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Try say­ing that with a mouth­ful of bobotie! De­spite its ridicu­lous name, the Turbo Levo is one of the best pedal-as­sist moun­tain bikes around. First off, it’s a proper trail bike with a bat­tery, not a tar-fo­cused e-bike with some plas­tic bits tacked on. The bat­tery in ques­tion is com­par­a­tively small (but po­tent) and is neatly ac­com­mo­dated in the down tube. There are three power modes that of­fer vary­ing de­grees of pedal as­sis­tance – these are cus­tomis­able via the Mis­sion Con­trol smart­phone app, which also al­lows you to fid­dle with things like ac­cel­er­a­tion, max­i­mum mo­tor out­put and so on, and check the over­all con­di­tion of the sys­tem. It’s enor­mously fun to ride, easy to charge and main­tain, and it might just change the way you cy­cle. To the e-bike naysay­ers out there: You don’t know what you’re miss­ing… From R85 000 at Spe­cial­ized re­tail­ers – find one at spe­cial­ized.com/za

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