Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie
Conquer tough climbs and discover new trails
ore power is something every cyclist has wished for at some point during a ride. Maybe it’s at the end of a long day limping back to the car, or nearing the top of a steep sandy climb. We’ve all been there. Recently, bike companies have been addressing this need through ebikes. The Specialized Levo is one such bike.
Fully dedicated off-road mountain ebikes are becoming more and more popular. The Specialized Turbo Levo fsr Comp 6Fattie takes all that makes commuter-style ebikes popular and puts it into a fully capable off-road performer. The Levo has three ride settings for its motor that can be adjusted by pushing one of the three control buttons located on the bike’s down tube. Turbo mode offers the most power and will easily help you get to 30 km/h. It will also provide ample power to climb almost any grade with ease. The trail setting is in the middle. If you really want to save the battery or use your own power, there’s eco mode. The motor senses torque in the pedals and applies an appropriate amount of assistance depending on the ride mode you’re in. While I found turbo mode too aggressive for singletrack riding, the trail and eco settings were very intuitive and allowed me to ride like I normally would, but with less effort.
The bike has 10 leds surrounding the control buttons to indicate battery level. You can also gain access to loads of information via Specialized’s Mission Control app. When you pair the bike to your smartphone, you can customize how the motor uses power and torque within the three specific modes. If you are going for a short, zippy ride, you can set the system to get the most out of the battery. If you have a 60-km ride, you can customize battery usage to maximize its longevity. The Levo has gps capabilities and will track your rides. Strava and Garmin are both working on developing ebike-specific platforms for battery-assisted jaunts.
On trail, the Levo acts much like a normal mountain bike. Specialized has done its homework to put all of the added weight from the motor and battery in all the right places. While weaving through singletrack and flowing berms, the steering felt solid. When the trail starts to turn rough, the Levo’s added weight almost helped to keep the plus-size tires planted and kept the bike from bouncing too much through rock gardens. Specialized has also addressed the added weight in the suspension design. A specific shock and fork are supplied and can be set up like any other dual-suspension mountain bike with 25 to 30 per cent sag.
After logging many hours and several battery charges, the Levo has been a blast to ride. I have taken on longer and harder rides than I normally would have on a traditional mountain bike and discovered new trails as a result. Now riding to the trailhead is a pleasure rather than a chore and that sandy climb that once zapped all of my energy is a golden path to the descent that follows. Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie