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Ein Drittel der Ausstellung wird E-Bikes gewidmet, das zeigt die Wichtigkeit der neuen Kategorie auch für Specialized
Ein Drittel der Ausstellung wird E-Bikes gewidmet, das zeigt die Wichtigkeit der neuen Kategorie auch für Specialized
Die Expo-Area
Die Expo-Area
Könnte schlimmer sein! Der Blick aus dem Messezelt
Könnte schlimmer sein! Der Blick aus dem Messezelt
Dieser Bereich ist Trekking und Road gewidmet
Dieser Bereich ist Trekking und Road gewidmet
Specialized-Gründer Mike Sinyard begrüßt die Besucher auf der Show
Specialized-Gründer Mike Sinyard begrüßt die Besucher auf der Show
Die Expo-Bikes, dahinter das Zelt mit den Test-Bikes und dahinter die Hügel auf denen die Trails beginnen
Die Expo-Bikes, dahinter das Zelt mit den Test-Bikes und dahinter die Hügel auf denen die Trails beginnen
Hier beginnt der Off-Road Abschnitt
Hier beginnt der Off-Road Abschnitt
Specialized Turbo Kenevo
Specialized Turbo Kenevo
Öhlins Stahlfederdämpfer
Öhlins Stahlfederdämpfer
Integrierte Kettenführung an der Front
Integrierte Kettenführung an der Front
Zum Vergleich haben wir das 29" Enduro hier fotografiert.
Zum Vergleich haben wir das 29" Enduro hier fotografiert.
Das Turbo Levo Carbon S-Works. Rahmen, Laufräder und Anbauteile aus Carbon, 20 Kilo mit Öhlins Dämpfer und Gabel.
Das Turbo Levo Carbon S-Works. Rahmen, Laufräder und Anbauteile aus Carbon, 20 Kilo mit Öhlins Dämpfer und Gabel.
Die Öhlins Gabel
Die Öhlins Gabel
Öhlins Luftdämpfer, speziell für Specialized hergestellt.
Öhlins Luftdämpfer, speziell für Specialized hergestellt.
Neue Logos sollen die Wertigkeit betonen
Neue Logos sollen die Wertigkeit betonen
Die XX1 Kassette hält auch hier das Gewicht im Rahmen
Die XX1 Kassette hält auch hier das Gewicht im Rahmen
Der Hinterbau besteht bei diesem Modell auch aus Carbon
Der Hinterbau besteht bei diesem Modell auch aus Carbon
Turbo Levo comp 29er.
Turbo Levo comp 29er.
Das 29er Levo fühlt sich anders an
Das 29er Levo fühlt sich anders an
leicht rollende Ground Control Reifen
leicht rollende Ground Control Reifen
Womens Turbo Levo 6Fattie - das ist die Frauenversion.
Womens Turbo Levo 6Fattie - das ist die Frauenversion.
Schicke Farben am Womens Levo
Schicke Farben am Womens Levo
Speziell für E-Bikes entwickelt - der  2.8" Butcher-Reifen
Speziell für E-Bikes entwickelt - der 2.8" Butcher-Reifen
Das Specialized Vado, ein Gravel/Trekking/City Bike mit schicker Linienführung. Nutzt einen Brose-Motor und schmalere Akkus, als die Off-Road Bikes mit Brose Antrieb
Das Specialized Vado, ein Gravel/Trekking/City Bike mit schicker Linienführung. Nutzt einen Brose-Motor und schmalere Akkus, als die Off-Road Bikes mit Brose Antrieb
Die Suntour Gabel gibt ein wenig Komfort an der Front.
Die Suntour Gabel gibt ein wenig Komfort an der Front.
Seitenständer: check!
Seitenständer: check!
Das Vado hat ein Display
Das Vado hat ein Display
Reifenprofil mit kleinen Stollen und viel Komfort
Reifenprofil mit kleinen Stollen und viel Komfort
2FO Schuhe - die 2018er Farben knallen ins Hirn!
2FO Schuhe - die 2018er Farben knallen ins Hirn!
Der Defroster Mountain-Bike Schuh. Für Abenteuer in der Kälte gemacht
Der Defroster Mountain-Bike Schuh. Für Abenteuer in der Kälte gemacht
Die 2FO Schuhe haben eine klebrige Sohle, das Sohlenmuster kommt uns relativ bekannt vor von anderen Herstellern
Die 2FO Schuhe haben eine klebrige Sohle, das Sohlenmuster kommt uns relativ bekannt vor von anderen Herstellern
Specialized Carbon-Helm: Form und Lüftungsgitter erinnern leicht an den TLD D3
Specialized Carbon-Helm: Form und Lüftungsgitter erinnern leicht an den TLD D3
Niedriges Gewicht gepaart mit bequemem Polster und komfortablem Haltesystem
Niedriges Gewicht gepaart mit bequemem Polster und komfortablem Haltesystem
Der Ambush bekommt neue Farben für 2018
Der Ambush bekommt neue Farben für 2018
Das Innere des Helmes
Das Innere des Helmes
Breite Belüftungsöffnungen halten den Fahrerkopf kühl
Breite Belüftungsöffnungen halten den Fahrerkopf kühl
Die Wu-Stütze legt sich nach hinten, wenn sie heruntergefahren wird
Die Wu-Stütze legt sich nach hinten, wenn sie heruntergefahren wird
Auch hier im Einsatz: Die Fernbedienung der Command-Post.
Auch hier im Einsatz: Die Fernbedienung der Command-Post.
In der tiefen Stellung ist das hintere Ende des Sattels weitere 20mm tiefer
In der tiefen Stellung ist das hintere Ende des Sattels weitere 20mm tiefer
Ein 155 mm breites Carbon-Chassis gepaart mit Elaston-Comfort.
Ein 155 mm breites Carbon-Chassis gepaart mit Elaston-Comfort.
Die Streben auf der Sattelunterseite
Die Streben auf der Sattelunterseite
Pssst. Ein Geheimfach!
Pssst. Ein Geheimfach!
Clever: Aufdrehen und das Werkzeug springt heraus
Clever: Aufdrehen und das Werkzeug springt heraus
Roval Traverse
Roval Traverse - die Flanken der Felgen sind hakenlos konstruiert
Das Innere der Felge
Das Innere der Felge
Body geometry Test-Bike.
Body geometry Test-Bike.
Ebenfalls eingerichtet: eine komplettes Labor um Bikefitting duchzuführen
Ebenfalls eingerichtet: eine komplettes Labor um Bikefitting duchzuführen
Flaschen als Andenken: Specialized ist einer der größten Hersteller auf dem Trinkflaschen-Markt.
Flaschen als Andenken: Specialized ist einer der größten Hersteller auf dem Trinkflaschen-Markt.
Auch im Inneren erinnern Oliven daran, dass wir in der Toskana sind
Auch im Inneren erinnern Oliven daran, dass wir in der Toskana sind
Kinder Test-Bikes
Kinder Test-Bikes
Trail und Enduro-Bikes nehmen viel Platz ein in der Off-Road Sektion
Trail und Enduro-Bikes nehmen viel Platz ein in der Off-Road Sektion
An der Platzaufteilung kann man ablesen, wo Specialized kommendes Jahr die Prioritäten setzen wird
An der Platzaufteilung kann man ablesen, wo Specialized kommendes Jahr die Prioritäten setzen wird
Das originale Turbo Levo und die 29er Version
Das originale Turbo Levo und die 29er Version

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Specialized 2018 E-bike Highlights at the Dealer Summit: Specialized for 2017 has like many brands decided against launching their products all at one time at Euro bike. Instead they have their dealer conference and product range available for all to see at their once yearly summit. Last year it took place in Holland, this year Specialized has moved south to Punta Ala, Tuscany in Italy, directly on the beach. We had a quick look around the event and have collated a selection of their products in one place for an overview of the most interesting things related to E-bikes in 2018. 

One third of the Expo space is dedicated to E-bikes, indicating the importance of the E-bikes to the range.
# One third of the Expo space is dedicated to E-bikes, indicating the importance of the E-bikes to the range.
The Expo area.
# The Expo area.
This is the view out of the expo tent.
# This is the view out of the expo tent.
This half is dedicated to road and trekking.
# This half is dedicated to road and trekking.
Mike Sinyard welcomes visitors to the show.
# Mike Sinyard welcomes visitors to the show.
The expo bikes, the test bike tent and the hills behind where you can ride...
# The expo bikes, the test bike tent and the hills behind where you can ride...
The off-road section starts here.
# The off-road section starts here.

Specialized 2018 – An Overview

E-bikes are a major part of the bike market

Specialized treats its dealer events as one of the most important parts of the year where new products are showcased and orders taken ahead for 2018, which ultimately dictates what type of products are in our hands over the next season. The clearest point looking ahead is that the e-bike market for Germany and other parts of the European market is begining to dominate. We took a walk around the show and identified some of the key products for 2018 with one third of the space dedicated to the E category.

Key Bikes For 2018

Turbo Kenevo

With our latest test online of the Kenevo, Specialized had both colourways on display. The Kenevo with 180mm of travel is a serious E-Enduro bike, that has been designed to compliment their non pedal assist bike the Enduro. We thought it interesting to compare the two bikes side by side. The heritage is clear with head angles and frame styling being very similar.

Specialized's Turbo Kenevo
# Specialized's Turbo Kenevo
öhlins rear coil shock.
# öhlins rear coil shock.
Standard sized chain rings and integrated chain guide up front.
# Standard sized chain rings and integrated chain guide up front.
For comparing geometry and lines we pulled out the 29" Enduro. Pretty hard to tell apart from the Kenevo.
# For comparing geometry and lines we pulled out the 29" Enduro. Pretty hard to tell apart from the Kenevo.

Key Points:

  • 180mm of travel.
  • Coil öhlins shock.
  • Enduro specific bike.
  • New Wu seat post.
  • Brose Drive – S motor.
  • Price: 6.299€

Turbo Levo Carbon S-Works

The carbon variant of the Turbo Levo which was recently released and tested is already in high demand across Europe. It is the first time Specialized have the top of the range S-works model on display for dealers and the public to view. With a very high attention to detail and a full carbon build including bars, wheels and the rear triangle, Specialized have spared no expense in creating potentially one of the most desired products on the E-bike market today.

The Turbo Levo Carbon S-Works model. Full carbon frame, wheel set and components. öhlins front and rear, claimed weight is 20 kilos.
# The Turbo Levo Carbon S-Works model. Full carbon frame, wheel set and components. öhlins front and rear, claimed weight is 20 kilos.
Upfront is the öhlins fork.
# Upfront is the öhlins fork.
öhlins air shock, custom made for Specialized.
# öhlins air shock, custom made for Specialized.
New logos up the overall product finish.
# New logos up the overall product finish.
An XX1 cassette on the S-works ensures weight is kept to a minimum.
# An XX1 cassette on the S-works ensures weight is kept to a minimum.
The rear triangle is complete carbon.
# The rear triangle is complete carbon.

Key Points:

  • 150 mm of travel front and rear.
  • öhlins suspension, custom tune and design.
  • 700 grams lighter frame.
  • Carbon rear triangle.
  • Brose Drive – S motor.
  • Price: 9.999 € (S-Works Model)

Turbo Levo 29er St Comp

The 29er 120mm travel version of the Turbo Levo has a different focus compared to the other versions. Aimed at the trail market the ride is more docile and focused on smoothness and speed. Roll over is assured with the 29er wheel size, the comp version is their base entry level model with a price that is more accessible than their high end machines. The aim is to provide riders with a fun easy going bike and the “Turbo” experience, Some more aggressive features are missing including a telescopic seat-post, compared to more expensive models.

Turbo Levo comp 29er.
# Turbo Levo comp 29er.
The 29er setup gives a different feel to the bike.
# The 29er setup gives a different feel to the bike.
Ground control tires, more about speed.
# Ground control tires, more about speed.

Key points:

  • 120 mm of travel front and rear.
  • 29er wheels and trail geometry.
  • Entry level Turbo
  • Price: 4.199€

Turbo Levo Womens

Specialized have realised the importance of bikes made to fit women. Their Turbo Levo Womens includes sizing and colour ways which appeal and fit the female market. With 135mm of travel front and rear the Turbo Levo FSR is designed with trail geometry and is close to the original incarnation of the Turbo Levo when it was first launched. The frame styling is pretty impressive with a stunning colour fade paint finish that gives the bike a quality feel.

The Womens Turbo Levo 6Fattie.
# The Womens Turbo Levo 6Fattie.
A nice colour scheme adorns most of the bikes.
# A nice colour scheme adorns most of the bikes.
Specialized have spent a lot of time creating the 2.8" Butcher, which has specifically be designed for offroad E-bike use.
# Specialized have spent a lot of time creating the 2.8" Butcher, which has specifically be designed for offroad E-bike use.

Key points:

  • Trail geometry.
  • 135mm of travel front and rear.
  • 27.5″+ tires giving a planted grippy on trail feel.
  • Price: 5.199€

Turbo Vado

Specialized originally started their e-bike lineups with their commuter bikes. The Turbo Vado is a trekking style entry level e-bike that will appeal to a wide range of riders that want a stylish more easy going riding bike. It has enough features that allow gravel road riding plus it has stylish lines. The Vado stands out as a surprise bike that will help many access the recreational riding part of the sport.

The Specialized Vado, a gravel/trekking/city bike with some really nice lines. Uses the Brose motor and comes with a different battery form compared to the full off-road versions.
# The Specialized Vado, a gravel/trekking/city bike with some really nice lines. Uses the Brose motor and comes with a different battery form compared to the full off-road versions.
A Suntour short travel fork rounds off the front, giving some base comfort to the ride.
# A Suntour short travel fork rounds off the front, giving some base comfort to the ride.
Rear kick stand, useful for some, at least they did the stand properly.
# Rear kick stand, useful for some, at least they did the stand properly.
The Vado has a display.
# The Vado has a display.
Tire profile, with a deep section, plenty of comfort.
# Tire profile, with a deep section, plenty of comfort.

Key Points:

  • Entry level e-bike.
  • Suntour short travel front fork.
  • Textro disc brakes.
  • Alivo drivetrain.
  • Brose motor system.
  • Price: 2.799€

Noteworthy Accessories

2FO Shoes

E-bikes have different pedalling requirements as rider to pedal power transfer and efficiency is less important due to the motor assist. This tied to the factor that many riders that use Ebikes still like the flat pedal concept, mean Specialized have a focus on producing quality flat pedal shoes. Interestingly on display was their extreme environment flat bike shoe the “Defroster.” All models feature Specialized’s custom rubber sole which is very grippy on flat pedals.

2FO Flat Mountain Bike Shoes, in 2018 colour-ways make an impact, with a colour pattern that seems to be influenced by Troyleedesigns heritage.
# 2FO Flat Mountain Bike Shoes, in 2018 colour-ways make an impact, with a colour pattern that seems to be influenced by Troyleedesigns heritage.
We spotted this Defroster Trail Mountain bike shoes. Pretty serious shoes, for those that like the cold and adventure.
# We spotted this Defroster Trail Mountain bike shoes. Pretty serious shoes, for those that like the cold and adventure.
The 2FO shoe platform uses and incredibly sticky rubber underneath with an sole pattern thats seems fairly widespread across the Industry.
# The 2FO shoe platform uses and incredibly sticky rubber underneath with an sole pattern thats seems fairly widespread across the Industry.

Helmets

We noted the helmets we have used the most over the last year and the Ambush is one of our favourites, providing excellent protection to the rear of the head and good ventilation with an extremely adjustable retention system. Also on display was their full face Dissendent S-works carbon helmet. Light weight and close in styling to other popular American brands, the helmet has an extremely comfortable liner and retention system. According to industry test it is also one of the safest helmets on the market. The Dissident is priced at 399€ and the Ambush at 159,90€.

Specialized's dissendent S-works carbon full face helmet, similar in look to Troyleedesigns.
# Specialized's dissendent S-works carbon full face helmet, similar in look to Troyleedesigns.
An extremely light weight design and very comfortable inner padding and securing system.
# An extremely light weight design and very comfortable inner padding and securing system.
The Ambush gets some new colours for 2018
# The Ambush gets some new colours for 2018
The retention system allows air flow and a stable helmet.
# The retention system allows air flow and a stable helmet.
Wide gaps in the shell ensure excellent airflow.
# Wide gaps in the shell ensure excellent airflow.

Seat Post

The Wu as seen previously was in evidence on many top level S-works bikes and allows the rider to tilt the saddle back as well as down. This gives a more comfortable feeling when descending and allows riders to move more easily off the back of the saddle. The seat post has 120mm of travel and uses the same remote as the command post. No pricing is yet available, expect upwards of 450€.

Specialized's new seat post that tilts back when dropped.
# Specialized's new seat post that tilts back when dropped.
The remote stays unchanged from the command post.
# The remote stays unchanged from the command post.
Lowered you have an extra 20mm of drop on the rear of the saddle.
# Lowered you have an extra 20mm of drop on the rear of the saddle.

Power Pro Elaston Saddle

For those looking for the ultimate saddle the Power Pro Elaston saddle is lightweight, wide and made of full carbon with Elaston padding. Specialized have a full range of saddles that come from the body geometry part of their business giving riders the optimal ride comfort for contact points on the bike and their body. The Power Pro saddle range starts at 179.99€.

We look forward to trying this saddle setup, 155mm wide in a carbon chasis format with extra comfort areas on the seat surface area.
# We look forward to trying this saddle setup, 155mm wide in a carbon chasis format with extra comfort areas on the seat surface area.
The rail system.
# The rail system.

SWAT Stem Storage System

This feature is found as standard on many bikes and can be added extra. We love tool free riding and it is pretty hard to beat all the different solutions Specialized has come up with for riding with out a pack. These tool systems are not yet all listed on their aftermarket parts list, so you will have to buy a bike to get this stem tool system.

A secret compartment...
# A secret compartment...
Flip open and a tool pops out.
# Flip open and a tool pops out.

Traverse Carbon Wheels

Available as aftermarket extras the Traverse carbon wheel set comes in at 1599,90€ which is quite an expensive after market upgrade. Of course the supreme stiffness and performance upgrade will be appreciated. However it seems Specialized’s main idea when it comes to carbon wheels on e-bikes is about saving weight. Their traverse wheel system uses a bead-less rim, with this wheel set their S-Works carbon models are coming in at just under 20 kilos.

The Roval Traverse, bead-less carbon wheel set.
# The Roval Traverse, bead-less carbon wheel set. - die Flanken der Felgen sind hakenlos konstruiert
Inside the rim, sealing strip and bead-less design.
# Inside the rim, sealing strip and bead-less design.

Retül Lab

This service which is available at specialist fitters is about riders finding exactly the correct tune and setting for all bike components that involve the riders bike sizing. Specialized have this on display for dealer training and bike fitting demonstrations. We hopefully will get to see which the ideal E-bike size is.

Body geometry test bike.
# Body geometry test bike.
Specialized have built up a full bike sizing lab and body geometry test area.
# Specialized have built up a full bike sizing lab and body geometry test area.

Opinion @eMTB-News.de

Specialized dealer meetings are replacing many of the traditional main trade shows as a way of big brands connecting with their dealers and ultimately the end users. Dealers in a relaxed environment are able to try the bikes on trails and see/touch products plus feedback their market experiences from the year whilst also staying up to date on product releases. It seems that big shows are going to be consigned to the weird and smaller brands whilst big brands go forth with a different approach, where products can be viewed and tried in the environment they were built for.

Are big trade shows dead in the water? 

Kids test bikes...
# Kids test bikes...
Trail and Enduro bikes have a heavy presence in the off-road section.
# Trail and Enduro bikes have a heavy presence in the off-road section.
It's possible to gauge with the layout what a big company like Specialized considers important for the next year and beyond.
# It's possible to gauge with the layout what a big company like Specialized considers important for the next year and beyond.
Commemorative bottles marking the event. Specialized still has a significant presence on the bottle market with some of the highest tech bottles out there that feature their Purist design.
# Commemorative bottles marking the event. Specialized still has a significant presence on the bottle market with some of the highest tech bottles out there that feature their Purist design.
Olive trees reflecting the Tuscany theme.
# Olive trees reflecting the Tuscany theme.
The original Turbo Levo with the 29er variant.
# The original Turbo Levo with the 29er variant.

Further Information on Specialized

Website: Specialized
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de Photos: Alex Boyce

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Alex

Alex Boyce fährt seit etwa 1994 Mountainbike und hat seit dieser Zeit all die verschiedenen Veränderungen und Entwicklungen bis heute mitbekommen. Heute verfolgt er diese Neuerungen und testet sie. Als Journalist kommt er seit 2007 mit verschiedenen Sportarten wie Kitesurfen, Bergsport, MotoGP, Motocross und MTB in Berührung - für die ständigen Veränderungen und Entwicklungen bei Athleten und Ausrüstung hat er ein offenes Auge und verfolgt, wie diese Änderungen ihren Weg in die Produkte für uns Endkunden finden. "Ich mag es, mit den Meinungsführern, professionellen Athleten und Ingenieuren Radtouren zu machen und ja, es ist befriedigend einen KOM auf einem E-Bike zu schlagen ... ;-)"

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