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Some new things have arrived from Specialized for 2019. The new Specialized Turbo Levo comes with a large 700 Wh battery, capable 150 mm suspension and the powerful Specialized Custom 2.1 motor — based on the Brose Drive S Mag. This latest model makes a convincing impression with a neatly integrated battery, futuristic design and nicely considered details. We have the scoop for you here.
Specialized Turbo Levo: Key details
When Specialized first presented the Turbo Levo in 2015 it made quite an impression throughout the industry. This was an impressive showcase of how to integrate a battery well, and with its first model Specialized managed to avoid the growing pains usually experienced by new products. The E-Bike took a new approach and a new way of doing things was introduced by the team around Jan Talavasek. As an example, Specialized decided not to fit a display from the outset and also allowed users to tune the riding characteristic of the Levo to their preference via the Mission Control App.
Fans, look out — having been in development for 2 years, the newest Turbo Levo once again makes an impressive entry, with a very convincing design and several clever details. The development team covered more than 20.000 km on various prototypes to arrive at the final product. The design combines the powered and non-powered bike worlds, with lines that fit seamlessly with the recently released Specialized Stumpjumper.
The newest member of the Turbo Levo family has four key features:
- Integrated battery with 700 Wh capacity
- 150 mm suspension front and rear
- 29” wheels
- Specialized Custom 2.1 Motor (Brose Drive S Mag)
Specialized has stayed with Brose for the motor of the Turbo Levo. With the new Brose Drive S Mag — which offers noticeably more peak torque — the dynamics of the ride have been completely revamped and have arguably reached a new level. We’ve got a detailed look at the brand-new Brose Drive S Mag here.
“Thanks to the new Specialized Custom 2.1 motor and the large 700 Wh battery, users of the Turbo Levo now have the opportunity to ride even further and get up even steeper slopes. The power delivery and feel of the motor is very important to us which has resulted in the motor characteristics we have now. Combine this with the plush suspension, modern geometry and modularity of the display and you’ve got the perfect combination that makes the Turbo Levo what it is: a true E-Mountainbike” says Jan Talavasek, Director Turbo / Specialized
Similar to a highly tuned Ferrari that’s most at home on the race track, we’ve always preferred riding Specialized bikes that roll on 29” wheels. For 2019, Specialized has eschewed the fat 650B wheels of yesteryear and will only be offering the Turbo Levo with 29” wheels. In all honesty, we think that’s great.
The pretty carbon frame has been designed to be lightweight and stiff, and visually matches Specialized’s current range of trailbikes. The high quality carbon frame is so light that the top-end S-Works model could potentially be pared down to less than 20 kg. Of particular note is the downtube, which compared with the previous model has a significantly smaller opening to remove the 700 Wh battery from its base. The Connect-Unit has been placed centrally on the top tube and can be read easily whilst riding. The LEDs provide information about the assistance mode and battery charge. What’s new is that the bike also lets you ride with 0% assistance (if you want to). We’re also rather tickled by the “Stealth Mode” which lets you dim the indicator LEDs. Whether you really need this during riding is a whole other question, but we wanted to mention it anyway.
The rear triangle is actually the same as the asymmetric item found on the unpowered Stumpjumper. This furnishes the bike with 150 mm travel and the Flip-Chip allows you to adjust the head and seat angle by half a degree.
A completely new feature is the Shuttle Mode which can be enabled through the Mission Control App. Enable it and rather than the usual torque based assistance, the motor provides power based on your cadence. That will be especially useful for less fit riders because the full power of the motor is delivered with a lower pedalling input. Simply put: at higher cadences (from around 60 rpm) the full power of the motor is used without having to pedal at 200 W.
Turbo Levo FSR Carbon
Specialized undertook the development of the carbon frame with the aim of stealing the crown from the previous model. Job done! The 2019 Turbo Levo is a cohesive package and is fully focussed on performance.
The carbon bikes start at € 6799 for the Comp model going all the way up to the blisteringly expensive S-Works model for € 10 999. It will be available from mid-September 2018.
Turbo Levo FSR Alloy
Of course, there’s also an alloy version featuring the new design. The models in this range start at € 4499 going all the way up to € 5699 for the Comp version. That places this E-Bike pretty much in the middle of its competitors. It will also be available from mid-September 2018.
Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR
The top of the range model is really something to behold. This no holds barred E-Bike is fitted with only the best of the best. Carbon as far as the eye can see, and had it been fitted with the usual 500 Wh battery, the medium size would weigh in at 19.9 kg. Unfortunately, this rarefied model costs the princely sum of € 10 999. It will be available from September 2018.
There’s been some significant changes to the geometry compared with the previous model. The reach has grown from 430 to 455mm, stack is now at 634 mm (630 mm previously) the head tube length has been reduced by 5 mm to 125mm (all for a size L). These changes add up to a significantly more aggressive riding position on the bike. Don worry though, if you think that you’ll have to deal with constant back pain you can relax. The geometry is still very much in a humane range of values.
|Gabellänge, gesamt (mm)||560||560||560||560|
|Gabelbiegung / Offset (mm)||51||51||51||51|
|Mitte Tretlager - Mitte V.-achse (mm)||729||749||781||812|
|Oberrohrlänge horizontal (mm)||577||600||631||664|
|Länge Sattelstütze (mm)||130||160||160||160|
You can find the complete component spec here:
|Frame||Rahmen||S-Works FACT 11m full carbon, 29 Trail Geometry, Integrated down tube battery, enclosed internal cable, Command Post routing, 148 mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150 mm
|Fork||Gabel||Fox 36 Factory E-bike, GRIP2 damper, 29" Boost™, 150 mm of travel|
|Shock||Dämpfer||Fox Float Factory DPS, 210 x 52,5, 150 mm of travel|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||SRAM X01, single-click lever|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||SRAM XX1, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||SRAM XG1199, XD, 11-speed, 10-42t|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Praxis, full carbon ISIS, custom offset, 165 mm|
|Brakes||Bremse||SRAM Code RSC, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200 mm|
|Rims||Felgen||Roval Traverse SL, hookless carbon, tubeless ready|
|Tires||Reifen||Butcher, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2,6"|
|Hub front||Nabe vorne||Roval Traverse SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110 mm spacing, 28h|
|Hub rear||Nabe hinten||Roval Traverse SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12 mm thru-axle, 148 mm spacing, 28h|
|Seat||Sattel||Body Geometry Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143 mm|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||Specialized Command Post 34,9 mm, 130 mm of travel (Size: S), 160 mm of travel (Sizes: M/XL)|
|Bar||Lenker||Specialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6° upsweep, 8° backsweep, 27 mm rise, 780 mm, 31,8 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Deity Copperhead, 31,8 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Specialized 2.1, custom Rx Trail-tuned|
|Battery||Akku||Turbo M2-700, fully integrated w/ rock guard, 700 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||10.999 € (UVP)|
Specialized Turbo Levo – model range
Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Men
Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Women
Specialized Mission Control App
If you’ve ever ridden a Levo, or another E-Bike from Specialized you’ll have experienced the Mission Control App already. It allows you to customise the characteristics of the motor to your personal preference. With the update to the E-Bike, there’s also an update to the app with a new user interface and the ability to connect directly to Strava. The new Mission Control app will be available for all existing Levo and Kenevo models.
Up until now it has been possible to tune motors to exceed the legal limit. Third party apps could manipulate the system so that the Levo would provide assistance above it’s legal 25 km/h speed limit. The software engineers at Specialized have worked to close any backdoors making it a lot harder to do this illegal tuning. Thumbs up!
If you like to use a display, Specialized now has you covered. The slim monitor is mounted centrally on top of the stem and provides all the essential information you need whilst riding. Distance, cadence, power, assistance level and battery charge — it’s all easily legible on the 2” screen. The display connects with the motor via Bluetooth and can also read ANT+ devices such as a heart rate strap.
The display is available separately for € 89.90.
The new Turbo Levo is a high-end E-Trailbike of the highest calibre. This eMTB has convinced us with a well-designed carbon frame, brilliant battery integration, unique design, powerful motor and high-quality finishing.
The weight saving approach taken here is class-leading and means trail performance is at the absolute forefront of the design.
For us, this is the best Levo that has existed so far.
What do you think of the new Specialized Turbo Levo?
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