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  1. I recently discovered an old friend had moved into my area. He's always been an avid cyclist, so we've been getting together for some awesome rides around Durbanville. He has both a *normal* bike and a very high-spec Specialized eBike. When he's on a *normal* bike the ride is long and decent and comfortable for me... but when he's on his eBike, even with it on the eco mode, it's a hard workout. This isn't bad, in fact it's great, but I'm not always capable of doing that kind of ride and part of me thinks that perhaps it's time for an eBike. I don't expect him to ride his normal bike (if you've got it, flaunt it) and I feel like the time is coming where if I want to ride with people I may need to have the option of an eBike. There's no way I'd be able to keep up with an eBike if the rider went for it. My multiple personalities don't all agree that an eBike is a good idea, but that's a whole story on its own. In the Specialized range, a reasonable crossover of price/value seems to be the non-SL aluminium Turbo Levo. They've got 500Wh batteries, which seems substantial, especially if combined with an addon water-bottle battery, something *like* this one from the classifieds: https://bikehub.co.za/classifieds/item/dual-suspension-mountain-e-bikes/419663/2020-specialized-turbo-levo The one above is bleh though because it is fitted with a SRAM NX 11 speed (!?) cassette, which seems crazy. So the question is: - If I currently ride a carbon fibre dual-suspension normal bike (around 13kg in weight, I'm around 89 kg = 103 kg all up) and can produce 250w comfortably and continuously, would a Specialized Alu eBike (non-SL) level the field when riding with other eBikes? A 250w eBike at maximum output, plus 250w from me is 500w over two hours, which is decent, but that's going into extra weight: Alu non-SL is ~21kg, so all up weight of 110kg aka extra 100% power at an extra 10% of the weight. And then there's also the question of second-hand vs new; one seems to save around R 20k on the latest bikes if you go second-hand. But I think this kills the warranty? I suppose this is about accessibility and leveling the playing field. Thanks!
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. I've being contemplating converting my commuter bike to an ebike for a while now and have decided to go for it, but before I did I wanted to try another bike with the same conversion. So I toodle off to my local LBS that sometimes does this kind of conversion and arrange to take a converted bike for a ride. In all honesty I was a bit disappointed. I couldn't feel any pedal assist at all and no amount of tinkering with the settings solved my problem. When I was on a flat road I could feel something there helping me (modestly) but when the road turned up it was as if the motor stopped working and the only pedal assist was coming from my imagination trying desperately to find some kind of boost. Was I doing something wrong that the pedal assist wasn't working for me or was there an issue with the test bicycle? Has anybody on this forum done this kind of thing and can give me some feedback because I'm in a bit of a quandary. If the videos on you tube and on the various websites are to be believed than doing this conversion is easier than making omelettes for breakfast and twice as tasty.
  5. Hi all, Does anyone have any first hand experience or views on Giant's e-bikes? For some background, my wife had a stroke a couple of years ago, so she is not allowed to do any strenuous exercise as a result of the medication she is on. So we go for the occasional ride, but as an example a 5k trail ride would take between 30-35mins so we keep heart rate in check. This weekend rented an e-bike and we could do the same ride in like 22 mins keeping heart rate in check and do the trail twice. So I am looking at the Giant Stance, based on online specs, some reviews and the brand itself. But at the price point, I want to make sure I get the best bang for my buck in terms of performance, reliability, backup and obviously current stock availability of bikes in general. Much appreciated.
  6. Photo Kevin Sawyer There is a growing acceptance of e-bikes on the trails and at stage races such as the KAP sani2c, and their use is becoming more prevalent as competitive race organisers find a space for these riders to experience the spectacular trails on offer. “We have welcomed e-bikes since 2012 and strongly encourage people to just be on their bikes, outside, enjoying life and leading a healthier lifestyle, no matter what bike they ride,” says ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw, sani2c founder. Photo Anthony Grote “We have found an increase in the number of couples entering where one partner rides an e-bike, and the e-bike also works for long-time riders who have developed health issues such as heart conditions, or they have had a knee op. To keep riding with their old partner with the assistance of the e-bike, means so much to many riders,” he adds. The KAP sani2c has facilities available to make the e-rider experience seamless, and next year Atlas Copco will be providing the designated e-bike charging racks in the bike parks. We spoke to some of the sani2c riders who took part in 2019 with e-bikes, and found a group of very happy riders who felt welcomed and included in the event. Photo Kevin Sawyer For the second year in a row, cycle coach from Middelberg in Mpumalanga, Deon Carstens, rode sani2c with an e-bike. “I had a huge heart setback. I went for a quadruple bypass and valve replacement. My heart has significant operational functionality loss. The e-bike almost restores your previous capability. It allows for the heart to recover faster. “You get to experience a stage race; you receive all the hospitality from the local communities – just like everybody else. The e-bike allows you to focus on the event and the experience, you are not entirely inner-focussed on performance, beating times, faster Strava’s and that sort of thing. sani2c has made a difference to so many. Now people with cycling difficulties can, with the aid of technology, still experience and contribute to making a difference.” Photo Kelvin Trautman Charl Fitzgerald from Johannesburg enjoyed his 4th sani2c, this year on the e-bike: “My wife (being an ex-‘roadie’) found that with the assistance from the e-bike it was much easier to tackle the more technical stuff, especially on the steep climbs. I opted to ride an e-bike as well, otherwise there would have been no way to keep up with her. Riding on an e-bike simply turned it into great fun, experiencing all the beauty and nature, sleeping in tents and everything that goes with sani2c. If it was not for the e-bike, I would never have had the opportunity and pleasure of riding this event with my wife.I think many riders will now get the opportunity to take part in some of these fantastic events.” Photo Anthony Grote Ben Hefer from Brits was the chief organiser of his group of twelve friends. Five used e-bikes. “Any of the e-bike riders could have done it with normal bikes but we wanted to give the e-bikes a try. We have limited time to train as hard as we would have liked and so the e-bikes helped to close that gap. The e-bikes gave us the confidence to take part in a major endurance race like sani2c without fearing that we are going to “break” ourselves or not complete the event. We have no aspirations to be on the podium, we ride for fun and enjoy the race.” “There is a bit of a negative perception that e-bikers are unfit, overweight and that you do not need to train hard because the bike will do the race for you. Well that is so far from the truth - with the e- bike you tend to go harder and faster at it because it just feels so good, the only time I slow down is when my heart rate monitor starts to pull the brakes.” Photo Anthony Grote “The sani2c was definitely one of my best sporting experiences ever and I would rate it any day just as highly as completing the Comrades marathon or completing the Ironman. The whole attitude towards the e-bikes was so positive, we had so many other cyclists and supporters cheering us on, asking if they could swop or buy our bikes, or if we can push or pull them.” Eugene Kemp from Port Elizabeth now rides on an e-bike exclusively and did the sani2c with his wife: “Most of the best event distances exceed what we are prepared to take on now at our age. Yes, the e-bike stripped me of my bragging rights, but what it gives me in place is so much better! Having 5 hours on the bike riding through the most beautiful nature and enjoying every moment of it is priceless. That’s why we do it. Photo Anthony Grote “Sometimes we ride slowly and enjoy the nature and the company of our fellow e-bikers, sometimes we ride fast and experience the adrenalin that the top mountain bike racers experience. On the sani2c we took our time on the first two days and opened the taps a bit on the last day, it was brilliant.” Photo Kelvin Trautman Farmer Glen looks forward to hosting more e-bikes in 2020: “We want e-riders to know they are welcome and encouraged to join us, and we also want our long-time sani2c riders who for some reason are not sure they can manage the 3 days on the bike anymore, to come along and enjoy the different experience on an e-bike.” Enter at sani2c.co.za Follow sani2c on social media for news and inspiration:Facebook: sani2c Twitter: _sani2c Instagram: _sani2c Photo Anthony Grote
  7. Inspired by Reign mountain bikes, a platform that has been engineered and developed in partnership with pro enduro racers over the years, this new E-bike applies Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology to a long-travel trail bike for the first time. Hybrid Cycling Technology is a system that combines electric power with human power to produce a smart, natural and powerful E-bike riding experience. It’s an integrated group of technologies that includes the SyncDrive Pro motor, RideControl ONE handlebar control unit and EnergyPak battery system. “With this E-bike you can ride all types of terrain, including tough climbs, with fewer limitations,” said Giant E-bike Category Manager Joost Bakker. “We developed it to have the best handling and control on technical trails so you can experience a smoother ride and go longer distances.” Updated for 2020, the SyncDrive Pro motor delivers a powerful, performance-oriented ride that’s adept at supporting the particular needs of off-road riders. It boasts 80Nm of power output with improved torque and a support ratio of 360 percent. This means that, in the Power mode, 100 percent of human torque input can receive 360 percent added pedaling power. The 6-sensor Smart Assist technology calculates the amount of torque, pedaling cadence, slope and speed while riding. Based on those calculations, it determines the amount of power needed to provide a smooth, natural riding experience. The motor engages instantly when power is applied to the pedals. This helps the rider control the bike when accelerating and offers reliable performance on steep climbs and low speeds. The EnergyPak 500 battery system is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the frame and offers long-lasting power (500Wh) that’s easy to charge. It comes with our EnergyPak 6A Fast Charger, which can be charged to 80 percent in just 60 minutes. The handlebar-mounted RideControl ONE features integrated, user-friendly button controls. The robust buttons are made for riding in all types of conditions and offer a comfortable feel and grip with a clean handlebar setup. This minimalist control center uses just a few buttons and indicators to give you total control or your E-bike technology. LED lighting shows battery level and support mode, and the RideControl ONE is ANT+ compatible so you can connect with the Giant E-bike App and use your smart phone to display additional information such as motor tuning, fitness data and navigation. Beyond the latest E-bike technologies, the new Reign E+ offers proven Giant off-road features. The ALUXX SL frame is handcrafted to offer superior strength and stiffness at the lowest weight possible. The Maestro suspension system in the rear deliver 160mm of active, independent travel to give you total control on rugged terrain whether you’re climbing technical steeps or charging down enduro-style terrain. And Giant Tubeless System wheels and tires give you all the benefits of tubeless—including a smoother, more efficient ride and a reduced risk of punctures—in a system that’s easy to use. Recently, Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson has spent time riding Giant E-bikes, incorporating them into a training routine. “It just brings the fun back,” Carlson said. “My whole goal is to get more descending time in and less pedaling. Compared to my Reign Advanced race bike, the frame geometry and suspension on the E-bike version are pretty similar. You get to go twice as fast up climbs, so I can easily do more laps in a day’s training.” Carlson’s experience on Giant E-bikes, and his feedback throughout the two-year development process of the Reign-E+, has offered valuable insight into the design of the new platform. The 2020 Reign E range consists of three models: The Reign E+ 0 with the cutting-edge SRAM XO wireless electronic drivetrain, the Reign E+ 1 and the Reign E+ 2. Availability varies by country. Learn more at www.giant-bicycles.com/Reign-E
  8. The Revolt E+ Pro is powered by Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology, a system that combines electric power with human power to produce a smart, natural and powerful E-bike riding experience. Its power is generated by the new SyncDrive Pro motor, which helps riders climb steep hills, hold higher speeds, and ride longer distances. The motor delivers power based on a rider’s input and the chosen support mode. The Revolt E+ Pro features five support modes to choose from (Eco, Basic, Active, Sport, Power) and delivers a maximum support ratio of 360 percent. This means that, in Power mode, 100 percent of human torque input offers 360 percent pedal-assist power. It’s tuned to provide a quick and direct response to pedal input, delivering 80Nm of torque in less than 19 milliseconds. The Revolt E+ Pro’s Smart Assist technology gauges pedaling input and the terrain being ridden to determine the precise amount of power needed for a smooth and natural pedaling feel. It delivers pedaling assistance at high cadences so the rider can experience full support whether they’re climbing or descending on roads, gravel or dirt. The new RideControl EVO display and control center makes it easy to view riding data such as speed, distance, estimated range and battery capacity. This handlebar-mounted unit features aluminium casing that’s shockproof and durable, and it has a USB charging port. It can be updated wirelessly via Bluetooth, making it easy to stay current with the latest software. The new integrated EnergyPak Smart compact battery contains 375Wh of energy. For longer adventures you have the option of adding the EnergyPak Plus Range Extender for an added 250Wh of battery power. And the EnergyPak 6A Fast Charger makes charging quick, safe and efficient, allowing you to charge the battery to 80% in about 90 minutes. The frameset is inspired by Giant’s Revolt range of gravel bikes, designed to give riders efficiency and control along with smooth-riding comfort for long-distance adventures. It’s constructed with ALUXX SL aluminium produced in Giant’s industry-leading aluminium forging facility with proprietary production techniques. The Revolt E+ Pro also comes with a D-Fuse composite seatpost, which features a D-shaped shaft that adds compliance in the rear of the bike to enhance comfort and minimize fatigue. The Revolt E+ Pro is equipped with the new gravel-specific Shimano GRX 11-speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, offering purpose-built shifting and braking performance on variable terrain. It also features the E-bike specific Giant eX2 WheelSystem and high-volume tubeless tires (45c) for enhanced rolling efficiency, comfort and a reduced risk of tire punctures. The Revolt E+ Pro will be available in South Africa at the end of November.
  9. EMTB's are here and here to stay, so lets see them all. My new toy, 2020 Specialized Levo Comp.
  10. This is a gnar-devouring, air-catching marvel. It’s also the bike that singlehandedly spells the death of many a tedious shuttle trip in the back of a smelly truck. You are your own shuttle now, with the most powerful, smoothest, and widest-ranging motor and battery combination available. This is the bike that takes you to the top of the longest, nastiest climbs—no car, chairlift or spare lung required—and delivers a thoroughly bad-ass rip on the way back down. This is the power to ride bigger trails. It Starts With The Ride Soon you’ll be reading about watts and motors and all the “e” parts that make up an e-mountain bike. After all, we have an international team of 19 engineers in Cham, Switzerland cooking up all those brilliant things, and this is a press kit for their latest creation. But let’s be clear—before those engineers start designing powerplants and dreaming in algorithms, they team with our Morgan Hill mountain bike engineers on the frame. Why? Because clever motors and software amount to nothing at all if your hardware sucks. Push that fine line between breaking the sound barrier and breaking your collar bone, and the bike beneath you better be dialled. Which brings us here, to the new Turbo Kenevo. Our engineers started by re-envisioning a new frame that could marry the stiffness and precision of our Sidearm design with the supple feel of the new Enduro. Once they made that a reality, they got to the electric bits. This, for the record, isn’t standard operating procedure in a world where brands pick off-the-shelf motors and batteries, and then they design frames around those parts. We believe there’s a better way, and it starts with the ride. More Speed While the Turbo Kenevo may not look like the new Enduro’s twin, the two bikes share DNA—particularly the genes that make them faster over the roughest sections of trail. Like the Enduro, the new Turbo Kenevo features an axle path that has a more-rearward trajectory in key stages of its travel. And as a result, the Turbo Kenevo’s rear wheel hangs up less as you’re blasting through the chunder. Less hang up, more momentum, and more speed. More Fun We obsess over the perfect suspension tune. Picture several guys who spend every waking moment running shocks on dynos, experimenting with shim stacks and pondering the mysteries of oil flow. This is our in-house, Rx Tune, suspension team. Custom tuning every shock to every suspension frame we make isn’t how things are normally done in the bike industry, but we wouldn’t do it any other way. When you’re flying down the chunkiest descent possible, and the bike beneath you is stable and confident—fork and shock working in unison—you’re able to ride faster, push the boundaries harder, and have a hell of a lot more fun in the process. Stiffer, Lighter Frame The Turbo Kenevo’s sidearm design directly connects all three mounting points of the rear-end and shock to the frame, significantly increasing both stiffness and performance over bumps. To be more specific, we’ve minimized frame flex when the rear suspension is active, so you get more precise handling in the rough.We also took out the butcher knife and went nuts. The new Turbo Kenevo frame sheds a full kilogram (2.2 pounds). And that’s before you factor in the 400-gram weight savings from the new magnesium-bodied Specialized 2.1 motor. A Brawler By The Numbers We couldn’t simply redesign the Turbo Kenevo’s suspension and chassis, take the engineering department out for ice cream, and then call it a day. The Turbo Kenevo’s geometry also needed to keep pace with the advances we made everywhere else on the bike. We went deep. We slackened the head angle a degree for greater control on steep descents. We grew the reach nearly an inch per size, creating a more centered cockpit. We made way for longer travel dropper posts by shortening the seat tube. And finally, we steepened the Turbo Kenevo’s seat tube angle by two degrees, improving your weight distribution and control on steep climbs. End result? The new Turbo Kenevo is a longer, lower-slung, and entirely more confident beast at speed and on the most technical tracks. The Smoothest, Quietest, And Most Powerful Motor When we debuted the latest-generation Turbo Levo, we also introduced the world to the smoothest, quietest, and most efficient motor out there. That same, magnesium-bodied Specialized 2.1 motor is directly mounted to the new Turbo Kenevo frame. The 2.1 motor is not only significantly lighter and smaller than the 1.3 motor that roosted on the original Kenevo, it’s also more efficient and powerful. How powerful? At peak assist, it’s like having four of you powering the pedals. You read that right: The Specialized 2.1 motor amplifies your input by 410%, while providing up to 560 watts of pedal-assist and 90Nm of torque with absolutely zero awkward surges in power. Our 2.1 motor features a proven belt drive design and an integrated speedometer and power meter that measures speed and pedaling effort—all while precisely calculating power output. What’s more, our engineers in Switzerland spent years coming up with the Turbo Kenevo’s motor software, which is essentially the brain that powers this 2.1 motor. The result is something you’ll only find on the Turbo Levo and Turbo Kenevo—a motor that provides an incredibly smooth and natural boost to your own pedaling efforts. More Miles From Every Charge Using the most advanced lithium-ion technology, we’ve increased battery capacity by 40% while integrating that capacity into a significantly smaller down tube. You’ll find that svelte-yet-powerful, 700 watt-hour battery on the new Turbo Kenevo Expert model.Out on the trail, the new Turbo Kenevo gives you more miles from every full charge. How many miles? Check out the new Turbo Range Calculator on specialized.com. We’ve also created a durable housing to protect the battery, and we strategically placed the cells to provide the Turbo Kenevo with an ideal weight distribution for even better handling. And finally, the Battery Management System (BMS) regulates battery health, protects it from overcharging (or under voltage), and ensures that you get as many miles as possible during the life of your battery. Never Stranded Depending on the mode you’re using, and the nature of the terrain, you can expect the Turbo Kenevo’s new M2-series battery to last between one and five hours. You never have to worry, however, about suddenly getting caught on the trail without enough power to ride back home. The Smart Control feature, available in our Mission Control App, lets you set the Turbo Kenevo’s power assist to last for either the duration of your ride or until you reach a defined point. What’s more, the Turbo Kenevo’s battery status is always on view with both the new Turbo Connect Unit and the optional handlebar-mounted Turbo Connect Display (available aftermarket). Customise Your Ride This Turbo Kenevo is even smarter and better connected than before. In the center of the top tube, you’ll find our Turbo Connect Unit that connects the bike, via ANT+ and Bluetooth®, to both the outside world and our Mission Control App. Speaking of which, we’ve added features and made Mission Control more intuitive. You can easily customize motor characteristics, monitor your power use, control your range, perform basic system diagnoses, record and upload rides—and that’s just for starters. New to the app is our Shuttle Mode feature, which takes the sting out of long, painful climbs by giving you maximum motor support with less effort at the pedals. It’s perfect for the days when you want a fun and fast shuttle to the top. FAQ 1. How many models are there in the new Turbo Kenevo line? There are two models: The Turbo Kenevo Expert and Turbo Kenevo Comp. (only the Kenevo Expert will be sold in South Africa).2. What’s the price range? The Turbo Kenevo Expert will sell for RRP 125,000.00. 3. What sets the two Turbo Kenevo models apart from one another? The two Turbo Kenevo models share identical frames, motors and software. The Expert model offers 40% more range, with its 700Wh battery (the Comp has a 500Wh version). Drivetrain and suspension specs are different as well. 4. What was Specialized aiming for with the redesign of the Turbo Kenevo? We recently upped the ante on Turbo Levo, giving it an entirely new and more capable frame based around the basic Stumpjumper design. That development process made it immediately clear that we could benefit from the same benefits of the Sidearm chassis and use it as the jumping off point to make an even more aggressive Turbo Kenevo—to push the limits of what an e-MTB is capable of. 5. How much suspension travel does the Turbo Kenevo possess? 180 millimetres (7 inches), front and rear. 6. Is the new Sidearm-style Turbo Kenevo frame stiffer than the previous Turbo Kenevo design? Results from our in-house front and rear frame assembly testing show that, yes, the new Turbo Kenevo frame is stiffer than that of the first-generation Turbo Kenevo. 7. Did the Turbo Kenevo’s geometry change? Yes. The new Turbo Kenevo models feature slacker head angles (from 65 to 64 degrees), significantly longer reaches (nearly an inch-per-size), steeper seat tube angles (two degrees steeper), and shorter seat tubes. The goal was to provide a more centered and confident stance on descents, while also improving the pedaling position and rider weight distribution on steep climbs. 8. The new Turbo Kenevo frame closely resembles the Stumpjumper and latest Turbo Levo—what makes it different? The main differences between the Turbo Kenevo’s Sidearm frame and the Stumpjumper’s are the following: The Turbo Kenevo frame has a battery integrated into the down tube. It also mounts a motor to the bottom bracket, needs to smartly route additional cables through the frame, and it features a big cutout in the top tube to hold the Turbo Connect Unit (Specialized TCU). Besides those differences, the Turbo Kenevo frame resembles the Stumpjumper’s design and concept, and it shares all of its related benefits. 9. Did the rear suspension traits change from the first-generation Turbo Kenevo to this new version? The axle path changed with this new generation of Turbo Kenevo. Even though the new Turbo Kenevo may not look like the new Enduro, the bike’s share very similar leverage curves and axle paths—which is entirely intentional. Both bikes are designed to let you reach top speed over the toughest terrain. The more rearward axle path allows the Turbo Kenevo to maintain momentum and speed over rocks and roots. Check out the graphs below to see how the new Turbo Kenevo compares to both its predecessor and the new Enduro in terms of axle path and leverage rate. 10. If the new Turbo Kenevo has similar suspension traits as the new Enduro, why does it look more like a Stumpjumper or a Turbo Levo? The new Enduro’s kinematics place the rear shock where the motor on our Turbo Kenevo resides. If we tried to squeeze the Turbo Kenevo motor into that Enduro frame design, the bikes might look similar, but they wouldn’t ride in a similar fashion. And the suspension quality was what we were after. Using the sidearm design (found on the Turbo Levo and Stumpjumper) as a framework allowed us to create a far more capable Turbo Kenevo that possesses some very similar ride characteristics to the new Enduro. That ultra-capable ride quality was what we were most interested in achieving. 11. Which rear shocks can I run on the Turbo Kenevo? The Turbo Kenevo comes equipped with metric-sized shocks that use standard eyelets and no proprietary mounting hardware, so any 62.5 x 230 metric shock will fit the new Turbo Kenevo. Naturally, sticking with the same eye-to-eye length is critical to performance and safety but, as is the case anytime you decide to try on a new shock, you’ll also want to match the same basic rebound and compression damping tune listed on the shock body of your original shock. 12. Is this new Turbo Kenevo frame lighter than the previous frame? Definitely. The new Turbo Kenevo frame features a significantly lighter down tube and motor mount. This enabled us to reduce frame weight by 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) with the new design while also improving stiffness and sheer capability. The Specialized 2.1 motor on the new Turbo Kenevo also offers a 400-gram (.88 pound) weight savings over the Specialized 1.3 motor featured on the first-generation Turbo Kenevo model. 13. What’s the overall weight of the Turbo Kenevo? Did it lose weight overall from first generation to second generation? Complete bike weight is actually on par with that of the first-generation Turbo Kenevo. The new Turbo Kenevo Expert weighs 24.58 kilograms (54.1 pounds). The new Turbo Kenevo Comp weighs 23.63 kilograms (52 pounds). In short, we lightened the frames and motors with this new generation of Turbo Kenevo, and then added weight back with a far more capable component package that boosts this bike’s performance in the roughest terrain. 14. What’s better on the new Specialized 2.1 motor? First of all, we made the new Specialized 2.1 motor significantly lighter. By making the motor housing out of full-magnesium and mounting the motor directly to the frame, we were able to cut a tremendous 800 grams of weight. 400 of those grams come from eliminating the motor mount bridge, while the remaining 400 grams come from weight savings on the actual motor (the new motor weight is three kilograms). Our new 2.1 motor is also 15% smaller than the previous generation, while still being more efficient and even more powerful. It now amplifies the rider input by 410% (1.3 motor: 380%), providing up to 560 watts and 90Nm of torque. In short: Our new 2.1 motor is better across the board, while still featuring time-proven technologies like a belt-drive and an integrated speedometer/power meter that measures speed and pedaling effort to precisely calculate power output. 15. How much lighter/smaller is the new 2.1 motor than the 1.3 model on previous Turbo Kenevo’s? We covered some of this above, but to recap: The new 2.1 motor is 400 grams lighter than its predecessor, yet it’s more powerful, efficient, and 15% more compact. The majority of the weight savings can be chalked up to the lighter, full-magnesium motor housing and the elimination of the motor mount bridge. 16. How much weight did you cut by going to the new direct motor mount? Since we eliminated the motor mount bridge and are directly attaching the motor to the frame, the direct motor-to-frame mounting cuts another 400 grams out of the bike. 17. How were you able to make the new motor mount a reality? We first designed the Turbo Kenevo chassis to give riders the best possible trail riding experience, then we codesigned the motor mounting system with the manufacturer of our motors, who also helped to shape the motor specifically to the Turbo Kenevo’s chassis design. This ground-up approach enabled us to entirely remove the large (and heavy) frame forging that the motor connected to on the first-generation Turbo Kenevo and aluminium Turbo Levo models, while still ensuring the best possible frame geometry. 18. Which Turbo Kenevo’s get the 700Wh batteries and which get the 500Wh batteries? The Expert Turbo Kenevo model is equipped with a 700Wh Specialized M2-700 battery. The Turbo Kenevo Comp model gets the 500Wh version (M2-500). The M2-700 battery is available aftermarket and can also be used on the Comp Turbo Kenevo model. 19. Can you upgrade the first-generation Turbo Kenevos with the new 700Wh battery? No. The M2-series batteries have a completely different form factor since they were purposefully built for the all-new Turbo Kenevo and latest generation of Turbo Levo bikes. Therefore, the battery can’t be used on the first-generation Turbo Kenevo bikes. 20. How do you remove the battery on the new Turbo Kenevo? During the development of the bike and the Technology System, it was important to us that the battery of the Turbo Kenevo remained readily accessible, so riders could have the option to easily remove it. On the new Turbo Kenevo, the battery slides in and out of the down tube at the motor area. Due to the length of the battery, we recommend you put the bike either on its side, upside-down, or in a bike repair stand to remove the battery. 21. What’s the range difference between the 700 and 500Wh batteries? The 700Wh battery provides 40% more range, but ultimately, the range depends on many factors, such as mode selection, riding profile, rider input, rider weight, etc. 22. Is this new Turbo Kenevo frame lighter than the previous frame? There are several options to get more range out of your bike, one being that you adjust the settings of your assist modes (the support and peak power). You can do this under “Tune” in our Mission Control App. Another option is to generally ride in a lower assist mode. Also, you can use the Smart Control feature of the Mission Control App to determine how long or far you want to go? The app then ensures that you’re getting the right amount of assistance to bring you there with the given battery charge. The range can also be increased by changing the way of riding: Being in a small gear when starting from zero and riding in a cadence range of 80 RPM or above will also drastically improve the range. 23. You say the Turbo Kenevo offers 40% more range than the previous generation, but what does that amount to in actual kilometers/miles? The first-generation Turbo Kenevo Expert possessed a 500Wh battery, so moving to a 700Wh battery on a bike of roughly the same weight results in a 40% increase in range for the Turbo Kenevo Expert. The Turbo Kenevo Comp model goes from a 460Wh battery (on the first-generation Comp model) to a 500Wh battery on the new model—an 8% increase in range. The new Turbo Kenevo Comp will also accept the 700Wh battery that comes stock on the Expert model, should riders be interested in upgrading the battery on the Comp, to get that 40% boost in range. As noted earlier, the actual range in km/miles depends on a number of variables and can’t be answered with a single estimate of kilometers or miles. But we also understand why people ask that question—they usually want to know, “How am I going to make sure that I don’t actually run out of battery power and motor support in the middle of my ride?” Good question. Here’s the answer: The new Turbo Kenevo is equipped with our Smart Control feature (part of the Mission Control App), which eliminates the risk of you ever running out of power in the middle of a ride. With Smart Control, you can set a duration or distance you’d like to ride and your Turbo Kenevo will automatically regulate the power output for you through a smart algorithm that’s seamlessly operating at all times. Simply relax, enjoy your trails, and don’t worry about remaining battery capacity. You won’t run out. 24. You list the available runtime on the battery as being between one and five hours. That’s an exceptionally broad range, so what’s the story there? There’s no single answer to this particular question, as the total hours of pedaling assistance that you’ll get out a single battery charge will naturally vary based on the steepness of your terrain and the amount of “assist,” or motor support that you choose to use. For instance, let’s say that you’re using the maximum amount of pedal-assist on the steepest possible trail—that kind of motor support will draw more heavily on the battery’s cells than a medium amount of pedal assistance on rolling terrain and that, in turn, will give you more hours of riding from a single charge. The good news is that the new Turbo Kenevo is equipped with our Smart Control feature, which eliminates the risk of you ever running out of power in the middle of a ride. With Smart Control, you can set a duration or distance you’d like to ride and your Turbo Kenevo will automatically regulate the power output for you through a smart algorithm that’s seamlessly operating at all times. Simply relax, enjoy your trails, and don’t worry about remaining battery capacity. You won’t run out. 25. Does Turbo Kenevo offer the same range per charge as Turbo Levo? They share the same battery and motor, after all. The short answer is “No. Not quite as much range.” While the Turbo Kenevo does possess the same motor and battery assembly as the Turbo Levo, the Turbo Kenevo is a heavier bike, designed and built for even more aggressive riding. The Turbo Kenevo’s extra weight inherently places greater demands on the battery. So, holding all other factors constant—that is, assuming we’re talking about the same rider, riding the same trails with the same amount of pedal-assist—Turbo Levo will provide slightly more range than Turbo Kenevo for a single charge from either the 700 or 500Wh battery. 26. How much weight did you cut by going to the new direct motor mount? You can charge the battery either on or off of the bike. If you want to charge the battery on the bike, there’s a charge port at the bottom bracket area of the frame where you simply plug-in the charger cable. The battery is easily removable, though, so you can take it with you and charge it off the bike from wherever you want. 27. Can you also charge the battery when it’s removed from the bike? Yes. The new M2-series battery is completely integrated into the frame, and it’s easily removed should you want to swap batteries or charge the battery off of the bike. 28. Can you swap batteries out on the trail? The new M2-series battery is completely integrated into the frame, but it’s easily removable if you want to swap batteries. So, yep—it’s possible. This battery, however, doesn’t exactly fit in the palm of your hand. The 700WH battery automatically offers you the kind of range you’d normally only achieve on another bike with both a full battery and a range extender. It packs a lot of juice, so to speak. That said, if your ride is going to take you places that you think will require a battery swap, you’re going to need a pretty large hydration pack to tote a spare around with you. When people usually ask this question, they’re asking because they’re concerned about running out of battery power during a ride. We understand, and that’s why the new Turbo Kenevo is equipped with our Smart Control feature (a part of the Mission Control App) that eliminates the risk of you ever running out of power in the middle of a ride. With Smart Control, you can set a duration or distance you’d like to ride and your Turbo Kenevo will automatically regulate the power output for you through a smart algorithm that’s seamlessly operating at all times. Simply relax, enjoy your trails, and don’t worry about remaining battery capacity. You won’t run out. 29. Isn’t the Specialized 2.1 motor the same thing as the Brose S Mag that other brands are also planning to use? How is it different? Yes and no. While we developed the new 2.1 motor hardware together with Brose, we develop the motor software on our own, which is what actually shapes how the motor behaves on the trail. We spent years figuring out how a motor should feel in an actual trail setting, and the result is that the 2.1 motor has a uniquely smooth and natural ride quality to it. There are no awkward lags or surges in power. Think of it this way: The motor is like the legs of an e-mountain bike, but how those legs work is a function of your brain. We’ve built a better, smarter brain. On top of that, we also allow riders to fully customise their motor and its behavior through our unique tuning opportunities (Infinite Tune) in the Mission Control App. 30. Can I retrofit the new motor or battery to an earlier Turbo Kenevo model? The new motor and battery are specifically designed to work together and fit precisely into the new Sidearm frame and down tube of the new-generation Turbo Kenevo and Turbo Levo models. Consequently, they are incompatible with previous Turbo Kenevo generations. 31. On first-generation Turbo Kenevos, the battery was the “brain” of the bike. What’s the brain of the all-new Turbo Kenevo? The Specialized Turbo Connect Unit (TCU) is the brain of the new Turbo Kenevo. The TCU is always in view, right there at the center of your top tube. The TCU gives you an overview on your battery level (each LED represents 10% of your battery charge), shows you the motor assist level you’re pedaling with, allows you to change modes, and it also turns your bike on or off. The TCU also connects your Turbo Kenevo to our Mission Control App via Bluetooth® or ANT+ and links you to any third-party ANT+ device. And finally, the TCU can also connect you to our new Turbo Connect (TCD) handlebar display, providing you with all of your ride and bike data at a glance from your handlebars. 32. What’s so great about the Specialized Mission Control App? Our Mission Control App provides riders with full control over their Turbo Kenevo. It allows you to fully customize the motor settings to the personal needs and preferences, diagnose the bike and extract a report, record/save/analyze rides, upload rides to third-party platforms, and even get control over your range via our Smart Control feature. 33. Which operating systems does the Mission Control App support? Our updated Mission Control App is still supporting iOS and Android operating systems. You simply have to go to either the Google Play or Apple App Store, search for Specialized Mission Control, download the app, and register yourself. Once you’ve done that, you’re set to get more out of your Turbo Kenevo. 34. What kind of improvements have been made to the Mission Control App? We developed our Mission Control App completely from scratch, and it now comes with a bunch of exciting improvements. First and foremost, we designed a completely new user interface for the app, which is more intuitive to navigate through. We’ve also added new features into the app, like the “Stealth Mode” that allows you to turn off the LED lights on the TCU (if preferred), or the “Shuttle Mode” that lets you access maximum power output with less pedaling force (if desired). And last but not least, we made the app more stable and reliable 35. What’s the point of the “Shuttle Mode” feature and how does it work? One of the key new features of our Mission Control App is the new Shuttle Mode. This feature gives you maximum power output with less required pedaling force. It’s perfect for those days when you’re looking for a fast shuttle to the top of the mountain. The higher the setting for Shuttle Mode is, the easier it is to get full motor power in your selected mode. The settings for the Shuttle Mode can be adjusted within the Mission Control App, and the default setting is zero. On a side note, while Shuttle Mode is the quickest way to the top, it still has a government-regulated speed limit. 36. How does Infinite Tune work? Our Infinite Tune feature allows you to adjust motor peak power separately from the motor support, and vice versa. This gives you the opportunity to fully customize the three modes to your personal preferences since they can now determine all variables-per-mode individually. We also allow you to basically adjust those settings on-the-fly: Infinite Tune is embedded in the “Tune” section of our Mission Control App and can be easily adjusted via sliders. We recommend that riders start with the following settings and then adjust their settings based on their individual needs and preferences: Turbo: 100% (Support) / 100% (Peak Power) Trail: 35% / 100% Eco: 35% / 35%. 37. Is the Specialized Turbo Connect Display (TCD) also retrofittable to older Turbo bikes? Yes. The Specialized TCD handlebar display is retrofittable to all existing Turbo bikes in the field and will be available aftermarket. 38. How can I synch my Specialized TCD to my Turbo Kenevo? That’s super easy and intuitive. You simply turn on the bike, keep the left button pressed for five seconds, and then go through a short pairing process. When the display is connected to a bike, it always automatically reconnects to your bike until it is proactively paired with a different bike. 39. What is the maximum 27.5+ tire size that will fit on the new Turbo Kenevo? We recommend a maximum 27.5+ tyre size of 27.5 x 2.8”. The bike is capable of fitting 27.5 x 3.0” tyres, if you’re willing to accept less clearance between your tyre and frame. 40. At what speed does the Turbo Kenevo’s motor disengage? All Turbo Kenevos are equipped with a decoupling mechanism that disengages the motor completely when the bike reaches the top speed specified by the country in which it was sold. In Europe, for instance, this max speed is 25 kph. In the South Africa, the maximum speed is 32 kph. At speeds greater than this, the motor no longer provides any kind of assistance. We also designed our motor to provide no resistance, so at these higher speeds, it feels just like you’re riding any other kind of pedal bike.
  11. The Bike Although the battery and motor add visual bulk to the look of the bike, Trek has done well to incorporate it into the frame's lines. To such an extent that if it weren't for the bulbous motor sticking out of the bottom bracket, you would probably miss that there is a battery squeezed into the downtube. With modern-day aero bikes having wider profile downtubes, it's not that foreign to see large tubing on a road bike. Additionally, there is the clean looking 1x drivetrain to further offset the bulky ebike look. A dead giveaway, however, are the wires for the display and lights. But here too Trek has done a commendable job of tidying up the wires, guiding them under the stem where they disappear into the frame. Outback, the rear light wire runs into the seatpost just under the saddle clamp, keeping it out of sight. The mudguard mounts are well-hidden and add to the bike's versatility. The Domane+ is built on the same endurance road geometry as the regular Domane which means a taller head tube for a more upright riding position and a longer wheelbase for greater stability. The bike also utilises Trek’s proven IsoSpeed decoupler technology in the seat tube and a Ride Tuned seatpost, which smooths rough terrain for a little less fatigue over long miles. The frame is made with 500 Series OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void) carbon. The company modified the carbon layup to accommodate the battery and motor. Each size frame in the range has a unique carbon fibre layup to optimise the structure, ride quality, and weight. With a claimed weight of just over 17 kg for a 56 cm, the bike is nearly double that of a similar non-assisted Domane, but at least they have managed to keep the mass well below that of mountain e-bikes. Power Assist Power assist comes from a 500Wh battery and a Bosch Performance Speed motor. The combination is good for 350 watts of added power and will give you just over 100 km range on one charge, in the most efficient Eco Mode. The electronic assist is limited to 45 km/h - a great bonus over its dirt counterparts, and helping to better share the road with cars. The battery is locked to the frame using a key. Once unlocked it can be removed without tools and can be charged on or off the bike. The battery can be fully charged in about three to four hours from empty. The front and rear lights are also powered by the main battery and are "always on" daytime running lights, but they do add much-needed safety on our roads. Bosch's Purion controller is used to control the electric assist system. The display is the perfect size; big enough to be able to see vital information clearly at a quick glance, but not so big as to take up unnecessary space out front. The physical buttons are well sized to switch between modes whether you have gloves on or not. There are four modes (Eco, Sport, Tour, and Turbo) that go from minor assistance to maximum, with an expected drop in battery range as you crank up the power. In Eco mode, the controller said that I would be good for 69 miles (or 111 km) with the range dropping down to 31 miles (50 km) in Turbo mode. Domane+ Specifications: Frame500 Series OCLV Carbon. Rear IsoSpeed, Tapered head tube, internal battery, flat-mount disc brakes, 12 mm thru-axle, internal cable routing, Ride Tuned seatmast, hidden mudguard mountsForkDomane+ carbon steer and crown, flat mount disc brakes, 12 mm thru-axlesWheelsBontrager Paradigm Disc Tubeless Ready, 12 mm thru-axleTyresSchwalbe G-One Speed, aramid bead, TL Easy, 700c35c ShiftersSRAM Force 1, 11-speedRear deraileurSRAM Force 1, medium cageCrankPraxis, Carbon E-BikeChainringSteel chainring, 20T, with guardCassetteSRAM PG-1170, 11-36, 11-speedChainSRAM PC-1170SaddleBontrager Arvada Comp, steel railsSeatpostBontrager Ride Tuned alloy seatmast Cap, 10 mm offsetHandlebarBontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, 31.8 mmBar tapeBontrager tapeStemBontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mountsHeadsetIntegrated, stainless cartridge bearings, sealed, 1-3/8˝ top, 1.5˝ bottomBrakesetSRAM Force flat-mount hydraulic discBatteryBosch PowerTube 500 WhControllerBosch Purion PerformanceMotorBosch Performance Speed, 350 watt, 63 Nm, 45 kphFront lightBontrager LyncRear lightBontrager LyncClaimed weight (56cm)17.19 kgMeasured weight (56cm)16.95 kgRetail PriceR 109,999.00 SRAM's Force 1 groupset has been selected for this single model line-up. The drivetrain comes standard with a 20T chainring and 11-36 cassette and hydraulic disc brakes. At faster speeds, the 20 tooth chainring and 11 tooth small sprocket combo is not high enough to allow you to really put your foot down, leaving you to coast it out until the time comes to pedal again. The shifting is solid, as one would expect from a 1x SRAM drivetrain. I have been running 1x on my mountain bikes for as long as I can remember now and found it quite refreshing to only have to 'worry' about rear shifting on the road as well. It does not sound like much, and would probably have scoffed at someone saying this to me, but there you go. The brakes are flat mount and offer ample stopping power considering the added heft of the bike. It never felt like I was under-braked with great modulation and feel through the levers. There are hidden fender mounts adding to the versatility of the Domane+ and clearance for 35 mm tyres. The bike comes stock with 35c Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres, which make it ready for gravel adventures should you wish to take the road less traveled. With the range, you will have to stay close to city lights though. The Ride The riding position is comfortable with IsoSpeed, Ride Tuned Mast and wide tyres all playing their part to offset any roughness on the roads. Once on the go, there is not much in terms of feel that gives away that you are not on a run-of-the-mill road bike. For that, you will have to attempt a Sunday morning coffee ride around the Peninsula on human power only. Stick on some e-power and you'll soon forget that things are not quite the same old. Around the Chapman's Peak Drive twist and turns the Domane+ handles beautifully allowing you to just get on with riding your bike and enjoying the view. Going down Suikerbossie, the SRAM Force 1 hydraulic brakes manage to keep the speed in check without any noticeable fade. You can certainly power your way up a climb and around many, if not most, riders going up Cape Town's steepest climbs. This, however, will be short-lived due to the available range. Keep the power assist low and not only will you be able to ride much further, but you will also get an excellent workout. If you are thinking that you or someone else will buy this bike to go blast Strava segments on centennial rides, then you are mistaken. And that is a good thing. This is not a cop-out bicycle. If this was an uber build Madone one would expect to be able to go full blast on almost every ride. This is not that bike and was never intended to be. Working back from the Domane platform and you will realise that this bike is aimed at the more casual rider looking for comfort with a dash of speed on longer rides. The Domane is by no means a slow bike, its focus is just not outright speed at all cost. If you don't mind toggling through modes, then it is also easy enough to ramp up the power when really needed and the rest of the time stick to a mode that will give you a decent range. Off the beaten track the combination of the wider tyres and IsoSpeed technology can really be felt as it delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride. Maybe not that surprising as the Domane+'s gravel sibling, the Checkpoint, we reviewed was super comfortable off-road thanks to Trek's built-in technology. It's not just the tyres and IsoSpeed that plays a part here as I've found the saddles and bar tape specced on Trek's bikes to be very comfortable with just the right amount of squish without feeling spongy. Riding the Domane+ on gravel drew attention to the mode control's placement. With it centrally mounted you have to move your hand towards the stem to change modes which means finding the right time to remove your hand from the handlebars can be tricky. Some planning ahead is required which takes time getting used to. On open roads, this is not that much of an issue as generally speaking you can see far ahead. Verdict For the purists: Yes, the Domane+ comes with a battery and a motor, but that doesn't mean you can simply head out and blast sacred road routes - there simply isn't enough juice to run it in Turbo mode for kilometre after kilometre. I really like that Trek released their first road e-bike as a do-it-all all-rounder that will happily take you on tar or dirt rides. It is not a full-blown gravel bike, yet at the same time does not feel like a compromised road bike. Due to the added weight, you will have to use some assistance on most rides, unless you stay somewhere where it is relatively flat.As a first attempt, the Domane+ is a well-rounded, great riding bicycle with some versatility thrown in. ProsIsoSpeed technology adds comfort Integrated front and rear lights Gravel, road and adventure-ready makes it versatile Mudguard mounts - good for commuting and gravel excursions ConsThe battery range is limiting if you crank up the power Weight means you'll need pedal assist on most rides Switching power assist modes can be tricky on rougher terrain
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  13. A custom motor and battery were specially developed for the Turbo Creo SL which Specialized claim is ideally suited to the demands of road riding. The motor delivers up to 240 watts while the internal battery supplies 320Wh with an optional range extender, that fits on the downtube bottle cage, offering an additional 160Wh battery. The range is said to be around 130kms on the internal battery with an additional 65 km available from the range extender. With this bespoke motor and a carbon frame, The Turbo Creo SL is surprisingly light with the S-Works model measuring a claimed 12.2 kg. There is even a special edition specification that creeps under 12 kgs. To complement the road focussed models, there is also an EVO specification which is better suited to gravel type riding. The EVO makes use of exactly the same frame as the road going bikes but features 38mm tyres, flared handlebars, and a dropper seatpost. The Turbo Creo SL will be available in South African from November this year. Read the press release from Specialized below for all the information on the Turbo Creo SL. Press Release: Turbo Creo SL We’re going to flatten your climbs. We’re going to make you laugh at headwinds, ride farther, and go faster than you ever imagined. That’s what our first Turbo road bike is all about. Because, let’s be honest, riding faster is just more fun. Turbo Creo SL—It’s You, Only Faster. Julian Alaphilippe So Light You'll Forget It's Electric The Turbo Creo SL isn’t just the lightest e-bike in its class, it’s literally kilograms lighter than the competition at just 12.2kg for the S-Works Creo SL. We made the frame out of our FACT 11r carbon, and we designed it to handle like a Tarmac to inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners. And with the Future Shock 2.0, and its adjustable damper, we suspend you, not the bike to deliver more control, confidence, and comfort. Smooth. Quiet. Powerful. We launched Turbo seven years ago, and since then, we’ve been relentless in our pursuit of the perfect e-bike—bikes that feel like you, only faster. Since there wasn’t a motor and system for a performance road bike on the market that we were satisfied with, we developed our own. Designed in California and engineered in Switzerland (the heart of the e-bike revolution), the new Specialized SL 1.1 represents the ideal performance e-road bike motor. It’s based on a decade of research, development, and ride testing, and it features the perfect combination of power, weight, size, range, and ride quality, so it delivers consistent power in the natural cadence that riders need. In order to build a performance e-road bike, all of these features needed to come together to deliver a true performance road bike experience. Ultralight and whisper quiet, the Specialized SL 1.1 motor doubles your effort with silky smooth power delivery—power that feels like it’s straight from your legs. No unnatural power curve, lurching, or motor jumps. It delivers up to 240 watts of power that are in sync with your cadence, and when you want to pedal unassisted, there’s no drag holding you back. Unbeatable Range With up to 130 kilometers of range from the internal battery alone, the Creo SL lets you enjoy the power, not worry about the range. Our Range Extender, included with the S-Works build and optional on other models, provides up to 65 kilometers of additional mountain-flattening power. The internal battery offers 320Wh, while the Range Extender is 160Wh battery. The Turbo Creo SL’s internal battery can be charged in as little as 2 hours and 35 minutes. Every rider and every ride are different, so we created a Turbo Creo SL Range Calculator to help you determine exactly how far you ride. Power Personalised Our Mission Control app has logged millions of kilometers because it offers an intuitive and seamless way to unleash your Turbo. This is a ride app you’ll actually use. Each of the motor’s three assisted riding modes can be tuned almost infinitely for both peak and sustained power delivery. Mission Control can even manage battery power automatically with Smart Control. Just tell it how far or how long you want to ride, and our app will ensure you have the battery power to get there. It can record your ride, send it to third-party apps, and it even has an integrated power meter that can send your power numbers to an ANT+ head unit. While seamless connectivity comes standard with the Creo SL, connecting with Mission Control is always optional. The Turbo Connect Unit on the top tube gives you all the control you need to ride. It's Ali, Only Faster The Turbo Creo SL EVO. Our Turbo Creo SL EVO build takes the bike’s revolutionary e-road performance and creates incredible new opportunities for adventure and exploration. This versatile build adds 38mm Pathfinder tires, flared Adventure Gear Hover bars, and a dropper post for long gravel rides, bikepacking, and venturing into the unknown. Alison Tetrick Turbo Creo SL Expert The Turbo Creo SL Expert features our FACT 11r carbon chassis and Future Shock 2.0 with damper. A 1x Shimano Ultegra Di2 build with XT rear derailleur and an 11-42t cassette complement the Roval C 38 Disc carbon wheels and Turbo Pro 28mm tires. Meanwhile, a Specialized Future Stem Pro, alloy Expert Hover bars, and a Body Geometry Power Sport saddle handle cockpit duties. Turbo Creo SL Expert. S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition The Turbo Creo SL ushers in the era of the performance e-road bike, and our S-Works Creo SL Founder’s Edition celebrates this with an incredible build at just 11.9kg. A host of special touches, including gold foil graphics, a numbered Founder’s Edition plaque on the chainstay, and a custom Founder’s Edition SL Kit make this very limited-edition bike an instant classic. S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition. The Founder’s Edition Turbo Creo SL starts with our S-Works build, but it drops to 11.9kg with a special, lightweight spec including S-Works Short and Shallow bars, S-Works Turbo Cotton 28mm tires, an 11-40t XTR cassette, and oversized CeramicSpeed pulley wheels. Gold foil logos complement gold anodized bolt-on thru-axles, a GPS mount, and pulley wheels with a custom Body Geometry S-Works Power saddle with matching gold highlights. To complete this exclusive bike, we’re including a custom Founder’s Edition Specialized SL kit. Only 250 Founder’s Edition Turbo Creo SLs will ever be made. S-Works Turbo Creo SL. FAQ When can riders get a Turbo Creo SL? The Turbo Creo SL will launch globally on July 16th, but only be available in nine markets initially—USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, UK, and the Netherlands—with availability in South Africa in November.What were the main goal when developing the Specialized SL1.1 motor and battery system? The new Specialized SL 1.1 motor represents the ideal performance e-road bike motor, based on a decade of research, development, and ride testing. It features the perfect combination of power, weight, size, range, and ride quality. In order to build a performance e-road bike, all of these features needed to come together to deliver a true performance road bike experience. How much does the motor weigh? At just 1.95kg, the SL 1.1 Motor is essentially half the weight of other crank-based motors. To help achieve this light overall weight, the motor casing is made of magnesium. How much power does the new motor output? Our SL1.1 motor amplifies rider power up to 240 watts and 35Nm of both peak and sustained power. We tuned our motor to deliver constant, strong support across a wide cadence range for a very natural feel while pedaling. How many riding modes are there and how much assist do they offer? There are three assisted riding modes: ECO, SPORT, and TURBO. ECO matches your effort up to 30% of the motor’s power, SPORT matches your effort up to 60% of the motor’s power, and TURBO matches your effort to 100% of the motor’s power—or 240watts. All three assist modes can be tuned almost infinitely to personalize power levels via our Mission Control App. There is also an unassisted riding mode when no power from the motor is desired. Do all the models have the same range? What is it? Yes. All models use the same Specialized SL1.1 motor and 320Wh internal battery. Range varies with use, but you can expect up to 130 kilometers (80 miles) of range using ECO mode. With a Range Extender (included with the S-Works and Founder’s Edition models and available aftermarket on other models) another 65 kilometers (40 miles) of range can be added. Is a range extender included with every Turbo Creo SL? The 160Wh Range Extender comes standard with the S-works and two Range Extenders are included on the Founder’s Edition models. For other models, the Range Extender (adding another 65 kilometers / 40 miles of riding) will be available aftermarket and is the perfect tool to extend your Turbo Creo SL rides even farther. How does the range extender attach to the Turbo Creo SL? While the Range Extender fits in a normal water bottle cage, we recommend using the Specialized Z-Cage along with the included band for increased security—especially on rougher terrain. What impacts the range and how can I get the most distance possible? There are many variables that influence range. The rider’s weight, fitness, and position on the bike, as well as the bike build, bike weight, tire choice, and tire pressure all impact range. Several environmental influences, such as road conditions, elevation, and weather can impact range as well. The less motor support you require, the longer the battery will last. Riding in ECO mode will generally provide the longest battery life. Our Turbo Range Calculator helps riders predict the range they can expect given certain key metrics. What makes the Turbo Creo SL so much lighter than the other bottom-bracket-based e-Road bikes? The Turbo Creo SL’s FACT 11r carbon frame combines with the lightweight SL1.1 motor, a magnesium housing, a battery integrated into the frame, and thoughtful builds to create the lightest production e-road bike with a bottom bracket motor in the world. What is the Turbo Creo SL's Q-Factor? The Turbo Creo SL’s Q-Factor (the distance between crankarms) is 181mm. How much tire clearance does the Turbo Creo SL have? The Turbo Creo SL has clearance for 42mm tires with 700C rims. With fenders, there’s still clearance for 38mm tires. Can I use 650b wheels with the Turbo Creo SL? Yes. The Turbo Creo SL is compatible with 650b wheels and up to a 47mm tire. Keep in mind the Turbo Creo SL uses 12x110mm front hub spacing and 12x148mm rear spacing. Is the Turbo Creo SL Expert EVO a different frame? No, it’s the same FACT 11r frame and fork as the other Turbo Creo SL Carbon models, just with an adventure-ready build. Can the Turbo Creo SL's firmware be updated? The Turbo Creo SL firmware can easily be updated at your local Turbo dealer through Turbo Studio, our retailer service platform. Once connected, the bike automatically checks for the latest software versions available and installs them if needed. How much motor tuning ability does the Mission Control app have? With the Mission Control App, you can tune the level of assist almost infinitely (both peak power and sustained assistance) for each of the three ride assist levels: ECO, SPORT, and TURBO. Our Mission Control App allows you to fully customize your Turbo Creo SL motor to your personal needs and riding preferences. Of course, we only allow the rider to tune the motor and its behavior within the given speed limits in their respective country. We do not allow riders to tune the motor beyond the legally allowed speed setting. How does Smart Control work? Using the Smart Control feature of our Mission Control App enables you to enter how far, or how long, you want to ride, as well as how much battery you would like to have left at the end of your ride. Smart Control then takes care of all battery management to reach those targets. It does this with a smart algorithm that checks the bike’s status every 10 seconds. Keep in mind, with Smart Control initiated on the app, assistance modes cannot be altered via the TCU on the bike’s top tube. Riding with no assistance means you’re not getting any motor support, but that the system is still on and recording/sharing data to display on apps or ANT+ enabled devices. How does the Turbo Control unit on the bike's top tube work? The Turbo Control Unit has two buttons and a battery level display. The bottom button is used to turn the bike on, while the top button is used to select one of the three assistance levels—or to ride with no assistance. Quickly push the button to cycle through different modes—1/3 blue circle is ECO, 2/3 blue circle is SPORT, and full blue circle is TURBO. Press and hold the button until all blue lights turn off to ride with no assistance. Can the Turbo Creo SL use a 2x front crank? No. The SL1 motor is only designed for a 1x setup. Simplicity is key for us. The motor and the wide 1x drivetrain provide plenty of range for all kinds of riders. How many sizes are available for the Turbo Creo SL? The Turbo Creo SL comes in 4 sizes: SM, MD, LG, and XL. These sizes are equivalent to 52, 54, 56, and 58cm frames. What type of geometry does the Turbo Creo SL have? All Turbo Creo SL’s have our Open Road geometry to provide nimble handling with stable steering and confidence at speed. This also gives the Turbo Creo SL much of its versatility, ably transitioning from a twisting road descent to a long gravel road. How is the Turbo Creo SL charged? Included with every Turbo Creo SL is a Specialized 48V charger that plugs into a port on the bike’s seat tube, just above the bottom bracket. The Range Extender is charged with the same charger. After plugging in your charger, it will take five seconds for the TCU to light-up and indicate charging. When all blue bars are illuminated, the bike is fully charged. A green LED on the charger indicates “standby,” while a steady red light indicates “charging.” S-Works bikes and Founder’s Edition bikes will ship with a “Y” cable that allows both to be charged simultaneously. How long does it take to charge the Turbo Creo SL? You can expect your Turbo Creo SL’s internal battery to charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. A Range Extender will charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Both the internal and Range Extender batteries will charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours 20 minutes with a “Y” cable. Can the internal battery be removed for charging? The Turbo Creo SL’s internal battery is fully integrated into the frame. It is intended to be charged in the frame. In order to get the battery out of the frame, you need to remove the motor first. It’s this kind of integration that allows the Turbo Creo SL to be so light. If you want to fly with your Turbo Creo SL, the internal battery needs to be removed. You can carry a Range Extender in your carryon and when you arrive at your location, you can ride the Turbo Creo SL with just the Range Extender. What happens if the battery falls below 20%? When the battery falls below 20% charge, the Turbo Creo SL will automatically enter ECO mode to preserve the remaining battery life. At this point, the riding modes cannot be changed until the battery has been recharged. When a range extender is used, which battery is used first? The range or the internal battery? When using a Range Extender, the default setting is for the Range Extender and Internal Battery to be drained simultaneously. By using Mission Control, however, the protocol can be changed to drain the Range Extender first.
  14. The new eONE-SIXTY is a complete overhaul of its predecessor, incorporating the latest standards, like the neatly integrated internal battery, introducing a long list of new and exciting features yet maintaining and even improving on the unparalleled and often highly praised riding characteristics of the 'original' eONE-SIXTY. Our e-enduro bike offers proven in-build shuttle service (courtesy of the Shimano E8000 power unit), and due to the perfectly tuned MTB geometry and low centre of gravity, it offers agile handling performance as you would normally only expect from a non-assisted bike. The heart of the bike is the new carbon frame. Carbon was chosen to give the new eONE-SIXTY a super stiff and robust frame, without adding any weight to the overall construction. The large battery opening offers a real challenge when it comes to maintaining frame stiffness, but the use of carbon and specific layering have managed to keep the stiffness while even reducing weight in comparison to its predecessor. Besides that, the material offers real design freedom, which clearly shows in the striking appearance of the bike. However, carbon is not a great thermal conductor, which needed to be considered in the design process. To guarantee the optimum operating temperature of the battery, we have developed our THERMO GATE, which works like a chimney and allows the warm air to dissipate through the openings near the head tube. This enables the battery to perform at its best, in any condition. A further challenge with integrating the battery into the main frame is the accessibility of the power unit for transport, external charging or to replace it with a new/full battery. We have put lots of effort into our two-component battery cover, the ENERGY GUARD, making sure that it protects the battery, keeps things nice and quiet and also offers super-fast and easy yet secure access to the battery when for example a sway is needed. Its tight fit makes it completely rattle proof, and Shimano’s two-lock mechanism (Allen key, followed by pressing of a release button) prevents accidental battery release while making the removal fast and straightforward. With regards to the power units, the eONE-SIXTY comes with the trusted E8000 motor from Shimano STePS and offers up to 70 Nm of natural and intuitive power delivery and features a super compact Shimano 8035 battery with 504 Wh. The battery (or rather a 2nd one) can easily be transported in a 15l backpack, giving the eONE-SIXTY impressive reach for longer tours or more runs. One of the strongest attributes of the 'original' eONE-SIXTY and often praised by the riders and the cycling press, has been the well-rounded geometry. The essence of its playful, yet stable handling was certainly something we wanted to keep in the new version of the bike while adding further improvements to take it to the next level. The new eONE-SIXTY is standing on two different wheel sizes: a 29" (2.5" wide) wheel at the front for improved 'rolling over obstacles' behaviour and precise steering and a 27.5" (2.6" wide) at the rear for maximum traction and comfort and a playful/agile character (due to the shorter 27.5" wheels chainstays). Further to that, we have slackened the head angle to 65.5° and lowered the bottom bracket for even better control at high speed. The original eONE-SIXTY was optimised for 175mm cranks. However, the new bike is designed for 165mm cranks allowing us to lower the bottom bracket even further. To optimise the climbing performance, we also slightly steepened the seat angle by. To keep things quiet and organised, the eONE-SIXTY has internal cable routing throughout with the additional new feature of an internal clamp in the inside of the downtube. This clamp also provides a fixing position for a water bottle cage. The new frame has space for a 0.75l bottle to be fitted into all sizes, and space for even bigger bottles in the L and XL frame. Five sizes are on offer to allow all riders to find the perfect fit. We also managed to create plenty of dropper post insertion depth, so that a size M frame can be equipped with a 150mm and an L as well as XL frame even with a 170mm dropper post. Boost standard for increased stiffness is standard on all models which also helped to create plenty of tyre clearance in case riders want to 'beef' up on their rubber. Finally, a feature introduced in our high-end XC bikes finds its way back onto our eONE-SIXTY. To prevent the fork from damaging the down tube, in case of a crash or an extreme turning angle, we have added an internal block system into the 1.5" head tube, that prevents the fork crown from hitting the down tube. The eONE-SIXTY carbon is available in 4 different specification levels, from the Shimano XTR and Fox factory equipped top model, the 10k, via the 9000 and 8000 all the way through to the more wallet-friendly 5000 bike. All four models feature the same frame, motor and battery. Going back to our statement of saying goodbye to the ‘original’ eONE-SIXTY. For all fans of the aluminium version, and to be able to offer more affordable versions of the eONE-SIXTY platform, we are happy to announce that two models of the aluminium eONE-SIXTY with semi-integrated battery will remain in the range in form of the eONE-SIXTY 800 SE and eONE-SIXTY 500 SE. And finally, as with all our e-bikes, the eONE-SIXTY, and all its components have been tested, and certified to an increased system weight of 140kg, assuring the rider that the bike has been pushed well beyond the legal requirements.
  15. Late last year, Commencal re-entered the South African market with the launch of their direct-to-consumer website. Through this model, Commencal promises high-quality bikes at reasonable prices. Offline, the South African representative is based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The Bike Commencal made a decision in 2012 to favour aluminium in the construction of most of their mountain bike frames. Today, you're still not going to find a carbon frame in their line up and the Meta Power is no different. The Meta Power is designed around a 140mm linkage driven single-pivot rear suspension paired with a 150mm fork. Commencal has partially hidden the shock in the top tube in a neat fashion. The frame supports boost hub spacing and the cables are routed internally through the front triangle. Geometry The geometry is contemporary with a 66-degree head angle, 458 mm reach (size large), and 75-degree seat tube angle, and a long wheelbase. E-bikes tend to have longer chainstay lengths than their unassisted counterparts, largely due to less space being available in the bottom bracket area, but the Meta Power 29 is on par with its eMTB competitors at 453mm. Short chainstays are associated with more agile manoeuvrability but longer stays come with great stability, especially at high speeds. The motor The aluminium frame is adapted to allow the fitment of Shimano's E8000 STEPS e-bike system. Shimano's system boasts a 2.8-kilogram motor with a max torque output of 70 Nm. The bike is fitted with Shimano's downtube mounted E8010 battery with 500 watt-hour. Shimano promises up to 100 kilometres of riding on a single charge. That said, meters climbed is probably a more accurate measure of an eMTB's efficiency. The whole system connects very neatly to a sharp and clear display mounted on the handlebars. The E8000 system operates at three levels of assist: Eco, Trail, and Boost. The rider changes between the modes using the e-MTB Switch Unit, which might sound foreign, but it is styled after the XT Di2 shifter and is simple to use. The system can communicate with your smartphone through Shimano's E-Tube App. Here you can change settings, customise the power delivery in each mode, and update the firmware. Components Commencal makes an effort to equip the best suspension they can at each price point, and with the range-topping Signature model, they have spared no expense speccing Fox's finest, a Float X2 Factory shock and 36 Factory fork. Both components are the e-MTB adapted versions. This means that the damper has been specifically tuned for dynamic weight transfer, a seated riding technique, steeper climbing, and faster uphill speeds that are typical in e-MTB. The DT Swiss wheels are also an e-MTB specific item. The H 1700 Spline 30 wheelset is said to cope with the added speed and weight of throwing an eMTB down a trail. Commencal elected for Schwalbe tyres on the Signature and Race models. A Magic Mary for the front and Hans Dampf on the back. Both tyres measure 2.35" wide with the front wheel featuring Schwalbe's soft compound and the speed grip compound on the rear tyre. The drivetrain is a mix and match. Being a Shimano motor, Shimano cranks are required and in this case, it is the super reliable XT model. The rest of the gearing is mix and match from SRAM's 12-speed Eagle groupsets, an X01 derailleur, GX shifters and chain, with an NX (e-bike approved) cassette. With the pedal assist, I found little need for the bigger cogs on the cassette but I suppose they are there to bail you out should the battery die. The brakes are Shimano XT with the front brake using the more powerful four-piston caliper. The handlebar and stem are produced by Commencal's in-house brand Ride Alpha measuring 780mm wide and 50mm long. A KS Lev Integra seatpost lowers and raises a WTB SL8 Race saddle. Pricing The range-topping Meta Power 29 Signature, as reviewed, will hit your cart for R105,999. There are three further models in the 29-inch line-up ranging from R95,999 to R68,999. Commencal Meta Power 29 Signature Specification Frame2019 META POWER, 29 140 mm travelMotorShimano E8000BatteryShimano E8010, 500 WhDisplayShimano SC-E8000Max Speed with Assist25 km/hRear ShockFOX Float X2 Factory, 210mm x 55mmForkFOX 36 Factory, 150mm, 15mm axle, boost, e-bike specificHeadsetAcros alloy ZS44/ZS56, sealed bearingsHandlebarRide Alpha, alloy 7075, double butted, 20mm rise, 780mm width, 31.8mm diameterStemRide Alpha, aluminium 2014, 50mm length, 31.8mm diameter, 0° angleGripsRide Alpha DH, ultra soft compound, single clampBrakesShimano XT, 4 pistons front / 2 pistons rear, Ice-Tech rotors, 200mm front / 200mm rearShiftersSRAM GX Eagle, E-Click, 12-speedRear DerailleurSRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speedCranksShimano XT E8050, 165mm, HollowtechChainringsSRAM X-SYNC Eagle, 34 toothChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speedCassetteSRAM PG-1230, 11-50 tooth, 12-speedWheelsetDT Swiss H 1700 Spline 30, tubeless ready, 30mm inner widthTyre FrontSchwalbe Magic Mary, 29 x 2.35, TLE Apex, ADDIX softTyre RearSchwalbe Hans Dampf, 29 x 2.35, Super Gravity, ADDIX speed gripSaddleWTB SL8 Race, 142mm width, chromoly railsSeatpostKS LEV Integra, KS-SL alloy lever, 100mm (S), 125mm (M), 150mm (L), 175mm (XL) The Ride From the first ride to the last, the simplicity of the Meta Power and the Shimano E8000 Steps system impressed me. Easy operation goes a long way to improve the 'normal bike' feel of an eMTB. The Meta Power is straightforward to ride: simply press the on/off button and then change modes with the familiar Shimano Di2-like shifters, and pedal. The crisp display gives you the vital stats, speed, motor intensity and remaining battery life. You can rotate through deeper metrics by pushing a button on the display. Interacting with the system through the shifters and display is familiar and intuitive. Pedal assist The Shimano E8000 pedal assist system is amongst the best in terms of power delivery and riding feel. The motor detects the intensity of each pedal stroke to determine how the power can be delivered in the most natural way. This means that the bike will react differently to your riding style, even in the same mode. For this reason, it was fairly common for me to leave the bike in Trail mode for an entire ride as the motor adapted to the varying trail conditions. In Trail mode, the power delivery is impressively smooth, even when smashing on the pedals. Not once did I spin out or surge ahead in an uncontrolled manner. In Boost mode, power delivery is somewhat wilder but not dangerously so. The ECO mode is noticeably harder work, with the motor providing just enough power to overcome the weight of the bike and a little extra if the rider put in a good effort. Throughout testing the Shimano motor delivered a predictable experience that felt surprisingly like riding a mountain bike (with a bit more power). These Di2-like shifters change the pedal assist modes. ClimbingThe main premise for the Meta Power is to get riders to the trailheads faster and fresher. For this purpose, the Shimano system is excellent on the climbs. Trail Mode was the most versatile with enough power to make climbing technical trails fast and even fun. The power delivery adapts to the riders input creating a surprisingly smooth and almost natural feeling power delivery. You can choose to go bat-out-of-hell or simply spin to the top, the motor will adjust to either style. At no time was there a surprising jolt and the front wheel remained under control even in Boost mode. The seated climbing position is comfortable and your body will easily outlast a battery or two in this position. Downshift into the ECO mode, if you want a real workout. In this setting, the bike does just enough to cancel the weight with the smallest hint of additional boost. This mode was most useful to stay in touch with non-assisted riders on the climbs and to save some charge. The Meta Power was fairly nimble on the climbs only showing some weakness on the tighter, slower corners where the power assist was less useful to push the heavy bike and front wheel around the bend. The eMTB tuned Fox 36 soaked up the uphill hits well without bogging down. This might sound like an unnecessary consideration but as the Meta Power can climb tricky uphill trails at 20 - 25 km/h, it is a worthy consideration. Descending The Meta Power is impressively planted and composed on the downhills. Commencal has managed to make the bike feel more capable than might be expected from the 140 mm suspension. The big wheels, weighty bottom bracket, and top-notch suspension certainly had a part to play. The Fox suspension on the Meta Power has been designed for the specific needs of ebikes. The grip and balance in the turns are immense which had me hitting the walled berms at GSpot with renewed enthusiasm. Riding over looser, rockier terrain, the bike is a real bruiser using its weight to hold a line and bash through. The heavy bottom bracket area on an eMTB lessens the risks of toppling over the handles and the Meta Power takes full of advantage. The long-ish wheelbase and chainstays provide confidence and the Meta Power soaks up speed with ease. The Meta Power is a bike that takes some serious effort to reach its' limits. Despite this burly character, the Meta Power does not feel too out of place on smoother trails with a lesser gradient. The pedal assist allows the bike to remain reasonably spritely on most trails, if you remain in the 25km/h speed limit. Hit the speed limit and the bike starts to feel slightly clumsier with a noticeable drag when pedalling. I found that the Meta Power lacked slightly in pop and playfulness. It was difficult to encourage the bike to boost and hop off smaller bumps or roots and only the most forceful effort would get it to jump off the flats. But provide the Meta Power with a proper ramp and it took to the air with effortless grace. Like cornering, the balanced weight meant that the bike was a predictable jumper, remaining true through the air. On the downs, there were two components that stood out. Firstly, the Fox Factory suspension is fantastic and the nerds can really geek out with the adjustability of the shock. Secondly, the Shimano XT brakes coupled with 200 mm rotors are good, really good. The four-piston brake on the front has it all, stopping power, modulation, and lasting power, with the rear brake more than capable of keeping up. It was comforting to see a bike fitted with a rear rotor that sizes up to the 50T Eagle cassette. The impressive four piston XT caliper The rear brake is tucked out of harm's way inside the frame. I like big rotors and I cannot lie. The Schwalbe tyres were the only piece of the puzzle that didn't manage to keep up with the Meta Power's abilities. While I found the grip to be decent, the sidewalls often felt a little soft through the rocks with unnerving sidewall roll in the harder corners. I ended up riding them slightly harder than I would have liked, which helped, but I would swap them for something with a stronger sidewall. Battery Performance You don't really want to get caught too far from home without battery, so knowing how far you can expect to ride with assistance is important. The Shimano system does give you constant updates on battery life, including a kilometre estimation of how much further you can go before the battery is depleted. As mentioned above, battery performance should not be measured on distance covered. An eMTB motor works hardest when climbing while on flatter terrain, it is fairly efficient. The intensity of the activity should also be considered. With this in mind, I set out to see just how much the Meta Power could handle at full tilt in Trail mode. And I took it to the place that I feel makes the best case for an eMTB, the Jonkershoek valley. I put in a hard effort to complete 1,088 metres of climbing over 28 kilometres in 80 minutes before the battery ran flat. For the Jonkershoek regulars, that's climbing to the top of the Saaltjie trailhead, the Red Phoenix/Plumber trailhead, and up to the Quarry to ride the Fire hut trails. For a fit rider, this route is usually a three-hour weekend excursion. On the Meta Power, it becomes an option before or after work. More of the trails, more of the time! The stoke was strong after this ride. Moving away from the hard riding and looking to the potential output for riders who prefer something longer. The longest ride I completed on the Meta Power was 43 km with 588 metres of climbing in just under two hours. The average speed of my ride was 24.1 km/h which is around the 25 km/h speed limited where the pedal assistance disengages. I also rode in Eco mode to try to get a sense of how far and long you could probably push the Meta Power. After spending most of the testing in Trail mode, it was good to see that Eco mode noticeably improved the longevity of the battery. I ended up finishing the 43 km ride with half the battery consumed. The estimated distance remaining was reportedly 70 km/h but as I'm not sure how that is calculated, I would not read too much into that figure. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time with the Meta Power to test all the battery life variables but somewhere between the 80 minutes of power climbing and three to four hours of gentle Eco riding lies the Meta Power's range. For the average ride, put it in Trail mode and with moderate climbing, you will easily be good for a two-hour ride with some emergency juice to spare. If you've got a little less time to spare, then crank it up to enjoy the full power of the Shimano motor. In the end The Meta Power blends the impressive E8000 drive system with Commencal's acclaimed trail bike know-how. It climbs smoothly and attacks rough, fast trails like the best of them. If you are itching to get to the top of trails quickly without out compromising on the fun coming down, the Meta Power would be a prime candidate on my shortlist. ProsHard hitting trail bike Shimano motor is one of the best Good, reliable brakes handle the added weight Weight distribution is well balanced Top-notch suspension ConsTyres can struggle when pushing hard
  16. Giant Full-E+ 1 Angles on the bike closely match those of the Trance with the biggest difference being the chainstays growing from 440cm to 470cm and the heat tube from 120mm to 145mm on a size Large. To accommodate the motor around the bottom bracket, Giant opted for a single pivot suspension design called SmartLink instead of their well-known Maestro design. Internal cable routing has been executed well with little to no sign of the extra cables needed to send information from the sensors to the computer. Controlling the motor is done through a neat handlebar mounted remote with ride, mode and battery info displayed on a LCD screen that is centrally mounted. Yamaha's Evolution line SyncDrive motor develops a hearty 80Nm and is powered by a 500Wh battery which will be good for 200km under ideal circumstances in Eco mode. This range is achieved by Giant's EnergyPak battery technology, with a 25% higher energy density when compared to competitors' batteries of the same size and weight. There is a battery level indicator on the battery with five LEDs to show you how much juice is left and the screen displays battery life left in percentage and a level indicator to make a quick glance possible. New 4-sensor technology system precisely measures the amount of force a rider is applying to the pedals and delivers the power boost. To deliver even power across the entire gear range the system combines speed and torque sensors with motor and pedal rotation sensors. As with other e-bikes to hit our shores, Giant's range of e-bikes have their top speed limited to 25km/h to comply with European law. FeaturesEvolution line SyncDrive 80Nm central motor, powered by YAMAHA 500Wh battery pack for longest range Fox 34 Float FIT4 140mm travel fork Contact Switch remote height adjust seatpost Shimano Deore/XT 10-speed drivetrain Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes Colour: Orange/Acid Yellow available locally; Black/White tested Weight: 21,9 kg Components Big news here is the use of a Fox 34 Float Performance. Although not as smooth as the Factory model, it is a great pick for the Full-E with the beefed up lowers and the extra stiffness adding composure to the heavy bike. A Deore / XT drivetrain paired with a FSA crank and 36T chainring keep the wheels spinning. A set of Shimano M506 brakes running a 200 mm rotor up front and 180 mm rotor rear will slow you down when requested. Apart from the Schwalbe Nobby Nic, all the finishing parts come from Giant's own stable. The Giant branded kit has improved considerably over the last couple of years to the point where it does not seem out of place on any of their bikes. A nice touch is the Trail star compound front and Pace star compound rear Nobby Nic. I'm sure it would have been easier to go with one compound front and rear, but it shows Giant have their eyes on the details when planning bikes. The 730mm handlebar is on the narrow side and I would like to see at least 760mm being selected. It is easy enough to cut aluminium bars down to your preferred width should 760mm be too wide. At least that way you will not have to buy a new handlebar. First Ride The first thing you notice is that the overall feel of the bike is typically Giant: neutral, positive feel that is almost familiar from the off. Switch the electric assist on, select your preferred mode and off you go. It's like riding a bicycle! My very unscientific test took me from 15km/h to 20km/h when switching from Eco to Normal modes and keeping my effort and cadence consistent. Going one more level up to Sport required me to up my cadence and drop a gear or two as I quickly started spinning out before hitting the 25km/h limit. The motor makes light work of even the steepest climbs and longest days in the saddle rewarding you with fresh legs when hitting the single track on your favourite trail. At speed the Full-E sheds the e-bike feel allowing you to attack trail sections like you would on your regular bike. Due to the increase in rear chainstay length it is not as agile as a regular Trance and getting the front wheel up takes a bit more effort, but one quickly adapts to that. The computer son e-bikes need to start having ANT+ or Bluetooth built in to allow greater connectivity. I can see a world where e-bike riders can keep an eye on their heart rates and training zones with a connected screen rather than having to carry another device around. It would also be a great add on to have an App that can be used to tune your settings to your liking like Specialized's Mission Control does with their Turbo Levo range. It adds a level of customization that is truly useful and something I believe will soon be standard on e-bikes. The only real change I would like is to have a more gradual initial kick-in. Other than that the bike rides like the mountain bikes we love to ride, with an on the trail feel that is good with positive feedback from the suspension and Giant's neutral feel. ProsRegular mountain bike feel Buying one of Giant's e-bikes will mean great support and back-up through their vast dealership footprint Cons Motor's kick-in takes some getting used to (worth noting that this is not unique to Giant) Note: Full-E+1 as tested was an early demo bike brought into the country to show to dealers and has a different colour scheme. The specification is the same as is currently available at your local Giant dealer. Giant Dirt-E+ 1 The Dirt-E is a 100mm travel hardtail. As the electronic components match those of the Full-E, the main difference between the two is in the bike design and component choice. In terms of design, unlike the Full-E, the Dirt-E integrates the battery pack into the downtube making for a far sleeker looking bike. Components The components on the Dirt-E+ 1 while on the lower end of mid-range, are all proper mountain biking parts. There is nothing attached to the bike that is not ready for off-road duty. The bike features Shimano gearing with a FSA crankset and KMC chain. The 2x10 setup is mostly Deore level with an XT rear derailleur. The brakes are also from Shimano with 180mm rotors. A SR Suntour Raidon 100 mm air fork dampens the shocks on the front. The bike is finished off with Giant's own wheelset and Connect cockpit components. First ride On the trails, the Dirt-E felt very much like you would expect a bike of this specification level to feel. The central, low weight of the motor and battery did well at masking the true heft of this bike, even allowing for confident pavement bunny hops.The only thing you need to remember on the Dirt-E (if you want power assistance) is to turn it on. Otherwise, it is as simple as can be. Changing between the power modes via the handlebar remote is intuitive and the information on the display is clear and relevant. Like the Full-E, the Dirt-E makes climbing much easier on the legs but don't be fooled into thinking you won't be doing any work. Even in full assist mode, I still found myself attacking the climbs and working up a sweat.On downhill sections due to the 25 km/h speed limit, you are mostly on your own. It was rather pleasant having a bit of assist out of slower corners, helping to get you back up to speed and blasting down the trail in no time. This does come at a cost however as the kick in from coasting was noticeable and is something you need to constantly remind yourself about to being flung off balance. I was a bit confused about the 2x10 gearing until I turned the power off. When pedalling with assistance, gear choice has little consequence as the motor helps power you through even in the toughest gears. But when powered off or in economical assistance mode, the easier gears start to make sense, especially if in the hands of a rider that already requires the electronic assistance to get around. The Dirt-E rides exactly how you would expect a normal bicycle of this specification to ride. This is an impressive feat by Giant considering the additional 10 kg or so worth of motor and battery strapped to the bike. This modestly kitted hardtail model will never excite a mountain biking enthusiast but for casual riders looking for a bit of help on the climbs or a commuter looking to make things easier and faster, the Dirt-E+ 1 will do the trick. Specification list: Frame sizesS, M, L, XLColourAnthraciteblack-Racered Matt-GlossFrameGIANT Dirt-E + 27.5 ""AluxX SL aluminium for SyncDrive mid engine with integrated EnergyPak battery, OverDrive headtube, internal cable routing, integrated post mount disc brake recording, integrated Luggage Rack, upright and wheel guard-Up, replaceable derailleur RecordingForkSR Suntour Raidon 32 RL-R Air 100mm travel, Tapered 1½ - 1⅛" steerer,15QR, remote lockoutHandlebarGIANT Connect TR riser bar, 25mm Rise, 31.8x730StemGIANT Connect, ± 8 °, 31.8SeatpostGIANT Connect, 30.9x375SaddleGIANT Contact UprightPedalsWellgo M149 MTB AluminiumFront derailleurShimano Deore M618 Dyna-Sys Direct MountRear derailleurShimano Deore XT Dyna-Sys Shadow Plus M786BrakesShimano Deore M447, hydraulic disc brake, RT56 rotors (180mm)Brake LeversShimano Deore M506CassetteShimano Dyna-Sys HG50-10f. (Deore series), 11-36 Z.Chain KMC X10eCranksetGIANT by FSA CK-746-1 / IS, ISIS spline, aluminum, 38-24 Z. aluminium / steel chainringRimsGIANT SXC-2 Disc Wheel Set, ETRTO 19-584HubsGIANT by Formula Tracker Sport Disc sealed, 15mm thru-axle frontSpokesNiro 2.0 ~ 1.8 black, 32/32 spokesTyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, foldable, dual compound, 57-584Extras4A fast charger, anti-theft label powered by CODE-No.com, bellWeight21.2 kgs (Medium)MotorGIANT SyncDrive Sport powered by Yamaha Motor means, 250W, 80Nm, for doubly-chainringControl unitGIANT pedal Plus powered by Yamaha 4-sensorOperator displayCentral GIANT LC display with Sport Ride Control within reachBattery packGIANT EnergyPakF Lithium Ion downtube battery, integrated 36V 13.8Ah (496Wh), lockable, onboard / offboard ChargingRetail PriceR 51,995
  17. Giant entered the mountain bike e-bike market with two distinct models. The Full-E a 130mm rear and 140mm front dual suspension bike and the Dirt-E hardtail. Click here to view the article
  18. Hi Hubbers, Been doing a little math around an e-bike. This is a commuting e-bike for around R10k. It will be mostly be for the Mrs taking the kids to school or for me to ride to work. Its the type of ebike where you pedal and it activates motor and you can cruise at 35km/h without really pedaling so no need to shower. With the fuel price going up, was just wondering how to make it more viable and also try convince the Mrs about how safe riding the 3km to school and kids extra mural stuff will be. Anyone with stories etc about e bike commutting?
  19. 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.
  20. Currently, under UCI and Cycling SA regulations, the use of E-bikes by participants is not allowed in sanctioned events. Events that are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa agree to abide by the current rules and regulations. Currently, under UCI and Cycling SA regulations, the use of E-bikes by participants is not allowed in sanctioned events. Events that are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa agree to abide by the current rules and regulations. Should an event organiser choose to include the participation of e-bikes they do so at entirely their own risk. The insurance cover provided under Cycling SA sanctioning only covers the riders who participate within the rules of Cycling SA – that is riders on conventional bicycles. Members of Cycling SA who participates in sanctioned events on an E-Bike will also forfeit any potential claim for medical assistance, as the use of E-Bikes falls outside of the scope of the federation’s rules and regulations. An E-Bike rider has a distinct advantage over all other competitors and can be used by a participant to try and influence their seeding for future events in both road and mountain bike events, attain a podium or influence the overall outcome of a race by assisting others who are on normal bicycles (drafting, mechanical support, towing, pushing). Any protest or objections regarding the inclusion of E-bikes at an event will be solely the responsibility of the event organiser or race director and not the responsibility of the Cycling SA race commissaires. E-bike riders will be excluded from commissaire result sheets and/or verification. E-bikes are considered as mechanical doping and a contravention of UCI regulation 1.3.010. The potential sanctions are severe. Cycling South Africa Mountain Bike Regulations for 2018 (published in 2017) have expressly excluded E-Bikes into the regulations. 14.01.010 The use of electronically assisted bicycles (E-Bikes) are not permitted in any form of mountain bike events when run on the same course at the same time.
  21. Hi Everyone, I have experimented extensively with using motorized bicycles to get to work, I am 55 years old I have been cycling for 50 years. I have built several electric and petrol powered bicycles to find the best solution for every one. So I would like to start this Topic to be able to share my experiences and hopefully save others a lot of time and money so that they don't make the same mistakes I did in the beginning as I believe I have now finally got it right. A lot of people ask: Why would you want a bicycle with a power assist as bicycles are meant for getting fit? And the answer is: The purpose of a bicycle is to get from point A to point B faster than walking. The other reason a power assist is beneficial is to be able to cover longer distances that would otherwise be impossible to do every day for normal people who are not athletes. Distances of between 30 and 50 km every day would wear down most people very quickly especially if you using a full suspension mountain bike that can ride over square pavements at high speed. So please share your thoughts so we can start the discussion and I can share my experiences to help you save time and money.
  22. Hi. I am evaluating the purchase of an ebike for myself. I would like rent one or try it out for a period of time before hand. I am based in JHB. Any recommendations.
  23. I'm looking for somewhere I can rent 5 full sus ebikes, in CT would be best. Anyone ?
  24. Hi folks. I've been a casual rider for a number of years but suffered a nasty ankle injury at the beginning of the year which is hampering my cycling. I've been considering in investing in an e-bike or an electric motor for my existing MTB to assist me until my ankle has fully recovered (which could possibly take another 12 months). If I opt for the motor and fit it myself, I'll happily buy new. But if I opt for the other option I'd prefer to look at second hand e bikes for sale seeing as it will only be a temporary measure. (I've been looking at some here: http://www.forsale.co.za/e-bikes) I have no experience of e-bikes or electric motors for bikes. So any advice would be hugely appreciated. (I've included a photo of my broken ankle just for fun). http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/chippycarrol/ankle_zpsn1bekf21.jpg
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