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Form follows function?
Form follows function? - Wir haben das Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 getestet!
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 - Preis: 3.499€
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Der Akku ist wunderbar in den Rahmen integriert und der Einschaltknopf ist gut erreichbar.
Der Akku ist wunderbar in den Rahmen integriert und der Einschaltknopf ist gut erreichbar.
Ein aufgeräumtes Cockpit …
Ein aufgeräumtes Cockpit …
… mit einem übersichtlichen Bloks-Display.
… mit einem übersichtlichen Bloks-Display.
Die Specialized Trigger Sport-Reifen verfügen über reflektierende Karkassen
Die Specialized Trigger Sport-Reifen verfügen über reflektierende Karkassen - das kann im Verkehr durchaus ein Vorteil sein!
Sehr tiefgezogene Schutzbleche, ebenfalls von Specialized
Sehr tiefgezogene Schutzbleche, ebenfalls von Specialized
Die Scheibenbremse sitzt gut geschützt im Hinterbau.
Die Scheibenbremse sitzt gut geschützt im Hinterbau.
Stellt man den Schriftzug auf den Kopf, steht da “open”
Stellt man den Schriftzug auf den Kopf, steht da “open” - ein Zeichen?
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Spaßfaktor hoch 10: Das E-Bike ist super wendig und leicht zu manövrieren
Spaßfaktor hoch 10: Das E-Bike ist super wendig und leicht zu manövrieren
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specialized vado test (1 von 4)
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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.

Form follows function
# Form follows function - we tested the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – in Brief

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0
# Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 - Price: € 3499

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

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – Product Profile

Geometry

Measured standover height: 760 mm (Size M)

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 SMLXL
Kurbellänge170 mm170 mm175 mm175 mm
Vorbaulänge60 mm70 mm80 mm90 mm
Sattelstützenlänge300 mm350 mm400 mm400 mm
Sattelbreite155 mm155 mm155 mm155 mm
Lenkerbreite680 mm680 mm680 mm680 mm
Reach396 mm406 mm428 mm441 mm
Stack619 mm619 mm629 mm652 mm
Radstand1116 mm1126 mm1152 mm1173 mm
Kettenstreben478 mm478 mm478 mm478 mm
Mitte Tretlager - Mitte Vorderachse647 mm657 mm682 mm704 mm
BB Drop-70 mm-70 mm-70 mm-70 mm
Lenkwinkel70°70°70°70°
Sitzrohrlänge400 mm450 mm500 mm550 mm
Steuerrohrlänge135 mm135 mm145 mm170 mm
Gabel-Vorlauf44 mm44 mm44 mm44 mm
Überstandshöhe762 mm800 mm833 mm875 mm

Components

The battery is neatly integrated into the downtube and the power button is easily accessed
# The battery is neatly integrated into the downtube and the power button is easily accessed
A tidy cockpit…
# A tidy cockpit…
… with an intuitive Bloks display.
# … with an intuitive Bloks display.
The Specialized Trigger Sport tyres have a reflective stripe on the sidewalls
# The Specialized Trigger Sport tyres have a reflective stripe on the sidewalls - this will help improve your visibility
Deep mudguards, made by Specialized
# Deep mudguards, made by Specialized
The disc brakes are well protected at the back
# The disc brakes are well protected at the back
Turn it upside down and it says “open”
# Turn it upside down and it says “open” - is this a sign?
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FrameRahmenTurbo aluminum frame with bottom bracket motor mount
ForkGabelSR Suntour NCX E25, 50 mm travel
ShifterSchalthebelShimano SLX, 11-speed
DerailleurSchaltwerkShimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed
CassetteKassetteShimano SLX, 11-speed, 11–42 T
CranksKurbelCustom alloy crankarms
BrakesBremseShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc, 160 mm
TiresReifenTrigger Sport Reflective, 700 x 47 mm
RimsFelgen700C disc, 28 h, double-wall
HubsNabenSpecialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, front: 15 x 100 mm, rear: 12 x 148 mm, 10-/11-speed
SeatSattelSpecialized Canopy Comp, Hollow Cr-Mo rails
SeatpostSattelstützeSpecialized, alloy, single bolt, 21 mm offset, 30.9 mm
BarLenkerSpecialized, alloy, 31,8 x 680 mm
StemVorbauAlloy w/ display/light mount, 31.8 mm clamp
MotorMotorSpecialized 1.2, Custom Rx Street Tuned Motor, 250 W Nominal
DisplayDisplayCustom 2.2" BLOKS. LCD display, USB plug, stem mount w/ custom handlebar remote
BatteryAkkuSpecialized U1-504, On/Off button, state of charge display, 504 Wh
PowerLeistung250 W
WeightGewicht23,3 kg
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.

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  • Motor: Brose (Specialized Street-Tune)
  • Battery: 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Bloks

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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.

Fun-factor 10: This E-bike is wonderfully manoeuvrable and agile
# Fun-factor 10: This E-bike is wonderfully manoeuvrable and agile

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.

Pros

  • Very agile ride
  • Good lighting system

Cons

  • Jerky transition when crossing the motor-assistance threshold
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# specialized vado test (1 von 4)
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# specialized-vado-4446
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Do you use an E-Bike for your commute? Would you consider the Turbo Vado?

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Further information on the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

Website: www.specialized.com
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Moritz Zimmermann, Thomas Paatz


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Datum: 11. January 2018
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