The new Specialized Turbo e-bike puts the Big S squarely in the plug and play bicycle market, and everything about it seems fast.
Top speed is claimed at 45km/h (almost 28mph!), it charges in just two hours and, well, it looks fast. The only trouble with that first part is that it means this won’t be coming to the U.S. since it blows past the maximum speed allowed for an electric bicycle (it would essentially be a moped and require a license plate here in the states).
The battery is built into the downtube, completely flush, and cables run through internal guides to keep everything sleek and smooth. The battery cells have a high “C-Rating” that allows them to charge rapidly and they’re laid out to facilitate rapid cooling.
Front and rear wheels use thru-axles to keep everything properly aligned and ease removal and installation.
The power button toggles between off, a customizable middle setting and full power. There’s also a negative mode to regenerate power from coasting and braking. Spec is top notch with SRAM DoubleTap shifters mated to X0 derailleurs and Magura’s MT8 carbon hydraulic brake levers, all mounted very tidy on the bar.
All electronics -front and rear lights, computer and motor- are tied together and powered by the battery, but they all work seamlessly to relay info to the user. It’s also ANT+ compatible, so you can tie in 3rd party accessories.
Yes, other e-bikes have some of the same features, but none have the distribution network like Specialized does in the U.S. It’ll be interesting to see how consumer uptake unfolds if it can make it across the pond. Specialized says there are no plans to do so at the moment, but you can get one in Europe for €5,499. Check the Turbo mini-site for more details.
Not sold? Just look at how much fun these models are having: