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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.
- Specialized 2018 – An Overview
- Key Bikes For 2018
- Noteworthy Accessories
- Opinion @eMTB-News.de
- Further Information on Specialized
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trail geometry.
- 135mm of travel front and rear.
- 27.5″+ tires giving a planted grippy on trail feel.
- Price: 5.199€
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.
- Entry level e-bike.
- Suntour short travel front fork.
- Textro disc brakes.
- Alivo drivetrain.
- Brose motor system.
- Price: 2.799€
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.
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€.
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€.
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€.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de Photos: Alex Boyce
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