Specialized’s Turbo Levo Sets the Standard for Electric Mountain Bikes

When it entered the electric bike market, Specialized Bicycle Components immediately became one of the go-to brands for quality and dependability.

With a lineup that includes an electric breach cruiser and a hybrid off-road/pavement bike, it’s Specialized’s electric mountain bike that might be its most impressive — and it just got a massive update.

The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based company’s electric mountain bike, called the Turbo Levo, features a new motor, a higher-capacity battery, a new chassis and new power management software. The bikes range in weight from roughly 45 pounds for the carbon model up to just shy of 48 pounds for the alloy version. Each weighs a few pounds less than the model they replace, and the new Alloy Levo even weighs less than last generation’s carbon model.

Though it still boasts a full suspension setup, the Turbo Levo’s frame took cues from the brand’s new line of Stumpjumpers, incorporating a new Sidearm frame design that delivers a better stiffness-to-weight ratio. Additionally, its modified geometry lets riders charge difficult terrain with ease and improves handling for steep descents.

Specialized also improved its suspension, increasing the amount of control a rider has over the bike, whether  cruising over small bumps or landing hard after a big drop. With more mid-stroke support than previous Turbo Levos, climbing is made easier as the bike won’t sink as a rider’s weight shifts to account for a hill. The bike’s low center of gravity and steepened seat angle also improve its climbing efficiency.

Where the bike truly shines is with its upgraded motor. Featuring the Specialized 2.1 magnesium-bodied, ultralight motor, the Turbo Levo offers a 410 percent increase in boosted input, all without any unwanted jolts or burnouts. To do this, Specialized’s engineers developed custom software capable of handling the uptick in power while still offering a wholly natural ride.

But what good would an electric mountain bike be without any juice? Thanks to a brand-new battery featuring 40 percent more capacity, running out of precious charge would require an impressively long day on the trail. Additionally, the bike’s Smart Control feature in the Mission Control App lets riders customize the amount of battery power they intend to use. The bike’s integrated display also allows for the exact battery level to be known at all times.

With prices starting at $4,950 for the base model and climbing to $12,050 for the S-Works version, there’s a Turbo Levo for every skill level or rider type.

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