Specialized have hit the headlines this week launching their new lightweight Turbo Levo SL e-bike, weighing in at 17.35kg.
As eMTB bikes go, that’s pretty light and a move that closer balances the scales with traditional MTB bikes than ever before.
Less is more
How have they done it? In short, they’ve gone for a smaller motor. Taking their unique SL 1.1 motor found in their e-roadie, they’ve fitted it into the Levo’s frame to get those numbers.
The off-set is that, while most e-bikes put out around 565 watts of power (Levo and Kenevo), the Levo SL is only kicking out half of that at 240 watts.
But with a weight saving of four kilograms over the Levo (and six kilograms over the Kenevo) Specialized say the ‘Rider Amplification’ output is still equivalent to 2x You instead of previously 4x You.
That, when factoring in the benefit of a shorter chainstay, creates a ride feel that is both light and nimble. Specialized also say, it is one that blurs the lines of e-bike capabilities and characteristics by bringing it closer to that of their Stumpjumper.
The full carbon framed S-Works Turbo Levo SL rolls on 29” Roval wheel set and is fitted with FOX Factory 34 FLOAT fork and FOX FLOAT DPS Factory shock to provide 150mm of travel.
Groupset is SRAM, braking is 4-piston calliper SRAM and seat post is RockShox Reverb AXS.
The hitch however, is that lightness doesn’t come cheap. And at nearly €11,999 for the S-Works Levo SL it’s certainly not going to everyone’s cup of tea.
However, at 19kg and starting at €5,799, the entry-spec Turbo Levo SL Comp or Turbo Levo SL Comp Carbon (€6,899) gives you the same SL 1.1 motor, but on a bike fitted with cheaper running gear – forks, brakes, groupset etc.
Internal battery range for the Turbo Levo SL is 3.5 hours. The S-Works also comes complete with an additional battery extended that fits into the bottle cage.
The range extender gives an additional 1.5 hours of battery life. This is an option extra for the models below, costing approx £300.
Mission Control App
With the Mission Control App, you can custom tune the Turbo Levo SL’s power delivery, control your range, record rides, track your power, and even use Smart Control to automatically handle battery management so you’ll always have power when you need it.
The Founder’s Edition – £12,500
Limited to just 250 bikes worldwide, the S-Works Levo SL Founder’s Edition pulls out all the stops. Each individually-numbered Founder’s Edition will come with a very special build where it’s all in the details – gold foil graphics laid over our Spectraflair paint in satin finish, custom Power saddle with matching gold “S” graphic, matching gold Fox Shox fork and rear shock graphics, SRAM AXS wireless drivetrain with “rainbow” colour cassette, chain, and brake hardware, as well as two Range Extenders for the ultimate power to ride more trails.
A game changer?
Last year we dipped our toe into the world of eMTB with the Vitus Esommet. It was certainly an eye opener in how the whole e-bikes thing ‘work’.
Yes, climbs were effortless and you got the cliched ‘more trails for your ride’. However, that added weight of a battery remained a deal breaker because the downslope stuff wasn’t as fun to ride as on a bike without a battery. From the day I handed it back, I haven’t missed the e-bike experience – even the climbs.
But now, if Specialized truly have bridged that gap between MTB and eMTB with the Turbo Levo SL, they might have begun to reel us – like many others – back in on the fishing line. I guess time will tell if this really has ‘changed everything’.
Turbo Levo SL Price List
- Comp – €5799
- Comp Carbon – €6899
- Expert Carbon – €8599
- S-Works – €11,990
Available now at Specialized Ireland. Call to arrange a demo.