The latest Specialized Turbo Levo is not only carbon, lighter and stiffer - but it is also smarter and more tuneable before.
The Specialized Levo eMTB has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Specialized didn't rush a pedal-assist bike to the market as the whole of Europe went eMTB mad, Specialized made sure they got it right.
"We wanted to make an e-bike that a real mountain biker could throw a leg over and appreciate— something that looked and rode like a mountain bike. It checked all of these boxes, as it had an amazing motor that nicely complemented a rider's power, not jerked them about. It’s also helped build trails, bring people back to a sport they once loved, and brought new people in who hadn’t yet experienced it. Although it’s littered with industry-leading tech specs and performance, it’s bigger than that. And now, the Levo FSR comes in Carbon."
So what's changed with the Turbo Levo?
Well, Specialized had the geometry pretty dialled already. But there were gains. The bikes now run 2.8" Butcher tyres with Grid casing, and 150mm travel forks with 135mm travel out back., and with head angles at 66.1 degrees, long top tubes and 165mm cranks throughout the size range these bikes will haul under pedal assist and charge when let loose on descents.
Interestingly, the women's model is built on 120mm travel front and rear, and is a little steeper at 66.5 degrees for the head angle.
But how about the carbon frame? Well that's dropped 650g off the frame, but also increased the stiffness by 40% - which is heaps! Want a bike that holds it's line better, and is easier to move on the trail? You've got it.
The Trail Remote is also new. Specialized don't use a Shimano or Bosch motor, they have their own. And the new options for adjusting on the left hand side is easy to move between eco, trail, turbo and walk-assist.
More on the motor
The new Turbo 1.3 motor comes equipped on all 2018 Levo FSR models. You get improved efficiency, better heat management, and more power. The new motor also packs 15% more power through new magnets and an all-new electronic unit. Improved motor efficiency and better heat management come from two sources—hardware improvements and a new software update (which is retrofitable to current Levo bikes). The software does not only support motor and heat management efficiencies, thought, it balances your own power inputs to guarantee an even smoother assistance. Thermal pads in the motor, meanwhile, help balance heat distribution internally, while the thermal pad between the motor and frame rid the system of excess heat.
What is awesome with the Turbo Levo is the Mission Control App. Set your ride distance, and it manages power and therefore battery life. No getting stuck out on the trail. Although you can also set how much assistance you want, and make sure it rides how you want. It's your ride, and the app makes sure it's personal. Want to see what you're putting in? Well each motor also has an in-built power meter so you can see how your output compares to the motor.
We really like the ability to run a GPS device like a Garmin as your head unit, given the battery is ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible. It really cleans up the bars and should make the experience more seamless.
We're keen to try one. Some of our writers and riders at AMB are sold on eMTBs, others are not so fussed. But it's growing, and we aim to review one soon so we can help you make an informed decision about the bikes on the market. If you don't like eMTBs that's fine! but if you're curious we recommend getting to a demo day to try one. They're a whole lot of fun.
Turbo Levo Carbon models in Australia
So what models should you be bothering your Specialized dealer about?
The S-Works models boast Ohlins suspension, and 150/135mm travel front and rear is standard across the men's range. the S-Works model runs XX1 and each model drops a group set from there. It's interesing EX1 doesn't get specced, as it's super tough for the extra power an eMTB puts through the drivetrain.
SW LEVO FSR MEN CARBON 6FATTIE $13,000
LEVO FSR MEN EXPERT CARBON 6FATTIE $10,500
LEVO FSR MEN COMP CARBON 6FATTIE $8,500
LEVO FSR MEN 6FATTIE $6,000
LEVO FSR WMN ST 6FATTIE $6,000
Get in touch with your local dealer about specifics - or check out the full specs online.