All-new e-bike that’s guar­an­teed to put some spark into your trail rid­ing

Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

The 2019 Turbo Levo isn’t just an up­dated model, but a brand spank­ing new bike. By re­vis­ing nearly ev­ery part, Spe­cial­ized have man­aged to take the per­for­mance of their trail e-bike for­ward in leaps and bounds. First up, let’s look at the frame changes. Spe­cial­ized have swapped to 29in wheels run­ning 2.6in tyres, to give the rider im­proved trail feed­back. There’s still room to run 27.5x2.8in ‘plus’ tyres if that’s your pref­er­ence though, and a flip chip in the shock link helps keep the geom­e­try on point with both wheel/tyre sizes. On the sub­ject of geom­e­try, the Turbo Levo’s reach has been length­ened to make the siz­ing roomier, while the chain­stays have been short­ened to im­prove agility. Rear wheel travel has been beefed up to 150mm and both the link­age and the shock tune now pro­vide more ramp-up, to en­sure it can han­dle big­ger hits. The 2019 bike also shares the ‘Sidearm’ tech­nol­ogy de­buted on the new Stumpjumper. This drive­side strut be­tween the top tube and seat tube in­creases frame stiff­ness while the rear sus­pen­sion is ac­tive, aided by a re­designed shock link. When it comes to ped­alling as­sis­tance, the mo­tor, bat­tery, soft­ware and phone app have all been over­hauled for 2019. Spe­cial­ized’s new 2.1 mo­tor, which com­bines Brose hard­ware with their own elec­tron­ics and soft­ware, boasts a lit­tle more power – 560W, up from 530W – de­spite be­ing 15 per cent smaller. It’s also 400g lighter, thanks to a new mag­ne­sium hous­ing and di­rect-to-frame mount. The Ex­pert and S-Works mod­els now come with a mas­sive 700Wh bat­tery, which pro­vides 40 per cent ex­tra range over the 500Wh bat­tery used across the rest of the range. New elec­tron­ics keep the whole sys­tem more ther­mally stable, so the bike should never lose power due to over­heat­ing. Spe­cial­ized’s up­dated Mis­sion Con­trol app still lets you cus­tomise how much as­sis­tance the mo­tor pro­vides in each of its modes (eco, trail and turbo) – a fea­ture the US brand call ‘In­fi­nite Con­trol’ – and now has a new fea­ture called Shut­tle Mode, which lets you ac­cess max­i­mum mo­tor power with less rider in­put, and can again be ad­justed. Pric­ing starts at £4,000 for the alu­minium Turbo Levo FSR and rises to £9,999 for the top-end, car­bon fi­bre S-Works model with Ro­val car­bon wheels.

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