New Specialized Turbo-S E-Bike Gets Stronger Battery, Upgraded Electronics & Stealth Black Color

2014 Specialized Turbo-S e-bike gets stronger battery and better electronics with a new all-black colorway

The new 2014 Specialized Turbo-S e-bike gets a stronger battery, ergonomic and electronic improvements and a new all-black color scheme.

Introduced in 2012 for the European market, the powerful and very quick Turbo made news for its 45km (~28mph) top speed and sharp looks. In 2013 it made it Stateside, and now dealers are getting ready to welcome the upgraded 2014 model as its replacement.

The new battery bumps power by 30%, going from 342 Wh to 504 Wh. Anecdotally, we’ve heard that boost combined with improved electronics could yield almost double the run time (we’re waiting on official word from Specialized). Fortunately, Specialized will be sending the new battery to shops for any 2013 Turbos still sitting on the showroom floor. Charging time bumps from 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours to fill the larger tank.

Other improvements include safer one-handed control thanks to a new joystick controller that handles all settings and bike functions. There’s a sleeker integrated rear light in the saddle and a matte-black color option. They’re available to order now, and dealers should have a test bike on hand. MSRP is $5,900.

Check the new black paint scheme below…

2014 Specialized Turbo-S e-bike gets stronger battery and better electronics with a new all-black colorway

2014 Specialized Turbo-S e-bike gets stronger battery and better electronics with a new all-black colorway

Specialized.com

Comments

velorider - 02/20/14 - 12:42pm

Can you get those tires as a single item without buying the whole bike? The fatty slicks would be great on one of my non-electronic bikes.

M - 02/20/14 - 12:50pm

Such a fun bike to ride. I spent a day on one last summer. Still does not beat a real bike but if I was in the market for a pedal assist and I had the cash I would get one.

John - 02/20/14 - 1:13pm

Could we get a close up photo and perhaps a short explanation added about the joystick control?

Ryan - 02/20/14 - 1:52pm

If I had a motored bike, I would prefer it be styled more like a motorcycle than a bicycle… a boardtracker e-bike? Hell yeah.

Rustydog - 02/20/14 - 2:07pm

+1 Ryan. Like a Oset. The video of Chris Northover tearing up that old Embassy building was awesome.

Alex - 02/20/14 - 2:29pm

That’s the nicest looking e-bike I’ve seen. But I can’t help but think that for what it is, and at $6k I would rather spend a bit more and get an electric motorcycle or a road bike. I don’t really get this expensive middle ground. Great looking bike nonetheless!

Lee Roy - 02/20/14 - 3:03pm

Just build a 49cc China Doll, or get a kit from E-bikekit.
The Townie Go and this, are just far too expensive for what you get.

ve - 02/20/14 - 3:06pm

You can’t use a motorcycle on a bike path. With this, people with too much money can go as fast as pro cyclists, or even faster, and beat all those tryhard racers.

Garett - 02/20/14 - 3:12pm

Say what you want about the price or the functionality, but I can tell you, this bike is an absolute blast to ride. And the weight is pretty reasonable too.

patrik - 02/20/14 - 3:54pm

Yes, it’s expensive. But at least it doesn’t look lame like 100% of all other e-bikes that have come before it.

lonefrontranger - 02/20/14 - 4:17pm

these are very very fun to ride; I messed around with one because my sponsor shop is a Spesh dealer. I don’t have the scratch or need for one right now but man it would make grocery runs / errands on super windy days here in Boulder a lot less tempting to take the car out. I can definitely see this filling a niche in enabling the commute-curious who may have been tempted to bike commute but put off by hills / wind (we have plenty of both in Colorado) or just being a bit further than they can justify riding in. I saw lots and lots of e-bikes in Switzerland and they seem to be filling that exact niche; primarily commuters dressed in business wear, ties / scarves jauntily flying in the wind as they breezed past our group ride. I am an amateur roadie / cx racer and I see nothing wrong with it.

JonDangerFTW - 02/20/14 - 4:38pm

Sweet moped.

Psi Squared - 02/20/14 - 4:47pm

Lonefrontranger gets it. +1.

RideBeerSleep - 02/20/14 - 5:24pm

I, for one, will not pay 6k for an ebike; but, I would not spend $500 one either. So I am not the market for this bike, the big S thinks there is a market. Go for it, sell a bunch. I have no problem with it as long as the next version doesn’t show up at the local trail head with knobby tires and suspension.

Jack - 02/20/14 - 6:44pm

Can we stop calling everything that is black “Stealth” and say what it really is “Lazy”. Besides I thought we needed to be MORE visible on the road.

big al - 02/20/14 - 7:18pm

Just buy a used Tidal Force bike for a grand. With a new battery pack it will go over 30 mph, folds in two for easier transport, and has a range of 20 miles. And a second. rear attached battery pack doubles the distance. You also get turbo and cruise control. And, there is even a company that will upgrade them to use lithium type batteries. Totally quiet operation and a good 21 speed gear set. My wife and I could never ride a bike in the step foothills where we live, but this bike makes it a reality.

Mortimer - 02/20/14 - 7:30pm

Nothing wrong with this ebike except that it is on bikeromur.com. How about putting all of these on a separate webstie called ebikerumor.com?

Dave - 02/20/14 - 7:54pm

VE-

That’s what we need. People riding these on the bike path. Great idea.

Alan - 02/20/14 - 9:27pm

An E-Bike without an electronic drivetrain? Missed an opportunity for an even more expensive bike. Though if I had a job, and that job required a long commute, this might be the bike for me.

Brad - 02/20/14 - 10:59pm

Need. Those. Tires.

Seriously, are they available aftermarket?

Chuck Diller - 02/21/14 - 12:19am

An indirect, sarcastic response to @RideBeerSleep:

Specialized needs to price this thing at around $499 and they’ll sell out fast!

In related news, BMW would sell way more 760iL’s if they cost $9,999 instead of $89,999. Also, homes here in San Francisco would be much better for me if they cost $99,999 instead of $954,999 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath. Additionally, the Patek-Philippe watch I’ve been eyeing would so be on my wrist if it cost $99.99 instead of $25,000.

If things cost more than I can afford, then they’re too expensive.

pigeons - 02/21/14 - 2:09am

velorider, yes you can buy these tires separately. They are called Electrak Armadillo. Fatboy is a similar tire from S.

silverlining - 02/21/14 - 7:56am

Waiting for fatbike version.

Ilikeicedtea - 02/21/14 - 8:52am

@jack

Black = lazy, eh?

Nick - 02/21/14 - 11:41am

Trek did it first.

*Fanboy alert. I’ll see myself out…

BikeEngineer - 02/21/14 - 1:55pm

Not to get nitpicky, but Watt-hours is energy not power. Energy lets you go further. Power (Watts) from the motor makes you go faster. Big difference!

Larry - 02/21/14 - 6:27pm

I want one. Add front suspension and room for off-road tires and I’m ordering it. Would love to do light off-road touring on this.

Mirwin - 02/25/14 - 12:18pm

“With this, people with too much money can go as fast as pro cyclists,” and crash more spectacularly.

I think they’re great, but can see that a number newbies won’t have the skills or common sense to save their arse just before crashing at 40-45 km/h. I was nearly taken out by an older woman who though the oncoming lane in the intersection was a great place to pass on her e-bike at the bottom of a hill. Darwin award in the making.

John - 03/25/14 - 12:15pm

“The new battery bumps power by 30%, going from 342 Wh to 504 Wh.”

The new battery adds 162 Wh (504 – 342 = 162)
This is roughly a 47% increase (162/342 = 0.47) of Wh

John - 03/25/14 - 12:26pm

I’m supprised that BikeEngineer harps on the writer using the word power while overlooking the miscalculation “The new battery bumps power by 30%, going from 342 Wh to 504 Wh”.

504 Wh – 342 Wh = 162 Wh
162 Wh / 342 Wh = ~47% “Energy” increase

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