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  1. Much like creeping taxation, quinoa everything in restaurants and mobile data pricing, the ebike draws our collective ire. Judgement is absolute and crushing. ‘It’s not a bike. It’s a motorbike… If you can’t ride, go spin on a Wattbike at Virgin Active. Get fitter… They’ll ruin trail access for all of us’. A year on, from the first proper e-mountain bikes (e-MTBs) becoming available in South Africa, has sufficient time passed for reflection, and perhaps, appraisal? Well, before Pravin’s next budget, where ebikes could quite possibly become another tax revenue item, instead of an incentive - as they are in Europe, my feelings toward them have altered. I should be the prototypical ebike hater. My mountain bike is a South African brand single-speed 26. Crisis. Could I be more fundamental in my traditionalism? Yet I’m conflicted about these battery mountain bikes. They’re not motorbikes Obvious for some. Less so for others. If you use the most sophisticated e-MTB available in South Africa, which is Specialized’s Levo, it’s categorically obvious that they’re not motorbikes. Mopeds would be a more plausible correlation, but without a throttle, and cranks which turn, the motorbike/motorped association is plainly false. And facetious. The Specialized Turbo Levo. Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.These are mountain bikes with pedal assist battery motors. They’re not off-road motorbikes with single-crown forks. Components are sourced from the bicycle industry, instead of motorcycle supply chain. The hate, though, is real. Online polls register disapproval numbers in excess of 80%, damning the e-MTB’s existence. But we all know the internet, with its self-appointed crusaders, is rarely within a margin of reflecting reality. In Europe, where cycling sources its history and hosts its most credible events (road/XCO/DH), e-MTB sales are near surpassing those of non-assisted – dare I say ‘conventional’ - mountain bikes. I’d always table sales statistics as the truest representation of acceptance and trend. With e-MTBs, there’s no invalidating the numbers: in parts of Europe, e-MTB sales are 50% up year-on-year. Are they moral? The primary salvo of criticism against e-MTBs has been ethical: if you work less, how dare you have access to my realm of adventure. Earn your turns.In racing, certainly, there’s no argument that as e-MTBs become more sophisticated, there’s a risk of BB-battery motor solutions becoming sufficiently compact, to be near undetectable. Especially at races where organisers don’t have the sophisticated X-ray equipment. E-MTBs don’t belong anywhere near a mountain bike race. Not even in a separate category. And if you analyse Specialized’s Levo, that’s hardly its purpose. This is a trail-bike: dropper seatpost, Pike fork. It’s not meant for stage racing. At all. It’s meant to enable those who have perhaps past their peak or are burdened by schedule or health issues, to recapture the thrill of trail exploration and riding. It’s why I struggle with the enclave argument of having to earn your turns. There are riders in their 60s who are in great shape, examples of life-long discipline and training commitment. Age is a real keeper of ability, though, and why shouldn’t they have the privilege of participation on those fantastic five-hour Sunday trail rides? They’re the founders, with great stories, still chasing the thrill. Why deny them? Perhaps more meaningfully: why deny the unqualified excitement of a 60-year old refamiliarizing themselves with off-road cycling after four decades away from bikes? Kids. Partners. It’s a similar logic. If your partner or offspring wish to join on a weekend ride, yet are petrified of the discrepancy in endurance between yourselves, why isn’t the e-MTB a great solution? It enables a thoroughly testing training ride for you, without risking the frustration of waiting at the top of each gradient for ten minutes. They’re interested in this world unfamiliar to them, yet so beguiling to you, with its tremendous gatekeeping function of fitness. Is allowing family or a non-biking friend this glimpse of access, to aid understanding of your training commitment, really an unethical sacrifice before the mountain bike Gods? I struggle to think it could be the case. BMC's concept electornic mountain bike. Do they destroy trails? Beyond the issues of ethical pedal assistance, trail destruction is the e-MTB-hater’s most vocal objection. The belief being that e-MTBs will enable riders so many runs, on a heavy bike, they’ll accelerate trail wear beyond all reasonable expectations.It’s an absolutely rubbish claim, revealing an issue around trail wear and maintenance that’s conveniently ignored in South Africa: mass and bike set-up. Heavier riders, will harm a trail more. Heavier riders on relatively narrow, stage-race width tyres (at high pressures), will do this even more so. Granted, The Levo is far heavier (22-and-a-bit-kg) than an aggregate South African rider’s bike, but the diversity in rider physiology rebalances this. How many rides have you been on where there are both 70- and 90kg riders? Exactly. The combined mass is what matters and most Levos, with rider, would equal the weight on many larger, fit, South African riders on their carbon marathon bikes. On a Levo, that mass contacts the trail through a much wider 27.5 plus tyre, which means less damage and potential brake lock-up. Seeing the wood for the trees: e-benefits As a purist, the concept of pedal assistance grates me. But I don’t live in an isolated Karoo valley all on my own. The momentum of trail access is empowered by participant numbers and people of influence – and they’re mostly mature stakeholders, unlikely to threaten Nino in a VO2 max test. If there are bikes that make these influential stakeholders ride more frequently and further, they’ll chair the negotiations for greater, lasting, trail access.The burden of time, distance, and family are real. If your sanity and balance of zen depends on that specific singletrack descent, which is just too far from home within the time constraints of your scheduling, an e-MTB is not a tool for the lazy. It’s salvation for the committed. Of all the unconsidered benefits of e-MTBs, safety is the outlier. Imagine a member of your riding group has an off in technical terrain, and you’re at the bottom of a valley, with the nearest mobile phone signal at the drop-in point you’ve just descended from. You have a problem. The ability of an e-MTB to get back up faster than anything else, and make that emergency call for help, might gain those crucial few minutes between a manageable evacuation and the delirium of an emergency evacuation. Family. Kids. Dogs. Businesses which operate on weekends. I have none of these things in my life, but some of my friends do, and I’d like for them to have fewer excuses not to ride. It’s the reason I can’t bring myself to hate ebikes. Except when a 60-year old on a Levo is chatting away, whilst I’m close to exhaustion near the crest of a climb. Guess I need to train harder. eBikes make me a better rider. And I don’t even have one.
  2. It’s been a year. Since their arrival. These most unprincipled battery bikes, with on-board power aiding their propulsion. Click here to view the article
  3. Press Release Power up to trail riding’s next level with the Kenevo Super Light and rip the biggest trails like never before. Created by trail riders for trail riders, Kenevo SL is an e-MTB in a class by itself—a previously unattainable combination of light weight, responsiveness, and capability. Ultra-responsive handling and big mountain capability merge with the benefits of our Turbo Super Light system, enabling you to overcome the trail monsters that have been your nemeses until now. Flow up, over, and through the biggest trails in ways that were previously impossible. View full article
  4. Intuitively delivering up to 240 watts of power and 35 Nm of torque, our Turbo Super Light system puts an emphatic “E” in our award-winning Enduro, delivering more of what you want from your trail ride. More power to climb. More pop when you need it. More capability everywhere. More laps. More jumps. More drops. More stoke. And it does this with less. Weighing in at just four kilos more than the Enduro and around five and a half kilos less than the Full Power Kenevo, the Kenevo Super Light is a featherweight e-MTB that redefines big mountain performance. Be One With Your Bike The Kenevo SL sets this new bar for trail performance through an integrated development approach. Our development team lives, eats, sleeps, and dreams singletrack. They created every part of the bike—chassis, geometry, suspension, motor, battery, controller—to work flawlessly with every other part, and with you to deliver a ride beyond belief. Frame of Reference The full monocoque FACT 11m carbon fiber frame is the backbone of the Kenevo Super Light and is a marvel of composite construction, fully optimized for handling and weight savings. The Turbo Super Light motor and 320Wh battery are integrated and centralized in the chassis to improve handling responsiveness by decreasing the moment of inertia while powering up to 4.5 hours of ride support. (Want to go bigger? No prob, plug in the 160Wh Range Extender battery and you’re set for up to almost 7 hours total supported ride time.) Chassis stiffness is tuned to eliminate unwanted flex, ensuring that front and rear wheels track with precision for predictable control. Geometry Of Control The Kenevo Super Light sets the benchmark for all-mountain e-MTB handling, adding six-way adjustability to the acclaimed geometry of our Enduro. The generous cockpit gives you room to move on the bike, optimizing traction and corner control. The steep seat tube centers you in that cockpit so you’re free to move back for steep descents or forward to keep your weight over the front when climbing. The slack headtube angle and reduced fork offset keep things stable and calm no matter how fast you charge a boulder field or root-infested line. 29” wheels and a progressive wheelbase strike the perfect balance between providing stability at high speeds while keeping things responsive and fun. Adjustable Geometry Regardless of where—or how—you ride, the Kenevo Super Light can be tuned to deliver exactly the ride you want thanks to its adjustable geometry. Six distinct settings allow you to hone handling characteristics to suit your style and terrain. Head angle can be set at 62.5, 63.5, or 64.5-degrees. Bottom bracket height can be fine-tuned up or down by 6mm. Ride Dynamics With 170mm of plush, responsive, super-capable travel, the Kenevo Super Light eats up whatever you throw in front of it, from tree roots and trail chunder to massive G-outs and relentless hucks to flat. Suspension that works this flawlessly is realized when every component of the whole is developed together in an integrated approach. Total suspension performance involves chassis stiffness, kinematics, leverage rates, spring curves, damping performance, and tunability, all designed and working together to achieve a singular, elevated ride quality on the trail. We refer to this integrated approach to suspension development as Ride Dynamics, and we have a one-of-a-kind team of trail-riding engineers, technicians, and fabricators working together out in the dirt and in our state-of-the-art innovation center to ensure that every component is optimized and functioning in harmony with every other. Six Bars, Six Pivots, One Goal The Six Bar linkage of the Kenevo SL was pioneered on our DH World Championship-winning Demo and later adapted to the Enduro. It represents the ultimate big-trail suspension linkage, delivering an unmatched combination of control, big-hit bump force management, pedaling performance, and durability. At its heart, the Six Bar is an FSR design, primarily using a four- bar linkage with a “Horst Link” forward of the dropouts. These four bars with the Horst Link enable our engineers to optimize the axle path for bump force management and to tune anti-rise and anti- squat for pedaling performance. It also decouples braking forces, so the control delivered by active suspension is there for you even when you’re grabbing a handful. The additional “tension links” that drive shock compression give us the engineering freedom to separately and independently control leverage rate and axle path, broadly enhancing suspension capability. Compressing the shock from these tension links also eliminates side-loading of the shock. Side-loading can cause binding and shock failure, and removing that from a suspension improves performance (reduced stiction means smoother and more responsive suspension) and durability. Finally, the Six Bar design improves handling by lowering and centralizing mass (linkage and shock), reducing the center of gravity and moment of inertia. This, in turn, translates to more stable yet responsive handling and a livelier feel on the trail. Axle path / Kinematics The Kenevo SL’s axle path is tailored for getting after it. The axle 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 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, allowing the suspension to independently compress in response to input from the trail. Leverage Rate Tearing a page from our Enduro’s acclaimed suspension performance handbook, the new Kenevo SL’s leverage rate delivers small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and compliant but controlled full travel when stomping the big hits. The leverage rate is matched by our Rx tuned shock tailored specifically for the Kenevo SL, allowing the suspension to do what it needs to do so you can do what you want to do: shred. RxTUNE In order to work in harmony with the extra power available, account for the higher speeds possible, and capitalize fully on the potential of the six-bar kinematics, our engineers burned the midnight oil developing custom valving and spring curves specific to the Kenevo SL. Turbo Super Light System The Turbo Super Light System motor/controller at the core of the Kenevo SL delivers seamless usable power, up to 2x You rider amplification. Sophisticated algorithms and rider-developed software within the integrated controller respond instantaneously to your pedal inputs, boosting efforts with an incredibly natural, intuitive delivery of up to 240 watts of power and 35 Nm of torque. It’s you pedaling, but it’s a way stronger version of you—delivering power and torque so smoothly that you find traction in loose, steep terrain where other bikes spin out. You can sit and spin a cadence of 75 RPM or more for optimal power and efficiency where other, less refined bikes demand you stand and mash the pedals (and your knees). The ability to smoothly and seamlessly control the power delivery is a cornerstone of what makes this bike so great. Matermind Turbo Control Unit The MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is the “brain” of the Kenevo Super Light. This is the hardware and software that controls how the motor, battery, bike, and you interact. It allows real-time support tuning while riding, and it displays all relevant data about your bike and ride. The MasterMind TCU also enables over-the-air updates so that as new features and functionality come online, your bike will get even 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 Kenevo Super Light 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 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 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-center measurement, while bigger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride. Find Your S-Sizing 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. Electric-assisted mountain bikes are hugely fun bikes to ride but the one unavoidable consequence of a motor and battery is the added weight and the impact that has on the ride feel versus a regular bike. The Specialized Turbo Levo SL is a bold attempt to redefine e-MTBs with a lightweight bike that has the agility of a regular trail bike while packing a functional range. Click here to view the article
  8. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The Turbo Levo Family Before we dive into the Turbo Levo SL, it is worth pointing that the new Levo SL is not a replacement for the more powerful Turbo Levo and Kenevo e-bikes. The slimmer Turbo SL is positioned as another offering in the Turbo range, giving riders a broader choice to suit their riding style. There is no doubt that the powerful Levo and Kenevo models will continue to appeal to many e-bike riders. Check out the cheatsheet below for a quick comparison of the three Turbo Levo ranges. As you can see, the Turbo Levo SL will not suit every e-biker. It lacks the power to fully support the rider the way the Levo and Kenevo can. The Levo SL will likely appeal to a fitter, more active rider that is looking for an experience closer to a conventional bike. Smaller riders that are intimidated by the weight of the Levo will also find the Levo SL much friendlier to handle on and off the bike. The SL Motor Specialized’s aim with the Levo SL is an electric-assisted bike that rides more like a regular bike than any other electric mountain bike they (and anyone else) have built before. This is largely achieved through a smaller, lighter motor and internal battery system. While the Specialized 2.1 motor found in the Levo and Kenevo was built to deliver maximum power, the SL 1.1 motor was designed to be light and efficient. To achieve their goals and desired performance, Specialized developed the SL 1.1 from scratch in-house. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The SL 1.1 motor weighs 1.95 kilograms making it 1.1 kilograms lighter than the Levo and Kenevo motor. The lighter motor is housed in a new magnesium motor casing along with a new internal design of the motor and gears. The SL motor also uses a 48-volt system which allows it to use smaller plugs and hardware compared to the 36-volt system used for the Levo and Kenevo. The result is a motor that produces up to 240 watts and with 35 Nm maximum torque. As a comparison, the Levo motor can output 565 watts and 90 Nm torque. The motor in the Levo SL is the same motor used in the Turbo Creo SL road and gravel bike launched last year. The Levo SL includes some mountain bike specific tuning and the walk assist function. The Levo SL motor. The Specialized 2.1 motor. The power outputs of a motor are easily comparable but it's in the delivery of that power where the best e-bike motors stand out. Specialized put a lot of effort into the riding experience to develop the most natural and smooth e-bike motors. On-bike testing of Levo SL covered over 100 000 kilometres, this excludes the test rig testing time. A big win for the SL motor is that it can completely disengage using a decoupling mechanism when not active. This allows a seamless transition between pedalling and freewheeling. Also when approaching the speed limit (which is 32 km/h in South Africa) the bike does not require the rider to power through any drag. The Specialized engineers say that when disengaged, the SL motor creates drag similar to a conventional bottom bracket. Specialized also looked at how mountain bikers pedal their bikes and have tuned the motor to provide stable support through a broad cadence range (namely 60 to 120). While most riders can’t sustain a 120 cadence for too long, Specialized measured burst quarter and half strokes out on the trails that match (and exceed) these pedal speeds and made sure that the SL motor could react to them naturally. Speed sensors are also used to match the motor support to the rider's needs. Specialized collected data from existing Levo riders in creating the Levo SL. They found that there were riders who never used the full power, or rarely reached the maximum range. Some riders also mentioned that the Levo can be heavy to load or move around off the bike. The main aim of the Levo SL is to create a lighter handling trail bike but in the process of losing weight, they were able to address several other consumer needs. Battery and Range Maintaining an acceptable range was always at the forefront of the Specialized engineers' minds when developing the Levo SL with a smaller battery. While a reduction in weight and maximum power outputs would help conserve battery, there was also a focus on making the SL motor as efficient as possible.All Levo SL models feature a 320Wh internal lithium-ion battery. Of course, there are many factors that determine your range such as how much support the motor provides, rider weight, fitness, tyre choice and pressures, elevation, trail conditions, and even the weather. Taking this into account, Specialized claims that you should manage 3 hours of riding in ECO mode from a single charge of the internal battery. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman Specialized stressed that an important part of the range equation is the efficiency of the motor. You can not simply look at an e-bikes battery capacity as an indication of its range. Let’s use a car comparison. A modern efficient hatchback can get a similar range as a heavier, more powerful bakkie but with a smaller petrol tank. It is the same with e-bikes. The Levo SL is a much more efficient e-bike than the Levo or Kenevo. If you want to go further than the internal battery allows, the Levo SL is designed to fit an external range extender battery. The range extender supplies a further 2 hours of riding and boosts the overall range to five hours (matching the Levo and Kenevo). It packs 160Wh, an additional 50% to the internal battery, and weighs one kilogram. The range extender is stowed in the bottle cage with a cable connecting it to the electrical system. The unit should fit into a normal water bottle cage but Specialized do recommend their Zee Cage as it has undergone thorough testing for this purpose. The range extender can be plugged in at any time and a number of range extenders can be used in a single ride. By default, the bike will drain the most charged battery until they are matched for capacity and then continue using them equally until empty. You can also set the bike to use up the range extender first, which is useful should you have a stash of extenders in your backpack or hidden in the mountains. The Levo SL includes a charger cable that will charge the internal battery and range extender. The Levo SL’s internal battery charges to full in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes while a range extender will do the same in 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Founder’s Edition and S-Works models ship with a split cable that can charge both the internal battery and a range extender at the same time in around 3 hours and 20 minutes. The internal battery is removable which means that you can take the Levo SL on an aeroplane. You can pack a range extender in your carry-on luggage which will allow you to ride the bike but you’ll have to find an internal battery at your destination for the full range. The motor does not need to be completely removed to access the battery as it can swing out of the way after releasing a few bolts. A Range Extender placed in the bottle cage. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman Bike Weights The Levo SL in its lightest form (the S-Works models) weighs around 17.3 kilograms. I weighed a large S-Works bike (with tyre sealant) at 17.28 kilograms so Specialized are not fibbing these numbers. In comparison, the bigger S-Works Levo weighs around 21.3 kilograms. Four kilograms heavier than the Levo SL. I also weighed an Expert Carbon model with a medium frame and it tipped the scales at 17.8 kg while a large frame was 18 kg. Mission Control App The TCU is the on/off button, displays battery life for the internal and range extender batteries, and switches between the three tune modes. It can be used to control the bike without pairing a device or remote. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman For riders looking to customise the Levo SL experience, the Mission Control phone app opens up endless tuning possibilities.Of course, if this sounds like too much hassle, the preset ECO, TRAIL, and TURBO modes are ideally set so you can simply go out and ride without any devices. A rider can switch between the modes by either using the Turbo Control Unit (TCU) button on the top tube or via the remote. The TCU also reports battery capacity with a simple LED scale. Out of the box, ECO mode matches your effort up to 30% of the motor’s power, TRAIL mode matches your effort up to 60% of the motor’s power, and TURBO mode matches your effort to 100% of the motor’s power (240 watts). If you want to jump into the custom tuning, there are two settings that you can adjust: Peak power. This is the maximum support that the motor will output. For example, in TRAIL mode no matter how hard you pedal you will not get more than 60% of the possible support from the motor. Reducing peak power is an effective way of saving battery power. Assistance. This is a measure of how much power the rider must input to get the maximum power out of the motor. Think of it as how quickly you can gain assistance. Setting the assistance to 100 will give the rider the quickest access the motor's maximum support. Reducing the assistance will require the rider to work harder to reach peak power. The Mission Control app offers more than just tuning. You can record your ride with data from the bike and your phone and have it uploaded directly to Strava (as an e-bike activity). Riders can also set the time or distance of a ride so that the bike limits the motor output and battery usage to see them through the entire journey without the worry that the battery might run dry. This feature has been updated to also consider elevation. You can also ask the bike to help you maintain a set heart rate. Handy should you wish to train at a specific intensity for a ride. Obviously, the ability of the bike to assist you is limited to the maximum power of the motor. As a result, the Levo and Kenevo will provide you with more support should you push through your desired heart rate limit than the Levo SL can. The App can also be used for diagnostics such as error messages should something go awry with the Levo. The Frame The Turbo Levo SL frame is similar to the Turbo Levo and Stumpjumper frames. The geometry matches the Turbo Levo but with the placement of the smaller motor, Specialized can shorten the chainstay length more in line with the Stumpjumper. Further improving the Levo SL’s agility on the trail. There are some minor adjustments to the suspension kinematics but it largely mimics the Turbo Levo. Photo credit: Etienne SchoemanThe chassis is based on the Stumpjumper but without the SWAT box storage. The Levo SL downtube is a single piece with the battery stored on the inside. Like the Stumpjumper, the frame side arm improves stiffness to control the compression of the frame into the suspension system. There are some minor adjustments to the suspension kinematics but it largely mimics the Turbo Levo. The Turbo SL also has a flip-chip to allow for two geometry settings. Turbo Levo SL Geometry Available Models There are five models in the Turbo Levo SL range. The Founder’s Edition S-Works Levo SL, S-Works Levo SL, Levo SL Expert Carbon, Levo SL Comp Carbon, and Levo SL Comp. The bikes are available in sizes small, medium, large, and extra-large. The aluminium Levo SL Comp has an additional size, an extra small frame for small adults and even children. S-Works Levo SL Founder's Edition FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Factory, Kashima coating, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Factory 34 FLOAT 29, Kashima Coating, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSyntace MegaForce 2, 6-degree, 31.8mm clampHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm, rainbowRear BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm, rainbowRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXSShift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t, rainbowChainSRAM XX1 Eagle, rainbowCranksetPraxis, carbon M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse SL 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, 2Bliss Ready, hand-built, 28hFront HubRoval Traverse SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacingRear HubRoval Traverse SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacingSpokesDT Competition RaceFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddlePower, Hollow Ti-Rail, Carbon Base, 155/143mmSeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9mm, S: 125, M:150, L/XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized Handlebar Trail Remote w/walk-assistBatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh; also included a Specialized SL1-160, external battery w/Cable, 160WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube w/ Chaintool S-Works Levo SL FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Factory, Kashima coating, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Factory 34 FLOAT 29, Kashima Coating, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSyntace MegaForce 2, 6-degree, 31.8mm clampHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM G2 ULTIMATE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50tChainSRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, carbon M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse SL 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, 2Bliss Ready, hand-built, 28hFront HubRoval Traverse SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 28hRear HubRoval Traverse SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hSpokesDT Competition RaceFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9mm, S: 125, M:150, L/XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube w/ Chaintool The Founder's Edition is limited to 250 bikes and sports top of the range components. The standout feature on the Founder's Edition is the paint scheme. It is a rich purple with a light shading of blue and gold leaf decals that pop in the sun. If you want to stand out in a crowd, the Founders Edition is your bike. It is a similar specification choice as the S-Works model but with the pricier wireless SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS drivetrain. The Founder's Edition includes two range extender battery packs. The S-Works Levo SL boasts the Fox Factory 34 fork and Float DPS shock, SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes, Roval Traverse SL wheels, and a RockShox Reverb AXS dropper seatpost. The S-Works Levo SL includes one range extender battery pack. Levo SL Expert Carbon FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX Performance Elite 34 FLOAT 29, FIT4 damper, 51mm offset, 3-position adjustment, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, forged alloy, 4-bolt, 5mm rise, 40mmHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM G2 RSC, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM G2 RSC, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM GX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50tChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse Carbon 29, hookless carbon, 30mm inner width, hand-built, 2Bliss ReadyRear HubDT Swiss 370, 3-Pawl System, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool Levo SL Comp Carbon FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX RHYTHM 34 FLOAT 29, GRIP damper, 51mm offset, 2-position sweep adjust, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50tChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse 29, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless readyFront HubSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28hRear HubSpecialized Turbo, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL: 170mmMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/BluetoothBatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool Levo SL Comp FrameSpecialized M5 Premium Aluminum, 29 Trail Geometry, integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travelRear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Performance, 3-position adjustment, 52.5x210mm, Rx Trail TuneForkFOX RHYTHM 34 FLOAT 29, GRIP damper, 51mm offset, 2-position sweep adjust, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travelStemSpecialized Trail, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clampGripsSpecialized Trail GripsFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 200mmRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, 180mmRear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle,12-speedShift LeversSRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedCassetteSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50tChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speedCranksetPraxis, forged M30, custom offsetChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 94 BCD, 30TRimsRoval Traverse 29, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless readyFront HubSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28hRear HubSpecialized Turbo, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28hSpokesDT Swiss IndustryFront TyreButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 29x2.3"Rear TyreEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mmSeatpostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, XS:100 mm, S: 125mm, M/L: 150mm, XL:170mm of travelMotorSpecialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motorUI/REMOTESpecialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®BatterySpecialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320WhChargerCustom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plugWiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeportSWATSpecialized Z-Cage, Swat CC Multitool in steerer tube without Chaintool The Levo SL Expert is equipped with a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork and Float DPS shock, SRAM G2 RSC brakes, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Roval Traverse carbon wheels, and an X-Fusion Manic dropper seat post. The Levo SL Comp Carbon features a Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Float DPS Performance shock, SRAM NX Eagle gears, SRAM Guide R brakes, Roval Traverse alloy wheels, and an X-Fusion Manic dropper seat post. This is the model we tested at the launch event. The aluminium frame Levo SL Comp matches the specification of the Comp Carbon model. This alloy frame is also available in an extra small size where the carbon models are not. Riding the Turbo Levo SL Specialized invited Bike Hub to the global press launch for the Turbo Levo SL. It was hosted in Stellenbosch, the town that I live in. While it was a missed opportunity to explore some trails in a foreign country, there is no better place to test a new bike than on the trails I ride daily. Plus, it is always rewarding watching others experience the trails for the first time. For those that know the area, most of the riding took place in Jonkershoek with some riding at GSpot, Eden, Mont Marie, and Coetzenberg. We tested a Levo SL Comp Carbon, the same as the bike above, except ours was an extra large frame and painted black. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman After jumping on the Levo SL for the first time the clutter of technical details surrounding the Levo SL immediately becomes clear. The bike is instantly more recognisable as a trail bike than it is an e-bike. For starters, you can pick it up without damaging your back. The real magic begins once you turn the motor on. The smooth, controlled delivery of power is unlike any e-bike I've ridden before. Climbing Photo credit: Gary PerkinI'll start with climbing because that is how rides in Stellenbosch usually begin. The power delivery of the assistance on the climbs is unbelievably intuitive and naturally smooth. There is no lurking as you stab at a pedal around corners, the bike seemingly senses your intentions and delivers precisely on your inputs. It is a remarkable technological achievement. Even with an extra 240 watts, the climb to the viewpoint atop Saaltjie is no easy task. Photo credit: Gary Perkin It’s worth remembering that the SL motor only produces 240 watts, and it only does so in TURBO mode (if you haven’t tuned custom settings). This means that the rider still has to contribute significantly on the climbs even in TURBO mode. The Levo SL does not give you a free ride. For what it is worth, let's dig into my power numbers to see how much effort is required climbing the Levo SL. In TURBO mode, with the most assistance, climbing to the top of Saaltjie (to the viewpoint deck) in Jonkershoek took 38 minutes. I (me the rider) averaged 264 watts with a maximum of 740 watts. While I didn’t bend myself into a pretzel with the effort, I certainly reached the higher end of my heart rate and puffed heavily. When switching to modes with less motor assistance, the motor expects even more of me and my power numbers climbed, averaging in the 300-watt range. On the steepest sections of the mountain, the motor feels almost helpless in propelling you up the hill as you fully embrace the 50 tooth on the 12-speed cassette. Like on regular bikes, the fit soon moved to the front of the group and waited at the tops. Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman While you still shed buckets of sweat with the effort of climbing, the speed at which you ascend is significantly faster. Specialized’s slogan “It’s you, only faster” is incredibly cheesy but it is honestly the best way to describe riding a Levo, especially the Levo SL. You have the sensation of working almost as hard as you do on a normal bike but it helps you go so much faster. The added speed also makes climbing fun (yes, fun) as the trail features require a wholly different approach than you’d take on a regular bike. Descending Photo credit: Gary PerkinClimbing can be enjoyable with the views and endorphins but the real reason you push a 150mm trail bike out the door is for the downhills. While the whole idea of an e-bike is to assist you in getting to the trailhead faster, the motor and battery do have an impact on descending agility. This is where the Levo SL is different. Photo credit: Gary Perkin Photo credit: Justin Sullivan The Levo SL is the most lively e-bike that I've ridden down a trail. The reduction in weight makes a significant difference. There is far more resemblance in handling to a regular trail bike than the Levo SL’s heavier e-bike brethren. The most obvious departure is the ability to throw the bike around, both into the air and around corners. The rear end does not have the same affinity to sticking to the ground as heavier e-bikes do. For example, bunny hopping is typically a feat of strength on an e-bike but with the SL it is an achievable manoeuvre with the bike urging you to boost of even the smallest bump in the trail. There are some signs that the Levo SL is still an e-bike though. There is still a slight hint of muted feedback in the rear end due to the weight while stepping off and pushing the bike is much improved using the walk assist mode. Photo credit: Gary Perkin For those that know the Jonkershoek trails, the Levo SL was leaps and bounds ahead of bigger e-bikes on the smoother, flowing trails like Fire Hut and Armageddon. In both fun and speed. Pointing it down a steeper, tighter trail like Status Quo did not expose any faults in the Levo SL either. It maintained controlled on the slippery rocky shoots and soaked up the bigger drops with ease. Photo credit: Justin Sullivan Photo credit: Etienne Schoeman The Comp Carbon Build Kit I am impressed by the Comp Carbon build kit. I know some riders will turn their noses up at the Rhythm fork, NX drivetrain, and Guide R brakes at this price point but with the battery and motor you need to adjust your expectations. On the trails the Comp Carbon was up to the task. And yes, the 34mm forks on the Levo SL range are suitably stiff for the bike. Only the brakes showed some fatigue during the long, hot Jonkershoek descents. I saw no immediate need to upgrade any part on the Comp Carbon. Instead, I'd spend any spare upgrade cash on purchasing a range extender. So what’s the catch? After riding the Levo SL, I'm convinced that lightweight e-bikes are the future of trail riding but there is one thing holding them back from mainstream adoption. The price.Turbo Levo SL Comp Alloy - ZAR 105,000 Turbo Levo SL Comp Carbon - ZAR 125,000 Turbo Levo SL Expert Carbon - ZAR 155,000 Turbo Levo SL S-Works Carbon - ZAR 200,000 Turbo Levo SL S-Works Founder's Edition (limited to 250 bikes) - ZAR 250,000 Electric bikes, in general, are pricier than regular bikes but Specialized's e-bikes do carry a premium price tag. Specialized spend huge amounts of time and money developing in-house motors and batteries, and this reach for perfection does come at a price. If you can afford it, it is the best e-bike there is. That said if you can cope with not keeping up the MTB Jones’s, the Comp Carbon model we tested is a well-balanced bike with no obvious weakness. You will not miss out on the full Levo SL experience owning this more affordable model. In the end Turbo Levo SL will have you climbing much faster but not necessarily any easier. Turn it down a mountain and it shows the agility of a regular trail bike. In short, the Levo SL is the ideal trail e-bike. Scratch that, it is the ideal trail bike full stop.
  9. Aimed at E-bike enthusiasts and performance-minded trail riders who may be new to pedal-assist riding, the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 delivers a blend of progressive trail bike design and innovative, user-friendly motor technologies. It’s a next-generation advancement on Giant’s popular Trance E+ Pro series that boasts several key updates including larger 29-inch wheels and an all-new flip chip feature that lets the rider switch the frame geometry between two different settings. The Trance X E+ Pro 29 2 is built up with premium trail-riding components including a Giant Contact Switch dropper seatpost and Romero saddle, along with grippy, high-volume 2.6-inch tires. Trail-tuned chassis The Trance X E+ Pro 29 is built on a super strong and lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset. The chassis is engineered for the unique needs of E-MTB trail riders, with added strength and stiffness to improve handling while climbing, cornering or descending on a wide variety of terrain. This purpose-built frameset is balanced out with the latest Maestro suspension system that delivers 135mm of smooth, active rear travel. A trunnion-mounted shock produces a lower leverage ratio for improved pedaling and braking efficiency. This updated design also lowers the bike’s centre of gravity and allows for shorter chainstays to improve the bike’s climbing and overall handling. Other updates to the rear suspension include new double-sealed bearings and hardware to improve durability without adding friction. The rear suspension is paired with a 150mm suspension fork, giving the bike a balanced feel that soaks up the terrain with smooth control. One of the key innovations on the Trance X E+ Pro 29 is its adjustable frame geometry. A flip chip on the upper rocker arm lets you choose a steeper or slacker head and seattube angle depending on your riding style and terrain. You can change the head angle from 66.2 degrees to 65.5 degrees. The seattube angle adjusts from 77.9 degrees to 77.2 degrees. The upper rocker arm of the Maestro suspension system has a flip chip that lets you choose a steeper or slacker head and seattube angle depending on your riding style and terrain. Switching the geometry also changes the bottom bracket drop from 40mm in the low setting to 30mm in the high setting. The low setting gives you slacker geometry that's better suited to faster, more open terrain, while the high setting offers steeper geometry and is recommended for slower, more technical terrain. In both settings, the geometry is designed to optimize the superior roll-over capabilities of 29-inch wheels. Boost hub spacing improves lateral wheel stiffness, and the frameset is engineered with plenty of clearance for high-volume tires up to 2.6 inches. Every Trance X E+ Pro 29 model comes with a Giant tubeless wheelset and tires set up right out of the box. The new Trance X E+ Pro 29 helps you climb faster and ride more singletrack on any given day. Christoph Laue photo Powered by SyncDrive Pro The SyncDrive Pro motor gives the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 a massive 80Nm of torque and 360 percent tunable support. This means that when you’re riding in the highest mode (Power mode), 100 percent of human pedaling input offers 360 percent assisted power. The adjustable support allows the rider to choose exactly how they want the motor to react to pedaling input to fine-tune how the bike performs on the trail. The new SyncDrive Pro motor produces 80Nm of torque and a maximum support ratio of 360 percent. SyncDrive Pro features Smart Assist technology, which uses six sensors to determine the precise amount of power needed in any riding situation. The result is an extremely smooth and natural pedaling feel on variable terrain and changing grades of steepness. The command centre of the Trance X E+ Pro 29 is the new RideControl Ergo handlebar-mounted unit. Ergonomically designed control buttons and a clean handlebar layout make it easy and intuitive to operate. The buttons are laid out with LED lighting that indicates the support mode and battery level. You can also connect the unit wirelessly with the RideControl E-bike App to display additional functions such as motor tuning, fitness data and navigation. Another key upgrade with new Trance X E+ Pro 29 is its battery. The EnergyPak Smart 625 is Giant’s most advanced battery system. Cleanly integrated into the downtube, it can charge up to 80 percent in just over two hours. The EnergyPak Smart 625 battery system is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the frame. This is Giant’s most premium battery technology and is also compatible with the EnergyPak Plus range extender. Beyond the new frameset and electronic updates, the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 includes a full set of components designed specifically for trail riding. All models feature the Giant Contact Switch dropper seatpost with a handlebar remote that makes it easy to adjust positioning on the fly. Also included is the new Romero saddle, Giant’s first high-performance mountain bike saddle designed with an optimal shape, flexibility and comfort for trail riding.
  10. Press Release The launch of SHIMANO’s new e-bike system, known as SHIMANO EP8, brings the two pillars of e-biking - the hardware and the software – up to a new benchmark in system-engineered e-bike components that can tackle everything from premium mountain biking and competition racing to trail riding, cross-country, casual MTB, trekking and off-road adventuring. Click here to view the article
  11. Shimano's second generation e-MTB system is packed full of new features designed to bring EP8's performance standard to the best ever seen in Shimano's e-biking history. Many of the unique features of SHIMANO EP8 come in its more powerful yet lighter weight, smoother pedaling, cleanly integrated and reduced-noise drive unit, which also manages to keep cool more efficiently and provide improved bike handling over its predecessors. As well as this two revamped mobile apps – the E-TUBE PROJECT app and the E-TUBE RIDE app – give riders more display options and more customizable control over their drive unit’s characteristics. The new system follows SHIMANO's long-standing e-biking principles of creating a natural feeling ride with controllable high power when you need it most, wrapped up in a total SHIMANO system package. From the e-bike drive unit to the drivetrain and brakes, it’s the performance level you expect from a brand with almost unrivalled experience in mountain biking. EP8 HARDWARE Drive unit The new EP8 drive unit (DU-EP800) is capable of pumping out 85Nm of torque to conquer the toughest trails and steepest climbs. This 21% increase in power over its SHIMANO STEPS E8000 predecessor comes along with a 300g weight decrease to 2.6kg (10% reduction) thanks to a new magnesium drive unit casing. This low weight and high peak power makes it one of the best-in-class drive units in terms of power-to-weight. The increase in power-to-weight is also complimented by an improvement in battery efficiency. The drag (the friction that comes with a pedal rotation, noticeable in particular when operating the system without power) has been reduced by 36% (vs. E8000) thanks to an updated seal structure and optimized gear design. This friction reduction creates improved battery efficiency when the motor is active, or a smoother ride when pedaling without support (ie when the motor is switched off or when riding above 25 km/h). Together with the friction-reduction is an improved clutch mechanism which provides a smoother cut-off when pedaling above 25km/h. That increased torque is also not at the detriment of noise. In fact quite the opposite, the new EP8 drive unit is quieter, operating at the same level as E7000, so you can cut the distractions and focus on the trail. Added to that, the smaller magnesium drive unit shell features improved heat-conducting properties with redesigned internals (optimized gear structure and new EW-SD300 wires) to aid cooling and improve performance when operating at maximum torque on long, steep climbs. The drive unit case is also shaped more in line with the smooth lines and angles of bike frames which improves ground clearance and, together with internal batteries, makes SHIMANO EP8-equipped bikes impressively sleek packages. All of these factors combine to provide natural and refined power delivery from a lighter, quieter, more compact and more powerful motor with less pedaling drag and a 20% increase in range. Technical features: The EP8 drive unit runs with a 177mm Q-factor) and comes with its own dedicated cranks which are available in a new 160 mm length (also 165/170/175 mm). The system will typically be spec’d with SHIMANO’s new XTR/XT/SLX/Deore 12 speed drivetrain with Dynamic Chain Engagement+ (12 speed) and three chainring options (34T/36T/38T). DU-EP800 uses the same frame mount pattern as DU-E8000 and DU-7000 meaning manufacturers can use the same frame design between multiple SHIMANO drive unit models. SHIMANO EP8 is also compatible with mechanical shifting (9/10/11/12-speed) gear systems, Di2 (11-speed) systems and internal hub gear (11/8/7/5-speed) systems. In particular EP8 is fully compatible with the recently introduced NEXUS Inter-5 making high power Shimano internal hub gear City & Trekking bikes a true reality. A new chain device (CD-EM800) is also available. The new mud-shedding design provides additional chain managemnt and is compatible with 11-speed and 12-speed SHIMANO STEPS set ups running 56.5mm or 53mm chain lines thanks to an adjustable space between the guide and chain. The system can be turned on via buttons on the computer, the battery, or an in-frame button (EW-SW300) usually located on the top tube. Handlebar controls: Computer and switch The EP8 computer display (SC-EM800) shares many external similarities with the highly-praised E8000 computer display, but with a new feature allowing riders to switch between customisable profiles. It has a 1.6” colour screen, readable in bright sunshine, with a compact and low-profile body to suit demanding mountain biking trail conditions.The SC-EM800 computer communicates wirelessly with SHIMANO’s E-TUBE PROJECT app via Bluetooth allowing riders to change drive unit characteristics on the fly. The SC-EM800 can also communicate with 3rd party cycle computers via ANT to display gear and battery information. To operate the drive unit riders can use EP8's new drive unit assistance switch, SW-EM800-L. This allows riders to toggle between ‘Off’, ‘Eco’, ‘Trail’ and ‘Boost’ support modes plus Walk Assist mode. The switch has an improved shape featuring concave buttons with wider input area to make them easier to push and control. The switch comes in SHIMANO’s I-spec design standard making it compatible with the dropper post levers (eg SHIMANO’s SL-MT800-IL). Alternatively the drive unit assistance switch can be removed completely if riders prefer to change support modes via their EW-EN100 toggle switch. However, removing the switch completely removes the possibility for the very handy Walk Assist feature found on all SHIMANO STEPS systems. This has been updated for EP8 Mechanical systems to create an intelligent Walk Assist mode, which means riders can hop off and walk their bikes with assistance from the drive unit. A double push of the drive unit assistance switch causes the pedals to turn and the bike to move forwards at 4km/h, regardless of which gear the bike is in. Batteries The battery options include the new batteries SHIMANO released in May 2020, the two 630Wh batteries, the downtube BT-E8016 and the internal BT-E8036 battery, or the smaller but faster charging 504Wh internal battery, the BT-E8035-L. Like their predecessors, all SHIMANO STEPS batteries are extremely long-lasting, taking up to 1000 full charge cycles before they drop to 60% of their original capacity, which in many cases is longer than the average ownership of a bike. EP8 SOFTWARE Refinements to EP8’s software is the other half of SHIMANO’s formula for a more natural feeling e-mountain bike. That has been achieved through adjustments to the way the three support levels perform, along with the customizability of those modes.BOOST mode now tops out at 85Nm of torque, reached with low rider input torque. TRAIL mode also tops out at 85Nm but it is also more responsive to a rider’s inputs, either saving battery at low input torques or quickly ramping up the power delivery to provide the maximum 85Nm output at approximately 60Nm of input torque. This is much sooner than its predecessor and it’s this smarter assist ratio algorithm that makes TRAIL mode so versatile that mode switching can, for the most part, be forgotten about. ECO mode tops out at 30Nm, reached in a similarly responsive manner. Aside from increased riding range, ECO mode of course can be used for riders to get a workout when they want it. What's more, all of this is highly customisable, both at home or on the fly via the E-TUBE PROJECT app, giving riders greater control over how and where they ride. BOOST, TRAIL and ECO modes can be customised with 10 different levels, the torque can be set anywhere between 20-85Nm, there are five levels of start assistance available, and these can be set for different rider profiles for different types of rides (eg high-performance/extreme riding, casual endurance ride, etc) or different riders. All of this information can be saved as preferences in rider profiles, for example a battery-saving commute mode and high-power technical singletrack climbing mode, and riders can easily switch between these modes via the computer display Meanwhile an updated E-TUBE RIDE app can be used by e-bike riders to monitor all their riding information in a smart phone display. Screen display options shows riding metrics in ECO, TRAIL and BOOST modes plus newly added functions including ride history, live maps and user-friendly graphical updates.
  12. Press Release The Heckler is the most agile e-bike on the market—one that sports equal parts capability and playfulness. It’s fun uphill, it’s fun downhill, and it rides more like the aggressive trail bike it was based on than whatever your notion of an e-bike may be. Click here to view the article
  13. HECKLER CC 27.5 X01 RSV 'Yellowacket' Using Bronson–our all-around thrill seeker–as a starting point, we tuned the suspension kinematics, and integrated the drive unit to arrive at a bike that delivers the ultimate blend of pedal bike-like performance on the descents with hybrid human/electric powered ascending. Heckler delivers best-in-class performance by pairing a legendary Santa Cruz CC carbon chassis with the proven Shimano electric drive system to expand your riding possibilities while amplifying the fun. Key Features:150mm VPP® rear travel 160mm e-specific fork 27.5-inch wheels 504wh battery capacity 65.5-degree head angle Full CC carbon frame Shimano E8000 250w motor SRAM Eagle Drivetrain Reserve DH 27.5 / 30 carbon wheelset option Lifetime warranty Made for: Aggressive trail riding At home on: Uphill, downhill, just not over the hill Sizes: S-XXL Colours: Blackout, Yellowjacket The New Heckler In 1996 the original Heckler was created as a rude interruption to mountain bike designs of the time. Its solid, full suspension build and aggressive swagger proved that a well-proportioned trail bike could elevate rider’s on-trail experiences. Today’s Heckler carries all that attitude forward into a new era.Creating an e-MTB demanded careful consideration. For us, the Heckler’s potential to loft riders up to new heights is what gets us most excited. Whether it’s opening inaccessible trails in the Lost Sierra and Savoie Alps, or turning unrideable lines into a playground, the Heckler is the tool for a new way of riding. Trailblazers like Greg Williams and Danny MacAskill weren’t asking for a dumbed-down ride up. Or down. They wanted something to push their riding to new levels. And held maneuverability sacrosanct as the new tech was introduced. The Heckler’s boundaries aren’t defined by distance, laps, or time. The boundaries in our head that say, “don’t bother”, “turn back”, “impossible.” Smashing these boundaries is what got us hooked on riding in the first place. Heckler’s not about taking things easy, it’s about making things possible. Amplify the fun Our bikes have always been about amplifying the fun. Our goal for this bike was to make something light and agile, and trying to get as close as we can to the experience of riding a bike like the Bronson. Weighing in at 46 pounds the Heckler is among the very lightest e-MTBs in its class. The 500wh integrated battery keeps the weight down and the 27.5-inch wheels keep the bike playful and maneuverable in order to make the most of the trail. The slack head angle (65.5-degree) and 445mm chainstay length provide a snappy and fun feel while still providing traction for when the trail gets steep and technical, both up and down. E-MTB kinematics The lower-link VPP design marries the needs for downhill kicks with efficient pedaling prowess. We tuned it to have lower anti-squat (to sag) than our regular pedal bikes allowing you to keep pedaling (while seated) where normally you’d start standing. The more active suspension while pedaling creates better traction on technical climbs. But once you start mobbing down the trail the lower-link VPP system provides more mid-stroke and bottom-out support than most other designs. Like any other Santa Cruz This bike is intended for truly progressive mountain biking. The full CC carbon frame (front and rear triangle) and battery cover are lightweight and bombproof. The geometry is perfect for all-round modern trail riding; and the 150mm-travel lower-link VPP system is the most refined suspension design on any e-MTB.Like every Santa Cruz, the Heckler is built for the rigours of true mountain biking. With quality pivot hardware, radial bearings (with lifetime replacement support), simple internal cabling and wiring, clean lines, design and build kits. And like very other Santa Cruz it comes with our lifetime warranty. Performance, reliability, fully supported Our bikes are legendary for these three traits, so when we build a complete bike, we always pair our frames with components that are regarded similarly. For the all-important drive unit we used Shimano Steps components exclusively–battery, drive unit, display, charge port, power button, and controllers. This means all parts, service and warranty is available through both Shimano and Santa Cruz. In addition to supporting the Steps system through the E-tube app, Shimano stocks e-parts through distributors and retailers worldwide. Technical training is also available on Shimano’s S-Tec support site as well as on The Manual, Santa Cruz’s retailer training portal. E-8000 motor The 250-watt Shimano Steps E-8000 motor is compact and light (6.34lbs/2.88kg), meaning it helps us build one of the lightest e-MTBs out there. E-8035 Integrated Battery The E-8035 battery is Shimano’s latest integrated battery. It provides 504 watt-hours of power, is lightweight (6.4lbs/2.9kg), is fully removable/replaceable using just a keyless 4mm hex latch and is protected by a Santa Cruz CC carbon battery cover. Full integration, smart spec The Shimano Steps system is also devoid of any large, distracting displays, allowing the rider to keep his or her attention on the ride. There’s also less to go wrong or break in the event of a crash.We spec’d Shimano’s compact E-8000 (colour) and E-7000 (B&W) displays paired with their E-7000 mode switch to create a simple, integrated cockpit. The switch is unobtrusive, intuitive, and has the best dropper lever compatibility. The Shimano Steps app can be connected via Bluetooth or plug-in to adjust the power settings of the drive unit. It also allows for powerful management of the Eco, Trail, Boost and walk modes. Finally, it provides diagnostic capabilities to troubleshoot any issues within the system. Di2 handlebar Because we wanted the rider experience to be clean and seamless, we designed our own internally-wired Di2-specific Santa Cruz carbon handlebar. Using it results in clutter-free cockpit with wires managed via a pair of internal routing holes and an under-grip wire groove on each end of the bar. The 800mm wide bar has a 35mm clamp diameter, 5-degrees of upsweep and 8-degrees of backsweep. This bar comes stock on complete bikes S-level and up, and is available aftermarket. Reserve DH 27.5 rim Our Reserve rims are already renowned as the strongest, most trusted carbon MTB hoops on the market. But because e-biking puts greater stress on the rear wheel, we spec’d Heckler with our new, 32-hole Reserve DH 27.5 rim with a 31mm inner width, and a profile based on our Syndicate-proven DH 29 rim. It’s paired with a standard, 28-spoke Reserve 30 up front, and hubs are the reliable DT Swiss and Industry Nine spec you know and love. Both brands feature quick engagement and are e-rated for the added torque the motor brings to the drivetrain. Like all Reserve wheels these have a lifetime warranty.The Reserve e-bike wheelset is standard on the X01 and XX1 builds, and available aftermarket as well. SRAM Eagle Since SRAM Eagle cassettes, chainrings and chains are e-bike rated, we ported the 12-speed goodness from our pedal bike line to this new, electric frontier, keeping the build kits consistent across our entire range. One small spec difference is the use of SRAMs Eagle Single Click shifters, which keeps your derailleur safe from potentially damaging high-torque multi-shifts. Four build kits All four build kits come with SRAM four-piston brakes, 200mm rotors, Eagle drivetrains, RockShox Super Deluxe piggyback rear shocks, and e-bike rated, burly suspension forks, like the Fox 36. Colour As always there are two colours to choose from - one mild and one wild. Blackout is a classy mix of gloss black and matte copper decals, while the bold Yellowjacket mixes gloss yellow with matte black logos. HECKLER CC 27.5 XX1 AXS RSV Black WeightsHECKLER CC 27.5 R-Kit || 21.61kg HECKLER CC 27.5 S-Kit || 21.67kg HECKLER CC 27.5 X01 RSV-Kit || 21.09kg HECKLER CC 27.5 XX1 RSV-Kit || 20.99kg South African Availability Limited quantities will be in-store 20th February 2020. Pricing is available from Santa Cruz dealers nationwide.
  14. Photo credit: Greg Beadle. To ensure the safety of their fellow riders all E-Bikers, and their non-pedal assisted partners, will start in the event’s final batch. But they will be able to ride the entire route and with a battery swap service (conditional to you bringing your own spare battery of course), the distance won’t be a concern. With the added power of an electric motor helping them along, the E-Bikers will be able to take in the route like never before. They’ll be able to cruise up the Vergelegen Climb and conquer any obstacle the race throws at them. As long as, of course, their E-Bikes have the walk-assist function… pushing 20+kg bikes up the Gantouw Pass without that handy function might be a touch tricky. And you can be sure no rider on a one HP (human power in this case) mountain bike is going to lend a hand. Photo credit: Greg Beadle. “The rationale behind allowing E-Bikes to take part in the mid-week event is to make it more inclusive,” Sarah Harrop, Head of Marketing and Communications for FNB Wines2Whales explained. “We’re hoping to attract riders who would otherwise not be able to take part in an MTB stage event for reasons that could vary from disability, age, health issues or simply fitness. It also allows the opportunity for stronger partners to introduce friends, family members or youngsters to the sport without the “10 hours per week” training sacrifice. We will ensure that the inclusion of E-Bike riders will not interfere with the race itself.” Charging E-Bikes can pose an issue in a race village, however AMPED has come to the rescue and will be ensuring that all E-Bikes are charged and ready to rumble each morning.
  15. Hi hubbers, I have recently encountered a rider on the Tygerberg trail network riding an electronically assisted bike. I was causally climbing when the rider came up and passed me on a single track at a ridiculous pace. I got the fright of my life as it felt like the rider must of been doing around, 30km/h, as he passed me. This got me thinking, should these bikes be allowed on the Tygerberg MTB trail network? Surely as it is a motorized bike it should not be? What are your thoughts?
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