietest motor I have experienced on an e-bike, makes for a pleasant ride. Secondly, as the battery is removable you will be able to swop it out during ultra long rides, when electricity is not available or when the battery starts to lose its charge capacity. You need not worry though, as Specialized estimates that each battery should be at 100 percent performance for roughly 700 complete charge cycles. That means if you were to completely deplete the battery every day, you would get almost two years of use before it begins to fade. A full charge is said to take only 3.5 hours using either the bike's charge port or with the battery removed (useful when maintaining multiple batteries). Pedal AssistThere are three pedal assist power modes to select from while riding: Eco, Trail and Turbo. Using the default setting, these offer 30%, 60% and 100% of your effort as assistance respectively. This, though, is highly customisable through the Mission Control App which I discuss in detail further below. For the bike to detect your pedalling effort, torque is measured in the motor at the crank while speed is measured by a sensor hidden in the dropout with a magnet attached directly to the brake rotor, doing away with a spoke magnet. The 36V 250W Brose motor weighs 3.4 kgs and although it is not the most powerful model available, the output and characteristics suit the bike perfectly. Using a gear reduction of 3:1 to increase torque, the motor drives a toothed pulley on the crank with a Gates belt drive which is one reason the motor is so quiet. The motor also uses two sprag clutches – one on the crank and one on the motor. This ensures that when you pedal without the motor engaged, you are only pedaling the drivetrain without any extra drag from the motor. The battery is chipped for use with both Bluetooth and ANT+, so connecting with a smartphone or GPS is simple. There is a built-in power meter, and the battery constantly communicates with your smartphone or Garmin head unit over ANT+ on a “fake” channel that, once paired, monitors battery life and allows you to toggle between power modes. It is reported that Garmin will be updating software to better handle e-bikes with dedicated channels. The frame All this technology is fitted into a tweaked Stumpjumper 6Fattie frame with clean lines and internal routing for all the hoses and outers. The frame comes with an integrated chainstay protector, as is becoming the norm these days, and a rock guard downtube protector. Compared to the standard non-assist bike, the rear stays get beefed-up main pivots and double-row bearings. Unique to the e-bike frames are bridges between the stays to help handle the extra weight of the motor and battery. Thanks to the motor’s diminutive size and integration into the frame, Specialized could move it slightly ahead of the bottom bracket and combine it with the battery nestled in the underside of the downtube for one cohesive package. By design, it also allows for shorter chainstays than most of the competition while putting all the weight where it will least affect the bike's feel - low and in the centre of the wheelbase. Specialized's designers were very specific in making this look like a regular mountain bike. As a result you won't find a display unit or thumb control on the handlebars. Instead the three modes are easily accessible by push button on the side of the battery as well as control integration with some Garmin head units. If you really want control on the handlebar, there is a small remote available as an optional extra. There are three buttons on the left hand side of the downtube. A power button to switch the bike on and off and and +/- buttons to switch between the three available power modes. In a very clever minimalist design there are ten LED lights that surround the mode buttons, each representing 10% battery life. They are also responsible for showing which mode you are in, with the two lights at the bottom showing that you are in ECO mode, six LEDs represent Trail mode and all ten for Turbo mode. When selecting one of the three modes the lights momentarily display which mode you are in before going back to showing battery life. Mission Control App Available in Google's Play Store and Apple's iStore, the Specialized Mission Control app offers a wide range of features and allows full control over the Turbo Levo system. This is a great piece of technology and sets Specialized apart from all other e-bikes currently available on the market.Smart Control The Smart Control algorithm allows you to set your desired ride time or distance, how much battery life you would like to have left at the end of your ride and it will adjust the motor and battery output accordingly by monitoring the battery in 10-second intervals and metering its life accordingly. No need to worry whether you will make it home. Tune Allows you to customise your motor characteristics like acceleration response, maximum motor output or mode-setting. With its "Acceleration Response" you can set how much vigour you would like the motor to kick in with. You can also set each of the three modes' (Eco, Trail, and Turbo) wattage assistance to your own liking, if you don't want the default Eco at 30%, Trail at 60% and Turbo at 100%.Navigation The app includes a comprehensive navigation (POI, search address, language coach and previous rides) in combination with an extensive and customisable on board computer Connectivity Strava integration and automatic upload opportunities to dedicated e-bike category and the ability to copy your route or ride from Strava over to the App and Smart Control will ensure your battery will last the full distance. Diagnose A comprehensive diagnosis system gives you immediate feedback and an overview of the motor, battery and system health. Ride History Gives you a detailed overview of your fitness and ride history. Components As you would expect from an S-Works model, the bike we had for the day sits at the top of the line-up. See the full specification table below.Fork: The bike comes fitted with a RockShox Pike RCT3 with 140mm of travel. This was our first experience with a RockShox fork featuring the 110mm boost axle width having previously reviewed the 100mm width fork. As one would expect by now, the Pike delivered great composure and support through its full travel range and showed no signs of flex. With no internal changes over previous models, I would expect it to be ultra-reliable with little TLC needed to keep it performing at its best. Shock: A Custom Fox Float does duty on the S-Works model. Befitting of the bike it is the top of the range Factory DPS with Kashima coating, boost valve and Specailzied's Autosag function. For those not familiar with Autosag, have a look at the . In short, most shocks have a transfer port that balances the positive and negative air chambers inside the shock. The Autosag system works on that balance. You over-inflate the positive air chamber so the bike is totally extended, the riders sits on the bike in their riding gear with the shock fully open, then presses the Autosag valve and it bleeds out the excess air. Once the air is released, it automatically balances the positive and negative chambers to the sag-level set by Specialized (which is around 20% for an Epic and 25% for a Stumpjumper).Drivetrain: At the heart of the Turbo Levo's drivetrain sits SRAM's XX1 components powered by a custom Praxis crankset running a 32T steel chainring to better cope with the torque forces. The frame is dedicated 1x and can run anything from 32 to 38 tooth chainrings. The XX1 drivetrain performed flawlessly with quick, positive shifts. I did not notice any issues when shifting under load although thanks to the power on offer in Turbo mode, chances are that you won't be shifting under load too often. Brakes: Complementing the SRAM drivetrain is a set of SRAM Guide RS Carbon brakes paired with a 200mm rotor in front and 180mm on the rear. The bigger rotors do an excellent job slowing the 22 kg bike. Feel, modulation and consistent performance are all very good. Lever shape is down to personal preference, but I found the carbon levers to be excellent.Wheels: The Traverse SL Fattie 650b 148 carbon wheels are lightweight, tubeless ready rims build around a 148mm boost rear hub standard and feature a zero bead hook design. Internal width is 30mm with 24 spokes in front and 28 rear. The rear hub is a CNC machined alloy body with DT Swiss 350 internals featuring a 54T quick engagement ratchet system. Claimed weight for the complete wheelset is a very competitive 1537g with a 108kg rider weight limit. The wheels worked well on the trails with good engagement and no signs of flex. Tyres: Specialized fit a 6Fattie Purgatory Control in front and 6Fattie Ground Control on the rear. Both are 60TPI, tubeless ready and 3.0" wide. I found this to be a great combination for traction and speed with the tyre and rim working together to offer mountains of grip.Seatpost: Specialized's internally routed Command Post IRcc comes standard on all Levo models - something I'm glad to see. A nice touch is the gear lever like remote that sits on the left where a front gear shifter would be. It makes using it intuitive and natural as minimal hand movement is required to operate with your thumb. I found the return speed too fast and would prefer it to be a bit slower for health and practical use reasons. Saddle: The 143mm wide Body Geometry Henge Expert with hollow Ti rails was very comfortable from the outset and should suit a wide range of sit bone widths.Cockpit: A 750mm carbon bar with 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise is used on the S-Works model. The sweep and rise feel good making for a steady comfortable ride. The length of the standard stem is 75mm. On the Trail Although the standard assist settings are good out the box, those looking to get the most out of a Turbo bike should install, pair and setup the Mission Control app which only takes a couple of minutes. Each bike can only be paired to one app to ensure no one fiddles with your settings.Once the bike is set up - just turn on the power, choose a mode, and start pedaling. The pedal-assist will kick in when it senses torque on the pedals and detects forward motion via the speed sensor. From the first "assist" it was clear that the Mission Control plays a big part in separating the Turbo Levo from the crowd. With the "Acceleration Response" setting I was able to reduce the unsettling kick-in on the first few pedal strokes that many e-bikes suffer from giving it a smoother feel more like a traditional pedal bike. When climbing fire roads, the kick-in experienced on other e-bikes does not seem to be a big issue. But when the trail gets narrow and you have to navigate tight turns, you will need to be careful with pedal strokes as the awakening motor can catch you off guard. This is not a problem on the Specialized. Power delivery is smooth and assistance gradually picks up - a major plus. Not only does it make for a safer and more enjoyable ride, but it adds to the regular mountain bike feel of the Turbo Levo, allowing the rider to focus on what they are there to do, ride their bike. Those who have spent a day riding in the Jonkershoek valley will know what the climbs there do to the legs. Using the full assistance mode makes light work of the steepest climbs and gets you to the trailhead fresher and faster. After the first few ascents, I dialled it back to the Trail or Eco mode to get a reasonable workout with some assistance to take the edge off. It was such a joy popping out at the bottom of Neverending Story and thinking "let me do that again", turn around and head back up without any concern of blowing up on the climb. The motor really is frictionless with no signs of drag when free wheeling or pedaling unassisted. When the Euro speed limit of 25km/h kicks in the motor simply switches off making the drivetrain feel like any non-assisted bike. Other e-bikes I've tried have a form of retarder build in that will slow you down once you go above 25 km/h. The Turbo Levo, however, will allow you to pick up speed at will with zero interference with your ride. The pedal assist does not have to remain on at all times for the bike to be fun. Going down single track with the motor off, you realise just how good a mountain bike the Turbo Levo 6Fattie is. The suspension soaks up everything in your path while the extra volume of the tyres allows for very rough line choices without the feeling of being shaken off the bike. Even with the longer rear (compared to its non-motorized sibling) the bike never felt cumbersome through tighter sections and, as long as you are willing to move your weight around, the bike turns with razor sharp accuracy. There is very little indication (even with the motor off) from the feel of the ride that you are piloting a 22 kg bike. Climbing is good with the shock's tune combating any sign of bob. When the climbing gets rough, the 6Fattie will out climb the best in its class thanks to the extra grip and traction on offer with the bike only showing signs of its meaty tyres on faster, open climbs. On single track the 3.0" plus tyres let the rider carry extra speed through rough sections, around berms and corners. This helps to maintain momentum and speed meaning less yo-yo effect of slowing down and speeding up again. Verdict Specialized delivers three knock-out blows with the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie.The first one comes in the form of the 6Fattie platform. As a mountain bike the S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is an excellent trail machine. Pardon the pun. It will rail, jump and huck like it is nobody's business without any signs of the extra weight at speed. The geometry is close on perfect and puts the rider in the bike rather than on it. After riding the bike I cannot help but think that the plus tyres make the perfect platform to build an e-bike on. The drawbacks of the fatter tyres are negated by the additional power while offering extra traction for control. The wider tyres also enable the rider to carry speed making for a smooth enjoyable ride. The second "left hook" is the well executed e-bike integration that sits inside the 6Fattie skeleton. The way power is delivered and shuts off is seamless taking nothing away from the natural riding experience. The quiet motor does not disturb a peaceful morning on the trails. The third and final sucker punch is delivered by the Mission Control app. It takes many of the e-bike concerns out of the equation by offering customization of your ride and ride history which elevates the Turbo Levo range a notch above the rest. I cannot overstate how great it is being able to set the acceleration response and level of assistance. You can even tell it how long you expect to be riding for to make sure you have juice left when you get home. In the Levo, Specialized have not only built an e-bike. They have taken their time to re-think and develop the platform to deliver a product that takes full advantage of available technology. With the advent of apps and the smartphone computer in your pocket, it makes complete sense to go the full monty, instead of simply strapping a motor to a bike. As things stand, if you are looking for a pedal assist e-bike that is a proper trail bike with the latest and greatest technology, the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is the one to get. Mountain biking has just been catapulted into the digital age. Pros The App with its customizable settings is a game-changer and puts the Turbo Levo in a class of its own The frictionless, quiet motor is a joy Being able to pre-set your distance or time on the bike is a great feature for battery life With the motor off, only hills will bring your attention to the bikes true weight 6Fattie platform is a great platform to have built from Looks like a proper mountain bike More trails, more of the time Cons Still pricey, but any of Specialized's Turbo Levo range would be the one to go for if you are e-bike shopping Loading it on your bike rack takes careful planning The e-bike stigma Visit the Specialized website for local model availability and pricing of the Turbo range. Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie specifications: BatteryCustom Specialized, 504Wh, ANT+/BT module, IP 67Brake leversSRAM Guide RS Carbon, carbon lever, reach adjust, cartridge bearing lever pivotCassetteSRAM XX1, 11-speed, 10-42tChainSRAM PC-XX1, 11-speed, w/ PowerLinkChargerCustom Specialized, 42V4A, w/ Rosenberger plugCranksetCustom Praxis, steel 1x11 32T ring, 104 BCD spiderForkRockShox Pike RCT3, 140mm travel, tapered aluminum steerer, 15x110mm Maxle Ultimate thru-axleFront brakeSRAM Guide RS Carbon, metallic pads, 200mm Centerline rotorFront hubRoval Traverse, 15mm thru-axle, 24hFront tyreSpecialized 6Fattie Purgatory Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 650bx3.0"GripsSpecialized Sip Grip, light lock-on, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thicknessHandlebarsSpecialized FACT carbon, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 31.8mm, 750mm widthHeadsetHella Flush, 1-1/8" and 1-1/2" threadless, Campy style upper w/ 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearingsInner tubesStandard, Presta valveMotorExclusive, custom tuned for Specialized, Trail Tune, 250WPedalsNylon, CEN std., w/ toe clipsRear brakeSRAM Guide RS Carbon, metallic pads, 180mm Centerline rotorRear derailleurSRAM XX1, 11-speedRear hubRoval Traverse SL 148, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XX1 driver body, 28hRear shockCustom FOX FLOAT Factory DPS, AUTOSAG, Rx Trail Tune, Boost Valve, Kashima coating, 197x47.6mmRear tyreSpecialized 6Fattie Ground Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 650bx3.0"RimsRoval Traverse SL 38 650b, carbon disc, 38mm wide, 24/28hSaddleBody Geometry Henge Expert, hollow Ti rails, 143mmSeat binderSpecialized, 7050 alloy, single bolt, 34.9mmSeatpostCommand Post IRcc, cruiser control technology, micro-adjust height adjustable, alien head design, bottom mount cable routing, remote adjust SRL lever, 30.9mm, S: 100mm travel, M/L/XL: 125mmShift leversSRAM XX1, 11-speed, triggerSpokesDT Swiss RevolutionStemSyntace F109, 6-degree riseUser interface/remoteIntegrated Trail display, 10 LED battery display, Mission Control iOS or Android appWiringCustom harness, w/ Rosenberger plugMeasured weight22.4 kg
  7. In 2015 Specialized announced the Turbo Levo, a range of electric pedal-assist trail bikes, and have since rolled out several variations. These include a women’s specific, a fat bike, a hardtail, a full suspension 29er, and a full-suspension 27.5-plus model which we spent last Friday afternoon riding at the spectacular Jonkershoek trails. UPDATE 18 September 2018: Specialized has launched a new Turbo Levo. Take a look at that bike here. Click here to view the article
  8. Reverb 1x Remote Lever RockShox launched their own 1x dropper post lever in April, following what I can only assume to be demand from riders and seeing the void filled by several aftermarket options.The lever seems a natural development as it sits perfectly where the front shifter used to be. It even uses the same shape lever paddle as seen on SRAM’s 12-speed Eagle shifter but with a slightly more concave thumb pad. Not only is this familiar, but it also places the remote in the most ergonomically sound place as it requires no movement from the wrist or hand to push, unlike some other remotes - especially remotes positioned on top of the handlebar. The lever pivots on a cartridge bearing to keep the action smooth and give it the same feel and force required to move as a SRAM shifter. Durability has been improved over the standard remote by bolstering the hose and remote connection to prevent the two parting ways in a crash. The return speed can be adjusted: only this time using a T25 Torx key rather than the barrel adjuster we've come to know. There is a bleed port using SRAM’s quick release Bleeding Edge technology should you have to bleed the remote or hydraulic system. The family trade is further cemented by sharing the same clamp as SRAM's brakes with the option to use their matchmaker system. Just like their shifters, the lever can be moved from side to side and the angle can be adjusted to find the perfect mounting position. On the trail, the lever performs exactly like one would expect. The action is good and the feel mimics that of a SRAM shifter very well. In terms of everyday use the action, design and placement is a definite step in the right direction. If you're in the market for a Reverb dropper seatpost and you have a 1x drivetrain, then this is remote to go for. SpecificationsHydraulic actuation for adjustability, low maintenance, and low lever force Available option on all Reverb Stealth models 69.2g (21g heavier than the standard Reverb remote) MatchMaker X or discrete clamp options Bleeding Edge lever bleed fitting Tooled speed adjust Backward compatible with all B1 and A2 Reverb models in the market (black return speed adjuster knob) SRAM EX1 Drivetrain SRAM's EX1 drivetrain was designed from the ground up as a dedicated drivetrain for e-bikes. This gave their engineers the opportunity to look at the requirements of riders and how to manufacture a groupset that will cope better with the forces of an e-bike. At the heart of the drivetrain is an 8-speed (yes eight) cassette SRAM calls the E-Block with sprockets sized 11, 13, 15, 18, 24, 32, 40, 48 which will give you a nice and wide 436% gear range. The biggest sprocket is 7mm inwards compared to an 11-speed drivetrain which reduces cross-chain. With the cassette only dropping to an 11 tooth, there is no need for an XD driver. To reduce wear and tear the five biggest sprockets have been machined from a single piece, making them particularly durable. The three smaller sprockets can be changed individually. A design feature that will see you save some money when the time comes to replace them. With the 8-speed cassette comes an 8-speed chain that is wider and stronger, to better cope with the high torque loads of power assisted bikes. The groupset has been designed to shift one gear at a time to further reduce strain and wear on the chain: which has been the weak point on other drivetrains on e-bikes. The bigger jumps and single shifts are something to get used to initially, but it makes perfect sense and after a ride or two it feels natural. With the added power of pedal assist bikes, the 8-speed drivetrain always felt "enough" as you don't need a full selection of gears to power yourself up a steep climb. Shifting is precise with a very positive feel and, much like the 1x Remote, and is exactly what one would expect from SRAM. On various trails and terrain, I never felt like I wanted or needed more gears or smaller jumps between gears. When self-powered smaller jumps obviously make things easier on the legs and lungs, but with the assistance on offer it is not an issue with the EX1 drivetrain. SRAM Code RSC The most recent addition to SRAM's ever-expanding brake line-up, the Codes are aimed squarely at gravity riders but have found favour with E-Bike riders due to the extra stopping power and heat management on offer. The new Code holds 30% more fluid in the reservoir and comes with 15mm and 16mm pistons (compared to Guide's 14mm and 16mm) all in an effort to increase stopping power, and reduce heat build up. In addition, the new caliper has more room around the top of the pads and a heat shield which is designed to reduce heat traveling from the pad into the caliper and hose in an effort to avoid brake fade. SRAM claim that the new Code brake offers a 15% increase in power with only a 9% increase in weight when compared to their Guide RSC brake. Compared to the Level Ultimates on my Knolly Warden, the increased stopping power is immediately noticeable, easily making up the difference that one size bigger rotors will offer. They do have a more on / off feel, but there is still enough modulation and feel through the levers for feathering or slow speed controlled sections. Testing their heat management and resistance to fade was made easy due to the fact that they were fitted to an E-Bike which allowed multiple back-to-back downhill runs. On long runs and extended downhill sections the brakes stayed fade free and offered the same feel, response and stopping as they did at the beginning of the ride. The shape and size of the levers are good, very good in fact, and with the tool-free lever and bite-point adjustments, it is easy to dial in your preferred feel. SpecificationsWeight: 443g Lever Material: Alloy Caliper Design: 4-piston, dual diameter caliper Finish: Black anodized Rotor: CenterLine Pad: Steel-backed metal sintered Fluid: DOT 5.1 Mount: Ambidextrous Adjustment: Tool-free Reach Adjust, Contact Point Adjust, Banjo Adjust Special Features: Tool-free Reach Adjust, Contact Point Adjust, Piggyback Reservoir, MatchMaker™ X compatible, Bleeding Edge™, Heat Shield Technology Highlights: SwingLink™,Lever Pivot Bearings, Bleeding Edge™, Heat Shield Rotor Sizes: 160, 170, 180, 200mm
  9. Pedal assist high-performance trail bikes open up mountain biking to new riders and reinvigorate existing riders by making the tallest mountains feel more like mole hills. Specialized Bicycle Components expands highly acclaimed Turbo pedal-assist family to include trail bikes. Click here to view the article
  10. Introducing the Specialized Turbo Levo line, designed from the ground up to integrate pedal-assist technology into a dedicated trail riding platform. Unlike some bikes currently on the market, the Turbo Levo is not simply a mountain bike with an electronic drivetrain grafted in as an afterthought, each Turbo Levo is a flagship trail bike, seamlessly integrating pedal-assist capability and range with legendary Specialized MTB DNA, with a focus on the three key elements of handling, integration, and range. Handling is delivered courtesy of Specialized’s proven trail geometry. Integration comes in the form of a battery and motor that disappear into the design of the bike. Range is provided thanks to the pedal assist drivetrain, allowing riders to go farther with less effort.When paired to a mobile device through the Mission Control App. (available for both iOS and Android), the Turbo Levo also offers a broad set of features such as Full Pro Navigation, connectivity to other popular apps like Strava & Apple Health. Worried about running out of battery? “Smart Control” lets you choose your destination, automatically adjusting battery consumption, so all you have to worry about is riding. These bikes are unbelievably and undeniably fun for any mountain biker. For the seasoned trail rider, you will be able to climb faster and rip more descents in the same amount of time as your pedal bike. For those riders that have been injured or whose personal internal “motors” are not as young as they once were, you will be the first among your friends at the top of the hill while able to ride farther to get more enjoyment from the trail. That’s what it is all about, enjoying the trail. To be clear, the Turbo Levo is a trail bike with pedal assist Turbo Technology, not an electric bike or motorcycle with a throttle. Some riders and trail users may not be as excited that you and your Turbo Levo are sharing the trails with them. Please be aware of the rules and laws of your local trails.The exciting new Turbo Levo line will be available in Spring 2016. Specialized Turbo Levo review: Read our full review of the Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie here.
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