RUS­SELL’ S SPE­CIAL­IZED TURBO LEVO FSR COMP CAR­BON 6FATTIE 2018 £4,999

End of a beau­ti­ful Levo af­fair

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

It’s not go­ing to be easy to part with this bike, be­cause it’s be­come the one I ride more than any other. I started out re­gard­ing the Levo as a work tool – some­thing to get gear into pho­to­shoot lo­ca­tions. But I’ve ended up pick­ing it off the rack more of­ten than not on my days off too. By fine tun­ing the as­sis­tance pro­vided, I can power through miles on my own but also slot eas­ily into so­cial rides with mates, and, for most rid­ing, it feels like a reg­u­lar bike. There are a cou­ple of up­grades that I wouldn’t have been with­out – lighter wheels (af­ter some ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, I’ve set­tled on 29in front and back) and a com­plete SRAM driv­e­train. On to the killer ques­tion – would I hand over my own cash for this bike? Un­equiv­o­cally, yes. Es­pe­cially the im­proved 2019 ver­sion. It’s made all my rides fun and I’ve ended up fit­ter – that’s the ‘e-bikes are for the lazy’ myth busted! www.spe­cial­ized.com

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