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We had a Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 in for testing: if you think about eMTBs, the silhouette of the Specialized Turbo Levo is likely to pop into your mind. Has the brand managed the same coup d’état with the Turbo Vado in the E-Trekking-Bike category? We’ve been testing this attractive E-Bike for quite a while and have looked in detail at what Specialized have put together here. Read on for all the details.
- Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – in Brief
- Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Product Profile
- Motor & Battery
- Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Out in the streets
- Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Summary
- Further information on the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – in Brief
The smallest detail has been considered on the Turbo Vado.
You’ll immediate notice the cohesive, stylish design and impeccable attention to detail – typical for Specialized. The Brose motor and battery are completely integrated into the frame, and the large down tube betrays this as an E-Bike. The power button is neatly integrated into the top of the battery casing. The matte black paint and black components create a sleek and premium overall look. Even the bike stand is tied in, with its angular design and matte finishing.
This build is rounded out nicely with the futuristic looking rear light, which is integrated into the rack. The intuitive Bloks display and front light are fitted to the stem. Together with the Bloks remote on the left grip it’s possible to control the assistance mode and the lighting system. The ergonomic grips and a small black bell complete the tidy cockpit. The rack initially appears a little narrow, but it is made by luggage specialists Racktime – matching bags and baskets are offered in a number of variations. The mudguards on the Turbo Vado are made by Specialized and have deep channels to keep the muck and damp off you.
Price is €3499 | Bikemarkt: Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 kaufen
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Product Profile
Measured standover height: 760 mm (Size M)
|Kurbellänge||170 mm||170 mm||175 mm||175 mm|
|Vorbaulänge||60 mm||70 mm||80 mm||90 mm|
|Sattelstützenlänge||300 mm||350 mm||400 mm||400 mm|
|Sattelbreite||155 mm||155 mm||155 mm||155 mm|
|Lenkerbreite||680 mm||680 mm||680 mm||680 mm|
|Reach||396 mm||406 mm||428 mm||441 mm|
|Stack||619 mm||619 mm||629 mm||652 mm|
|Radstand||1116 mm||1126 mm||1152 mm||1173 mm|
|Kettenstreben||478 mm||478 mm||478 mm||478 mm|
|Mitte Tretlager - Mitte Vorderachse||647 mm||657 mm||682 mm||704 mm|
|BB Drop||-70 mm||-70 mm||-70 mm||-70 mm|
|Sitzrohrlänge||400 mm||450 mm||500 mm||550 mm|
|Steuerrohrlänge||135 mm||135 mm||145 mm||170 mm|
|Gabel-Vorlauf||44 mm||44 mm||44 mm||44 mm|
|Überstandshöhe||762 mm||800 mm||833 mm||875 mm|
|Frame||Rahmen||Turbo aluminum frame with bottom bracket motor mount|
|Fork||Gabel||SR Suntour NCX E25, 50 mm travel|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano SLX, 11-speed|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano SLX, 11-speed, 11–42 T|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Custom alloy crankarms|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc, 160 mm|
|Tires||Reifen||Trigger Sport Reflective, 700 x 47 mm|
|Rims||Felgen||700C disc, 28 h, double-wall|
|Hubs||Naben||Specialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, front: 15 x 100 mm, rear: 12 x 148 mm, 10-/11-speed|
|Seat||Sattel||Specialized Canopy Comp, Hollow Cr-Mo rails|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21 mm offset, 30.9 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||Specialized, alloy, 31,8 x 680 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Alloy w/ display/light mount, 31.8 mm clamp|
|Motor||Motor||Specialized 1.2, Custom Rx Street Tuned Motor, 250 W Nominal|
|Display||Display||Custom 2.2" BLOKS. LCD display, USB plug, stem mount w/ custom handlebar remote|
|Battery||Akku||Specialized U1-504, On/Off button, state of charge display, 504 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||3499 €|
Motor & Battery
Brose Motor – quiet and well-mannered
An extremely quiet motor unit.
The Specialized Turbo Vado uses a Brose motor with a proprietary Specialized tune. As we know with Brose units, they operate very quietly and provide adequate power both on the flats and the steeps. Perfect for relaxed cycling through city traffic. The harder you push on the pedals, the more assistance the motor provides which is useful for setting off quickly when stopped. However, it takes around a quarter-turn of the cranks before the motor assistance kicks in which can take a little getting used to.
What we didn’t like quite so much was the way the motor assistance stops above 25km/h. Above this threshold, the motor cuts out quite abruptly which can feel a little jerky. This done, the resistance is low when pedalling and the bike feels happy riding above the motor threshold. Strangely we’ve ridden various different Brose tunes on other eMTBs and have never experienced this behaviour before.
- Motor: Brose (Specialized Street-Tune)
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Bloks
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Out in the streets
Arrive at work with a smile on your face? Turbo Vado!
Sit astride the Turbo Vado and settle in. The position isn’t too stretched out but pleasantly upright. The ergonomic grips are immediately apparent and contribute to the already comfortable riding position. The saddle tops it all off and is well-suited to the upright position, though some bums may prefer a firmer saddle. The remote is easy to actuate and the display is clear and easy to read on the go. In the highest assistance mode, it’s easy to to keep up with the flow of traffic. The Turbo Vado is incredibly manoeuvrable – not just great in traffic, it’s an all-round fun ride. The Turbo quickly became our preferred commuter and should make your way to work a pleasant undertaking.
We like the fitted lights; the front light has a particularly large and bright beam – useful for winter! Even on the darkest roads, the Turbo Vado lights have almost as much reach as those of a car. We did have a few issues with the brake cable getting in the way of the light, though it’s easily pushed to the side. The Specialized Trigger sport tyres are a versatile option with the more pronounced side lugs well suited to forest roads as well. The tyres also have a reflective strip on the side which helps increase your visibility despite the all black design of the bike. The deep mudguards are completely splash free. A small spoiler also ensures that no water splashes forward either. Pretty clever! However, the full coverage means that mudguards can sometimes get caught on the ground when the E-Bike gets carried up or down stairs.
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Summary
Thoughtful design, appropriate components and lots of fun – the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 is an impressive package that should fulfil all commuting wishes. Whilst there are a few smaller issues such as the front brake line, these are minor details and the bike itself is great. Your commute to work won’t be a burden anymore – it’ll be a fun jaunt that you’ll look forward to every day.
- Very agile ride
- Good lighting system
- Jerky transition when crossing the motor-assistance threshold
Do you use an E-Bike for your commute? Would you consider the Turbo Vado?
You can find all the other articles from our Urban Special here:
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- On Test: Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – How does this premium E-Bike perform in the city?
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- Urban Special: Haute Couture Commuting Gear or Simply the right Clothes
- Urban Special: Sturdy and strong – Locks that will anchor down your E-Bike
- The Urban Special: Useful accessories – helpers for your travels
Further information on the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Moritz Zimmermann, Thomas Paatz
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