E-bikes have been a game-changer for the cycling industry, acting as an enabler for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in the sport, and giving shredders “the power to ride more trails”. But historically this power has come at a price.
Specialized Bicycles are synonymous with ultra-premium, race-winning bikes and cutting-edge innovation. Many riders wouldn’t consider looking for an “entry-level” bike at their nearest Specialized dealer, especially since the world of e-bikes is jam packed with cheap and cheerful options. However, in the world of dual-suspension E-mountain bikes, even “cheap and cheerful” is likely to be a sizeable investment. If you value ride quality and want to ensure you get the most for your spend on an E-bike, there are very compelling reasons to consider Specialized, even if you are on a tight budget.
Trickle down technology
Specialized were early adopters of E-bike technology, setting up a Turbo-specific R&D centre in Cham, Switzerland, and bringing the first Turbo Levo to market in 2015. Since then they have remained firmly at the forefront of e-bike innovation, pouring energy and resources into ensuring that their Turbo hardware and software is class-leading, and meets the needs of everyday riders. The latest iteration of the Turbo Levo launched in 2021, and thanks to the adjustable geometry, custom suspension tune, and ongoing firmware updates, the ride quality remains cutting-edge two years later across the full model range.
Adjustability and personalisation
The adjustable geometry on the Turbo Levo ensures you can set your bike up to match your riding style. You can drop the BB to go long and low, or keep it short and snappy depending on the trails and the type of riding you’ll be doing.
The Turbo Connect Unit (or “TCU”) paired with the Specialized app allows you to completely customise your ride experience, manage your battery life and set your e-bike up exactly the way you want it, to ensure smooth power delivery exactly when you need it. Ongoing firmware updates mean your E-bike management system, and ride experience is continuously improving.
Reliability and customer service
Buying a bike is more than just choosing something off the shelf and popping it on the car to take it home.
Specialized have invested heavily in educating retail staff over the years to make sure that they are able to help you choose the right bike for your riding needs and budget. They’ll also ensure that you leave the shop with your bike set up correctly, and help you understand the settings and adjustability features that enable you to dial in your Turbo Levo precisely to your needs.
After sales support and service is often overlooked when making a purchase, but with an investment as sizeable and complex as an e-bike it’s important to make sure you buy from an established brand that are able to carry the necessary spares and provide the after sales support you need to get you rolling as quickly as possible in the event of an issue.
It’s important when buying a new bike to understand the warranty policy, and what you are covered for. Specialized offer lifetime warranty to the original owner against structural defects in material or workmanship on ALL models of Specialized-branded frames and forks, and 2 years on the Motors & Drive systems components on their e-bikes.
With all of the above in mind, take a peek at some of the value options available in the Turbo Levo family here:
Turbo Levo Alloy
The Turbo Levo Alloy pairs an all-new M5 alloy chassis and the fully integrated Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor, 500Wh battery, and Turbo Connect Unit to deliver category-leading 90 Nm of torque and 565 watts of power. Paired with the most value-packed drivetrain, suspension, and brake components available results in a bike that puts plenty of high-ZAR e-MTBs to shame.
Turbo Levo Comp Alloy
The Turbo Levo Comp Alloy pairs an all-new M5 alloy chassis and the fully integrated Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor, 700Wh battery, and Master Mind Turbo Connect Unit (TCU) to deliver category-leading 90 Nm of torque and 565 watts of power. Paired with an Eagle GX drivetrain, Fox suspension, and SRAM Code brakes it delivers more of everything that you love about trail riding.
Turbo Levo Comp Carbon
The Turbo Levo Comp Carbon pairs the FACT 11m full carbon frame with the fully integrated Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor, 700Wh battery, and Master Mind Turbo Connect Unit (TCU) to deliver category-leading 90 Nm of torque and 565 watts of power. Paired with an Eagle GX drivetrain, Fox suspension, and SRAM Code RS brakes it delivers delivers a stable and natural ride like no other.
For more information on Specialized Turbo innovation, and the Turbo Levo model range check out specialized.com