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2021 Specialized Turbo Creo SL Range Guide

   Words by David Hicks

   on 16/11/2020 17:00:00

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Updated by: William Crump

The Turbo Creo SL marks Specialized’s first foray into the world of electric road bikes, evolving their current Turbo E-bike technology into something all-together new and exciting. Featuring a brand-new Specialized SL 1.1 motor, the Turbo Creo brings with it an incredibly natural yet powerful feel, making steeps and headwinds a worry of the past. Want to go twice as far and have twice as much fun? Read on below to find out which Turbo Creo SL model is for you.

"We’re going to flatten your climbs. We’re going to make you laugh at headwinds, ride farther, and go faster than you ever imagined. That’s what our first Turbo road bike is all about. Because, let’s be honest, riding faster is just more fun. Turbo Creo SL – It`s you, only faster."

Overview

Discipline: E-road/Gravel (Evo)

Usage: Sportive/endurance/gravel (Evo)

Models: 5 Models including 2 S-work models + EVO Spec

Features

  • - Up to 130km of range off the internal battery alone
  • - Industry leading weights, as low as 12.1kg
  • - Optional Range Extender for 65km of additional range
  • - Drag-free motor, rides just like a normal road bike
  • - Gravel orientated Evo build option available



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Who Is It For?

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL is designed for the rider who is always seeking more, someone who appreciates the benefits that come alongside a Turbo bike and is looking to ride further, faster and with more ease. The Creo SL is a performance bike at heart, with natural handing and agility that overall feels instinctive and familiar. Specialized's key aim was to keep the Creo SL feeling like a high spec bike, one that you would always be excited to get out the garage and onto the roads, and they certainly have not disappointed!

The Frame

Specialized launched the Turbo range way back in 2012 and in the time since then it is safe to say they have mastered the art of motor & battery integration. The Turbo line-up is sleek and stealthy, causing no doubt many double-takes when seen in the wild, and the Turbo Creo SL is no different. The frame itself offers great versatility, with the road and gravel specific versions being built up on the exact same frame. This is great news for those who are on the fence between models or like the idea of both the regular and Evo models, allowing you to have the best of both worlds by just swapping out your wheelset.

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The frames geometry is shared with that of the Specialized Diverge, the only differences being a longer chainstay length (due to accommodating for the motor) and slightly slacker head angle. This gives the Creo SL a stable and confidence inspiring feel when pointed downhill, a ride character further reinforced by the low centre of gravity created by the crank mounted motor. The Creo will leave you pushing faster than ever, whether uphill or down, inspiring confidence with every crank and speed-tuck. Making a reappearance is the Futureshock 2.0 suspension technology found on the Specialized Roubaix model, perfect for both road and gravel riding, featuring compression adjustment to suit all terrains. All carbon models in the line share the same Fact 11r carbon frame and boost hub spacing, with the difference between the Expert and S-Works model being solely the parts specification.

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Motor & Battery

All three models share the same Specialized SL 1.1 motor and 320wh battery, with each model also being compatible with an optional 160wh range extender battery pack. S-Works models will ship with a range extender as part of the package, but Creo SL Expert model owners will need to purchase one separately if they wish to own one.

The internal battery will provide assistance for up to a mammoth 130km of riding (mode dependent), and can be stretched out by a further 65km with each range extender. Specialized have focussed heavily on the two keys areas of weight and battery life to create an electric bike with near zero disadvantages, with the Creo SL being a lightweight option designed to negate the feeling of “range anxiety”.



The Models - A Breakdown

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Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp 2021 Electric Road Bike

The Creo SL is the lightest e-bike in its class—literally kilograms lighter than the competition. Not only does the lightweight and stiff, premium E5 alloy frame inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners, it also reduces overall system weight and increases the range.

  • Frame - Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum frame
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5 w/ Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano RX812 GRX, Shadow Plus, 11-speed
  • Brakes - Shimano GRX 810 hydraulic disc
  • Motor - Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery - Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh
  • Display - Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®
£3,999.99: Shop now
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Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon 2021 Electric Road Bike

The first thing to note about the Creo is the incredibly low weight for an eBike-so much so that it is lighter than many non-electric bikes. The Creo is literally kilos lighter than most of the competition. But how? Specialized have managed this by utilising their top tier FACT 11r carbon to construct the frame. Super light without sacrificing on stiffness. But, more importantly, the Creo features Turbo SL (super light) eBike tech. Weighing in at just 3.7kg for motor and battery with complete integration, the Turbo SL certainly deserves its moniker.

  • Frame - FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, front/rear thru-axles, fully integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Boost™ 12x148mm
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Smooth Boot, Boost™ 12x110mmmm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano RX812 GRX, Shadow Plus, 11-speed
  • Brakes - Shimano GRX 810 hydraulic disc
  • Motor - Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery - Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh
  • Display - Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®
£5,749.99: Shop now
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Specialized Turbo Creo Expert SL 2021 Carbon Electric Road Bike

Designed, developed and adapted from the Diverges geometry, the Creo SL is a force like no other! Constructed using FACT 11R carbon and Specialized' ingenious SL 1.1 Motor, this bike is certainly a lot lighter than a lot of non electric bikes on the market. A smooth and effortless ride is what you will recieve on your Trubo Creo - mainly thanks to the Motor, Future shock up front and the efficient Shimano Deore XT Di2 electronic shifting.

  • Frame - FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, front/rear thru-axles,fully integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing,fender/rack mounts, Boost™ 12x148mm
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot, Boost™12x110mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore XT Di2, Shadow Plus, 11-speed
  • Brakes - Shimano 105, Hydraulic disc
  • Motor - Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery - Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh
  • Display - Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®
£7,499.99: Shop now
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Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL 2021 Carbon Electric Road Bike

Equipped as stock and out of the box, weighing in at just 1kg, is Specialized' new range extender battery! Offering 50% more battery power allowing you to ride further than ever before! The battery extender will fit into most standard bottle cages and easily plugged in to the existing battery to allow for a larger range... so what are you waiting for? Ride all day with the S-works Turbo Creo SL!

  • Frame - FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, front/rear thru-axles,fully integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing,fender/rack mounts, Boost™ 12x148mm
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot, Boost™12x110mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
  • Drivetrain - SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
  • Brakes - SRAM RED eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc
  • Motor - Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery - Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh + Battery range extender
  • Display - Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®
£11,499.99: Shop now
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Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo EVO SL 2021 Carbon Electric Road Bike

Using the Diverge's geometry to its full advantage, the Creo SL EVO takes off-piste adventure cycling to the next level. With an additional dropper seatpost paired with the Future Shock 2. - you can enjoy a day of effortless gravel path and singletrack cruising! With the same lightweight combination as the normal S-works, the EVO version also features a wider and knobblier gravel based tyre for added grip and comfort. Make no mistake - the Creo SL is still the undisputed electric king of the road!

  • Frame - FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, front/rear thru-axles,fully integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing,fender/rack mounts, Boost™ 12x148mm
  • Fork - Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot, Boost™12x110mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
  • Drivetrain - SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
  • Brakes - SRAM RED eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc
  • Motor - Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery - Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh + Battery range Extender
  • Display - Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®
£11,499.99: Shop now
Browse through the rest of the Specialized Turbo bikes here!

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