This is the primary reason to own an e-bike. They simply take you further in a shorter amount of time. These aren't the e-bike with a throttle control or anything like that. It's not an electric motorbike. It's a pedal-assist mountain bike that only works when you pedal. If you want to get up the hill easier, just shift into an easier gear, soft pedal and it'll assist more, taking you right up the hill. Pedal harder and the motor will assist less. Work as hard or as little as you'd like, it simply lets you ride more trails in less time.
Have a look a recent ride August, Aaron and Bobby did. The boys took the Levos out and did a full lap of the Port Hills, all before work. You can read about it here.
The Turbo bikes combines all of Specialized's hallmark mountain bike designs, like roomy top tubes, short chainstays, and low-slung bottom brackets, with the most powerful pedal-assist technology on the planet. You'll get up to 504 watts of pedal-assisted power at your disposal, plus reliable battery lifespans for long rides, all housed in a complete mountain bike package that's designed to handle like a proper mountain bike.
The Turbo Levo gets the same modern trail geometry found in Specialized's other mountain bikes making it a proper trail bike.
Like Specialized's other trail bikes, they custom tune each shock for the intended riding style, giving you the ultimate trail bike experience.
The M5 Aluminum frame is a super stiff platform, while also keeping the weight down.
Full-suspension delivers comfort, control, and efficiency on all types of terrain, both up and down the mountain.
The battery has a cam-like lower support, ensuring zero rattle on the trail.
Integrated Speed Sensor
Mounted behind the rear brake caliper, the sensor is super stealth, and tucked away from any trail hazards.
The Motor and Battery
Belt Drive Transmission
Paired with a magnesium sprocket, the belt delivers a silent, vibration-free, smooth ride.
A light and silent group that gears down the motor, optimizing it for the riders cadence.
36 volts of pure joy. It’s a light and powerful unit that uses Neodym magnets for weight and power.
The brain of the unit. It analyzes the rider input, torque, and cadence, and outputs the designated power through the trail-tuned software.
This communicates with the circuit board to determine how much power should be output. This power meter can also be paired with any ANT+ device, just like any other power meter on the market.
A robust and sturdy unit with an industry leading IP67 waterproof rating. Also features a trail display with a simple three-button mode adjust and on/off that is all displayed by 10 LED’s.
40 top-of-the-line cells are industry leading 18650 3.5mAh LEV. The best power to weight performance.
Battery Circuit Board
Protects each cell from over/under charging. ANT+ and Bluetooth chip allows for pairing with a device or Mission Control smartphone app where everything can be tuned, and many other features.
Mission Control App
The battery has ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity in order to control the tuning from the Mission Control app. Now, you're able to totally control the battery and motor as well as upload routes for turn-by-turn navigation. You can even sync the battery with your route and it'll automatically adjust its output to ensure you have a charge for your full ride.
Turbo Tips and Care
Turbo bikes are bikes, first and foremost. They handle exactly as you'd expect a Specialized bike to handle, but there are a few additional tips to help you get the most from your bike.
Shift gears earlier than you would on a traditional bike
Soft pedal when shifting gears to avoid over-stressing the chain on shifts
Spinning lower gears (the big ones out back) on the climbs will give you more assistance. Cadence is King
Here are some tips to help you and your new bike live a long and happy life together.
Make sure the battery is OFF before plugging/unplugging any cables or removing/fitting into the bike
NEVER use a hose, pressure washer or water blaster to clean the bikes, use a damp cloth or sponge
When cleaning the bike, leave the battery in the bike
Remove the battery when the bike is in transit or being transported
Make sure the charger is turned OFF before removing the charge cable from the battery
Any modifications to the battery, motor or software, in anyway, will void your warranty!