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Specialized Turbo Vado SL | Your range guide for 2021

Words by Will Crump

on 30/04/2021 12:15:00

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As light as 14.9KG and “upto 130Km of range” from a 320Wh battery are just some of the statistics that the Specialized Turbo Vado SL range boasts! Redefining what an hybrid electric bike is, the Turbo Vado SL is a highly versatile, lightweight and comfortable bike that looks aesthetically sleek as well as giving you 2x rider amplification from the motor.

With a lot of changes over the original Specialized Turbo Vado, the SL range is still very capable of travelling off the beaten path whilst still being practical and enjoyable! In this blog, we shall look through the innovation and design that has been put into these Hybrid E-bikes and then breakdown the models to show which one would be best for you!

"It's you, only faster"

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Overview -

Discipline: Electric Hybrid Bike

Usage: Commuting & Leisure cycling

Models: Crossbar and Step through

Features

  • - Premium E5 Aluminium framesets
  • - Future shock system
  • - Upto 130Km range + Range extender
  • - Fine tuning to suit your ride style VIA Specialized Mission Control
  • - Integrated lights, mudgaurds, pannier and kickstand on certain models
  • - Available with a step through frame
View our range of Specialized Turbo Vado's

Practical and Versatile -

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Are you in need of a bike that's fast enough to zip through busy city streets whilst still being practical in all weather conditions? On the Specialized Turbo Vado SL, lights that run off the battery come equipped from out of the box meaning you can be visible in all weather conditions.

However, for the ultimate commuter experience, on certain Vado SL models a pannier rack and mudguards have been fitted to ensure that you can carry your luggage around for work as well as stay dry if the weather turns British!

If you’re out for a leisurely evening or weekend ride and you find a shortcut there is no excuse to not take it and go exploring off piste. Equipped to this fleet of Hybrid electric bikes are Specialized Pathfinder tyres which offer low rolling resistance on the road so you can carry your speed but also offer significant grip when travelling off the beaten track!

Comfortable -

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As seen on other models of Specialized, such as the Roubaix and the Diverge, the Specialized Turbo Vado SL comes equipped with a Future shock up front. What is a Future shock? The Future shock is a 20mm spring that sits directly above the headtube which provides relief from road vibrations, potholes and gravel terrain without compromising handling or efficiency.

If the Future shock were not to be added, riders would lose forward momentum due to the bikes being sent upwards. By adding the Future shock riders benefit from “reducing the harsh feeling of the road by nearly 40% compared to bikes with bulky, heavier suspension forks.”

Furthermore, the Specialized Turbo Vado SL has also now been released with a step through frame option which makes it easily accessible to mount and dismount when you have luggage on the panniers or if you struggle to swing your leg over.

The electronics -

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Just like the Turbo Como SL, the fleet of Turbo Vado SL’s feature the same 240Watt, 35Nm torque, Specialized SL1.1 Motor which boasts a smooth and silent delivery of power. With 2x rider amplification, the power the motor provides is in sync with your cadence which makes these some of the smoothest pedal assist motors available.

Out of the box, the Vado SL range comes equipped with a 320Wh battery which is plentiful for a day of exploration, around town or to and from work. If you’re still weary of battery life or have a cafe crawl planned for the day, investing in a range extender will become beneficial and provide you with a combined total of “up to 120 miles” of range.

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To finish off the electronic side of this bike, like all other Specialized E-bikes, the Vado SL is able to be fine tuned to suit your riding style using the Specialized Mission Control App! On the app, riders have the option to perform a health check on their electric bikes, track rides and modify their motor support and assistance to complete the full electric experience!

Furthermore, you can enable the “Smart Control feature” which allows you to enter how far you wish to cycle and the bikes algorithms will set the levels of assistance to ensure that you will have enough battery power to get there.

The Model Brekadown -

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Vado-SL-4.0

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 2021 Electric Hybrid Bike

The Specialized Turbo Vado SL is your ticket to riding faster and further than you ever thought possible. Explore, get fit and let the bike take away the hard work.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Rigid full aluminum disc, Boost™ 12x110mm, frontrack-compatible
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 10 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R290, 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®
£2,899.99 - Shop now
Vado-SL-4.0-ST

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 2022 Step through Hybrid Bike

"SL" means super light. The Turbo Vado SL is 40% lighter than the average electric bike. Carry it downstairs, take it on the train, lift it on and off the car rack without breaking a sweat.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Rigid full aluminum disc, Boost™ 12x110mm, frontrack-compatible
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 10 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R290, 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®
£2,999.99 - Shop now
Vado-SL-4.0

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 2021 EQ Electric Hybrid Bike

"Vado" means "I go". With the Turbo Vado SL, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, a whole lot faster than you ever have before.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Rigid full aluminum disc, Boost™ 12x110mm, frontrack-compatible
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 10 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R290, 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®
£3,099.99 - Shop now
Vado-SL-4.0

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 2021 EQ Electric Hybrid Bike

"Vado" means "I go". With the Turbo Vado SL, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, a whole lot faster than you ever have before.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Rigid full aluminum disc, Boost™ 12x110mm, frontrack-compatible
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 10 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R290, 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®
£3,099.99 - Shop now
Vado-SL-5.0

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 2021 EQ Electric Hybrid Bike

"Vado" means "I go". With the Turbo Vado SL, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, a whole lot faster than you ever have before.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5, Boost™ 12x110mm thru-axle, flat mount disc, carbon fork
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore XT 12 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R510, 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®, incl. TCD Computer
£3,699.99 - Shop now
Vado-SL-5.0-EQ

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 2021 EQ Electric Hybrid Bike

The Shimano SLX 12 speed drivetrain gives you smooth and slick gear changes with excellent reliability, while the hydraulic disc brakes give you the modulation and stopping power to control your speed when you need to, whatever the weather and whatever the riding conditions.

  • Frame - E5 Aluminum, Fitness/Transportation Geometry
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5, Boost™ 12x110mm thru-axle, flat mount disc, carbon fork
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore XT 12 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-R510, 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®, incl. TCD Computer
£3,999.99 - Shop now
View our range of Specialized Turbo Vado's

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